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Hidden Diversities; Shared Community

Sunday, July 24, 2022

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“Based on the belief that disability is a defect rather than a dimension of human diversity, ableism affects those with disabilities by inhibiting their access to and power within institutional structures that fulfill needs, like health care, employment, housing, government, education, religion, the media, and the legal system.” EqUUalaccess Ableism Basics

In today’s service we look at diversity through the lens of ableism exploring diversities that may not be as discernable as physical attributes. How can we as we aspire to come together as a Beloved community embrace all the dimensions of our communal diversities. We take inspiration from many sources including UU and other community organizations and members of our congregation as we explore the many facets of our shared community.

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Pride Sunday 2022

We rallied! We marched! We partied! 🌈 It was a great honor and joy to co-host, co-organize, and co-sponsor today’s Needham Has Pride: Family Sized gathering. We deeply appreciate every person (and puppy) who "came out" to show their Pride as members of the queer...

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Lane Lyceum: The Ghosts of Our Interfaith Past

The final Lane Lyceum of the year will be Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30pm. It will feature our own, Rev. Jenna Crawford, speaking on: "The Ghosts of Our Interfaith Past: What our Unitarian and Universalist History of Interreligious Encounter can Teach Us about Our...

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Youth Led Sunday Worship

Our Youth-Led Sunday worship was absolutely wonderful, and so special to have in-person for the first time since 2019! The youth offered thoughtful reflections and words, skillful music, and surprised their service trip guides with a lovely gift. The whole community...

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We Kept the Bell Ringing! Celebrate on June 16 at 5:30

Please join us on Thursday afternoon, June 16, at 5:30 on the First Parish Lawn for an “official” inaugural bell ringing within our beautiful restored tower. We have invited Needham town officials to the ceremony to thank them for their generous support through the...

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Youth Led Worship Service: One Great Bundle

June 12th 10:30am, livestreamed from the sanctuary, with a social hour, weather permitting, outside to follow with light snacks To quote African American writer and activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, “we are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity.”...

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The Ordination of Jennifer E. Crawford

June 4th 4:00-5:15pm, Live streamed from the sanctuary, with a social hour, weather permitting, outside to follow with light snacks On March 9, the Parish Committee voted “yes” to ordaining Jenna at our congregation around the close of her internship with us. Though...

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Blue Masking Tape

June 5, 2022 at 10:30 am,  Live Streamed from the Sanctuary Reverend Jenna Crawford In this service, Jenna reflects on her recent move across town and her enthusiastic use of blue masking tape in the packing process. In her last sermon at First Parish, she’ll share...

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Pastoral Message on the US Epidemic of Gun Violence 

  Dear First Parish,    My family and I were on the Cape this past weekend for my cousin’s wedding, and the morning of her wedding we took our daughter to a small playground in Hyannis. Little did we know that a walk for suicide prevention and awareness was...

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Memorial Service for Greg Condon

  Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 11:00 am, Live Streamed from the Sanctuary    All are welcome to celebrate the life of our member of blessed memory, Greg Condon, who died at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. We are honored to finally hold his memorial...

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God Bless America

  May 29, 2022 10:30 am, Live Streamed from the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera   For our Memorial Day Sunday worship service, we’ll conclude our monthly theme of Divinity and Reverence with a reflection of the Irving Berlin song, God Bless America and what...

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Mother’s Day Walk for Peace

  Thank you to all who contributed to this year’s successful Mother’s Day Walk for Peace supporting the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute's important work with people impacted by trauma and loss.  Although our actual walking team was small this year, we made an...

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