In these dark days for environmental protection, can we make progress on our Commit2Respond pledge to reduce carbon emissions and work for eco justice? Yes, we can — and at this time it is more crucial than ever to do so. The 90-minute film by Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson is a hard-hitting yet hopeful film. With footage from five continents, Time to Choose explores the scope of the climate change crisis and the power of solutions already available. It will be followed by a discussion of concrete steps to address climate change as well as informational tables from local groups. Attendees can also enjoy refreshments in Parish Hall and a chance to browse informational tables from local groups. This free event is sponsored by the Green Congregation Committee, Green Needham Collaborative, as well as 9 Metro West environmental groups, local League of Women Voters groups, and houses of worship. Please join us!
In these dark days for environmental protection, can we make progress on our Commit2Respond pledge to reduce carbon emissions and work for eco justice? Yes, we can — and at this time it is more crucial than ever to do so. During the month of January, watch for creative Actions of the Week from the Green Congregation Committee. Our efforts will culminate in a community showing of the climate change film A Time to Choose on Sunday, February 12 at 3pm in the Sanctuary. The 90-minute film by Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson is a hard-hitting yet hopeful film. It will be followed by a discussion of concrete steps to address climate change as well as informational tables from local groups.
9:15am in the Parlor Maura O’Gara & First Parish Members
A Lyceum about electric vehicles, with a panel of First Parish congregants who have all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Also participating will be Maura O’Gara, Energy Programs Coordinator for Mass Energy. She will explain Mass Energy’s Drive Green program, which offers deep discounts that Mass Energy has negotiated on several electric vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Ford C-Max Energi and Ford Fusion Energi. Deals on the all-electric Chevy Bolt are coming soon. Green Congregation will also have a table at Social Hour on January 29 with information about the Mass Energy program.
The Green Congregation Committee has launched its Green Power Now! initiative, one of many different ways for First Parish to honor its vote to “Commit2Respond” to climate change. Not all of us can have solar panels, but every electric customer can support clean energy in New England. First Parish’s Green Power Now! Continue reading…
The Needham Lyceum season opens on Sept. 25 at 9:15 a.m. with “Supporting Green Power in New England.” Loie Hayes, of the non-profit Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, will give an overview of renewable energy in New England and tell us how Mass Energy supports clean energy and energy efficiency in our region. Learn about local renewable energy projects and how you can help support them. Loie Hayes is Mass Energy’s Energy Efficiency Coordinator and has been organizing on climate issues since 2005.
Roll and Stroll is a church wide, multigenerational event to demonstrate and live our commitment to taking care of the earth. Your neighborhood groups are organizing to walk, bike, scooter or car pool together to church. Feel free to contact your neighborhood captains if you have not heard from them. This year we are adding some twists to make it extra special! We’ll be welcoming our beloved dogs to the Roll and Stroll. The Perez family has volunteered their fenced in back yard to host a “dog playdate” during the Sunday morning service.
Everyone will gather on the First Parish lawn for lemonade and a group photo at 10:05. Then those families with dogs will walk them to the Perez’s where there will be pet sitters. The Perez’s live a half block down from First Parish on Dedham Avenue. Please let your neighborhood captain or Laura Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org) know by May 1st if you will be walking your dog, so we can plan accordingly.
There will also be a fun but easy en route scavenger hunt. We are asking everyone to keep track of how long it takes to walk to church as well as the distance because we will be calculating how much CO2 we are saving as a congregation, and how many calories we are burning. Neighborhood groups are encouraged to be creative, e.g. with banners, matching colored shirts or hats, and /or balloons.
There will be no children’s music practice, adult choir, or forum before church so everyone is free to participate. This is a rain or shine, hopefully shine event. If you have any questions please contact your neighborhood captain, or Laura Perez( email@example.com) or Elinor Brady.
Get your hands dirty! On Sunday, April 24, First Parish volunteers will head out to the Needham Community Farm for our annual work day. We will be working up to 2 hours to help with the garden beds that will be used for community gardening classes and to grow fresh vegetables for the Needham Food Pantry. The work is appropriate for adults and children 6 years and up. Sign up at Social Hour during April or contact Katrina Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will be given a farmers’ lunch at Social Hour, then set out for the farm. First Parish has been a staunch supporter of the Needham Community Farm, which in 2015, supplied more than 60% of the total fresh produce the Needham Food Pantry received.
On Sunday, April 10 at 4pm, First Parish will be showing the award-winning 75-minute documentary about food waste, “Just Eat It,” inspired the book America’s Wasteland, by Wellesley High graduate Jonathan Bloom. The movie has been called “equal parts education and delicious entertainment” and reflects the increasing concern that as much as 40% of the food grown in the U.S. is never eaten, although millions of Americans are food insecure. After the film, and a brief update on local actions to reduce food waste, come to Parish Hall for light refreshments and discussion. For more info visit http://www.foodwastemovie.com/.
Tuesday, December 8 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The Green Congregation Committee is co-sponsoring a food waste film & presentation at the Wellesley Library. Watch the award-winning movie about food waste, Just Eat It at http://www.foodwastemovie.com/ (“Delicious entertainment – you’ll never look at your fridge the same way again.”) Then hear from Wellesley native, Ashley Stanley, founder of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a non-profit organization that matches excess food with people in need. The event is organized by the Wellesley 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) working group. Contact Susan McGarvey to carpool.
Saturday, December 12, 1- 3 p.m. At this critical juncture for climate action, let’s get a First Parish contingent to the Jobs, Justice, Climate: Rally to Defend New England’s Future! at the Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. People will come together from all over New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. Organizers envision the combined voices of New England’s organized labor, immigrant rights, racial justice, and climate justice groups. Contact Susan McGarvey for information on riding the train together.
On Sunday, May 10th the Green Congregation Committee will once again sponsor the annual Plant Sale at First Parish. The Neighborhood Farm will offer healthy vegetable plants for sale just in time for our New England planting season. Look for the sale on the Lincoln Street side of the church from 11-1 PM.