Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

New UU Workshop

By , Published on April 27, 2017
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Sunday, May 7th, 2:30-5:30 pm (Music Room)

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.

Interfaith, Intergenerational Common Read: March, by Rep. John Lewis

By , Published on April 17, 2017
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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 or our local bookstore, New England Mobile Book Fair.

Ecunemical Holy Week Services

By , Published on April 3, 2017
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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.

Our Awe-some Reality

By , Published on April 1, 2017
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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…

Heed Their Direction

By , Published on March 24, 2017
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“Heed Their Direction” PDF

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.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Ecological Imbalance


“Ecological Imbalance” PDF

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.

No Youth Groups.

Easter Sunday: Prophetic Disruption

“Easter Sunday: Prophetic Disruption” PDF

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.

Represent First Parish at the UUA General Assembly!

By , Published on March 23, 2017
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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.

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