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23 Dedham Avenue
Needham, MA 02492


Most Recent Sermon

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 experiences, personal and communal. We’ll also light a candle for international Lesbian Visibility Week. Our First Parish Players will offer klezmer music, and all of our children’s and youth religious exploration programs are meeting: Our Whole Lives and Neighboring Faiths right at 10:30, younger children’s RE after the service’s Time for All Ages, Coming of Age at 4 pm, and Senior Youth Group at 5:30.

Previous Sermons

Woven in a Single Garment of Destiny

  Sunday,  May 22, 2022 10:30 am, fully pre-recorded service streamed live to the Parish Hall and available live online Service by the Unitarian Universalist Association; Rev Susan Frederick-Gray, preacher   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said,...

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Acquaint Thyself Firsthand with Deity

  May 15, 2022 10:30 am, Live Streamed from the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera   Our Universalist and Unitarian ancestors had wildly different theological understandings, which led to great controversies within those respective denominations and delayed their...

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Immanent Divinity, Radical Equality

The first of May invites us to consider the teachings of pagan tradition on the cross-quarter holy day of Beltane, as well as the fight for worker’s rights on May Day. What does a theology of immanent divinity have to teach us? And, how do we build relationships of...

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Letting Go While Holding Tight

  May 8, 2022 10:30 am, livestreamed from the sanctuary Jenna Crawford   In The Blue Jay's Dance: A Memoir of Early Motherhood, Louise Erdrich writes, "This is our human problem, one common to parents, [children], too--how to let go while holding tight, how...

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Get Rooted, Get Ready!

  April 24, 2022 10:30 am, prerecorded on YouTube/Zoom and streamed into the Parish Hall   “It will take all of us, working with all of us… doing what none of us can do alone” –All of Us, the new climate hymn by Dana Clark   Our faith calls us into...

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Easter Sunday

  April 17, 2022 10:30 am, live streamed from the sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera leading   For our one Easter service this year, we’ll reflect on our Unitarian and Universalist Christian ancestors who invested in an “Easter Sunday faith” (as opposed to a “Good...

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We Don’t Talk About…

  April 10, 2022 10:30 am, in person and live streamed from the sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera   In the Disney film Encanto, we meet the Family Madrigal who are given magical powers, but struggle with the effects of intergenerational trauma. Notably, the...

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Peace (& Poetry) Be Upon You

  April 3, 2022 10:30 am, Live streamed from the Parish Hall Rev. Catie Scudera leading   At the start of both National Poetry Month and the holy time of Ramadan, we will celebrate the long and inspiring history of Islamic poets. We’ll hear from better-known...

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Gender Abundance

  March 27, 2022 10:30 am, live-streamed from the Parish Hall Reverend Catie Scudera   In celebration of Trans Day of Visibility, we honor the abundance of human gender identity and expression and explore how, in modern times, our culture became so stuck in...

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Music Sunday

  March 20, 2022 10:30 am; prerecorded and streamed to YouTube, Zoom, and the Parish Hall Laura Nevitt leading   Come to the Parish Hall or join on YouTube or Zoom for our annual Music Sunday! This year, our Music Sunday will celebrate the vernal equinox....

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Two Years Later

  Sunday, March 13, 2022 10:30 am, Live Streaming from the Parish Hall Rev. Catie Scudera and Jenna Crawford  co-leading   In this service, co-led by Rev Catie and Jenna, we’ll mark the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Needham and Metro...

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