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Needham, MA 02492


Most Recent Sermon

What We Don’t Owe

Sunday January 28th at 10:30 am, livestreamed to YouTube from the Sanctuary. Rev. Catie preaching

This Sunday, we are honoring the fight for Reproductive Justice through our Sunday service and our communal showing of the documentary The Abortion Talks at 4 pm, followed by a panel discussion of participants. As we conclude our theme ministry month on Generosity & Service, we’ll reflect on what we don’t owe anyone else. Unitarian Universalists honor bodily autonomy and support the myriad healthy ways people grow their families (or not). We’ll also hear music from our First Parish Players.

Previous Sermons

From Different Roots

20191013_1145-sally-different-roots-sermon From Different Roots 10:30am in the Sanctuary Sally Fritsche preaching   How did you first discover Unitarian Universalism? How long was the spiritual journey that brought you here? Join us this Sunday to hear some of your...

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Loving the Hell Out of This World

20191027_1145-talk "Loving the Hell Out of This World" PDF Rev. Catie Scudera Sunday, October 27, 2019 In the Sanctuary For our multigenerational service this month, Rev. Catie and Sally will lead reflections on the Universalist source of our Unitarian Universalist...

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The Unitarian Five

20191020_1135-catie-sermon "The Unitarian Five" PDF Rev. Catie Scudera Sunday, October 20, 2019 In the Sanctuary In honor of the 150th anniversary of the raid on Harpers Ferry, we’ll remember the Unitarian members of the “Secret Six” who funded John Brown and his...

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Confession and Atonement

20191006_1145-forgiveness-Catie-sermon Rev. Catie Scudera preaching   Sunday, October 6th, 10:30 am   In the Sanctuary   For this Sunday's service, we are gathering in the midst of the Jewish High Holy Days, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Drawing from both...

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“Common Courage,”

20190929_uusc-mary-katherine-sermon "Common Courage," Rev. Mary Katherine Morn September 29th, 10:30 am (Sanctuary) Join in welcoming UUSC President and CEO, Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, to First Parish in Needham! For nearly 80 years, UUSC has been advancing UU values...

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Inconvenient and Indispensable

20190922_1145-catie-sermon   "Inconvenient and Indispensable" Sermon PDF   Worship Service September 22, 2019 10:30 am in the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera speaking   We gather this Sunday on the cusp of the autumnal equinox and just after worldwide...

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Healthy Communities

20190915_1145-sermon-community-catie "Healthy Communities" Sermon PDF Worship Service September 15, 2019 10:30 am in the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera preaching   At the center of Unitarian Universalist congregations are shared statements of covenant and ethics....

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Education & Moments of Lift

20190901_livingston_sermon Worship Service September 1, 2019 10:30 am in Parish Hall Childcare available during Summer services Cathy Livingston speaking    The darkness of this political climate leaves us longing for signs of hope that our world, our country,...

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Carter Smith on Relational Ministry

  Worship Service August 18, 2019 10:30 am in Parish Hall Childcare available during Summer services Carter Smith speaking Carter Smith is a current seminarian at Harvard Divinity School and a ministerial aspirant with the UUA. On Sunday, August 18, she will...

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Mary Oliver

20190811_0721-oliver-pt1-obituaries Her Life and Work - Carolyn Lynes 20190811_0721-oliver-pt2-self-reflection from Winter Hours - Nancy Temple Some Things Say the Wise Ones - Elizabeth Morris Messenger - Elizabeth Morris from Of Power and Time - Phil Lynes...

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Belonging Authentically

20190804-sermon-alex-jensen-belonging Worship Service August 4, 2019 10:30 am in Parish Hall Childcare available during Summer services Alex Jensen speaking Alex Jensen is a Master of Divinity student and Dean's Fellow at Harvard Divinity School studying for Unitarian...

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