Community Education Programs

West Parish Church, Community Education at West Parish seeks to serve the wider community with programs that connect us, nurture the spirit, challenge the heart, and change the world.   We seek peace, social justice, and transformational love.   

A sampling of our Community Education programs from Fall 2019 are below.

Transgender 101

October 2019 


Renee Manning is a member of South Church, an engineer, a parent, and a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School. She also happens to be a transgender woman. Come and hear Renee's story, and ask her questions about being transgender and her experience in the world.

Walking Meditation

October 2019  

Meditation and prayer can take many forms, and one of them is through movement - in particular, walking.  Walking meditation of walking prayer is an ancient practice in both the Buddhist and Christian traditions.

After a brief gathering and introduction at your own pace along the beautiful cemetery paths, during the glorious chance of Fall. Walkers of all abilities, of all ages, and of all faiths or no faith are most welcome. (But please, no dogs!) Folks in wheelchairs or with mobility issues may remain on the upper sidewalk close to the arch, which is flat and level.

Note: Meet under the Arch in the West Parish Garden Cemetery, across from the church.

Sacred Conversations on Race, Part 2

November 2019 

Back due to popular demand, Rev. Betsy Waters will guide us through an important, sometimes difficult conversation. A sacred conversation on race intends to build a community circle where each person can risk saying his/her/their own truth and to be open, even curious, about other people’s truth.  

We will explore our questions about  privilege, the effect of individual and collective history, the changes in our culture, our fears, and the stories we tell ourselves about news reports and current events.