Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

Guest At Our Table

By , Published on November 30, 2014
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Happy holidays!

‘Tis the season of well-loved winter holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Solstice, and more. In Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country, this is also the season when we support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s (UUSC’s) Guest At Your Table program. Every year, the UUSC challenges us to ask our friends and family—typically over dinner—to financially support the UUSC’s human rights work. Continue reading…

Hope in Ourselves

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This Sunday is the beginning of the Christian season of Advent, which are the four weeks of waiting with anticipation for Christmas. Both our Universalist and Unitarian spiritual ancestors believed that Jesus fulfilled a unique, holy hope as a teacher, leader, and counselor. In modern Unitarian Universalism, we often quote UU religious educator Sophia Lyon Fahs instead: “each night a child is born is a holy night.” What would it look like for us to embody that belief that every one of us was born holy, particularly in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri? 

Children attend the first 15 minutes of the services followed by Religious Exploration classes. Nursery care available downstairs.

Please join us after services for Social Hour in Parish Hall.

 

Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter

By , Published on November 25, 2014
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“The harrowing truth is that I could be the next Mike Brown. My household had two parents. I have a college degree and a job. My pants don’t sag. In the wrong situation, though, my ‘respectable’ nature might not save me. I sometimes wonder—would my faith stick up for me as my character got questioned, as my blackness robbed me of my humanity in the eyes of many?

These questions keep me up at night. But I have hope that you would.” – Kenny Wiley, Director of Faith Formation—Prairie UU Church in Parker, Colorado, for Standing on the Side of Love

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Gratitude and Generosity

By , Published on November 23, 2014
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Happy Thanksgiving! Every year, First Parish participates in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Guest At Your Table program, which asks us to take an offering at our Thanksgiving tables to contribute to the UUSC’s social justice work in compassionate consumption, rebuilding Haiti, access to clean water, and more. On the eve of this national holiday, we’ll reflect on how our generosity is deeply connected to our sense of gratitude and blessings. 

Children attend the entire service with their families. Nursery care available downstairs.

Please join us after services for Social Hour in Parish Hall.

Better Know a UU: Lucy Stone

By , Published on November 2, 2014
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Better Know A UU: Lucy Stone PDF

Have you wondered if our Universalist and Unitarian forbearers were as engaged in social causes and politics as many modern Unitarian Universalists are? The answer is, “Yes!” Come to worship this Sunday before Election Day to “Better Know a UU.” This Election Sunday, we’ll get to know Lucy Stone, a Massachusetts-born activist and lecturer. And, don’t forget to vote on November 4!

Children attend first 15 minutes of service, followed by Religious Exploration classes. Nursery care available downstairs.

Please join us after services for Social Hour in Parish Hall.

Living Death Deliberately

By , Published on October 26, 2014
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Living Death Deliberately PDF

Happy Halloween! Costumes are welcome this Sunday in the sanctuary, but Halloween isn’t all fun and candy. All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints’ Day are honored around the world with the practice of remembering family members and friends who have died. On this Sunday, we reflect on a quotation from Unitarian-Transcendenalist Henry David Thoreau: “I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life… and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Because death touches us all, how do we live death deliberately? Remember to bring a photograph or memento of a deceased loved one who you would like to honor.

Children attend the first 15 minutes of worship, followed by Religious Exploration classes. Nursery care available downstairs.

Even Failure Can Make Good Compost

By , Published on October 19, 2014
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Even Failure Makes Good Compost PDF

One of First Parish’s ministers from the 1800’s, Reverend Charles Dall, at first seems fairly unremarkable—perhaps even a failure!—at first glance. However, he has a remarkable connection to the Unitarian Union of Northeast India, which celebrated its 127th anniversary last month. With 10,000 Unitarians currently living in Meghalaya, India, Dall’s story is a lesson for us in the great fruits that can come from a life marked with seeming “failure.” 

Children attend the first 15 minutes of worship, followed by Religious Exploration classes. Nursery care available downstairs.

But Finally, Jellyfish Appeared

By , Published on October 5, 2014
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But Finally, Jellyfish Appeared! PDF 

The Fifth Source of our Unitarian Universalist faith are the “humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.” Not surprisingly, our spiritual ancestors were on the forefront of the “pro-evolution” debate over a hundred years ago. On this Sunday, when we bless our animals in honor of St. Francis’s feast day, we reflect on how much we’ve learned—or haven’t yet—from the epic story of evolution. Remember to bring your favorite pet’s photograph to worship for a blessing!

Children attend the first 15 minutes of worship, followed by Religious Exploration classes. Nursery care available downstairs.

 

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