Upcoming Events at First Parish

English Colonization and Wabanaki Persistence in Casco Bay: Talk by Lisa Brooks, PhD

July 27th | 5:30pm- Refreshments in Parish Hall | 6:30pm- Talk in the First Parish Meeting House
Lisa Brooks will raise questions and offer insights into the complex histories of English colonization and Wabanaki adaptation and resistance in the region of Caskoak, or Casco Bay. As a starting point for discussion, we will consider the “scalp money” received by the Reverend Thomas Smith, when scalp bounties in New England were at their highest point, and the location of the First Parish Church in Caskoak. The conversation will range from Wabanaki women’s diplomacy in the seventeenth century to Wabanaki dam protests and treaties in the eighteenth century, as well as the continuance of Wabanaki people in the face of the myth of “disappearance.”

5:30-6:30: Refreshments in the Parish Hall
6:30-7:30: Talk by Lisa Brooks
7:30-8:30: Q&A

Lisa Brooks Bio: Lisa Brooks is Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College and the author of Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press 2018). As a 2016-17 Whiting Public Engagement Fellow, she worked with a team at Amherst College to develop a digital companion to Our Beloved Kin, featuring ArcGIS maps, original documents, and place-based images. Her first book, The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (University of Minnesota Press 2008), received the Media Ecology Association’s Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture in 2011. She has published articles in American Literary History, the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, Northeastern Naturalist, PMLA, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and the William and Mary Quarterly. Although deeply rooted in her Abenaki homeland, Brooks’s work has been widely influential in Indigenous Studies and in Early American literature and history. In 2009, Brooks was elected to the inaugural Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), and from 2013-17, she was Chair of the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program. She is also an elected member of American Antiquarian Society. She has long served on the Advisory Board of Gedakina, an Indigenous-led non-profit organization focused on cultural revitalization, youth and family empowerment, and traditional ecological knowledge in New England.



Racial Justice Team | August 14th | 7pm | K-1 Classroom

The Racial Justice Team will be meeting on the second Tuesday each month. For our August meeting, we will plan the series of congregational workshops in racial justice for 2018-19. Please join us!
First Parish Book Group |Fourth Mondays | 7pm | Parish Hall  No book group in June or July. Next meeting August 27. For August, come share your favorite summer read!



Rev. Christina’s Summer Schedule: The last service of the Church Year is on June 17th. Services will resume after the summer break on August 5th. Rev. Christina will be at the UUA General Assembly from 6/17-23. She will then take her study leave/vacation from 6/29-7/31. The Pastoral Care Team will be available for emergencies during this time, and can be reached through the First Parish Office.


Summer Office Hours: The First Parish Office will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 9am-4pm throughout the summer, or by appointment. The Office will be closed from July 16-20. Happy summer!


August Bulletin & eNews Announcements: We will be printing one Bulletin for all services in the month of August. Bulletin & eNews Announcements for August and early September are due by noon on August 1st.


Call for Revisions to Declaration of Conscience | September 1st Deadline & Special Meeting | September 9th | 11:20am | Meeting House   At the annual meeting on June 10th, the congregation voted to hold a special meeting in September to consider a revised First Parish Declaration of Conscience. Many members wanted the opportunity to further consider the wording; some raised questions about several marginalized or oppressed groups that the document did not mention specifically. Any First Parish member is invited to propose revised wording or additions, but all proposed revisions must be received in writing by September 1.  The special meeting will be held September 9 after service.  The proposed revisions will be made available to church members to consider in the September 7 e-blast.  Check the weekly email for a link to the draft document.


Job Posting- Membership Coordinator: Do you know a First Parish Member or Friend who would be great in this role? The goal of this position is to work to increase our media presence, diversify our congregational growth, and increase congregant’s participation in programming. Please email Sheila for more information: office@firstparishportland.org.


Stone Soup Newsletter- Summer 2018 was sent via email on June 6th. Click HERE to link to the summer Newsletter.


Flower Cart | Thursdays – Sundays | In Front of First Parish  Keep an eye out for Brianna Beebe and her unique Flower Cart outside of First Parish this summer! Brianna will be selling flowers from local farms, and is pleased to be renting space in front of First Parish for her new business.


Clynk Bags: Pick up extra Clynk bags in the Parish Hall to keep up with all your returnables throughout the summer.


Weekly e-News: Are you receiving our weekly email? It’s an online version of this bulletin, filled with valuable information on how to get involved at First Parish. Email Sheila in the Office if you’d like to sign up: office@firstparishportland.org.