Posts By Mark LaPointe, DLRE

Perfectly Imbalanced

Worship Service
Sunday, April 2, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
DLRE Mark LaPointe, preaching

We tend to think that our ultimate goal is to live a “balanced” life.  Yet, the image we have of balance is one of stasis. The scale never tips in either direction. Everything is safe, comfortable and predictable. This is not only unrealistic, it is undesirable.   Instead, we should strive to live a life that is perfectly imbalanced, moving forward and growing through the back and forth of a whole and dynamic life.

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by RE classes with members of the Green Sanctuary Committee. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group at 5pm  in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group at 7pm in the Parlor.

Help Wanted: Seeking Youth Program Coordinator

First Parish of Needham, Unitarian Universalist is looking for a creative and committed individual to act as our part-time Youth Program Coordinator. This person works under the supervision of the Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration and is responsible for planning and implementing weekly meetings (most Sundays) of our senior and junior high school youth groups, as well as our annual service trip during the April or February school break, and other service-oriented opportunities. The successful candidate will have some experience working with youth and will bring an open mind and generous spirit to our program.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume electronically to Please note “Youth Program Coordinator” in the subject line. The position is open until filled with the successful candidate expected to begin work in mid-August 2017.

You can learn more about First Parish at

Printed Job Announcement.

Alleviating Our Election Anxiety

By , November 2, 2016
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It’s all over the media and in the public discourse – this year’s election is causing many people great anxiety.  According to a Harris Poll survey, more than half of all Americans experience significant stress around the 2016 election.  This is true across all ages groups although it seems to impact the “Matures” (71+) and the “Millennials” (19-37) most. Continue reading…

Coming of Age Sunday

Today is the culmination of a year of work for our eighth grade students—a year of religious exploration done individually and together. The year culminates with the milestone Coming of Age ceremony where each young person shares his or her own personal statement of belief and belonging, a personal credo. Join the youth, their mentors, and parents to celebrate this meaning-filled rite of passage in our Unitarian Universalist tradition. Please show your support by being there with them and for them on this milestone day.

Recordings available by request, send email to the office indicating which segment is requested.

Children in preschool through 3rd grade attend Children’s Worship in Parish Hall.  4th-7th graders attend the regular worship service. Nursery and toddler care available downstairs.

Senior Youth Group meets from 7 to 8:30pm.


Loving the Unlovable

By , January 26, 2016
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As we explore concepts of beloved community, we often go only so far before we find ourselves uncomfortably challenged to find a way to welcome, include and love those who trigger strong negative reactions of fear, anger and pain. And yet, the notion of beloved community calls upon us to do this very thing, to face the most unlovable and find a way to open our hearts.

Children attend the first 15 minutes, then go to Religious Exploration classes.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.


Support the service of First Parish Youth

Although they have worked hard all year on fundraising for their annual service trip with leaf-raking, Soup Sundays and the upcoming pancake breakfast on January 31st, the Senior Youth Group could still use a few more donations to cover airfare and other expenses.  This year’s trip will be a return to New Orleans over the February school vacation.  Past trips to New Orleans have given our youth the chance to make a real difference in a city that continues to struggle in many areas with the now decade-long recovery from hurricane Katrina.  Those same experiences have often proven to be transformative for some of the youth and inevitably bring the entire group closer together and closer to their UU principles. So if you can, please chip in.

Festival of Lights

By , November 29, 2015
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Celebrating its 20th year at First Parish, the annual Festival of Lights service takes a journey around the world, exploring fall and winter traditions centered on the theme of light and its power in a sometimes dark world.  Narrated by the 7th and 8th grade classes and presented by the nursery through 6th grade students, this year’s FOL features Diwali, Los Posados, Loi Krathong, Santa Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa with many updated costumes, some joyful singing by the Children’s Choir and others, and a shared sense of a singular world full of love and promise.  Participants are asked to arrive no later than 9:30. Worship begins at 10:30.  Childcare is available for infants and toddlers.

Ingathering Picnic/Potluck

By , September 4, 2015
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The RE Committee and the DLRE invite you to the annual ingathering picnic/potluck on Sunday, September 13th immediately after worship. This is a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and fellow parishioners and we hope to see all of you there!

The hosts will provide those famous giant sandwiches along with beverages and tableware. Members of the congregation are invited to bring a dish from the category that corresponds with your last name (see below). Items can be dropped off in Parish Hall before worship begins. 

The picnic will take place on the front lawn unless it rains, in which case we’ll gather in Parish Hall. While we will provide some seating for those with the greatest need, we encourage you to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets from home.

Please note that we will also be taking our annual all-church picture in front of the Meetinghouse doors immediately after the worship service (and before some of us have a chance to spill sandwich all over themselves).

Potluck requests…

If your last name begins with:

  • A-G please bring DESSERT or FRUIT
  • H-M, please bring a SALAD or APPETIZER
  • L-Z, please bring a SIDE DISH

For those among us with various allergies and food limitations, we encourage some of you to consider bringing a vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free or vegetarian item (at your discretion). Please include a small note with your dish describing its contents to aid us in setting up.

Any questions should be sent to Mark LaPointe, DLRE at

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