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Annual Meeting 2022 – Including Documents


Our First Parish Annual Meeting will be hybrid (in person and on Zoom), right after worship and social hour, on Sunday, May 15th, at 12:30 in person in the sanctuary. For folks participating online, use the same Zoom link as for worship and social hour. The warrant for the meeting will be sent to all members in accordance with our bylaws. The Annual Report, which includes the proposed FY23 budget, is now available, as is the Warrant for the meeting, and Article IV 8th Principle Information. 




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Restoring Balance

March 22, 2020 10:30 am Livestream Reverend Catie Scudera and Roberta Altamari   For the vernal equinox, Roberta Altamari and Rev. Catie will lead a service that honors the reverence we have for our beautiful planet Earth with inspiration spending time in nature...

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Imagining the Future

  March 1, 2020 10:30 am in the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera   For this multigenerational service, Rev. Catie and Roberta consider how in science fiction and speculative fiction, secular authors, artists, and screenwriters have imagined humanity’s future....

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Virtual Support During Challenging Times

20200315_1203-roberta and sally livestream   Reflection from Rev. Catie Scudera March 15th, 2020 First Parish in Needham Today was Rev Catie’s Sunday off for this month, and we on staff insisted she honor that, as she and Cole continue to prepare for the arrival...

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Power of the Pulpit

20200308_1135-sally-sermon   March 8, 2020 10:30 am in the Sanctuary Sally Fritsche preaching   This Sunday, we will celebrate International Women's Day with a reflection on our tradition's past and future as a spiritual home to powerful women. Learn about...

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Big Question: Can you risk being creative?

In the most popular TED talk of all time, now with over 64 million views, Sir Ken Robinson asks the question, “Do schools kill creativity?” His response, spun through an enchanting 20-minute talk, makes the case that creativity is as important in education as...

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“Raising Healthy Humans”: POSTPONED!

Having "the talk" in the #metoo Era Join Roberta Altamari on Mondays, March 2nd and  March 23rd at 7pm for "Raising Healthy Humans" - having "the talk" in the #metoo era.  Roberta (who is a trained Our Whole Lives leader with 15 years of teaching middle schoolers,...

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Florence Graves: #MeToo – Why Has it Taken so Long?

On Sunday March 1 at 4:00, our own Florence Graves kicks off the Spring Lane Lyceum series on women's empowerment, called "#WeToo - the uphill journey to sharing power". Florence George Graves is an award-winning investigative reporter and editor whose work has led to...

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You Will Be Found

February 9, 2020 10:30 am in the Sanctuary Sally Fritsche preaching   You Will Be Found     Join us this Sunday for an uplifting service on the ways community can show up when we are at our lowest points. Despair is a very real force in our world, but together we...

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Redrawing Our Maps

20200223_1140-maps   February 23, 2020 10:30 am in the Sanctuary  Rev. Natalie Malter preaching   We live in a world of maps that help us to make sense of who and where we are. But what happens when our maps fail us or fall short? How do we go about the work of...

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Revisiting Our Slavery Past

20200216_1145-catie-sermon-slavery   February 16, 2020 10:30 am in the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera preaching It’s been a year since the first worship service when Rev. Catie and the Racial Justice Task Force revealed publically that First Parish and the Town of...

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Shedding Old Skin

20200202_1145-catie-sermon     February 2, 2020 10:30 am In the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera As we begin our monthly theme on Liberation, we’ll consider in our Sunday service how we can experience personal liberation: from inauthenticity, from mistakes or...

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Big Question: Is Your Glass Half Empty?

“The age of anxiety has given way to the age of cynicism,” then 30-year old Mohammed Fairouz wrote a few years ago in the On Being blog. “Among my generation, cynicism is no longer a bad word: it’s celebrated, and is often mistaken for intelligence.” It’s not hard to...

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