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Resisting the Pipeline … On Site and Behind Bars!

By , June 29, 2016
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Last Thursday, seven of us from First Parish headed for a gathering of people ready to protest the construction of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline which, if completed, will carry a huge amount of highly explosive natural gas through residential neighborhoods in Dedham and West Roxbury at extremely high pressure.  The FP group included Carolyn Lynes, Eleanor Rosselini, Becky Siebens, Dick Anthony, Ellen Fine, Zack Packard, and me.  We were going to join upwards of a hundred people, mostly from the Boston area, but with a couple of folks who came from out-of-state to join us.  We were in three  equally important categories: 27 people, including me, were prepared to engage in civil disobedience (CD), risking arrest for entering the hard-hat work site.  The second group included those who came in direct support of those of us willing to engage in CD who would transport us to the site and keep track of what jail the CD person was in, with a commitment to bring us home when we were released.  Carolyn Lynes was that person for me.  The third group was those who swelled the crowd to give the critically important emphasis to the broader numbers of people who are against the construction of the pipeline. Continue reading…

First Parish at ACE’s “Jammin’ for Justice”

By , May 25, 2016
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Pictured in the photo, left to right: Marianne McGowan, Mary Margaret Earl (UU Urban Ministry), Kalila Barnett  (ED of ACE), Tracy Zendzian, Becky Siebens, Dick Anthony, Eva Jansiewicz, Clark Taylor

Pictured in the photo, left to right: Marianne McGowan, Mary Margaret Earl (UU Urban Ministry), Kalila Barnett (ED of ACE), Tracy Zendzian, Becky Siebens, Dick Anthony, Eva Jansiewicz, Clark Taylor

Six of us from FP in Needham traveled to Roxbury on Monday, May 23, for “Jammin’ for Justice,” a fundraiser for the Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE). All enjoyed circulating in the diverse gathering of some 150 people. Continue reading…

Joy That’s Right There

“Will you seek afar off? You surely come back at last,
In things best known to you, finding the best, or as good as the best,
In folks nearest to you finding the sweetest, strongest, lovingest;
Happiness, knowledge, not in another place, but this place—not for another hour, but this hour.” 

~ From the conclusion of Walt Whitman’s Carol of Occupations, part of his masterwork Leaves of Grass and featured as lyrics in our gray hymnal’s “Will You Seek in Far-Off Places?”

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