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.
A few days ago as I was checking the weather, I noticed sunrise and sunset were almost exactly twelve hours apart. It was a gentle reminder from the Weather Channel that we are passing through the autumnal equinox, when night and day are in perfect balance for one of two times during the calendar year. Continue reading…
This upcoming week, our Jewish neighbors and friends prepare for the High Holy Days,an annual period of reflection, confession, and forgiveness. At our worship service, we reach back to the Judeo-Christian roots of Unitarian Universalism to learn how progressive understandings and practices of repentance can help us align our actions more closely with our highest spiritual principles.
Is it true that a chain—or congregation—is only as strong as its weakest link? We explore this question with lessons from the appreciative inquiry model of problem-solving and the United States men’s national soccer team.
Welcome, members and friends of First Parish, to our first month together!
The past few years have been an exciting and busy time at this congregation: the capital campaign, the new building, new multigenerational programming and adaptations, the departure of a beloved minister and music director, two-year-interims for both of those positions… And, now, we have arrived, together diving into the fourth century of First Parish’s ministry. Continue reading…
For our multigenerational Ingathering worship service, we’ll all participate in the Unitarian Universalist water communion ceremony (remember your water from your summer adventures!) and reflect on humanity’s deep commonalities beneath our superficial differences. We’ll explore what it means to cultivate the Buddhist metta mind of compassion and openness, particularly at this start of the shared ministry of First Parish with its two newest program staff members, Rev. Catie Scudera and Irina Georgieva.
Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles are each rooted in the beliefs that every being is unique and important and that we are all deeply interconnected with the earth and each other. In candidating minister Catie Scudera’s second sermon at First Parish, we will acknowledge and celebrate that we each have talents and gifts to offer for the betterment of our congregation and the broader community.
Do you ever feel anxious or afraid about uncertainties ahead in your life? In our first worship service with candidating minister Catie Scudera, we’ll explore how to cultivate and sustain faith when facing the unknown. Perhaps we, like the great Persian poet Rumi, can “forget safety, live where [we] fear to live, destroy [our] reputation, be notorious”!