Speaker: Rev. Wil Darcangelo

Rev. Wil Darcangelo, M.Div. In addition to his service as Minister of the First Church in Lancaster, he is also the Minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Fitchburg. A columnist and blogger, he writes a weekly column named Hopeful Thinking on spiritual optimism in the information age. Wil is active in community organizing, event production and youth mentorship specifically regarding individual and community empowerment through participation in the cultural economy. He is the Founding Director of the Tribe Mentorship Project. Married to his husband Jamie Darcangelo, RN, they live with their daughter Lavender, their friends Peter, Tina, Julian and several beloved animals. Wil is also a public speaker, vocalist, carpenter and stained glass artist with a long history as a performing arts professional.

Blessing of the Animals

Join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals service. All pets who are comfortable in the presence of other leashed animals are welcome to attend. Stuffed animals are welcome too! Sally Cragin, Director of Be PAWSitive Therapy Pets and Community Education, and volunteers will … read more.

Building a Culture of Connection

Join us for a New Member Sunday service honoring relationships. Spiritual wisdom designed to enhance our relationships is always good advice. Caring for the poor, visiting the imprisoned, educating people, offering forgiveness, exhibiting compassion. These are all relationship-building activities that have been endorsed by religion … read more.

The Benefit of Risk

One of my favorite lessons in acting school was about the benefit of taking risks. Those risks
were specifically about the skill of acting and expressing the truth of a character, but all actor
training focuses entirely around emulating the inner workings of human feelings and behavior.
So … read more.

The Reverse Psychology of Jesus

“Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.” That line from the seventh chapter of the gospel of Mark reiterates something which is a recurring theme in scripture: Don’t tell anybody. Why is … read more.

Encouraging the Heart – Easter Sunday

This Easter Sunday our service examines the purpose behind the tradition of celebrating the story of Christ’s resurrection entitled “Encouraging the Heart.” While we cannot know for certain what happened during the crucifixion and the days that followed, we can look to what the story … read more.

Gird Your Loins

Join us for a service meant to prepare us for the challenging year ahead in our culture and politics. What is the advice? To be a dram of non-anxious presence in an ocean of anxiety and fear. A single birthday candle has the power to … read more.