The Rev. Peter Panagore

Denomination: United Church of Christ (UCC)
Organization: First Radio Parish Church of America

In 2003, Reverend Panagore was recruited to apply for the position of Pastor of First Radio Parish Church of America, and host of the TV program, Daily Devotions, that broadcasts daily from two NBC Stations in Maine. Daily Devotions may also be found on the app Call on Faith by Odyssey Networks, on FM, AM, email, Face Book, Twitter, YouTube, in book, in magazine, and at Given his theological, literary and theatrical training Daily Devotions is a perfect fit. So far, he has written and produced more than a 1000 short form videos, which have been viewed by millions of TV viewers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Canada. He serves as the fifth minister of First Radio Parish Church of America, founded in 1926, in Portland, Maine. First Radio is the oldest continuous religious broadcast in the USA.

Reverend Panagore, storyteller, is a native New Englander, born and raised in Massachusetts, and a graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut with a Masters of Divinity. Rev Panagore earned his B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he also studied the art of mime. He attended Montana State University for one year as an exchange student, from where he toured and performed nationally in the Theater of Silence, and graduated from the Catholic prep school -- Saint John's High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts where he rowed bow on a crew of eight.

Raised both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic, and ordained in the United Church of Christ Congregational, New Haven Association in 1987, he served 18 years in pulpits in Connecticut and Maine, ending that portion of his career as minister of the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, United Church of Christ.

From 1999-2006 Reverend Panagore was a staff writer at Homiletics, the leading nationwide worship preparation journal for mainline clergy. Homiletics published more than a hundred of his sermons. He has also published short stories in anthologies, most notably, Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul, by New York Times Best Selling editor Jack Canfield. He is author of Two Minutes for God, a Maine best seller. He is at work on his next book with the working title, Your Soul Is Real.

Reverend Panagore has practiced The Jesus Prayer and yoga for more than 30 years, writes poetry, skis wicked fast but always in control, and once died in an ice climbing accident in Canada, but obviously came back.

He is married with two adult children and lives on the remote coast of Maine within earshot of the sea.

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Tuesday May 07, 2013
The Rev. Peter Panagore unpacks Jesus' very moving prayer in John 17, and points out that Jesus prays intimately not only for his disciples in the upper room, but for all who believe in him, that they may be one in unity.

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Peter Baldwin Panagore: My Liberal Life Among Guns

Tuesday January 22, 2013
Like many responsible gun owners, I live in the dynamic tension between danger and necessity. Like many people of faith, I live in the dynamic tension between what my faith teaches me -- that God is love, that I am called to love my neighbor as myself and that I am to do unto others as I would have them do unto to me -- and what the world teaches me: that it can be a dangerous place.

The Rev. Peter Panagore: Does Easter Have Relevance?

Tuesday April 10, 2012
My local paper sent a notice around to all the local clergy asking the question: "What relevance does Easter have in the world today?" What world?

Peter Panagore: An American Christian Practices Yoga

Saturday March 24, 2012
After more than three decades of dedicated practice, for me, yoga is more about prayer than it is about postures, strength building, flexibility, and the right clothes and mat.

Peter Panagore: By-the-Numbers God

Friday March 09, 2012
As Americans face the devastation and loss of life and the grief caused by the horrific tornadoes of the last few days, Rev. Robertson actually said on his show, "If enough people were praying [God] would've intervened, you could pray, Jesus stilled the storm, you can still storms."

The Rev. Peter Panagore: Seeing the Dead

Tuesday February 28, 2012
Over the years as a community pastor, like most pastors, I attended to death, funerals and grieving in my town. Over the years, many times, the grieving would pull me aside and say, "Preacher, I had this dream..." or "Maybe I'm going crazy, but I saw him standing there..."