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Needham, MA 02492


Most Recent Sermon

Dust to Dust

Sunday February 11, 2024 at 10:30 am, livestreamed to YouTube from the Sanctuary. Rev. Catie preaching

As we approach the Christian holiday of Ash Wednesday — which reminds practitioners that “from dust they came and to dust they will return” — we’ll reflect during our Sunday service on the universality of birth and death for all living beings, within the frame of our shared UU value of Equity. We will also honor Valentine’s Day in this service, and hear music from our SongSquad and First Parish Choir.

Previous Sermons

The Christ Event of Our Time

  April 12, 2020   Sunday Service via You Tube:   Preacher: Rev. Dr. Michelle Walsh     How do we learn to draw wisdom from the Christian tradition by listening anew to the power of metaphors and stories to find new relevance...

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Exodus and Liberation

  April 5, 2020   Worship Service via You Tube Link:   Rev. Clyde Grubbs preaching   People have been telling stories about Moses and the journey out of Egypt for three thousand years, but each generation finds a meaning new to...

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Sources of Comfort and Inspiration

  Sunday, March 29   10:30 am via You Tube Link   Rev. Catie Scudera and Sally Fritsche, with Roberta Altamari preaching   The interconnection of six sources has influenced our Unitarian Universalist history,heritage, and theology. How might they inspire us...

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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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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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Making Choices

Reflection by Roberta 20200126_roberta-reflection1 Reflection by Sally 20200126_sally-reflection2     January 26, 2020   10:30 am in the Sanctuary   Sally Fritsche, Ministerial Intern and Roberta Altamari   Join us this Sunday for a fun multigenerational service...

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