We are a welcoming congregation in the heart of the city.

Our mission is to Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Help Heal the World.

A Message From Our Minister,

Rev. Norman Allen

The Road Home

Throughout the month of May, we draw inspiration from the words of Stephen Paulus and his beautiful choral work “The Road Home.” He writes:

After wind, after rain
When the dark is done
As I wake from a dream
In the gold of day
Through the air there’s a calling
From far away
There’s a voice I can hear
That will lead me home

First Parish provides many kinds of homes to its members, its friends, and its neighbors. We’re a spiritual home, where the search for truth and meaning is ever unfolding. We’re a physical home, where our centuries-old building provides shelter for the surrounding community. We’re a home for social justice, where good trouble is always brewing.

This month, I hope you’ll visit our Memorial Garden, which will be home to the work of Wabanaki artist Maya Tihtiyas Attean. Her trio of evocative banners are offered as part of the city-wide project Re-Site 2024, produced by Space, an organization that we are proud to call our community partner.

This month also finds us welcoming a host of new members, ready to covenant with First Parish as we pursue our mission to “Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Help Heal the World.” Their new energy – and new ideas – will strengthen and inspire us as we listen for that voice that leads us always homeward.

See you at the Meeting House! – Rev. Norm

Greetings from First Parish!

Upcoming Worship Services


May 26 | 10 am
Memorial Day Garden Service

June 2 | 10 am
Our Common Flow: The River We Belong To
Speaker: Michael Shaughnessy

June 16 | 10 am
Jesus was an Ally (It’s in the Bible!)
Rev. Norman Allen

June 23 | 10 am
Flower Communion
Rev. Norman Allen

June 30 | 10 am
In Sunshine and in Shadow:
The Ying/Yang of Love in Literature, Music and Song
Derek Campbell

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