Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

Represent First Parish at the UUA General Assembly!

By , Published on March 23, 2017
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Wednesday, June 21st – Sunday, June 25th
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Join Rev. Catie, DLRE Mark LaPointe, and thousands of other Unitarian Universalists in “The Big Easy” for the annual national Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. The theme this year is “Resist & Rejoice!” There will be worship, workshops, a major lecture from lawyer and prison reform activist Bryan Stevenson, an exhibit hall featuring dozens of UU organizations, and opportunities for service and public witness. If you act as a delegate from First Parish in Needham, you will also have the opportunity to vote on important denominational issues, including who will be our next denominational president. Scholarships are available from the UUA and from First Parish, and you can participate virtually via your home computer through the off-site registration program. Visit the UUA’s website for more information, or speak with Rev. Catie and Mark.

Not Today, Satan

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Worship Service
Sunday, April 9, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

One of the great blessings of our lives in Boston MetroWest is that there are scores of ways to be involved in an array of activities: within a half an hour’s drive of our church in Needham, we could find ourselves at multiple theaters, scores of music venues, countless restaurants, innumerable gyms and studios, and adult education opportunities sponsored in nearly every nearby town. However, with this blessing looms a curse: the busyness trap. How do we prioritize what really matters when our choices to fill our day feel endless?

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Earth Month Class with special speaker Susan McGarvey. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Our Covenant’s Integrity

By , Published on February 18, 2017
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Worship Service
Sunday, March 26, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

At our multigenerational worship service, we’ll reflect on our congregational covenant and the justice designations we’ve earned as a Welcoming and Green Congregation. We say each week that we gather as a “loving, diverse, service” community — how well are we abiding by our covenant within and outside our church walls? 

Children attend the full service. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

 

 

Five Great Gifts

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Worship Service
Sunday, March 12, 2017

10:30am in Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

All of the major world religions carry both theological and ethical claims; for example, both the Jewish Ten Commandments and the Christian Great Commandment include statements about God and moral decrees. For “ethical living and integrity” month, we’ll take a Sunday to consider the ethical guidelines provided by the Buddha for lay practitioners of the faith. Uniquely, Buddhism’s “five great gifts” have no theistic claims. Remember to “spring forward” to arrive at the Senior Youth Pancake Breakfast on time!

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

No Youth Group meetings.

 

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

Worship Service
Sunday, March 5, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

Charitable donations have been long associated with a person’s moral priorities — how we spend our money reflects our values. Remembering the lives and philanthropy of turn-of-the-century Americans like Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Andrew Carnegie, we’ll consider how we as Unitarian Universalists “put our money where our mouth is.”

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

 

The Privilege of Risk-Taking

By , Published on February 9, 2017
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Just out of college and pre-Affordable-Care-Act, I took two “gap years” (as they’re now called). First, I worked at a Boston charter school, serving as a full-time tutor for five wonderful high schoolers. I recall my monthly stipend was about $500, and I have conveniently erased from my memory what my co-tutors and I calculated as our hourly rate. Continue reading…

Journeys of the Spirit

By , Published on January 28, 2017
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Worship Service
Sunday, February 26, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

For our multigenerational worship this month, Rev. Catie and DLRE Mark LaPointe bring to First Parish a special service developed by the Sophia Fahs Collaborative at Meadville-Lombard Theological School. The “Sophia Fahs Sunday” services are developed with “an eye toward excellence in shared ministry, multicultural diversity, multiple learning styles, and the latest in faith development theory.” This Sunday, we’ll ask ourselves: What journeys are our spirits on? How has that changed over our lives? Where will it go as we grow older? Why do we take this journey together?

Children attend the full service. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Risking the Impossible

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Worship Service
Sunday, February 12, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

Prior to our special congregational meeting to vote on bylaw changes and hear a final report from the Making Room Task Force, we’ll worship together and consider what it would mean to adopt an ethic of risk and love with the hope of creating beloved community.

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

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