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What Are We Called To Do?

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. 

 

Chalice Lighting from November 27

By , November 29, 2016
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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.

           Invocation
       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.

Annual Nature Balance

By , November 20, 2016
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A summer night from my yard
when checking clouds for rain,
I saw something special,
bringing me a lift of hope.

Near an elm tree top,
a small, soft blinking light
moving through the darkness.
First Firefly of summer.

I called my friend to share
a very welcome sight.
“Everything’s all right.” But -­
every year, fewer Fireflies.
     
Flickering yards and fields,
fond memories of Firefly shows.
Yet, every year more habitat lost and
toxins encroach nearly everywhere.
     
If greed with lust conquer reason,
and Fireflies dwindle to the last,
life-friendly Earth may be turning
barren; just a cipher entry, in a
far, far away alien database.

Should First Parish Keep Growing?

By , November 18, 2016
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Notes from the “Making Room” Task Force

The Making Room Task Force is charged with starting a conversation about growth and space.  As the representative from Parish Committee on this Task Force, I think it is important to start the conversation by discussing what growth means. 

Before we called our new minister, we conducted a congregational survey in 2013.  At that time, over 80% Continue reading…

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