Past Programs

UU White Supremacy Teach-In 2: Follow-up Discussion

Rev. Catie Scudera
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Needham Lyceum
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
7pm in the Parlor
Rev. Catie Scudera speaking

Are you interested in delving deeper into how white supremacy lives in our congregation and Unitarian Universalism at large? Join Rev. Catie and the Racial Justice Task Force for a time of reflection and discussion on the Anti-Racism Rubric for UU Congregations. You need not have attended the first Teach-In to come to this meeting.

UU White Supremacy Teach-In 2

Rev. Catie Scudera
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Needham Lyceum
Sunday, October 22, 2017
9:15am in the Parlor
Rev. Catie Scudera, speaking

Our national denomination was rocked by a hiring controversy in the spring of 2017, and leaders of Black Lives of UU responded by organizing an international U/U White Supremacy Teach-In. We participated in this Teach-In through worship and children’s RE the same weekend we hosted the Icons of the Civil Rights Movement art exhibition in April 2017. Now in October, we participate in a second international U/U White Supremacy Teach-In through religious exploration for all ages: children, youth, and adults. Join Rev. Catie for a Lyceum about American racism, white supremacy, and how Unitarian Universalists have been (and can be) both complicit and resistors to racial oppression in our country.

Threats That Immigrants Face

Diego Low
October 15, 2017

Needham Lyceum
Sunday, October 15, 2017
9:15am in the Parlor
Diego Low speaking

Diego Low is the Coordinator (ED) of the Metrowest Worker Center, with headquarters in Framingham.  The Worker Center serves undocumented immigrants from Guatemala, Ecuador and Brazil who live in the Framingham area that includes Milford.  Diego works tirelessly and effectively with wage-theft and work-related injury cases.   I am honored to be a member of the Worker Center board.

As First Parish considers the path to becoming a Sanctuary Support Church, in Sunday’s lyceum (October 15), the stories that Diego shares with us will throw a spotlight on key issues that immigrant workers face in their efforts to provide for their families.  

Through my work with the Needham Area Immigrant Justice Task Force, which I chair, I have come to know Diego well.  Along with other members of the Task Force (which includes FP members) I have participated in various protests against employers who do not pay their workers what they are due.  Many of these protests have resulted in workers getting the wages they have rightfully earned, but been denied by unscrupulous employers.  This kind of protest is on the frontlines of worker justice.  

One other vivid image of Diego came when I was in the hospital for an appointment dealing with a broken hip I suffered a couple of years ago.  In a waiting room I found Diego accompanying an injured worker there for treatment.   This is another part of what Diego does year in and year out.  The Ecuadorans that participate in the Worker Center tend to be roofers, which means their injuries can be quite serious.

As you can imagine, Diego has many stories of workers in the struggles of their lives for a just wage and for adequate treatment for injuries they suffer on the job.

If you are planning to be in church this Sunday I hope you will come to the parlor at 9:15 to hear Diego and to have him respond to your questions.

Food and Its Consistent Supply in the Context of Climate Disruption

Jan Galkowski
Sunday, September 24

A Needham Lyceum Presented by Jan Galkowski
Sunday, September 24
9:15 am in the Parlor

Maintaining a consistent food supply in the context of global warming has been identified by the Commonwealth as well as Mayor Marty Walsh as a problem of local relevance. The presentation will address:

  • (briefly) the effects of climate disruption in New England
  • Food, where it comes from today, where it came from in the past, and its supply chain
  • Food supply chain vulnerabilities
  • Thoughts on what might be done

A PDF of the talk slides rich with links to resource on the Web is now available.

This is a project of the UU Needham Green Congregation committee which is emphasizing resiliency to effects of climate disruption this year, with a particular focus upon food.

Note that there will be a vegetarian potluck dinner at First Parish at 5:30pm on the 24th.

The Transforming Power of Love

Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and Rev. Dr. David Purdy
Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Needham Lyceum
Sunday, April 30, 2017

9:15am in the Parlor
Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and Rev. Dr. David Purdy

Artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and her husband retired minister Rev. Dr. David Purdy, the couple behind the Icons of the Civil Rights exhibtion were actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the South in the 1960s. They marched at Selma and personally knew many of the figures involved in the Civil Rights Movement. They will speak about their experiences and raising a biracial family.

Crisis Among Immigrants: Faith Community Sanctuary Protection for Them

Christine Dudley-Marling, Vito Lamura, and Judy Curcio
Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Needham Lyceum
Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:15am in the Parlor
Christine Dudley-Marling, Vito Lamura, and Judy Curcio

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Electric Vehicles

Maura O'Gara & First Parish members
Sunday, January 29, 2017

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Drive Green with Mass Energy Needham January 29 2017

Needham Lyceum Sunday, January 29, 2017

9:15am in the Parlor
Maura O’Gara & First Parish Members

A Lyceum about electric vehicles, with a panel of First Parish congregants who have all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Also participating will be Maura O’Gara, Energy Programs Coordinator for Mass Energy. She will explain Mass Energy’s Drive Green program, which offers deep discounts that Mass Energy has negotiated on several electric vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Ford C-Max Energi and Ford Fusion Energi. Deals on the all-electric Chevy Bolt are coming soon. Green Congregation will also have a table at Social Hour on January 29 with information about the Mass Energy program.  

 

Mass Incarceration: The New Jim Crow is Still With Us

Cassandra Bensahih and John Bowman
Sunday, January 22, 2017

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Please call and/or email and request they co-sponsor “An Act for Justice Reinvestment” Senate 1128 House 2714

Rep. Garlick 617-722-2810 Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov

Senator Ross 617-722-1555 Richard.Ross@masenate.gov

Senator Rush 617-722-1348 Mike.Rush@masenate.gov

Handout pages.

justice-reinvestment     reform-MA      poverty

Needham Lyceum
Sunday, January 22, 2017
9:15am in the Parlor
Cassandra Bensahih and John Bowman

Mass incarceration is increasingly recognized as a major problem.  Many people — a disproportionate number of whom are black — are locked up for nonviolent crimes for which other forms of treatment would be more appropriate.  As a result, families are broken up and neighborhoods disrupted.  

Massachusetts has more than 90,000 individuals enmeshed in its criminal justice system.  Sunday’s program will include life stories and a slideshow with data that lays open this painful problem in a powerful way. Cassandra Bensahih is Executive Director of EPOCA (Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement).  She is an ex-prisoner and founder of EPOCA and is known as a powerful, motivating speaker.  John Bowman is a retired lawyer and a volunteer with Jobs NOT Jails, a coalition of groups that works for a humane solution to the problem of the heavy overuse of jailing people when other options are available.  

Attend this lyceum to learn and leave to act, as you are moved, to make a difference.

A Lyceum on the Second Amendment

Ed Lane
Sunday, January 8, 2017

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Needham Lyceum

Sunday, January 8, 2017
9:15am in the Parlor
Ed Lane speaking

“A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

We’ll begin with its English history and the American debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists over the proposed Second Amendment, which became part of the Constitution in 1791. We’ll look at the six Supreme Court decisions—1876, 1886, 1929 1939, 2008, 2010—on the Second Amendment.

We’ll look at the current issues and options in the continuing debate on the right to bear arms.  You will be surprised at some of these!

Our UUA Beacon Press has published a book; Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People, And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control, by Dennis A. Henigan.

Ed received the UUA Skinner Award in 1967 for “The Most Significant Sermon of Social Concern,” a sermon on the need for gun controls that he wrote fifty years ago.   

 

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