Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum is our our candidate for settled minister. Rev. Cindy's background in literature and love of the written word led her on her path to becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister and continue to inspire her and challenge her to think about theology, ethics, and social justice today. This sermon will explore some of those literary sources that she draws from in her "loose-leaf Bible." We will also recognize Mother's Day and the role of parents of all genders.
Listen to Past Services
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
This service honors Earth Day and the work of Climate Justice being done here in our communities and around the world. In the hymn "Turn Back" are these words: Earth shall be fair and all its people one. What does fair mean for us today? How can all people be as one? How shall we make it so? Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris and the Climate Justice Task Force will lead the services.
Sunday, April 8th, 2018
Taking inspiration from poet Warsan Shire, Pope Francis, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the sermon explores the sounds of shouting and how/why necessity calls it out of us. FPC Drums will lead the congregation in Aguanile, an Afro-Puerto Rican song written by Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe.
Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Our services will be centered in the voices and experiences of black Unitarian Universalists and how these black UU leaders teach us to be better allies, better siblings in faith, better citizens in our community. White Unitarian Universalists are still learning how to decenter our whiteness so people of color are brought from the margins to the center. Our services are both practice in that work and leaning in to the promise of a new way of being together. The services are also an opportunity to make a financial gift in support of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism.
The UUA has set aside one million dollars from its endowment for support of BLUU. Two very generous Unitarian Universalists, Arnold and Julie Bradburd, have offered an additional one million dollars to match congregational giving. If FPC reaches the threshold of $10 per member ($3400 in total) our gift will be doubled. With the support of the Board and the Racial Justice Task Force, the offerings from both services are designated toward fulfilling our match gift.
Just over two years ago, FPC voted to display your Black Lives Matter banner. Six months earlier, conversations among Black UUs at the July 2015 Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, Ohio led to the creation of Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Organizing Collective. BLUU is committed to expanding the power and capacity of Black UUs within our faith; providing support, information and resources for Black Unitarian Universalists; and justice making and liberation through our faith. This is a moment when our financial support of BLUU is an affirmation of the promise of a just and inclusive faith, and an affirmation of our willingness to continue the journey required of us to make it so.
Reverend Tracey Robinson-Harris and members of the Racial Justice Task Force will lead the service.
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Miles Davis told the guys in his band to play what they know and then play above that because that's where great things happen. Inspired by jazz and Miles' great leadership, the sermon brings this advice home to FPC. The Parish Jazz Band will play for both services. Established in 2004, The Parish Jazz Band is FPC’s contribution to local jazz in Eastern Massachusetts. The PJB plays music from the Great American Songbook (Ellington, Carmichael, Arlen, Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter), bebop (Parker, Coltrane, Davis, Gillespie) and Latin jazz (Jobim, Palmieri). Currently the PJB is seven members (five of whom are parishioners of FPC) and includes clarinet, saxophone, trombone, bass, drums, guitar and vocals. Its musical director is guitarist and charter member Michael Paladini.
Sunday, February 25th, 2018
On this last Sunday of the month the service will be a multigenerational one led by Michelle Cote and Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris. More information coming soon!
Sunday, February 11th, 2018
Taking inspiration from the title of the most successful single Tina Tuner ever had, the sermon explores what love has to do with faith and justice and people like us. Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris will lead the service.
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
We celebrate this amazing community we call church and we begin our Stewardship Campaign. Everyone is asked to make a pledge of financial support to FPC for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris will lead the service.
Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Chuck Collins grew up in the wealthiest 1 percent and has spent the last 30 years working on issues of racial and economic justice. He has come to appreciate the power of “coming home” and committing to place as an essential ingredient in reducing inequality and the transition to more equal and resilient communities.
Chuck Collins is the Director of IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good where he co-edits Inequality.org. His latest book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green). He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including the report, “Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy” (Next System Project).
Other books include: 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life. His next book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible, will be published in March 2018 by the UK-based Polity Press. He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. This network merged in 2015 with the Patriotic Millionaires.