March ends and April begins with important times of religious observance on both the Jewish and Christian calendars. With the teachings of Passover and Palm Sunday on our minds, we will examine the themes of freedom, liberation, survival and oppression and ask ourselves the difficult question, "Does my freedom come at the price of some else's oppression?” Our music will include songs of freedom and Passover. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and leading worship.
Listen to Past Services
Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
We are a teaching congregation. That can mean many things. It means that we place great value on teaching our children, not only about religion, but about the ways to live a good life. We are all their teachers and mentors. It also means that we serve as a congregation that helps to teach those preparing for the ministry in our faith tradition. This Sunday we will celebrate both. We will a be joined by Ilene Gillespie (our intern minister for next year) at both services and our minister, Tom Rosiello, will interview her about how she will mentor our youth, what she can teach us and what we can teach her. A great skit from The RE Committee also awaits you. And on top of all that, we will also welcome a "much needed spring!"
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Having just returned from Mexico, our minister, Tom Rosiello, will share some of the things he experienced and the lessons we might take from them. Our service will have a "south of the border flavor." At the 9 AM service we will also recognize all those children who have completed our First Chalice Program.
Sunday, March 1st, 2015
This Sunday we will focus on the Unitarian Universalists’ Urban Ministry and the role our church plays in it. From youth programs to running Boston's oldest domestic violence shelter, the Urban Ministry transforms lives, not only of the inner city program participants, but also of the volunteers who give generously of their time.
Our Minister Tom Rosiello will be back leading worship and some of FPC's great jazz players will be joining Mike, Sanghee and the choir for some great music making. Our guest preacher will be the new Executive Director and Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, Mary Margaret Earl. Before coming to the Urban Ministry she spent the previous 10 years at McAuley Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit in Providence, RI, that provides food, shelter and clothing to those who were homeless or at risk of becoming so. She also is immediate and past president of the Board of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, and served on the Pro Bono Advisory Board, which brings together large Providence law firms and under-served communities in need of free legal assistance. After both services there will be a forum where you can learn more about our Urban Ministry. You won't want to miss this Sunday!
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Hope is the thing with feathers..." wrote poet Emily Dickenson. But what happens in those times when we can't hear or feel hope fluttering inside us? Does hope really die, or can it evolve? We will explore these and other questions and seek a fuller understanding of what it means to hope.
Janet Parsons is currently serving as the intern minister at First Parish in Waltham. She is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, and is planning for her ordination in March. Janet's call to the Unitarian Universalist ministry evolved over the past several years, through active lay leadership, as a staff member at a local UU church, and through extensive service work in the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She is devoted to her two young adult sons, to Unitarian Universalism, and to fostering and sustaining community and connection across boundaries.
Sunday, February 1st, 2015
On this first Sunday in February, “Generosity Sunday," we will once again celebrate the beginning of the annual Stewardship Drive which provides the resources to support our programs and expanded facilities. Stewardship is a spiritual issue. It is a privilege which allows you to directly link your resources with your most dearly held values. You will have the opportunity to submit your pledge at the service. This year the service will be lay led by members of the Stewardship committee and others including Helen Jones, Michael Paladini, Rachelle Reisberg, Ann Sadler, Bob Selling, and Ann Walker participating. We will have jazz players at both services, and the choir is preparing some special pieces, including the Bruckner Locus Iste, which should make for a great Sunday!
Sunday, January 25th, 2015
An introduction to four Massachusetts women: Universalists Judith Sargent Murray and Mary Livermore and Unitarians Margaret Fuller and Lucy Stone. The impact these women had on our lives is immeasurable. Yet they remain for the most part forgotten. Why is that? What can we do to recognize their work and continue their legacy?
The Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson is a semi-retired Unitarian Universalist minister, who has served both in the parish and community. She currently serves as Coordinator for a new project, UU Class Conversations, and continues her work with Rainbow Solutions on connecting spirituality, money, and justice. In her spare time she is writing a memoir on the 1960s. Her previous books include Called to Community: New Directions in UU Ministry; Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform 1776-1936; Glorious Women: Award-Winning Sermons about Women; and the curriculum "Becoming Women of Wisdom: Marking the Passage into the Crone Years"
Sunday, January 18th, 2015
Let us come and reflect on some of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s impacting words contained in his classic book of sermons, Strength to Love. Let us relish his voice as a visionary and as the eloquent preacher he was. Mightn’t some of his critiques directed towards his own Baptist churches apply equally to our own Unitarian Universalist congregations?
The Rev. Lilia Cuervo was the first Latin American woman ordained in our denomination. She pioneered full time ministry in Spanish in San Jose, At First Parish in Cambridge she also made history by being the first woman (and a Latina at that!) to be installed as a Parish Minister.CA. where she served for six and a half years. At First Parish in Cambridge she also made history by being the first woman (and a Latina at that!)to be installed as a Parish Minister. She just ended four years of very productive multicultural ministry there. She is a co-founder of the Latino/a UU Networking Association (LUUNA), and the initiator of, and a translator and contributor to, Las Voces del Camino, the Spanish language UU hymnal. She has led and co-led many worship services and workshops at GAs, Ministers gatherings, and District Assemblies. Her degrees include a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry, a Master of Demography from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Math & Physics from Women Teachers College, Bogota, Colombia.
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Ancient scripture makes it a law to observe the Sabbath, but modern society is moving further and further away from doing so. Good farmers know that every seven years the field should lie fallow in order to get the best crops in future years. On this last Sunday before our minister begins taking some sabbatical time, we will explore the importance of taking time for rest and renewal in our lives.
Sunday, January 4th, 2015
In the Epiphany story, as told in the Gospel of Matthew, the magi are guided by a star on their journey through foreign lands to the place where Jesus was born. This Sunday we will explore what this ancient story of following a star could mean to us today. Do you have the equivalent of a star that guides you on your journey, always pointing you in the right direction? What happens when we lose track of our star? Our worship will include Robert Frost's famous poem, "Choose Something Like a Star" read at the 9 AM service and sung in a beautiful setting by Randall Thompson at 11 AM. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will lead worship. Mike Pfitzer and Sanghee Kim will be back providing the music.