These groups help adults deepen their spiritual journeys and their relationships with others. All of them welcome new participants who share their interests.
- Aging Well In Our Community
To foster engagement and build community among women over fifty who wish to explore themes related to planning and consciously living out our later years. We are an open group facilitated by Kit Hayes. Some meetings have guest speakers; others include small-group or large-group conversations. All include two breaks for physical exercises such as stretching, yoga, and sacred circle dance. Usually meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 10 a.m.– noon, September–June. Open to all women over fifty.
- Covenant Groups
To provide an opportunity to get to know other people at a deeper level, in a consistent small group, while discussing topics that explore our spiritual paths as informed by life experience. Meets monthly throughout the year. Recruitment of new members occurs each fall, with groups beginning in January. Groups are limited to nine members, who are expected to commit to attend for a year. Each covenant group has a convener and the conveners meet with each other monthly
- Ferry Beach
Most years, the First Parish community gathers for a weekend at Ferry Beach, a UU retreat center in Saco, ME. Currently, the Ferry Beach committee is exploring whether it will be possible to hold our annual retreat, and if not, whether there are alternative options for being together in community. Learn more about Ferry Beach.
- Jewish Connections
To bring opportunities for Jewish learning, ritual, celebration, gatherings, and perspectives to our community through worship, study, and conversation. We host a potluck Seder for Passover, a Latke Party for Hanukkah, and Tashlich for Rosh Hashanah most years, plus occasional bagel brunches and Shabbat dinners.
- Lectio Divina
PURPOSE: To engage in a spiritual practice of reading and listening, lingering with, and sharing personal responses to selected biblical texts. Diverse responses to the text provide new insights and help participants develop their spiritual lives and set intentions for their daily lives. Meets Tuesdays, 7–8 a.m., and Thursdays, 8–9 a.m.
- Meditation Group
PURPOSE: To provide opportunities for Buddhist meditation, support, and discussion. Drop-in group meets Mondays, 6–6:50 p.m., for 35 minutes of silent meditation
- Men’s Group
To offer a place of fellowship, encouragement, and creative connection for First Parish men of all ages and backgrounds.
- Thursday Lunch Men’s Group
To offer a monthly fellowship gathering for older men, aimed at reinforcing camaraderie and discussing topics of general interest. Meetings are at noon on the first Thursday of each month, with a brown-bag lunch.
- Partnership Church Committee
PURPOSE: To nurture and strengthen the ongoing relationship between First Parish and the Unitarian church in Gagy, Transylvania, Romania, via frequent communication, cultural exchanges, and visits.
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
To knit or crochet simple, warm shawls that are distributed by the Lay Ministers as needed.
- Women’s Book Group
To read and discuss interesting books with other First Parish women. Meets the First Thursday of each month, 7:15–9 p.m.
CONTACT: Jean Nagle, email@example.com