First Parish Church has a collection of books and DVD’s that have been donated or purchased. It can be found on the book carts in the back of the sanctuary near the Minister’s Study. These items are available for members and friends (regular visitors) to sign out and take home to read. We ask that you sign out on the clipboards on the ends of the carts. This library is counting on the Honor System. Please return the items promptly, so that others can enjoy them.
Among the collection are the Great Books of the Western World, books about Buddhism, religious diversity, spirituality, grace ; DVD’s on forgiveness, justice, sustainable farming, spirituality ….
In addition to the library, there are a great number of websites on the internet that are wonderful resources for personal spirituality and growth:
Unitarian Universalist Association: Our parish is part of this national association of independent Unitarian Universalist churches–
UU World Magazine: website for the UUA’s magazine–
Unitarian Universalist Association Adult Faith Development: The UUA offers resources to local congregations–
Famous Unitarians, Universalists, and UU’s: This website lists many well-known people who were UU’s, and gives a brief biography of each–
Youtube Videos: Many UU’s and UU churches have uploaded videos that share our common experience–
The Great Courses: Learn about religion and theology, as well as history, science, and math–
The Internet Sacred Text Archive: the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.
The Interfaith Alliance: national organization promoting diversity and religious tolerance–
Beliefnet: offering a wide range of topics for general spiritual growth–
PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly: news from around the world–
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this liberal news website has a page dedicated to religions–
The Greater Good Science Center: A part of University of California Berkeley dedicated to understanding and promoting the human capacity to treat each other well–
Institute for Noetic Sciences: founded in 1973 by Astronaut Edgar Mitchell to reinforce the belief in a worldview in which spirit and matter are connected and all people are connected–
Spirituality and Practice: web site for resources for one’s spiritual journey, founded by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, including e-courses and movie reviews–
Spirituality and Health Magazine: recognized with several awards as the best magazine in religion and spirituality–
The Charter for Compassion: Karen Armstrong advocates for a worldwide effort to practice compassion–
The Pluralism Project: Diana Eck from Harvard Divinity School seeks religious tolerance around the world–
The Alban Institute: striving to point church leaders to those materials that can assist them in aiding their congregation’s efforts to become healthy bodies of worship and agents of transformation in the communities they exist–
Yes Magazine: “reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, it outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.”–
Simple Truths: motivational and inspirational gifts, including free movies and PowerPoint presentations–
Sounds True: “existing to inspire and support personal transformation and spiritual awakening”–
Top Spiritual Heroes: This website looks annually at individuals who have contributed to world spirituality, as well as spiritual trends around the world–