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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
Thanksgiving Ingathering Service 2020 2020-11-22 08:20
After the Election 2020-11-08 12:47
All Souls Service 2020 2020-11-01 09:23
Deep Listening: Racism as Embodied Trauma 2020-10-25 18:29
Deep Listening: The Practice of Discernment 2020-10-04 12:15
Renewal and Repentance 2020-09-27 10:40
Universalism’s 250 Anniversary 2020-09-20 10:27
Water Communion 2020 2020-09-13 06:41
Flower Communion 2020 2020-06-21 07:06
Healing and Sacrifice 2020-06-07 08:42
Memory and Hope 2020-05-24 11:20
Choosing Beauty 2020-05-17 05:32
Reflection on Time 2020-05-03 08:08
We Are All In This Together 2020-04-26 08:24
Easter Reflection: Resurrection Begins with Love 2020-04-12 13:17
"What Is It?": Reflections on the Story of Passover 2020-04-05 11:23
Grace as the Glue 2020-03-29 16:13
Pajama Church 2020-03-22 50:56
Abiding 2020-02-23 13:55
Metta and Chesed: Steadfast Loving Kindness 2020-02-02 16:02
Title Description Speakers
First Parish Chelmsford Sermons 2020-2021

Sermons from the 2020-2021 church year at First Parish

Laura Wagner - Executive Director of the UU Mass Action Network , Reverend Ellen Rowse Spero , Reverend Justine Sullivan