Our summer services commence June 25 and take place at 10:30am in air-conditioned Parish Hall. Services are a simpler version of our regular services and are often lay led. There are no Lyceums or Religious Exploration classes, but childcare is available for children 5 and under, and light refreshments are served afterwards. Additional details on individual services may be available on uuneedham.org, in the weekly Bell Notes email, or by calling the office at 781-444-0823.
The Worship Committee is putting together a working group to choose quotations for the Wayside Pulpit (the sign in front of the church) for next year. If your committee is interested in sending a representative, please let Liz Rover Bailey know who it will be, and if you would like to participate as an individual, please contact her directly at email@example.com. The quotations will line up with the monthly themes, and will draw from the sheets we already own, along with the potential to print a few new ones. Depending on interest, we may also try to create memes for use in social media channels based on each week’s quotation.
Sunday Service, Sunday, June 26, 10:30am in Parish Hall Worship led by Clark and Kay Taylor
What are the rituals that add value to our lives and enrich our spiritual development? What is the difference between “habit” and “ritual?” How do rituals add meaning to our worship services? What are the rituals that we honor with friends, family, and our intimate relationships? Come to this worship service to think with us about the importance of rituals in our lives.
About Summer Services at First Parish: Our summer services take place at 10:30am in air-conditioned Parish Hall. Services are a simpler version of our regular services and are often lay led. There are no Lyceums or Religious Exploration classes, but childcare is available for children 5 and under, and light refreshments are served afterwards. Additional details on individual services may be available on uuneedham.org, in the weekly Bell Notes email, or by calling the office at 781-444-0823.
Ushering is a vital but easy contribution to our church community. Each Sunday one or two individuals are needed to welcome parishioners and guests into our sanctuary, pass out orders of service, aid in seating, ring the Paul Revere Bell and collect and record the offertory. You can be involved as an usher for a group of Sundays or for one Sunday only depending on your availability. You can sign up as an individual or as a family. No experience necessary. Use Sign Up Genius to register, or email Tracy Zinner (Tzinner@gmail.com) to get started. Commit to one Sunday or as many as you can!
Dr. Cathy Livingston, based on her many years of experience teaching and leading within K-12, higher education, and non-profit settings, will share her perspective on some emerging best practices that have the potential to help transform our educational systems.
Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources for inspiration, and one of the major threads is Christianity. The music of the Christian tradition has deep roots in the Gospel – spreading the good news of Jesus. Much of that music, though, gets homogenized and edited to fit the UU notion that we need to escape our roots. To do that means having music that speaks to US. But as adopted UU Pete Seeger once said, “The great need in this world is not to talk to ourselves so much but to speak beyond the family.” So please sing with us! If you grew up Methodist (like me), or Baptist, or Lutheran, or Congregationalist, or Presbyterian – you’ll know the tunes. Even born UU’s will recognize a lot of the music, even if the words have been returned to their original versions.
What is this thing we do Sunday after Sunday, year after year? We know it’s time consuming and, at times, quite a lot of work. In fact, why bother? So many people don’t but oh, what we would miss. One might compare it to taking a lovely trip and forgetting to look up because we are too busy counting the luggage!
Rev. Phyllis B. O’Connell has been a Parish Minister for 25 years, serving the Melrose UU Church, the UU Society of Wellesley Hills and several local congregations as an interim minister. Recently retired, she now leads workshops on “Exploring Issues in Retirement” and has a chapter in the recently published Skinner House book, “Landscapes of Aging and Spirituality”. She has two grown daughters, a very adorable two year old grandson, enjoys opera, good movies and plays flute in a non-competitive community band.
Tables are sacred places, and eating is a sacred act. We welcome all to our metaphorical spiritual table, but what about our literal, physical tables? Who do we allow to share our meals with us? Who do we invite to share our meals with us? Together, we will explore what it means to welcome people to our tables, to practice the radical hospitality of sharing meals with one another.
Aisha Ansano is a third-year MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School and an aspirant in the UU fellowship process. Having found Unitarian Universalism during her time at HDS, she is enjoying being immersed in the UU history of the Boston area. Aisha feels called to food ministry, and enjoys exploring ways to integrate food and spiritual community. In her free time, she reads a lot and cooks with and for her friends.
Trappist monk Thomas Merton used to ask young novices at the Abbey of Gethsemane two questions: “What do you want out of life?” and “What’s stopping you from getting it?” These are not self centered questions, although they center on the self. This service will be a time to consider “what is it I’m looking for out of life?” and also “what am I giving to it?” These questions are always related.
Rev. Megan Lynes is a Parish Minister at the First Parish UU in Bedford MA and the eldest daughter of First Parish members Phil and Carolyn Lynes. She has a BS in Child Development from Tufts University, a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a MDiv from Andover Newton Theological Seminary.