Rev. Stephanie’s Reflections: October is “Love” month

Woman smiling in sun-filled office
Woman smiling in sun-filled office

From my new office window overlooking Marlborough Street, I am reminded that there is much to love about Boston in the fall—trees erupting into color, the return of cozy sweaters, pumpkins on porches, and more. Throughout the month, First Church will be exploring what it means to love.

Beginning on October 1, the Sunday service questions how we define “love”? Then on October 8, the service will ask what it means to love a place, especially within Native American cultures. On October 15, guest speaker Dr. Marc Roscoe Loustau will explore love of humanity by asking what is at stake when we support humanitarian programs in Ukraine? Sunday October 22 plays with the Universalist idea that “God is love” and what it means to center love as our religious foundation. Finally, October 29 acknowledges the spiritual traditions that reflect on the relationship of life and death this time of year. The service seeks to honor our connections to our ancestors as well as the generations yet to come. (Miss a service? Check out recordings on our YouTube page.)

As the crane out front conveys, this is also a season of construction at First Church. From building updates to a new minister to asking big questions about what’s next for religion in the 21st century for people of all ages, it is an exciting time. As the new minister, I am rapidly learning about First Church and Boston as I listen to stories about why you love First Church. I also hope to listen and learn from those exploring First Church, Unitarian Universalism, and the idea of a religious community for themselves or their families. Whether you are a long-time member or have never been through the doors, please reach out to me at with your questions or ideas.

Happy October!
-Rev. Stephanie