Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

The Survivors’ Grief

By , Published on November 15, 2015
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“Survivors’ Grief” PDF

First Parish in Needham and the greater MetroWest community has suffered many tragic deaths due to suicide in the past fifteen years. Our congregation also suffered an earlier great loss when our minister, Reverend John Baker, died by suicide thirty years ago. On History Sunday on our 304th congregational anniversary, we’ll grapple with this difficult issue that has had significant impact on our church and wider community.

Losing a Beloved

By , Published on November 8, 2015
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“Losing a Beloved” PDF

Every community and family is touched by life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease,  and degenerative disorders; sometimes, there is no cure or effective treatment available, and we ourselves or loved ones face death. When this inevitably happens in our lives, how do we take care of ourselves and the people we love, and how do we share what is most important to us as we die?  This service is part of the national Conversation Sabbath program about end-of-life-care, and pairs  with the upcoming workshops from the Conversation Project on November 16th and 30th.

Children attended the first 15 minutes, followed by Religious Exploration classes.   Nursery Care is available downstairs.


The Forever of Universalism

By , Published on November 1, 2015
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In honor of All Souls’ Day, we’ll remember how Universalism dramatically changed the Christian theological landscape about the afterlife—which impacts our Unitarian Universalist theology even  today. For this multigenerational service, feel free to wear your costume from All Hallows’ Eve and  bring framed photographs of loved ones who have died recently for our altar. We will have a time of  remembrance for our loved ones of blessed memory.



Choosing Life on Earth

By , Published on October 19, 2015
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“Choosing Life on Earth” PDF

A common trope in futuristic science fiction movies is that our planet is no longer inhabitable, whether because of a dying ecosystem (Interstellar), too much trash (WALL-E), or that we’ve run out of essential natural resources (Serenity). But, what if there isn’t “another earth”? What is this Earth is the only home we get? How do we preserve our planet for future generations? This is the third of a sermon series about the national UU initiative, Commit2Respond, which includes shifting to a low-carbon lifestyle and future.

Children attend first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration Classes.

Senior Youth Group meets 7-8:30pm in the Parlor.


Toxins Don’t Know Boundaries

By , Published on October 11, 2015
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“Toxins Don’t Know Boundaries” PDF

Across the United States, indigenous peoples are facing the intersectional struggle of environmental degradation and racism. On Indigenous Peoples Day weekend, we’ll consider how we can change dominant colonialist attitudes and instead support modern indigenous rights movements. This is the second of a sermon series about the national UU-initiative, Commit2Respond, which includes working to advance the human rights of communities affected by climate change.

Children go straight to Children’s Worship in Parish Hall.

No Youth Groups.

Francis and Francis

By , Published on October 4, 2015
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“Francis & Francis” PDF

In June of this year, Pope Francis released the encyclical Laudato Si’, “Praise Be Unto You: On Care for our Common Home.” On St. Francis’s feast day, we’ll engage with both Francises and their shared commitment toward all of creation. This is the first of a sermon series about the national UU-initiative, Commit2Respond, which includes growing the climate justice movement. We will also hold our annual Blessing of the Animals this Sunday — please remember to bring a photo, printed or on a phone, of your pet to be shared and blessed!

Children attend first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration Classes.

Junior Youth Group meets 4:30-6pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets 7-8:30pm in the Parlor.


Forgiveness in an Unfair World

By , Published on September 20, 2015
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“Forgiveness in an Unfair World” PDF

In the year 2015 in the United States, we have had as many mass shootings as we have had days. In honor of the High Holy Days, we reflect on what place forgiveness has in a world that is unfair and sometimes cruel—and how forgiveness can transform those who forgive and those who are forgiven. This is also our first Sunday of children’s Religious Exploration classes.

Children attended the first 15 minutes, followed by Religious Exploration classes.

Junior Youth Group cookout 5-7pm at the Baileys’ home. Details and RSVP.

Senior Youth Group cookout 6-8pm at the Mecsases’ home.

Welcome, Wanderers and Worshippers

By , Published on September 13, 2015
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“Welcome, Wanderers and Worshippers!” PDF

Wherever you’ve wandered or worshipped this summer, the program staff is excited to see you for Ingathering Sunday! Our multigenerational service will focus on welcoming whoever walks through our doors, just as they are and whoever they are becoming. We’ll all participate in the Unitarian Universalist water communion ceremony–remember your water from your summer adventures!

Please plan to stay after worship for our annual potluck picnic sponsored by our RE Committee. And please note that we will also be taking our annual all-church picture in front of the Meetinghouse doors immediately after the worship service (and before some of us have a chance to spill sandwich all over themselves).

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