Living in Spirit Lecture — Diana Butler Bass

Dr. Diana Butler Bass will discuss “Gratitude as Resilience: Why we Need to Be Grateful Now” at the John P. Webster Library’s Living in Spirit Lecture Saturday evening, October 27th at 7 pm in the First Church Auditorium. Nearly everyone knows that gratitude is good, but why is it often so hard to practice?  With the upcoming season of thanksgiving – and our political moment – in mind, Dr. Bass will explore the misconceptions we bring to gratefulness. She suggests the radical possibility that gratitude is just what we need right now to live together with joy and hope.

Dr. Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She is the author of nine books; her latest, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks came out last April.

Dr. Bass also will be the guest preacher on Sunday, October 28th at 10 am in the First Church Meeting House.

Both events are free, but registration is required at the Saturday evening event. Register here.

Book Discussions


The JPW Library hosts two book groups, one weekly and one monthly. 

Awakening the Spirit Book Discussion
Mondays from noon – 1:30 pm from September-May

Led by Minister of Spiritual Life Rev. Susan Izard.


Food for Thought Book Group
First Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm from October – May 

This group is led by John P. Webster Library Director Jennifer deSimas.


Now available in the JPW Library: the First Church Senior Resource Manual for seniors and their families provides information on care options, legal matters, illness, spirituality, local transportation options, and more.