Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

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.

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.

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