Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

Delegates Sought for UUA General Assembly 2016

By , Published on May 28, 2016
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Are you interested in getting involved with Unitarian Universalism at a national level? Every June, Unitarian Universalists from across the country — and the world! — gather to worship together, learn from one another, and vote on important denominational business, priorities, and justice statements. First Parish in Needham can send six voting delegates to General Assembly (GA), which is in Columbus, Ohio, from June 22nd through June 26th. You can learn more about this year’s GA on the UUA’s website or by connecting with any of the First Parish members who attended last year (Rev. Catie, Mark LaPointe, Katie Edwards, Rebecca Keller Scholl, Marianne McGowan, Deborah Niles, and Becky Siebens). If you are interested in attending in person or through the new online livestream system, please be in touch with Rev. Catie or any member of the Parish Committee by June 5th. 


Let’s Go Fly A Kite — Flower Communion


“Let’s Go Fly A Kite!” PDF

Come to First Parish for Father’s Day and our annual, multigenerational Flower Communion service, a Unitarian tradition created by our Czech siblings in spirit. Remember to bring flowers to share with your First Parish friends! We’ll reflect on the transformation of Mr. Banks in the Mary Poppins stories. This is also our final sanctuary service of the spring, before moving into the Parish Hall for (air-conditioned) summer worship.

Children attend the full service. Nursery and toddler care available.


Joy as Defiance — Pride Sunday


“Joy as Defiance” PDF

First Parish is celebrating its 20th anniversary of becoming a Welcoming Congregation! We were transformed twenty years ago by a hardworking and compassionate team of members who guided First Parish into becoming openly inclusive and affirming of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Come to worship to hear the story of our journey — and our country’s — from 1996 to 2016, and stay for a Pride party during social hour! Continue reading…

Joy That’s Right There

By , Published on May 21, 2016
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“Will you seek afar off? You surely come back at last,
In things best known to you, finding the best, or as good as the best,
In folks nearest to you finding the sweetest, strongest, lovingest;
Happiness, knowledge, not in another place, but this place—not for another hour, but this hour.” 

~ From the conclusion of Walt Whitman’s Carol of Occupations, part of his masterwork Leaves of Grass and featured as lyrics in our gray hymnal’s “Will You Seek in Far-Off Places?”

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Overcoming Shame to Find Worthiness

By , Published on April 24, 2016
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The Friday before April vacation week, I boarded a bus to downtown New York City for a 48-hour visit to the Big Apple. I don’t travel like that for fun—especially when my return train to Westwood won’t get in until late Saturday night, and I’m leading worship at First Parish the next day! But, this quick trip provided me with a very special opportunity. Continue reading…

UUs and Non-Violent Resistance


“UUs and Non-Violent Resistance” PDF

The non-violent resistance movement and philosophy has deep Unitarian/Universalist roots, which we’ll explore during this Sunday’s worship service. Remember, this Sunday is “Roll ‘n Stroll,” so you’re encouraged to bike, walk, or roll to First Parish for a photograph at 10:05 and worship at 10:30. This year, dogs are welcome to walk to church, too, and will be supervised during worship by volunteers and a “doggie daycare” professional at the Perezes’ house on Dedham Avenue.

Children in service for first 15 minutes, followed by Religious Exploration classes.  Infant and toddler care available.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7 in the Parlor.

Conflict Required


“Conflict Required” PDF

Come to our multigenerational worship service to celebrate Mother’s Day and consider how to “fight fair” and maintain right relationship as we strive toward peace within our families. As the sixth century Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu wrote, “If there is to be peace in the world… There must be peace in the home.”

Children attend the full service. Infant and toddler care available.

Jr Youth Group meets at 5 in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7 in the Parlor.

New UU Course to be offered

By , Published on April 11, 2016
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Thursdays April 28, May 5, and May 12, 7-8:30pm in the Youth Room

This three-session course is designed specifically for those new to Unitarian Universalism, but offers some great refreshers for long time UUs as well. Join Rever-end Catie and Mark LaPointe, our Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration, as we examine what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in the 21st Century. We’ll take a look at who we are, what we believe and how we take action in the world, all in light of our rich Unitarian Universalist tradition and heritage. Registration is requested and childcare is available upon request for those who need it. Please contact Mark LaPointe, DLRE for more information or to register.

Hardened Hearts

By , Published on March 23, 2016
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“Hardened Hearts” PDF

During the holiday of Passover, we will consider what happened to the “bad guy” of the Passover story—Pharaoh, whose heart was too hardened to let the enslaved Hebrew people go free. How can we know if our hearts are becoming hardened, and how do we let love back in? This Sunday, we will also honor those who have freely chosen to join into our congregational covenant and community during our New Member Recognition Ceremony.

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