Posts By Mark LaPointe, DLRE

 COA Mentors Needed for 2017-2018 Church School Year

Help us launch our first full year Coming of Age program by mentoring a 9th grader through an exciting process of exploration and discovery. Mentors must be good listeners and should have a caring spirit and a decent sense of humor. We are especially interested in Baby Boomers and others in their post-parenting years, although all interested individuals are considered for a match.  The program begins in September and requires approximately one Sunday per month with occasional opportunities to accompany youth on outings and activities.  Please contact Mark LaPointe to express interest.

Annual Senior Youth Group Service

By , Published on April 30, 2017
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Worship Service
Sunday, May 21, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Led by the Senior Youth Group

When considering our call to service, we must consider the differences between indirect vs. direct service work. Do we as Unitarian Universalists place more value on one type of service? If we open our hearts, can both be fulfilling? Come be inspired by our fabulous Senior Youth group, who have just come from Thompson Island and Nashua, NH, ready to help us explore these questions. Through their time together on their service trip and beyond, this group provides a unique voice to our community at First Parish. All should come and hear their message as we contemplate the 3rd stanza of our covenant “We gather as a service community, to share our beliefs through action and care for our world”.

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.


Perfectly Imbalanced

By , Published on March 23, 2017
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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

By , Published on March 8, 2017
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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 , Published on 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

By , Published on May 28, 2016
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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 , Published on 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.


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