June 18, 2017, marks my Dad’s last Sunday at UUSF — and with it, the end to this official last chapter of his parish ministry. It also happens to coincide with his 70th birthday, his & Gwen’s 45th wedding anniversary, and Father’s Day! Continue reading…
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Saturday, February 4, 2017
10 am service in the Sanctuary, followed by open sharing and a luncheon reception in the Parish Hall
Rev. Catie will officiate the memorial ceremony of Joseph Powers, long-time friend of the church, husband of Kathleen O’Brien Powers, and father of Devin and Cullan Powers. Please be in touch with Buffy Duhig if you are able and willing to assist with the reception.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
11am service in the Meetinghouse, followed by a luncheon reception in the Parish Hall
Rev. Catie will officiate the memorial ceremony of Mary Bradley, long-time member of church, widow of Bill Bradley, and mother of Terry, Barbara, Bill Jr., and Julie. Please be in touch with Buffy Duhig if you are able and willing to assist with the reception.
Amy Brown read this lovely and timely poem as our Chalice Lighting at the November 27 service. It is reprinted at the suggestion of Kathi Cotte and with permission of the author, who is the minister at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque.
by Angela Herrera
Don’t leave your broken heart at the door,
Bring it to the alter of life.
Don’t leave your anger behind:
it has high standards
and the world needs vision.
Bring them with you,
and your joy, and your passion.
Bring your loving
and your courage
and your conviction.
Bring your need for healing
and your power to heal.
There is work to do
and you have all that you need to do it
right here in this room.
The Sanctuaries/Washington DC will conduct a workshop entitled “Art & Soul” from 2 to 5pm on Saturday, November 12, at First Parish in Needham. The workshop will use different art forms (poetry, music, visual) to help participants deepen their creative and spiritual life.
The Sanctuaries are a racially and spiritually diverse community of over 120 artists working on the front lines of social change in Washington, DC. Their goal is to empower creative people to claim their own spiritual voice and collaborate on artistic projects that promote social change. In particular, they seek to use the power of the creative arts to transform two of the most divisive issues of our time — race and religion — into forces for personal growth and social change.
All experience levels welcome, however, this workshop is suitable for ages 12+. Participants should RSVP. There is a suggested donation of $20 to support the artists.
The Sanctuaries will also be performing a “Soul Slam” on Saturday, November 12, at 7pm at First Parish in Brookline.
Baby Basics is an all-volunteer, 501c3 organization, that gives free diapers to working, low-income families who live in Needham, Dedham and South Boston. For a family to be eligible, at least one parent/guardian must be working; the child must be under the age of three; and the family cannot be receiving any federal or state cash assistance and must meet the financial guidelines for WIC – goo.gl/4MnAC0. If you are interested in the service or know someone who might be, check out the attached poster. You can apply online at www.babybasicsinc.org. You can also sign up to volunteer or make a donation at www.babybasicsinc.org.
Sunday, October 30
9:15am in the Parlor
There are four ballot initiatives on the Massachusetts ballot this year, including legalization of use and sale of recreational marijuana, expanded charter schools, humane treatment of farm animals, and expanded slot machine gambling. Join attorney and First Parish member Bob Smart for a discussion of the ins and outs of these measures and what a “yes” or “no” vote on each of these would mean.
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, a new film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, tells the untold story of Americans Waitstill and Martha Sharp who spent nearly two years on life-threatening missions in Europe to save refugees and dissidents from Nazi occupation. The film will air on September 20 at 9 pm (check local listings) on PBS. Continue reading…
Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Bell Award winners, who were recognized at the Annual Meeting:
- Phil Murray for 30 years of service including serving as Parish Clerk, Treasurer, Trustee, long-time Small Group Facilitator, chair of the Search Committee which brought us John Buehrens, and through countless other special projects.
- Carolyn Lynes for her service as a Pastoral Care Team member, SGM facilitator, and Caring Crew member, and her active participation in the Racial Justice Task Force and Green Congregation.
- Bruce Barnett for his years of service as THE Human Resources Committee. In the last five years Bruce has guided us through the contract negotiations, insurance arrangements and other nitty gritty aspects of hiring no fewer than 12 individuals.
- The Lorimier family for enriching our lives these past 10 years with their music, love, warmth, inspiration, generosity and strength.