Praise Be the Flood

Rev. Fred Small, Sunday, March 19, 2017


Worship Service
Sunday, March 19, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Fred Small, preaching

Scientists predict that climate change will have dire consequences for humanity and the planet we inhabit.  Can global warming move us to change course and build a new society grounded in justice, equity, and compassion?

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

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Cited by Bill McKibben as “one of the true stalwarts in the fight against climate change” and “one of the key figures in the religious environmental surge,” Rev. Fred Small is Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston (

A Unitarian Universalist parish minister for nearly two decades, Fred is also a singer-songwriter and environmental lawyer.  In October, 2015, he left parish ministry to devote his energies to creation care and climate advocacy.

Educated at Yale (BA 1974) and the University of Michigan (JD and MS in Natural Resources 1978), Fred served as a staff attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation.  In 1980, Fred left CLF to tour internationally as a folksinger and songwriter, releasing seven albums over two decades.  Pete Seeger called him “one of America’s best songwriters.”  In 1999, Fred earned his MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister, and began serving First Church Unitarian in Littleton, Massachusetts.  In 2008, he was called by First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

One of the first to engage in civil disobedience to draw attention to climate change, Rev. Small was arrested with 21 others in prayer outside the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC, in May 2001.  In March, 2007, he was one of the lead organizers of the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue from Northampton to Boston, Massachusetts.  In May, 2016, he was arrested with 15 other faith leaders in nonviolent civil disobedience protesting construction of Spectra Energy’s fracked gas pipeline in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

In July, 2007, Grist Magazine named Rev. Small one of 15 Green Religious Leaders worldwide.  In the July 26, 2015, issue of Boston Globe Magazine, Bill McKibben highlighted Rev. Small’s leadership in religious climate activism,