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Needham, MA 02492


Most Recent Sermon

Flower Communion Sunday! Connection: A Cure for Loneliness, Rev. Catie preaching

Sunday June 16th at 10:30 am, livestreamed from the Sanctuary

For our last Sunday service in the sanctuary until September, we celebrate our interdependence and the power of community connections during this multigenerational and interactive Sunday service. As is our tradition, we will hold the beloved Flower Communion ritual! If you’re participating in person, please remember to bring a flower (or many!) to share, and if you’re participating via Zoom or YouTube, please have a flower with you or a floral background/emoji to get into the spirit of the ritual. We will also honor Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and the Summer Solstice. If you’re able, plan to spend the day with First Parish: our social hour will be a picnic held at Erik and Liz Rover Bailey’s home, and we’ll host Needham Has Pride celebrations at 2 pm (beginning with a rally on First Parish’s front lawn) and at 4 pm (our final Elizabeth Duhig To the Fore concert of the year, featuring queer composer and former First Parish accompanist Kelvyn Koning).

Don’t Forgot to Collect Water for Ingathering!

Please remember that First Parish celebrates the Water Communion ritual at our multigenerational Ingathering service back in the Sanctuary each September. During your summer adventures near and far, collect some water to bring to Ingathering on September 8th. As always, there will be representational water (from water communions of years’ past) available.

Previous Sermons

Community Care: Reverend Catie Preaching

Sunday, June 2nd at 10:30 am, livestreamed from the Sanctuary As we enter both international Pride month and First Parish’s theme month about Interdependence, we celebrate our LGBTQ members, friends, and neighbors and reflect on how we offer community care to “the...

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Civil Marriage is a Civil Right (Rev. Catie preaching)

  Sunday May 19th at 10:30 am, livestreamed from the Sanctuary Join in the celebration of 20 years of marriage equality in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts! Hear from same-gender and queer couples in our congregation about what marriage equality means to them,...

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Music Sunday

Sunday May 5th, 2024 at 10:30 am, livestreamed to YouTube from the Sanctuary. It’s our annual Music Sunday! Don’t miss this Sunday’s music-filled service, celebrating the world‘s religions and our UU commitment to pluralism...

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The Healing Journey (Rev. Catie preaching)

Sunday April 28, 2024 at 10:30 am, livestreamed to YouTube from the Sanctuary. As we close our theme month about Wonder and honor the sacred story of Passover, we’ll reflect on how to cultivate and reactivate our senses of awe, gratitude, and hope after traumatic...

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Our Wonderful Earth, Rev. Catie leading

Sunday April 21st, 2024 at 10:30 am, livestreamed to YouTube from the Sanctuary. For our interactive and multigenerational Earth Day service, we will celebrate the beauty and wonder of our shared home, planet Earth. Many climate justice activists experience feelings...

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Choosing Wonder

Sunday April 14th, 2024 at 10:30 am, livestreamed to YouTube from the Sanctuary. Darrah Bryans preaching Have you ever wondered why the world is the way it is? Have you found yourself simultaneously baffled and amazed by this world of ours? This Sunday we will explore...

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Light of the Heavens, Rev. Catie preaching

Sunday April 7, 2024 at 10:30 am, livestreamed to YouTube from the Sanctuary. In honor of Ramadan’s end at Eid and the upcoming North American solar eclipse, this Sunday we will celebrate the wonders and mysteries of space and honor the contributions of Muslim...

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Blessed Are, Darrah Bryans preaching

Sunday March 24 2024 at 10:30 am, livestreamed to YouTube from the Sanctuary. Join us this Sunday for a lively and interactive service. Perhaps you are like many of us who feel that we have little influence on world events or even on local issues. This Sunday our...

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