The Reverend Ellen Rowse Spero has served as our minister since August, 2002.


Ellen is a graduate of Brandeis University, University of Maryland (with an M.Ed in Special Education) and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She has served as the Assistant Minister at the First Parish in Lexington, MA, and as the Interim Minister at Hope United Church of Christ in Alexandria, VA. Before entering the ministry, she was a special education teacher in Alexandria, Virginia. She grew up as a Unitarian Universalist, attending the First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA.


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Title Date Length
Flower Communion 2022 2022-06-19 08:44
Nurturing Beauty: “For the Sake of All” 2022-05-29 18:57
Celebrating the Covenant of Membership (2022) 2022-05-15 09:04
Nurturing Beauty: “Love Fiercely” 2022-05-08 10:44
Nurturing Beauty: “Kintsugi—Creating Beauty from Brokeness” 2022-05-01 19:02
Awakening: “Listen to the Earth” 2022-04-24 20:04
Reflection: Awakening: “A Love Divine” 2022-04-17 12:09
Awakening: “Awakened by a Woman: Jesus and the Canaanite Woman” 2022-04-10 18:00
Renewing Faith: “Worship: Lifting Up and Renewing What We Hold Sacred” 2022-03-27 16:23
Renewing Faith: “Of War and Peace” 2022-03-20 22:16
Renewing Faith: “Resilience: Renewing Faith in Ourselves and One Another” 2022-03-06 18:24
Widening the Circle: “What Wants to Emerge” 2022-02-27 19:05
Widening the Circle: “Widening Our History: The Reverend Egbert Ethelred Brown” 2022-02-20 18:48
Widening the Circle: “Widening Our Covenant: The Eighth Principle Project” 2022-02-13 17:49
Living with Intention: "Long Haul People: Intentional Community" 2022-02-06 17:06
Living with Intention: “Toward a More Intentional Relationship with the Creation” 2022-01-23 16:58
Living with Intention: “Remembering Desmond Tutu” 2022-01-16 16:31
Living with Intention: “A Path of Intention” 2022-01-09 19:05
Living with Intention: “Dancing with COVID” 2022-01-02 12:47
Christmas Eve 2021 - Lessons and Carols 2021-12-24 07:37
Title Description Speakers
First Parish Chelmsford Sermons 2021-2022

Sermons from the 2021-2022 church year at First Parish

Brian Snow , First Parish Music Community , Heather, Cat, Ashanti, and Rev. Ellen Spero , Joan Coyne, Diana Keohane, and Doug Aker , Julia, Nora, Kiema, and Andrew, with mentors Jill Hayes and Emma Warila , Neil Harmon , Rev. Ellen Spero, Frances Killam, Diana Keohane, Ami Hughes, Susan Woodmansee, Caroline Snow, and Áine Sweetnam , Reverend Ellen Rowse Spero , Reverend Jackie Clement