Posts By Mark LaPointe, DLRE

Our Neighboring Faith – Judaism @ First Parish

By , Published on March 17, 2015
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judaism As the Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration, I am offered many great ideas for programs and have often been asked to offer some kind of program for the broader community that gives folks an opportunity to explore other faiths, spiritual paths and religious traditions.  In fact, the most persistent request I get is for “something like Neighboring Faiths for adults.” Continue reading…

March Parenting Your Children

By , Published on February 25, 2015
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PYC meets next on Sunday, March  8, at 4:30pm  in Parish Hall with a program entitled “The Love Languages of Children” presented by LDRE Mark LaPointe. Children will go right to their supervised activities. At 5:30, parents and children of all ages are invited to join a potluck dinner — please bring a dinner item, side dish, salad or desert. Then at 6pm. . .

 . . . First Parish Karaoke Night

The First Parish’s annual Karaoke Night—snowed out on February 8— will happen on Sunday, March 8, at 6pm in Parish Hall. Please join children and their friends and families in karaoke, hosted by Jim Long. If you have special advance requests, email Jim at A family favorite, the karaoke party will wind down by 8pm.

Festival of Lights

By , Published on December 14, 2014
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Celebrating its 19th 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.

Recommitting to Marriage Equality

By , Published on October 8, 2014

Lesbian-Wedding-Rings-PlatinumThis morning, on our way to school, my 7-yr-old and I were talking about what it means to us that marriage equality has come (or will soon come) to some 64% of Americans living in 36 states, all thanks to a recent decision by the Supreme Court not to hear challenges on lower court rulings that defined bans on marriage between same-sex partners as unconstitutional. Continue reading…

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