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​​The Source of Human Good


Sunday, March 5, 2023

10:30 am; live streamed from the Sanctuary

Rev. Catie leading


As we enter our theme month about Good & Evil, we’ll explore our Unitarian/Universalist historic theologies about goodness, positive psychology, and love at the center of our faith and practice. Whence do our altruistic impulses come? How do we define “good” in a complicated world? What can we do to cultivate more goodness within ourselves and in the work of our community?




Previous Sermons

And My Pronouns Are…

   Sunday, October 16, 2022 10:30 am, live streamed from the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera and Mx. JP leading leading   We’re thrilled to host Mx. JP — local drag royalty — to our Sunday service following National Coming Out Day! For this multigenerational...

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Building Connections

  Sunday, September 18, 2022 10:30 am, livestreamed from the Sanctuary Sara Elizabeth Dyer-Santa Cruz leading   Join in the fun and growth possible on this multigenerational “all-RE” Sunday! Parishioners of all ages will be welcomed into multigenerational...

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Belonging or Othering

  Sunday, September 25, 2022 10:30 am, livestreamed from the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera leading   Hong Kongese-American DEI consultant and psychologist Arthur Chan wrote, “Diversity is a fact. Equity is a choice. Inclusion is an action. Belonging is an...

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Ingathering Worship & Water Communion: Welcome Home!

  Sunday, September 11, 2022 10:30 am, live streamed from the Sanctuary Reverend Catie Scudera leading   On Ingathering Sunday, we celebrate our water communion and new beginnings! Join Rev. Catie, Sara Elizabeth, Laura, and our new religious professionals —...

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Re-Storying Hope

Sunday, August 14, 2022 10:30 am via You Tube Video Link Worship Leader: Rev. Allison B. Miller   The Rev. Alison Miller, a candidate for UUA president in 2017, has served as senior minister of Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown, New Jersey since 2005....

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Designing the Self

Sunday, August 21, 2022 10:30 am via You Tube Video Link Worship Leader: Tad Staley   Social media has accentuated the practice of curating one’s persona for public consumption. But is there a deeper, more intrinsic force at work that emphasizes...

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Hidden Diversities; Shared Community

Sunday, July 24, 2022 Service via You Tube Video Link   “Based on the belief that disability is a defect rather than a dimension of human diversity, ableism affects those with disabilities by inhibiting their access to and power within institutional structures...

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Meaning in the Layers

Sunday, July 31, 2022 10:30 am via You Tube Video Worship leader:  Rev Joan Javier-Duval has been the settled minister at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Vermont since April, 2016 Before responding to her call to ministry, Rev. Joan followed a call to public...

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Vision in a Clouded World

Sunday, August 28, 2022 10:30 am; live in the Parish Hall and streamed to YouTube with a Zoom Social hour afterwards Service by Ellie del Valle from our own congregation who will be getting two Masters degrees next year from Boston University schools of Theology...

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The Spiritual Dimensions of Aging

  Sunday, September 4, 2022 10:30 am prerecorded and seen on YouTube with Joys and Concerns afterwards in the Social Hour Worship Leader: Cathy Livingston   For several years Cathy has been offering a course at First Parish that grew out of her research on...

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God is Non-Binary

Sunday, July 17, 2022 10:00 am, service via You Tube Video Rev. Sally Fritsche   This Sunday we will be seeing a service led by Rev Sally Fritsche, our former ministerial intern who is now the assistant minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana...

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