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To Nurture the Spirit,
Grow in Community,
And Help Heal the World.
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Upcoming Gatherings

Jan. 29 | 10 am

My Queer Faith


Feb. 5 | 10 am

Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations

Dwayne Tomah

Feb. 12 | 10 am

Alzheimer's Canyon

Jane Dwinell

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Meet Maine's UU Legislators

January 21 | 10am-12:30pm | Zoom

Legislative advocacy is the heart of MUUSAN's work, and they are excited to have all six of Maine's UU legislators join them to discuss their legislative priorities! Featuring Sen. Pinny Beebe-Center, Sen. Chip Curry, Sen. Mattie Daughtry, Rep. Daniel Hobbs, Rep. Bill Pluecker, and Rep. Mark Worth. We will hear directly from each legislator, as well as break out into Issue Groups to discuss legislative priorities for the upcoming session, and learn about a new MUUSAN advocacy resource. First Parish has long been a partner of MUUSAN and is proud to support this event. Please register here!

We are thrilled to be bringing Kimayo’s “My Queer Faith” Tour to First Parish on January 29th! Join us for an incredible time of storytelling and live music as Kimayo invites you into her life and faith journey. This is a one-hour event you don’t want to miss. Kimayo is a folk-pop artist, performing in New England since 2019. Her authentic and personal songs are relatable and vulnerable. Coming out as queer in Spring of 2021, her new music explores self-discovery with an adult contemporary sound. Through her music, Kimayo seeks to cultivate connection, solidarity, and hope for each of her listeners. Discover more through her website.

Workshop with

Dwayne Tomah

February 5 | 11:30am-1pm | Community Room

Please join us as Passamaquoddy storyteller and activist, Dwayne Tomah, leads us through a workshop to gain better understanding of the "Doctrine of Discovery." For over 500 years, this doctrine has provided legal cover for European nations to acquire land and dispossess Indigenous Peoples. Incredibly, this arcane doctrine remains a basis for federal laws! The workshop is is free and open to the public. A light lunch will also be served. Please register here.

Rev. Elaine's Travels!

Rev. Elaine will be traveling January 22nd-31st. Pastoral Care and other emergencies are being covered by Rev. Hillary from the Yarmouth UU Church. You can reach her through our Pastoral Care team by emailing Judy Micoleau, our chair of Pastoral Care.

Ministerial Search Committee Update

The Search Intensifies! As you read this note, our Ministerial Search Committee is in the throes of our first round of interviews and reference checks! After over ten hours of interviews and thoughtful discernment, we are nearing the next phase of offering an in-person visit to the candidate(s) whom we feel best fit the congregation. Stay tuned for our update next week, where we expect to relay some milestones that indicate we're moving closer to presenting the congregation with a recommendation. With all of the talents and skills on display, it's a tough job - but that's certainly not a bad problem to have, and is exactly where we want to be at the moment! Until then, onward with the work you've entrusted us to do!

30 Days of Love!

The Unitarian Universalist Association's Side With Love is thrilled to announce 30 Days of Love 2023! The annual month of spiritual nourishment, political grounding, and shared practices of faith and justice started on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and will run through Valentine’s Day (February 14). For more information about this program, please click here.

You are invited to virtually join the Seminary for a Day on Saturday, January 28th, hosted by First Unitarian Portland in Oregon. This year’s spiritual theme is Transcendentalism. The keynote speaker is Rev. John Buehrens, a prolific author and the former UUA President from 1993 to 2001. Rev. Buehrens will offer a keynote on the first Unitarian Transcendentalist on the Pacific Coast, the Rev. Thomas Starr King. He exemplified key spiritual practices of the Transcendentalists that need renewal among us today: personal reflection (often in the form of keeping a journal), and deep interpersonal connections crossing conventional boundaries. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

Wayside Pulpit

 Pastoral Care Needs


If you wish to speak confidentially with a member of the Pastoral Care Team, please send an email to team leader Judy Micoleau and a member will get back to you as soon as possible. The Pastoral Care Team is also recruiting new members! If you are a compassionate and astute listener and have a desire to support FP members who are experiencing spiritual and emotional needs, we would love to meet with you. Please email Judy Micoleau if you are interested!

Come Sing With Us!

The First Parish Choir has resumed weekly rehearsals every Thursday evening from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and we're looking for new members! For more information please email our Music Director, Benjamin Holbrook.

What's Going On

Within The UUA?

If you are interested in learning about what is happening within the UUA, check out these regional and national websites!

Side With Love
New England Region
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
Library Catalogue
Live Stream Recordings
Annual Report

Getting In Touch

With First Parish

It may take a few days to return phone messages, so email is the best way to reach all First Parish staff. Please remember that Laurie and Benjamin work part-time and may not respond to emails every day. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Rev. Elaine Peresluha

Interim Minister


Hannah Gilman

Congregational Administrator


Benjamin Holbrook

Music Director


Laurie Hasty

Membership Coordinator


Moe Blanchard



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