Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

UUs and Non-Violent Resistance

By , Published on April 24, 2016
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“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.


Despite my preparatory efforts, there was much about living in India that surprised me. I have many stories of culture shock, miscommunication, and good intentions—some of my favorites include the time I almost ate a bee, how a bus driver once put on a cassette of Shania Twain when he saw me board, how I was too tall to fit, well, basically anywhere in Meghalaya. This story is about sunscreen. Continue reading…




“Fearless” PDF

Easter Sunday

In the Easter story, Jesus’s followers are scattered and grieving his loss… Until a small group of women go to tend to his grave site, though it would reveal themselves as allies to a man executed for rebellion against the oppressive Roman Empire. How did they find their courage? The 9:30 am service is family-friendly, 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 10:30 am! 

Children attend full service. Infant and toddler care available.

No Youth Groups.

Mission-Driven Church


“Mission-Driven Church” PDF

Covenants and mission statements have provided focus and purpose to communities from early Christian churches, to modern corporate culture, to our own congregation. For Palm Sunday, we’ll explore some examples of how mission, vision, and goal-setting have transformed communities into tight-knit and effective change-agents. 

Children attend first 15 minutes of service, followed be Religious Exploration classes. Infant and toddler care available.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

You’re the Queen


“You’re the Queen” PDF

Every year in the twelfth month of the Jewish liturgical calendar, the holiday of Purim is celebrating with fanfare and theater. Though it is a joyful occasion, Purim is also a holiday honoring the great courage of the Hebrew queen, Esther, who saved an exiled Jewish community from genocide. During Women’s History Month and our “courage” themed-ministry month, we will learn modern lessons from Esther’s ancient story. 

Children attend first 15 minutes of service, followed be Religious Exploration classes. Infant and toddler care available.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

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