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
The Path of Creativity: Creativity, Curiosity and Courage 2023-05-21 17:11
A Celebration of Membership 2023: Opening Words 2023-05-07 08:10
The Path of Resistance: Rest as Resistance: the Nap Ministry 2023-04-30 18:09
The Path of Resistance: Facing Our Original Grief 2023-04-23 15:34
Celebrating the Season: Easter Overcoming Despair for New Life: Resurrection 2023-04-09 11:08
The Path of Vulnerability: Ramadan, Lent and Spiritual Vulnerability 2023-03-26 19:53
The Path of Love: For the Love of This Place 2023-02-26 15:51
The Path of Love: The Gospel of Universalism 2023-02-19 18:49
The Path of Love: Friendship 2023-02-05 15:30
The Path of Finding Our Center: Article II: Reimagining Our UU Covenant 2023-01-29 17:28
The Path of Finding Our Center: The Four Divine Abodes 2023-01-22 16:33
The Path of Wonder: “Turning to Wonder” 2022-12-04 15:08
The Path of Change: “Salvation Through Covenant” 2022-11-27 19:15
The Path of Change: “Deepening the Ancestor Story” 2022-11-06 11:35
The Path of Courage: “Fear, Anxiety and Other Hobgoblins of the Spirit” 2022-10-30 14:51
The Path of Courage: “We Will Get There–Renewing Covenant” 2022-10-23 14:58
The Path of Courage: “Sacrifice: Making Sacred Trust in the Unknown” 2022-10-16 16:55
The Path of Courage: “Teshuvah: Turning Toward Brokenness” 2022-10-02 14:08
Belonging: “The ‘Whose’ We Are Whose To” 2022-09-18 16:08
Water Communion Service 2022 Opening Words 2022-09-11 06:43
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First Parish Chelmsford Sermons 2022-2023

Sermons from the 2022-2023 church year at First Parish

Alex Kapitan , Ashanti Wilson-Moreau, Stephanie Owen, Nora, Frances Killam, and Diane Morris , Dolores Heredia-Wood , Ken Langer , Reverend Ellen Rowse Spero , Stephanie Owen, Maura Snow, and Joan Coyne