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Worship at North Hill

By , September 1, 2016
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Wednesday, September 7th, 10:30-11:30 am
Event Center, 4th Floor of Pines Edge at North Hill

North Hill residents and friends are invited to an intimate worship service led by Rev. Catie. Rev. Catie alternates leadership of monthly worship at North Hill with the minister of the UU Society of Wellesley, for members and friends of First Parish and the Wellesley Hills congregation. All are welcome!

New Ken Burns Film Tells the Story of Unitarian Service Heroes

Sharps War Logo IIDefying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, a new film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, tells the untold story of Americans Waitstill and Martha Sharp who spent nearly two years on life-threatening missions in Europe to save refugees and dissidents from Nazi occupation. The film will air on September 20 at 9 pm (check local listings) on PBS.  Continue reading…

First Parish seeks Caretaker/Handyperson

First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Needham is seeking a part-time Caretaker/Handyperson for 8 hours a week (over 3 days, must include a few Sunday hours). Hours are flexible. Payment: $20/hour. One or more years’ experience caring for a building preferred. Must supply references. 

For more information contact Susanna Whitman, Parish Administrator, at 781-444-0823 or

Summer Office Hours and Pastoral Coverage

Office Hours and Closure: As usual, Summer office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 AM – 2 PM, running June 27th – August 21st. The office will be closed July 4th – 15th. The on-call pastoral care schedule is included in this issue.

Pastoral Coverage: Rev. Catie will be away on study leave and vacation from June 20th until August 22nd. During the summer, we will have professional pastoral care providers on-call in addition to the members of our lay Pastoral Care team. During the UUA General Assembly from June 20th to June 26th, Rev. Daryn Stylianopoulos from First Baptist in Needham will be on-call. For the rest of the summer, Unitarian Universalist minister and Wellesley College chaplain, Rev. Joanna Lubkin, will serve as our pastoral care provider. You may remember Rev. Joanna from her preaching on December 27th this past year, and you can meet Rev. Joanna when she leads our July 10th summer worship service.

If you are experiencing a pastoral crisis or emergency in the summer months, please call the church office at 781-444-0823 or directly contact the Pastoral Care Associate of the week:

  • June 19 – 25: Lyn Jekowsky 
  • June 26 – July 2: Phil Griffith
  • July 3 – 9: Judy Hadrick
  • July 10 – 16: Helen Lane
  • July 17 – 23: Buffy Duhig
  • July 24 – 30: Fred Kresse
  • July 31 – Aug 6: Lyn Jekowsky
  • August 7 – 13: Carolyn Lynes
  • August 14 – 20: Janet Klein

Building Bridges with American Muslims

By , June 9, 2016
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Join us at 12:30pm this Sunday, June 12, in the Parlor for a discussion entitled Building Bridges With American Muslims.  Islam and Muslims have become key issues in discussions about American identity. People of all faith backgrounds have engaged in heated debates about the intersection between Islam and religious tolerance, and these debates will only intensify as the racial and ethnic composition continues to shift in the United States. Muslim Americans constitute one of the critical components of this quiet transformation. Despite the growing size and significance of Muslims in the U.S., surprisingly little is known about this religious community. Our knowledge about the factors that shape their experiences and how their experiences translate into the social, cultural and political arena is limited at best. How can we bridge the perceived gap between Islam and American identity? What, ultimately, does it mean to be American? And what can Christians do to build better relations with their Muslim neighbors? This talk will focus on three main issues: the diversity of Muslim Americans, Islamophobia and Christian-Muslim relations in the U.S. and abroad. A Q&A session will follow.

Craig Considine, a graduate of Needham High School (2003), is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. His research interests include Islam in America, Islamophobia, sociology of religion, race and ethnic relations, and Christian-Muslim relations. Dr. Considine has conducted two major research projects based in qualitative methodologies: “Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam”, which took him to over 100 mosques in 75 American cities to explore American identity through the lens of Muslims, and his PhD research, based on the experiences of young Pakistani Muslim men in Dublin, Ireland and Boston, Massachusetts. His forthcoming book is preliminarily titled, Pakphobia: Islam, Race and Identity in the Pakistan Diaspora (Routledge – Taylor and Francis Group). He has published in academic journals such as Religions and Diaspora Studies, and his opinion pieces have appeared in Fox News, Newsweek (online), The Washington Post, and Huffington Post. Dr. Considine holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Trinity College Dublin. He received his MS.c. from Royal Holloway – University of London and a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C.

Rally for Green Energy at UUFramingham

Join us Monday, 13th June, 6:30pm at First Parish in Framingham, Unitarian Universalist, for “Keeping the Lights on with Clean Green Energy” — an exciting program regarding the New Hope for a Clean Energy in MA. It will focus on wind power, and will feature 4 knowledgeable speakers: Ann Berwick, former MA DPU head, Amber Hewitt, wind energy expert for the National Wildlife Federation, Peter Shattuck, Acadia Center, advisor to the MA Senate on GWSA, and Rev Fred Small, Minister for Climate Justice. More info at

RE Teacher Recruitment

First Parish is recruiting teachers for next year’s RE program. You do not need to be actively parenting to teach. You do not need to know everything there is to know about Unitarian Universalism. All that is required is about 12-20 hours time over the course of the whole year, a lot of love, a little bit of silliness, and a healthy dose of willingness to grow. Sign up at social hour, or by visiting http://www.signupgenius. com/go/20f0a4fa4af2da46-teacher .


Wayside Pulpit Working Group

FP in SnowThe Worship Committee is putting together a working group to choose quotations for the Wayside Pulpit (the sign in front of the church) for next year.  If your committee is interested in sending a representative, please let Liz Rover Bailey know who it will be, and if you would like to participate as an individual, please contact her directly at  The quotations will line up with the monthly themes, and will draw from the sheets we already own, along with the potential to print a few new ones.  Depending on interest, we may also try to create memes for use in social media channels based on each week’s quotation.

See also Ross Donald’s blog post.

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