Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

Vigil of Healing and Hope Tonight!

By , Published on November 9, 2016
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Tonight, the First Parish staff invites you to join us for a post-election vigil of healing and hope, when we will sing, pray, and light candles together. The sanctuary will be open from 6:30-8:30 pm, and the service itself will only last 20-30 minutes; we will go “on rotation” three times within the two hours, and you can drop in (and head out) at any time. Continue reading…

Greed: A Deadly Spiritual Poison

By , Published on November 1, 2016
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As we enter a month when our spiritual theme is “abundance and stewardship,” like Sweet Honey in the Rock, “I been trying to think about how to talk about greed.” As the group sings,

“Greed is a poison rising in this land…
Greed is a strain in the American Dream
Having more than you need is the essential theme.
Everybody wanting more than they need to survive
Is a perfect indication, greed has settled inside.”

When I listen to this song, I’m reminded Continue reading…

The Gifts of Diversity

By , Published on October 26, 2016
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“The Gifts of Diversity” PDF

Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Sunday, November 20, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

During this multigenerational Thanksgiving worship, we’ll celebrate the gifts present in human diversity in our own congregation and the wider community. In particular, we’ll reflect on gender and sexual diversity in recognition of Trans Day of Remembrance, which is honored annually on November 20th. As Unitarian Universalists, we know that the abundant diversity of identities and backgrounds in our church make us stronger, healthier, and better aligned with our spiritual values.

Children attend full service.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Junior and Senior Youth Groups meet together at 6:30 for a Thanksgiving Potluck.

Faith in Ourselves For the Future

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“Faith in Ourselves for the Future” PDF

Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Sunday, November 13, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

For newer members and friends of First Parish — including your minister! — it’s hard to imagine there were times when the congregation seriously doubted the generosity and abundance present in our faith community. On History Sunday before our 305th congregational anniversary, we reflect on our church’s past when we overcame adversity and scarcity. We look to the past to find hope, resilience, and healing for the present and future.

Children attend first 15 minutes, followed by RE classes.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5:00pm.
Senior Youth Group meets at 7:00pm.

Moral Declaration: Voting Our Values

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“Voting Our Values” PDF

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Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

This weekend, First Parish joins with faith communities across the country declaring that now is the time for “a moral revolution of values” by participating in the Moral Declaration Worship Weekend and by signing The Higher Ground Moral Declaration. In anticipation of Election Day, we will evaluate how our Unitarian Universalist values have been reflected — and not — during this election season, and how we can steward our country toward a more compassionate and equitable future.

Children attend first 15 minutes, followed by RE classes.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7:00pm.

Memorial Celebration of the Life of Betty Byers

By , Published on September 29, 2016
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October 23rd, 4:30 pm, Meetinghouse
First Parish will host a memorial celebration of our dearly beloved member, Betty Byers, who died on September 19th. Betty had not predicted the overwhelming desire of those who knew her for a public memorial service, and so her closest friends (and her minister) have decided to open up her memorial service to her many friends and admirers. Rev. Catie will officiate, and a small reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

A Due Form of Government

By , Published on September 25, 2016
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“A Due Form of Government” PDF

Worship Service
Sunday, October 23, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera preaching

In 1630, Governor John Winthrop preached his famous sermon A Model of Christian Charity, in which he declared that the Puritans traveled across the Atlantic “to seek out a place of cohabitation and consortship under a due form of government both civil and ecclesiastical.” The Puritan form of church-and-state governance — called “congregational polity” — still informs how the Unitarian Universalist Association operates today, and strongly influenced American democracy. Come learn about the Puritan-Unitarian branch of our history impacted governance in the United States.

Children attend first 15 minutes, followed by Religious Exploration classes.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Chatanu — We Have Erred

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“Chatanu — We Have Erred” PDF

Worship Service
Sunday, October 9, 2016

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

With the High Holy Days arriving late in the Gregorian calendar this year, we have the unusual liturgical opportunity to honor both the High Holy Days and Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the same Sunday. We’ll contemplate the Hebrew term chatanu, which means “we have erred,” or “we have missed the mark,” in light of the indigenous history of the United States and the exclusion of Native Americans from our country’s democratic promises.  

There are no RE classes this Sunday, but all young people are welcome to join Jen Duhamel for a Children’s Worship on “Democracy — Our Fifth Principle at Work” after the Time for All Ages. Infant and toddler care available downstairs. 

No Youth Groups.

 

Mostly Plants

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“Mostly Plants” PDF

Worship Service
Sunday, October 2, 2016

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

At the 2015 First Parish auction, church member Jen Robins bought Rev. Catie’s sermon theme. This Sunday, timed in honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and St. Francis’s feast day, Rev. Catie will preach on ethical eating and the inherent worth and being of all living beings, with a special focus on how climate change is influenced by how we eat.

Children attend first 15 minutes, followed by Religious Exploration classes.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Blessing of the Animals
3pm on the Meetinghouse Lawn
(Rain location Parish Hall)

Have you every hoped that for St. Francis Day, we could actually bless our animals? Join Rev. Catie and Mark for the inaugural “real” Blessing of the Animals service — with animals welcome! — on our front lawn. All animals must be leashed or caged. Please keep in mind your pet’s own needs and compatibility with other animals. The service will be brief, yet fun and meaningful.

 

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