Is Our Health In Our Hands?

Rev. Phyllis B. O'Connell, preaching. Music by Jacqueline Schwab, Sunday, May 28, 2017


Worship Service
Sunday, May 28, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Phyllis B. O’Connell, preaching
Music by Jacqueline Schwab

What determines wellness? Marathon participants in wheelchairs tell us that you can be physically challenged or disabled and yet be not just well but be physically fit and in prime health. Millions of people suffer from mental health disorders and yet may well and lead productive and happy lives.

May is Health Awareness month and medical associations from the ALS Association to the Sleep Disorder Council to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are asking us to focus on health and wellness. What better way to focus on health than to consider the interdependence of mind, body and spirit?

Musical accompaniment will be provided by well-known pianist, frequent Ken Burns accompanist, and longtime Homegrown favorite Jacqueline Schwab (

Rev. Phyllis B. O’Connell recently retired from parish ministry after 25 years. She served the Melrose UU Church for ten years and the UU Society of Wellesley Hills for nine years and served local congregations as an interim minister for six years. In retirement, she guest preaches and leads workshops called “Exploring Issues in Retirement” and has a chapter in the recently published Skinner House book, “Landscapes on Aging and Spirituality”. She lives in Newton, has two grown daughters, and two grandsons. She enjoys opera, reading, good movies, guest preaching and plays the flute in the New Horizons Community band in Wayland. Memorial Day Sunday will be her third time as a guest minister at First Parish.

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Children’s Worship. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

No youth groups.