Closing Words - A blog of lessons and sentiment on the road to closure

April 27, 2021

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 10

Bertha, a true New England Universalist woman, and proud of her blue-collar heritage going back many generations, stepped into my office during my first year…
February 28, 2021

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 9

I sat in the pew on the night of my ordination contemplating the role of music in worship.  Normally a festive occasion, and my first…
January 28, 2021

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 8

There’s an old story told in many ways that’s used metaphorically to point out life’s peculiar ironies. Basically, the narrative involves a man with limited…
December 20, 2020

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 7

It wasn’t until I first entered the ministry that I experienced my first Christmas Eve service in a church. I thought it would surely end…
December 04, 2020

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 6

It was just this time of year, 1977, when I was starting the ministry of my second church, First Parish in Waltham, Universalist Unitarian. The…
November 09, 2020

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 5

If a church could smile, not smugly but as joyous relief following the presidential election, our church would be beaming the length of the state.…
October 13, 2020

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 4

During each presidential election cycle, I am reminded of my first foray into politics from the pulpit. Some would call it a disaster; I prefer…
September 17, 2020

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 3

With much national attention focused on police brutality, unleashed mostly in communities of color, I want to remind us all (for the record) that our…
September 03, 2020

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 2

We were both new to seminary. He was a Presbyterian, brimming with confidence.  I was not very self-assured, and therefore listened with amazement as he regaled…
August 13, 2020

Closing Words by Rev. Tom Goldsmith Volume 1

Dear Friends,  If these were normal times I wouldn’t feel the need to address the congregation with hints of sentiment and casual observations about the…