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There are three email lists for use by the First Parish community - the Announcement List, the Discussion List, and the Parish Business list. Please consult the guidelines for use of the lists.

To subscribe, unsubscribe, get a subscriber list or a password reminder, or view past posts in the Archives, go to for the Announcement List, or 

To address a message to the Announcement List, use; the discussion list is The Parish Business list is  Posting to the Parish Business list is restricted.

For directions on how to subscribe to the digest form of the announcement or discussion lists, click here.


Electronic Newsletter

The newsletter is now available online in PDF format.  This allows you to see and/or print the newsletter exactly as printed and mailed from the office.  Find our Newsletters here.  If you prefer to "print your own" newsletter, contact the church office to discontinue your US mail version.  This will save a bit in office expenses, especially for those outside of Bedford.

If you'd like an email reminder when the online newsletter is updated, to submit articles, or for any other questions about the newsletter, please contact the newsletter editor,


UUA Email Lists

Our national association, the UUA, offers many options for people to connect with like-minded UUs from throughout the country. Visit and for descriptions of more than 300 lists and details on how to subscribe.


Email List Guidelines

The First Parish Discussion, Announcement, and Parish Business Lists have been established by First Parish as a vehicle for communication within the First Parish community. The Discussion List ( is intended as a means of promoting the discussion of issues of general interest to the First Parish community; the Announcement List ( is intended to facilitate announcement of news and events of general interest to the community; the Parish Business List ( is intended to communicate about news and events about First Parish exclusively.  Write access to the Parish Business List is restricted to staff, board members, committee chairs, and event organizers who have a training session. If you missed the training at the Parish Council, please contact Dee Russell, Sandy Currier or Kristina Philipson. 

Generally a post to the announcement list or the parish business list is one that does not seek a response (except for example, an RSVP); a post to the discussion list does.  A message should never be posted to more than one list.

Since not all parishioners have access to e-mail, the announcement and parish business lists should be considered a supplement, not an alternative, to the church newsletter.

Subscription to the list is open to all. In addition to providing an e-mail address, subscribers must identify themselves by name. Participation in the lists is a privilege and not a right.


These lists are un-moderated, however the Parish Board and/or the Chairperson of the Parish Board reserves the right to appoint a moderator to moderate the lists for a set or an indefinite period when in their discretion such action is warranted.

When a moderator is appointed, the function of the moderator shall be, to the fullest extent possible, to pass on all communications to the lists so long as they comply with the guidelines set forth below.

The Parish Board may from time to time appoint three list monitors whose function will be to review postings to the list for compliance with these guidelines, to receive complaints from list members, and to remind list contributors of these guidelines in an appropriate manner when they deem necessary.

First Parish neither endorses the contents of any list users' communications nor assumes responsibility for any offensive material contained in them, nor any infringement of third party intellectual property rights arising from them. When you subscribe to a list, you agree to indemnify and hold First Parish and its officers and employees harmless from any claim or demand made by any third party due to or arising out of the use of the First Parish Discussion and Announcement List services.


Reflecting Our Values

Any post to either list should be consistent with the seven principles espoused by the UUA:


  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


Participants in each list should:

  • Speak and write openly, honestly and respectfully with clarity, tact and compassion.
  • Listen carefully, with an open mind and heart, to what others say.
  • Take responsibility for our speech and actions especially in so far as they affect both individuals and the congregation as a whole.
  • Be sensitive to possible conflicts, and be willing to work toward solutions while recognizing that some differences may not be resolvable.
  • Respect our own boundaries and the boundaries of others and protect and support vulnerable individuals.
  • Respect and support diversity, and work to create a welcoming environment.

The discussion list should not be used for commercial solicitations. Commercial solicitations posted to the announcement list should be kept to a minimum and be directly related to the First Parish Community, such as FP teenagers looking for occasional work during school vacations, or a FPer who knows of a job opening that might interest someone in the community.  Please consider making a donation to First Parish if you sell items  as a result of posting on our lists.


Practical Matters

Before hitting "send," read your entire message from beginning to end. For a simple announcement, this will often reveal a typo or two. For a passionate response to a discussion thread, this will allow you to reconsider your words from the point of view of the reader before sending them.

  • If you modify your message after reading it, read it from beginning to end again.
  • After reading your message, make sure to read the "To" field to ensure that a response that you intended to send to an individual is not sent to the entire list (or vice-versa).
  • Messages should consist of plain text only (no html).
  • Messages should not contain attached files.
  • Message posters should identify themselves by first and last name in the message.
  • Messages should have an informational subject line.
  • Responses should quote the relevant portions of the message being responded to.
  • Chain letters and virus alerts should not be posted to the group. (Virus alerts received via unsolicited email are almost always fictitious).

Complaint Resolution

If you have a complaint about the messages on these lists, contact the one of the list monitors, a member of the Parish Board or the Parish Board Chairperson.

How to subscribe to email digest

Here are instructions for subscribing to the mailing lists in digest form.  The digest is a single daily email that contains all of the messages posted to the list on that day.  

While it can be nice to get fewer emails, note that there are a couple of drawbacks to the digest: you won't be able to access the attachments on messages to the list, and also if a message is time sensitive, you might not see it right away since the digest only goes out once per day.


If you are already subscribed to or, compose a new email message with the "To" and "Subject" as follows:

To: or To:

Subject: set digest plain


If you are NOT already subscribed to the list, compose a new email message with the "To" and "Subject" as follows:

To: or To:

Subject: subscribe digest


In either of the cases shown above, do not put any text in the body of the email; just send it empty. 




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