Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

Heed Their Direction

Worship Service
Sunday, April 30, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

During this special weekend, First Parish is hosting the Icons of the Civil Rights Movement art exhibit. For our worship service, the icons of Unitarian Universalists murdered in Selma — Rev. James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo — and of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will join us in the sanctuary for a service that reflects on the power and purpose of iconography and the heroes they depict. Rev. Catie shares leadership of the worship with our honored guests of the weekend, artist Pamela Purdy and her husband Rev. David Purdy.

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Ecological Imbalance

Worship Service
Sunday, April 23, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

Especially since the Industrial Revolution, human beings have disturbed the careful ecological balance of our world. Can we live in harmonious homeostasis with our fellow living beings?

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Children’s Worship about gardening and the Seventh Principle led by our LRE Program Assistant Jen Duhamel. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

No Youth Groups.

Easter Sunday: Prophetic Disruption

Worship Service
Sunday, April 16, 2017
9:00 am (family-friendly) and 11:00 am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

A significant part of Jesus’s ministry — and, potentially, one cause of his arrest and execution — was his disruption of cultural, political, and spiritual norms of his time. How does his prophetic disruption inspire us today? The 9:00 am (note the earlier time) service is family-friendly/multigenerational, and features our UU Ringers and Song Squad; at the 11:00 am service, come for music from the First Parish choir. Don’t forget that there is just one social hour and the annual Easter egg hunt, both happening in between the services at 10 am!

Children attend the full service. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

No youth groups. Senior Youth Group on annual service trip.

Represent First Parish at the UUA General Assembly!

Wednesday, June 21st – Sunday, June 25th
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Join Rev. Catie, DLRE Mark LaPointe, and thousands of other Unitarian Universalists in “The Big Easy” for the annual national Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. The theme this year is “Resist & Rejoice!” There will be worship, workshops, a major lecture from lawyer and prison reform activist Bryan Stevenson, an exhibit hall featuring dozens of UU organizations, and opportunities for service and public witness. If you act as a delegate from First Parish in Needham, you will also have the opportunity to vote on important denominational issues, including who will be our next denominational president. Scholarships are available from the UUA and from First Parish, and you can participate virtually via your home computer through the off-site registration program. Visit the UUA’s website for more information, or speak with Rev. Catie and Mark.

Not Today, Satan

Worship Service
Sunday, April 9, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

One of the great blessings of our lives in Boston MetroWest is that there are scores of ways to be involved in an array of activities: within a half an hour’s drive of our church in Needham, we could find ourselves at multiple theaters, scores of music venues, countless restaurants, innumerable gyms and studios, and adult education opportunities sponsored in nearly every nearby town. However, with this blessing looms a curse: the busyness trap. How do we prioritize what really matters when our choices to fill our day feel endless?

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Earth Month Class with special speaker Susan McGarvey. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Our Covenant’s Integrity

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Worship Service
Sunday, March 26, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

At our multigenerational worship service, we’ll reflect on our congregational covenant and the justice designations we’ve earned as a Welcoming and Green Congregation. We say each week that we gather as a “loving, diverse, service” community — how well are we abiding by our covenant within and outside our church walls? 

Children attend the full service. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

 

 

Five Great Gifts

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Worship Service
Sunday, March 12, 2017

10:30am in Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

All of the major world religions carry both theological and ethical claims; for example, both the Jewish Ten Commandments and the Christian Great Commandment include statements about God and moral decrees. For “ethical living and integrity” month, we’ll take a Sunday to consider the ethical guidelines provided by the Buddha for lay practitioners of the faith. Uniquely, Buddhism’s “five great gifts” have no theistic claims. Remember to “spring forward” to arrive at the Senior Youth Pancake Breakfast on time!

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

No Youth Group meetings.

 

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

Worship Service
Sunday, March 5, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

Charitable donations have been long associated with a person’s moral priorities — how we spend our money reflects our values. Remembering the lives and philanthropy of turn-of-the-century Americans like Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Andrew Carnegie, we’ll consider how we as Unitarian Universalists “put our money where our mouth is.”

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

 

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