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Needham, MA 02492


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Great Bundle of Humanity


Sunday, November 6, 2022

10:30 am, live streamed from the Sanctuary

Rev. Catie Scudera leading


On this Sunday before Election Day, we reflect on our UU Fifth Principle and “the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” How do we live into an ethic of collectivism, and promote freedom and justice for all peoples? We’re also delighted to celebrate the naming and dedication of Elwynn Rivard during our Time for All Ages.


Previous Sermons

In Pursuit of Happiness

20180812_0661-jim-L-sermon Summer Worship Service August 12, 2018 10:30 in the Parish Hall Rev. Jim Leffingwell preaching Jim is a retired, ordained, American Baptist minister.  After graduation from Seminary, he served as pastor of churches in Berkeley, CA, Emporia,...

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Kahlil Gibran – Philosopher, Poet, Artist

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Already Broken, Already Whole

20180729_0657-fred-small-sermon Summer Worship Service Rev. Fred Small July 29, 2018 10:30 in the Parish Hall A glass vase will one day shatter.  If we accept it as “already broken,” Buddhists advise, we may appreciate it more while it is whole.  In this sense,...

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The Times They Are A-Changin

20180722_0654-sermon Summer Worship Service July 22, 2018 10:30 am in the Parish Hall Rev. Michelle Walsh preaching Some of us are old enough to have lived through turbulent times in the past and feel the similarities. How do we draw upon the lessons of the past that...

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20180701_0646-Jolie Olivetti-pilgramage-sermon- Summer Worship Service Rev. Jolie Olivetti July 1, 22018 10:30 am in the Parish Hall We make the road by walking - so goes the poem by Antonio Machado. The way ahead is not always laid out for us, and sometimes it takes...

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Sending Forth

20180617_0643-catie-sermon "Sending Forth" PDF Worship Service June 17, 2018 10:30 am in the Sanctuary It’s a packed Sunday! At this month’s multigenerational worship service, we will honor Fathers’ Day; celebrate the UU Flower Communion tradition; and, close out...

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Equality As Yet Unrealized

  20180610_0638-catie-sermon "Equality As Yet Unrealized" PDF Worship Service June 10, 2019 10:30 am in the Sanctuary For our annual Pride worship service, we will examine the history and present issues of LGBTQ rights movement through the lens of hope and...

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Guest Preacher

Worship Service May 27, 2018 10:30 am in the Sanctuary Guest Elisa Pearmain presents words of wisdom through story. 20180527_0636-parrot The Brave Parrot 20180527_0636-indra Indra's Net 20180527_0636-all-one We Are All One: World Wisdom through Story Music Notes: The...

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Us Too

20180520_0635-catie-homily-us-too "#UsToo" PDF Worship Service May 20, 2018 10:30 am in the Sanctuary Us Too It’s Roll n’ Stroll and Annual Meeting Sunday! Remember to eschew a car if you can, and join your Neighborhood Group for a stroll or roll to worship. Arrive by...

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One Source, Many Beings

Reading 20180513_0634-one-source-reading Homily 20180513_0634-one-source-catie-homily "One Source, Many Beings" PDF Worship Service May 13, 2018 10:30 in the Sanctuary One Source, Many Beings  All living beings are interconnected, springing forth from the earliest...

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Agents of God’s Peace

Story 20180429_0631-peace-institute-story Sermon 20180429_0631-peace-institute-sermon Worship Service April 29, 2018 Chaplain Tina Chéry and Rev. Wayne S. Daley In the face of violence and unimaginable heartbreak, how do we hold out hope of mercy and healing, and walk...

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