Community Life

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Community Life at First Parish

Throughout the church year our Community Life Committee plans and offers events and activities to bring us together as a community. It might be at a picnic, coffee house, baseball game or discussion group where you really get to know some of your fellow parishioners. We relish opportunities to play and explore and enjoy life together, just as much as we value our opportunities to worship together.

Watch for announcements and invitations to Community Life activities throughout the church year, and join in!

A Photo Gallery of Community Life Activities

First Parish’s “Winter Session” is a collection of fun and informative activities created by the Community Life Committee. Click here for details, and enjoy the photos below from various Winter Session ’17 events.

A late winter walk to the top of Nobscot Hill rewarded these trekkers with a beautiful view and a wonderful day together.

J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis” brought these readers together for a discussion of the book’s themes and the light it sheds on current cultural and political divides.

This group gathered for dinner and a movie: Robert Altman’s “Nashville,” described by some as his forgotten masterpiece. A lively discussion followed the movie. (Is there any other kind of discussion among UUs?)

Our neighbor Tina Khan, wife of the President of the Islamic Center, joined us for tea and conversation. In light of the increased pressures on Muslims, First Parish is focusing on strengthening the relationship between our two religious communities.

These chefs prepared a meal together for the men at Turning Point, an emergency shelter in Framingham. First Parish supports this program with a monthly meal typically prepared by individual parishioners. This group came together to learn more about the shelter and cook together with a sense of purpose.

The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton is a gem of a museum, and a group of First Parishioners enjoyed a visit there together. As an added bonus, joining the group was our own David Lang, a talented artist who has exhibited there many times.

This group came together to learn how to dance like a Broadway star. Dancer and choreographer Elizabeth Russell-Skehan helped them shake off some winter lethargy and dance their cares away.

Many religious traditions use prayer beads to pray and meditate. Kate Holland, Director of Spiritual and Ethical Exploration at First Parish and crafter extraordinaire, taught this group how to make prayer beads and led a discussion on spiritual practices that include use of beads.

First Parish’s magician-in-residence amazed and delighted a rapt audience with sleight of hand, deceptive devices, legerdemain, conjuring … how did he do that??

The audience was delighted and dumbfounded!

First Parish quilters displayed some of their beautiful works and discussed the creative process, how they got started, and why they quilt.