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Welcome to the Ministerial Search Site

By , August 29, 2013
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First Parish is in the midst of a major transition which began when Rev. John Buehrens retired and will culminate when we call our new minister.  But in reality the transition involves much more than simply selecting a new minister. We are engaged in two years of self-evaluation and forward thinking — and an ongoing conversation among all members of the First Parish community.

This site is intended to be an area where everything feasible about the ministerial search process is made available. This is a journey that we are all on together, and it’s really important that all members of the First Parish Needham community remain informed. Continue reading…

Don Leathe’s Address for August 25 service

By , August 25, 2013
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Good morning. I want to thank all of you for coming this morning and I hope that you will find today’s service of interest.  It certainly has been an interesting exercise putting it all together and a fair amount of work, as it turned out.

I should say that I am not going to deliver a sermon this morning, I looked up the definition of what a “sermon” is and it is defined as “a discourse for the purpose of religious instruction, especially one delivered by a member of the clergy” Well, since I can’t deliver on either of those requirements the best description I could find for what I’d like to deliver today is “an address” since that is defined as a “formal speech” which I guess is what this is.

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In the Interim

By , September 28, 2012
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As I said from the pulpit, recently, “Every transition starts with an ending and ends with a beginning.” The question many of you are asking is “what are we supposed to do in the interim?”

My role is to help the congregation see itself again as if for the first time. I will encourage you to review all the wonderful things about First Parish’s history and heritage, its ministry and mission, its programs and activities – in short, to lift up the essentials that make you YOU, to identity what you want to take with you into the future. Sure, you may stumble across some things that have outlived their useful lives, even a few things that were never very useful to begin with. It’s all data to help you discern where you want to put your collective com mitment and energy now, as you begin to give voice to your goals and dreams for the future. That’s what you need to do now in order to attract the best minister to serve you beginning in the summer of 2014. Continue reading…

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