Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

Witness to Justice Vigil and Fair

By , Published on January 13, 2017
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Witness to Justice Vigil
3:00 – 4:00pm January 20, 2017
Needham Common
The Needham Witness to Justice Coalition invites the community to come together in witness to the need for social justice and human rights during the critical times going forward in our local and national experiences. Inspiration from Martin Luther King’s writings will be read. Individuals are invited to bring his or her own messages.

All are invited to a sign making gathering at the Congregational Church Office (next to the Church) , 1800 Great Plain Ave from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, January 20, 2017.

Empowerment Fair
1:00 – 3:00 pm January 29, 2017
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
The community is invited to an Empowerment Fair, sponsored by the Needham Witness to Justice Coalition, which will offer information about efforts to promote social justice and human rights in our community and more broadly and ways to become involved in efforts in the coming year. The Empowerment Fair will include presentations and time to network, share concerns, and learn about various ways that individuals can engage in defending and promoting social justice and human rights.

First Parishioners at the Women’s Marches in Boston & DC

By , Published on December 23, 2016
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January 21, 2017, 10 am, Boston Common and Washington, D.C.

womensmarchlogoMembers of First Parish in Needham plan to attend the Women’s Marches taking place in Boston and Washington, D.C., on January 21st. You can learn more about this national event on the Women’s March website, and about Unitarian Universalist participation in Washington through UUs for Social Justice, All Souls D.C., and the (All-Souls-sponsored) J21 Teach-in. The Boston branch of the March has a separate EventBrite listing.

The First Parish in Wayland has arranged for a bus and hotel rooms to go to the march, as advertised in the Bell Notes. If you’re interested in participating in the local march in Boston, please be in touch with Rev. Catie and Susan McGarvey. If you’re traveling to Washington, please be in touch with Rev. Catie.

A summary of the day’s events along with additional links can be found here.

 

The Center Cannot Hold

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“The Center Cannot Hold” PDF

Worship Service
Sunday, January 29, 2017
10:30pm in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

As we look ahead into 2017, we consider how strong, values-centered leadership is essential for any well-functioning organization, country, and house of worship. We’ll consider how our spiritual practices can help us become more capable, non-anxious, and centered leaders within our families, our congregation, and our wider communities.

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 Spirituals and the Blues

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Worship Service
Sunday, January 15, 2017
10:30pm in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

For our multigenerational Martin Luther King Sunday, we will be singing! Come to worship to sing and hear protest songs of the Civil Rights Movement, to learn the history of the individual pieces, and to consider how music from the African-American community has preserved comfort, hope, and resistance for generations.

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

No youth groups.

A Thousand Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground

Worship Service
Sunday, January 8, 2017
10:30pm in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera and youth alumni

The Muslim poet and scholar Jalal-ad-Din Rumi wrote, “Today, like every other day,//we wake up empty and frightened.//Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.//Take down a musical instrument.//Let the beauty we love be what we do.//There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” To kick off our month on spiritual growth and lifelong learning, Rev. Catie and our youth group alum celebrate this theme with personal stories and hands-on experience. We’ll also remember the names of all those who have died or been born in 2016, as is our tradition in early January each year.

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.

 

Lessons and Carols

By , Published on November 27, 2016
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Worship Service
Led by lay leaders
Sunday, December 25, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

Celebrate Christmas morning with your First Parish family! Lay leaders will lead the gathered congregation in story and song. If you have a favorite Christmas tale or “lesson” that you’d like to share, please be in touch with Rev. Catie or any member of the Worship Committee to get “signed up” to be one of our storytellers. 

No childcare.

No youth groups.

Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

“Present Moment, Wonderful Moment” PDF

Christmas Eve Services at First Parish
5:30pm and 7:30pm in the Meetinghouse
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Come to First Parish to celebrate Christmas Eve! We’ll continue to consider our monthly theme of “presence” as part of our reflection on the Christmas story. The 5:30 service will feature our young people’s musical groups, the UU Ringers and SongSquad, and at the 7:30 service our First Parish Choir and Eliot Jekowsky will perform. Both services will conclude with the traditional candlelit singing of Silent Night

Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself

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“Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself” PDF

Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Sunday, December 11, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

During the season of Advent, Christians are asked to wait in anticipation for the birth of Jesus. For many of us, “waiting” causes anxiety and drags us out of the present moment. In times of transition, change, and expectation, how do we stay present and enjoy the blessings of our everyday living? 

Children attend first 15 minutes of service followed by preparation for Festival of Lights.

No youth groups.  (Senior Youth Group lock-in Friday, December 9.)

Wake Up and Stay Woke

“Wake Up & Stay Woke” PDF

Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera preaching
Sunday, December 4, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

In early December each year, Buddhists across the world celebrate the enlightenment of their founding teacher. One of the Buddha’s core messages was for his followers to “wake up” to the reality of cyclical suffering. How does Buddhist teaching intersect with the racial justice call to “stay woke” today? We’ll also celebrate our newest First Parishioners during our New Member Recognition Ceremony. 

Children attend first 15 minutes of service followed by preparation for Festival of Lights.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5 in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7 in the Parlor.

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