First Parish adheres to the time-honored tradition of Unitarian Universalist congregations in New England by holding simple, informal services during the summer months. (Our regular services begin the Sunday after Labor Day, and end in mid-June.) Our summer services, often led by parishioners, offer opportunities to explore topics or experiences together in different ways and sometimes in different places.
Most of our Summer Services convene in the Vestry and are structured similar to our regular services, including time for prayer/meditation and, of course, Coffee Hour. While there will be no choir, many weeks will feature live music.
2017 Summer Services Schedule
10 a.m., Vestry
“Fathers and Songs about Fathers”
The Rev. Dr. Deborah Pope-Lance
The Rev. Deborah J. Pope-Lance, First Parish’s Affiliate Minister, provides training and coaching to clergy and congregations on the ethics of ministerial practice and congregational life. She holds Ministerial Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association in both Parish and Community Ministry, is an accredited Interim Minister with the Interim Ministry Network, and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
“Yoga Mind Body Spirit”
Using postures (asanas), and breathwork (pranayama), development of a quiet mind and the practice of relaxation, the flow of prana (life-force energy), and compassionate self-acceptance, helping to release stress and increase consciousness.
Karen teaches Kripalu Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Kundalini-inpsired classes, meditation, and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. Her teaching encompasses holding postures and gentle flow. She is dedicated to making yoga accessible to all, to those who don’t think they can do it, she encourages modifications that enable students to make yoga both doable and enjoyable.
“When Good Ideas Go Wrong”
“Earth Centered Ritual”
Sandy Hoyt & Suzanne Reitz
“(A Youth) Perspective”
Blessing of the Backpacks
Kate Holland, Director of Lifespan Spiritual & Ethical Exploration
This special back-to-school service will lead all ages–(school-bound or not)–to reflect on the touchstones in our lives that remind us of our strength and that we are loved.
Regular services in our Sanctuary resume on September 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.