First Parish adheres to the time-honored tradition of Unitarian Universalist congregations in New England by holding simple, informal gatherings instead of formal services during the summer months. Our summer gatherings begin June 16. Typically led by parishioners, these gatherings offer opportunities to come together for informal discussion and reflection on different topics and experiences. Our Summer 2019 schedule is here.

Summer gatherings usually convene in the Vestry. They are casual, discussion-oriented, and include a time for sharing Joys and Sorrows, led by a Lay Minister. Coffee Hour is “DIY” and food contributions are welcome.

Is there a topic you’d like to share or discuss at a summer gathering? Please contact Rev. Stephanie May or Ted Barnes if you are interested in facilitating an informal Sunday summer gathering.