Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

Comfort and Renewal

By , Published on March 27, 2015
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CatieColumn0327-1This winter has been so hard on our faith community. Yes, I’m partly talking about the snow—a record-breaking 110.3 inches at this writing—which made driving, biking, and walking dangerous, kept us cooped up at home with ice dams and leaks, and brought one of the cloudiest, grayest months in my memory up here in the Boston area. Continue reading…

Our Church, Our Dreams

By , Published on March 22, 2015
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For this month’s multigenerational worship service, we’ll have the opportunity to study the congregation’s Mission and Vision, and to dream about what we want to see in and of First Parish over the next five years. Come prepared to contemplate, listen, and share!

Children attend the full service with their families.  Nursery care available. 

Join us for Social Hour in Parish Hall after the service.

Junior Youth Group meets 5—6:30pm.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7—8:30pm.

The First Step

By , Published on March 8, 2015
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“The First Step” PDF

Across the country, congregations are honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery. At First Parish, we’ll remember the bravery of those marchers, and the bravery of those who took “first steps” in the feminist movement of the 1970s as part of Women’s History Month. We’re also delighted to dedicate Fay Remnitz’s granddaughter, Lucy Remnitz, at this worship service.

Children in service for the first 15 minutes, followed by RE classes. Nursery care available.

Join us for Social Hour in Parish Hall after the service.

Junior Youth Group meets at 4:30pm.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm.

Enjoy Life

By , Published on March 1, 2015
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“Enjoy Life” PDF

We’re moving into the final weeks of our Annual Budget Drive campaign, and hopefully our final weeks of a prolonged and difficult winter season. This Sunday, we’ll reflect on the writings of the mysterious teacher, Qoheleth, who asked if there was any meaning to our human lives or if it was all just “vanity.”

Children in service for the first 15 minutes, followed by RE classes. Nursery care available.

Join us for Social Hour in Parish Hall after the service.

No youth groups.

First Parish’s Next Chapter

By , Published on February 25, 2015
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HBP -  2014 All Church PhotoLast month, I had the opportunity to gather with 450 other Unitarian Universalist ministers in northern California for a continuing education conference, the CENTER Institute for Ministerial Excellence. This was an opportunity born of the hard work and planning of the UU Ministers Association, and of Continue reading…

Where Do We Begin?

By , Published on February 22, 2015
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“Where Do We Begin?” PDF

As we conclude Black History Month, we reflect on successes and missteps in Unitarian/Universalists engaging with racial justice, and hope to find an answer about where each of us can begin in building a new world of beloved community.

Children report to Parish Hall for Children’s Worship. Nursery care available.

Please join us for Social Hour in Parish Hall after the service.

Senior Youth Group at 7pm.

After the Tackle

By , Published on February 1, 2015
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“After the Tackle” PDF

Tonight, the New England Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks in the 49th Super Bowl. With football on our minds, we’ll reflect on what spiritual lessons we might glean from this other Sunday activity, particularly as our congregation is in discernment about its ministry goals for the next five years.

Children in service for the first 15 minutes, followed by Religious Exploration classes. Nursery care available.

Please join us for Social Hour in Parish Hall after the service.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm.

We Shall Overcome

By , Published on January 18, 2015
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Come to First Parish for a special “flip service,” where the kids and youth stay with Rev. Catie and Irina in the sanctuary and the adults go to religious exploration with Mark and Kate! We’ll honor Martin Luther King Day and begin our time of reflection on the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma.

Children attend the full service Nursery care available.

Please join us for Social Hour in Parish Hall after the service.

No Youth Groups. 

In Service of Religious Liberalism

By , Published on January 17, 2015
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“Serving Religious Liberalism” PDF

For our multigenerational worship this month, we’ll hear the story of Unitarian minister Rev. Egbert Ethelred Brown, who led the experimental and racially integrated Harlem Community Church in the early 1900’s. Rev. Brown faced many institutional and personal obstacles in his dream of pastoring his own congregation because of racism in the American Unitarian Association and society more broadly. How do we continue the work of ridding our faith of prejudice so that all people can find a home in our sanctuaries? 

Children attend the full service. Toddler and infant care available.

No youth groups.

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