WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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said of these first few months. She described the congregation's appeal as "progressive, open, and affirming," and that the welcome so far has been "heartwarming." The Reverend Dr. Thomas D. Wintle Senior Minister at First Parish Church in Weston "We were formed by the Puritans and reformed by the Unitarians," the Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Wintle likes to say about the First Parish Church in Weston where he has served as senior minister since 1995. First "gathered" in 1698 as a Puritan town church, its mission was to serve all residents in the farmers' parish of Watertown, as the area was then called. Its location on the town green was as central to its identity then as it is today. Wintle noted that it was roughly around 1830 that First Parish began its gradual shift to the Unitarian theology that it continues to practice today within a Christian framework. There are Weston families who have attended First Parish for generations, as well as new- comers who were raised in a variety of faith traditions. Membership is at about 500 adults and 100 children. "We are very much at the heart of the Weston community," Wintle said. Indeed, after the September 11 attacks, people of all differ- ent faiths and denominations felt drawn to First Parish as a place to come together in peace, he recalled. 87 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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