First Parish in Framingham Announces New Senior Minister

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FRAMINGHAM – First Parish in Framingham announced Reverend Aaron Stockwell will be the Unitarian Universalist church’s new senior minister.

“He brings a commitment to active ministry, to showing up as a person of
faith on important issues. He brings a commitment to interfaith efforts that transform the world, and will offer comforting and challenging sermons, guiding us to be our best selves,” said the church in announcing the news.

“I am thrilled to be called as the 25th Minister of First Parish in Framingham. Having grown up in Massachusetts, there was always something comforting about knowing that at the edge of nearly every town
green there was a Unitarian Universalist church. It’s like they were just part of the landscape,” said Rev. Stockwwell.

“Having served Unitarian Universalism congregations in Kansas and Texas, I now appreciate how radical our faith can be, both in the unusual sense of the word, but also in the return to the roots sense of radical. I want to insure that our congregations are not just part of the landscape, but that they can serve as a beacon, that they change lives and save lives,” said the new senior minister.

Rev Stockwell said he is “looking forward to getting to know the many people who make up First Parish, and learning more about their hopes for our congregation. I’ve previously served congregations as an interim minister and as a developmental minister. Both of these are time bound ministry that have a distinct ending. I’m looking to building our ministry over the years together.”

First Parish in Framingham is a Unitarian Universalist congregation, founded in 1701.

Located on the Framingham Centre Common, the church offers weekly worship services, religious exploration programs for youth, small group ministry, music ministries, and a Climate Action Team.

First Parish in Framingham supports several social justice initiatives, such as the MetroWest Free Medical Program, Family Promise MetroWest,
Learning English for Adults Program, the Diaper Project and was instrumental in instituting a recycling program for all of Framingham.

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