June 10, 6-8 pm at the Congregational Church of Needham (1154 Great Plain Avenue)
Our neighbors at the Congregational Church of Needham warmly invite us to meet activist and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas on June 10th. Vargas arrived in the United States from the Philippines at age 12, and in 2008 he won Pulitzer Prize as part of Washington Post team for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. In 2011, he revealed in a New York Times Magazine story that he was undocumented. TIME magazine featured him on the cover in 2012. Vargas has traveled the US advocating for Immigrant Rights, founded the non-profit Define American, and released Documented, a film chronicling his life’s journey. Please RSVP to Progressive Needham.
Saturday, June 10 11am – UU Worship Service at Arlington Street Church 12pm – Pride March, Copley Square to City Hall Plaza
Join our Welcoming Congregations team and thousands of other marchers at this year’s Boston Pride Parade! We will gather with other Unitarian Universalists for worship and revelry at the Arlington Street Church at 11 am, and then march in the Parade from 12 pm to 2 pm. We plan to carpool to and take the Green Line together. Please RSVP to Rev. Catie and Rebecca Keller Scholl.
Rev. Catie preached a sermon on April 30th, Heed Their Direction, as part of the national “UU White Supremacy Teach-In” organized by the Black Lives of UU organization. Were you interested in learning more about the current UUA hiring controversy? Continue reading…
Worship Service Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:30am in the Meetinghouse Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Happy Mother’s Day! For our multigenerational worship this month, we’ll investigate our Transcendentalist ancestors and their belief in “self-reliance.” How much can we rely on ourselves, and how much do we need our families and our communities? We’ll also honor our newest church members during the Time for All Ages.
Children attend the full service. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.
Join Reverend Catie and Mark LaPointe, our Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration, as we examine what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in the 21st Century. We’ll take a look at who we are, what we believe, and how we take action in the world, all in light of our rich Unitarian Universalist tradition and heritage. This afternoon course is designed specifically for those new to Unitarian Universalism, but offers some great refreshers for long time UUs as well. Registration is requested and childcare is available upon request for those who need it. Please contact Mark LaPointe for more information or to register.
Book Three, April 25th at 7 pm (Congregational Church of Needham)
Is the rumor true that Congressman John Lewis is “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results”? Find out for yourself through reading the National Book Award-winning graphic novel he co-wrote, March. March is the story of the Civil Rights Movement in three parts, and each Book is being discussed at a different congregation: Book One at First Baptist, Book Two at First Parish, and Book Three at the Congregational Church. Even if you missed Books One and Two, you are welcome to join for conversation about Book Three. Youth and adults are welcome to attend all or any of the discussions. All three parts of March can be ordered separately or together through Amazon.com or our local bookstore, New England Mobile Book Fair.
Last night, I was with our Worship Committee and, as we do each month, we reviewed past worship services. When we came to our late March worship, Our Covenant’s Integrity, we held a long discussion about the new evacuation procedures at First Parish. Continue reading…
Palm Sunday (4/9) at 9:30 am on the Needham Town Common Good Friday (4/14) at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Needham Our Christian neighbors invite us to join in ecumenical Holy Week services. First, there will be a brief blessing and procession of palms on Sunday April 9th at 9:30 am on the Town Common. Then, on Friday, April 14th, First Baptist is hosting a Good Friday service at 7 pm, featuring a renowned storyteller to share the Passion narrative and the traditional stripping of the altar. Rev. Catie has been invited to participate in the services and plans to attend. Please contact Rev. Catie with any questions.
Some time ago, I found myself in Buffalo, New York, for a wedding. I had just twenty-four hours in Buffalo (had to get back to Boston for Sunday worship!) and a free afternoon before an opening reception. Thanks to Google Maps, I discovered I had enough time to take the public bus up to Niagara Falls. Continue reading…
Yesterday, I spent almost an entire day in pastoral and staff meetings — little time for email, and less time for social media. It wasn’t until nearly dinnertime that I learned two “breaking news” stories shaking our denomination. Continue reading…