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…
Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:30am in the Meetinghouse Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
During this special weekend, First Parish is hosting the Icons of the Civil Rights Movement art exhibit and participating in the national UU White Supremacy Teach-In. For our worship service, the icons of Unitarian Universalists murdered in Selma — Rev. James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo — and of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will join us in the sanctuary for a service that reflects on the power and purpose of iconography and the heroes they depict. Rev. Catie shares leadership of the worship with our honored guests of the weekend, artist Pamela Purdy and her husband Rev. David Purdy.
Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.
Worship Service Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:30am in the Meetinghouse Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Especially since the Industrial Revolution, human beings have disturbed the careful ecological balance of our world. Can we live in harmonious homeostasis with our fellow living beings?
Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Children’s Worship about gardening and the Seventh Principle led by our LRE Program Assistant Jen Duhamel. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.
Worship Service Sunday, April 16, 2017 9:00 am (family-friendly) and 11:00 am in the Meetinghouse Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
A significant part of Jesus’s ministry — and, potentially, one cause of his arrest and execution — was his disruption of cultural, political, and spiritual norms of his time. How does his prophetic disruption inspire us today? The 9:00 am (note the earlier time) service is family-friendly/multigenerational, and features our UU Ringers and Song Squad; at the 11:00 am service, come for music from the First Parish choir and five professional musicians — a string quartet and a trumpeter. Don’t forget that there is just one social hour and the annual Easter egg hunt, both happening in between the services at 10 am!
Children attend the full service. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.
No youth groups. Senior Youth Group on annual service trip.
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.