Hello First Parish

Oxygen + microorganisms + curious children = FPNUU FUN!

"Life becomes religious whenever we make it so: When some new light is seen, when some deeper appreciation is felt, when some larger outlook is gained, when some nobler purpose is formed, when some task is well done." -Sophia Lyon Fahs

Happy August to you and I hope you are each enjoying these long summer days. I am grateful and excited to have the opportunity to serve First Parish as DRE. Why? Because the children and families of this church are amazing and move me with their depth, authenticity, and kindness... over and over and over again. I am overwhelmed with hope when I anticipate how this very group of youngsters will grow into adults and contribute to an ever changing global community. Perhaps they will identify this church as a place that helped their souls grow. How lucky are we to be here now? I’m going to need your help. I want to hear your ideas, your thoughts, and have conversations about your opinions. As I glance back and “wave” at the DRE’s who've come before me at FPNUU and then turn to wave ahead at those who will come after me, I am grateful to be here now. I ask for your patience, your understanding, and your kindness, because I (too) am perfectly human and perfectly imperfect.

Our three-year thematic rotation of curricula at First Parish includes World Religion, Unitarian Universalism, and Our Jewish and Christian Roots. This year the children up to grade six will be exploring our Jewish and Christian Roots with the curricula of "SuperHeroes: Bible People" and "Bibleodeon." I've received positive feedback and enthusiasm from church members about the importance of this year's upcoming exploration of Bible stories. Our 7th and 8th graders will be participating in Our Whole Lives (OWL), and we are happy to be welcoming a friend and neighbor from a neighboring church to the group. If you know any families with 7th and 8th graders outside FPN who may be interested in learning more about OWL, please reach out to them with a conversation and a warm invitation! I would love to answer any questions they may have. I am ready and excited to help you register your child(ren) for 2018-2019!

We are still seeking:

  • • 1-2 teachers to be part of the year rotation for grades 2/3/4
  • • Previously OWL-trained teachers who may be willing to sub
  • • Volunteers who are interested in attending a 2 day training to teach OWL in the future

Please be in touch if you are interested. Thank you to all our volunteer teachers who will make our year possible and to all our parents of First Parish.

I look forward to seeing everyone in September when we gather, once again, in our beautiful church, among beautiful souls, to explore beautiful and complex questions and ideas. As you enjoy your summer pace, remember to scoop a sample of water in your travels (near or far) for our annual Water Communion, on September 9. I'm looking forward to hearing the stories of where your water was "caught!" I am working Sunday-Thursday and available by phone or email as needed. My new "all things church" email is DREfirstparishnorwell@gmail.com Last, thanks to the generosity of Denise Rachel, RE now has three overflowing bins of lovingly donated musical instruments. We look forward to enjoying them over the years, and generations, ahead! Sending you love and gratitude, Denise. The music continues...

Let's "make it so," shall we?

Gabe Millins, DRE

Director of Religious Education