The First Parish Blog

Beauty–Blech!

Despite my preparatory efforts, there was much about living in India that surprised me. I have many stories of culture shock, miscommunication, and good intentions—some of my favorites include the time I almost ate a bee, how a bus driver once put on a cassette of Shania Twain when he saw me board, how I was too tall to fit, well, basically anywhere in Meghalaya. This story is about sunscreen. Continue reading…

Fair Compensation for Church Staff

Overview

The purpose of the Committee on Ministry (CoM) is to provide counsel and support to the minister, and attend to and strengthen the overall shared ministry of First Parish of Needham.

In this context, the CoM would like to raise the concern that many First Parish employees are significantly underpaid according to UUA guidelines.

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Broken by Design – Conclusion

George RappoltThis is the final entry in my “Broken By Design” series. The series has looked at a set of seemingly diverse issues and institutions – immigration, education, transportation, drug development, the financial sector, climate change, Homeland Security and Congress – and attempted to highlight some common patterns. Continue reading…

Big Questions Forum

questionmarkDo you often ponder the universe and life and what is the meaning of it all? If you do we have just the thing for you.
In a sermon this summer just this type of question was presented – it was “Does God Exist”. The gist of the sermon was about whether we can ever find the answer and whether it matters that we can or cannot. The sermon topic stimulated a lot of conversation and discussion Continue reading…

Moving from Worry to Joy

FP in SnowThis is the first winter in memory when I’ve experienced mixed feelings with snow. I have always found winter quite beautiful, though stark and cold.  When there’s snow, there’s more brightness even with the longer nights of a Northern Hemisphere winter. When there’s snow, I feel a bit of that school-aged glee and anticipation of a snow day Continue reading…

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