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Lane Lyceum: 21st Century Energy Realities – Is it time to take a second look at nuclear power?

May 14th at 7:30pm
Zoom link: uuneedham.info/21stCenturyEnergyRealities

Based on a great deal of research, this presentation will review some of the possibilities and practicalities of energy generation to meet our future needs, especially as we try to eliminate the burning of carbon-based fuels. First, some of the potential – and limitations – of Renewables will be considered. Then Nuclear Energy will be explored. We will look at the real – and perceived – dangers of nuclear power generation. Finally, we will consider the enormous potential of nuclear fission as a contributor of clean energy, including modern advancements and a global perspective.

About the speaker:
David Butz is a design engineer and environmentalist who has been thinking about the energy generation and pollution problem for over 50 years. He has followed the ongoing progress toward nuclear fusion, and investigated the possibilities of various forms of renewable energy generation. Finding that nuclear fission is now a mature, practical, and safe means of generating clean and dependable base-load power, he is a strong advocate for expanded use of this technology in face of the current urgent challenge caused by the large and growing release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Fusion is coming; fission is here and ready today.

Previous Posts

 Announcing our 2022-2024 Ministerial Intern

  The Ministerial Intern Committee, Parish Committee, and Rev. Catie are thrilled to announce that Darrah Bryans will join our staff team this fall as our 2022-2024 ministerial intern! Welcome, Darrah! Here’s a message from Darrah herself: Hi First Parish in...

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Digital Order of Service

      This is our final Saturday Bell Notes because the order of service is now available on your smart phone or tablet via this QR code or by entering uuneedham.updates.church (bookmark it!) in your browser. Each Sunday's order of service will become available on the...

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The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: A Community Teach-In

  Join Us for a Special Lane Lyceum: Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 pm via Zoom link: https://bit.ly/UkraineLyceum   Speakers: Ilana Pavlotsky and Cinzia Solari Moderator: Smriti Rao   Is Ukraine part of Russia? Is Ukraine Europe? Why do some Ukrainians...

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Kay and Clark: Because They Said Yes

  Anyone who has the pleasure of knowing Kay and Clark Taylor appreciate that they have had a 60+ year love story.  But many of you may not know about all the other valuable contributions they have made to our community, as well as, to the people in Guatemala. ...

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Pastoral Message on the Invasion of Ukraine

    At the time of this writing, Russian airstrikes have impacted twelve major Ukrainian cities, and tens of thousands of Russian troops and tanks have invaded the borders of the smaller nation. Significant fighting and damage has been reported in Chernobyl, where...

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Reopening Task Force

  As a result of the sharply dropping number of cases of Covid 19 in our community, the Reopening Task Force, using the algorithm developed at MIT, considers the risk acceptable to return to hybrid worship beginning February 6, 2022 in the Parish Hall.  It is...

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Search for Our 2022-2024 Intern

  Our wonderful ministerial intern, Jenna Crawford, will be leaving First Parish at the conclusion of her internship in June 2022. We will miss her dearly, and appreciate all the gifts she's offered to the First Parish community.  This also means that we are...

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Fridays For Future

  Members of the First Parish Needham congregation recently joined Fridays for Future, a weekly climate justice action at Needham Town Common. Enjoy these photos from the event:                    

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First Parish Carol Sing

  Sunday, December 12th 2:00pm - 3:00pm First Parish Lawn and Parish Hall   Come one, come all to enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of song and fellowship! All ages are welcome on the Sunday afternoon of December 12th as we sing together our favorite holiday...

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Laura Nevitt, First Parish Music Director

Hello, all! My name is Laura Nevitt (she/they) and I am so glad to be joining you as the new Music Director. I have grown up and served in many churches, but this will be my first time in a UU Congregation. I am so excited for this, because my beliefs much more align...

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Kelvyn Koning, Collaborative Pianist

  Greetings, new church family! My name is Kelvyn Koning (he/they) and I am thrilled to be serving as your Collaborative Pianist. My dad is actually a pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church and I have spent most of my life playing piano, singing, and writing music...

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Welcome to our new Music Director and Accompanist!

Dear First Parish,   As chair of the Music Director Search Committee, I am so happy to announce and welcome Laura Nevitt as our new Music Director. Laura comes to us with years of experience as a singer, teacher, and choral conductor, leading both youth and...

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