Past Services

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 18th, 2018

Guest musician, Barbara Jones, will join us for a special service themed around the spiritual connections we can draw from music. Barbara will play the first movement of Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 21, D.960, and Mike Pfitzer, Director of Music, will offer a short reflection on the connection between music and our personal spirituality.

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS~CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR

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, March 4th, 2018

Is there something about humans, something in us, that makes us religious? That makes us reach for something "bigger than ourselves"? Are we hardwired for religion/for that reach just as we are for language? Rev. Tracey's sermon explores these questions and suggests a purpose that calls us on, whatever the path we choose to follow.

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

9AM Service CANCELLED due to icy conditions. The 11AM service will be held.
Multigenerational Service

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 18th, 2018

BOTH SERVICES WILL BE HAPPENING TODAY - THERE IS NO SNOW CANCELLATION

“Try not to try,” Zen Buddhism advises its practitioners. When that does not work, Zen suggests: “Quit trying not to try.” When all else fails: “Quit quitting.” But how does not trying square with the will which declares: “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul”? This service will explore the relationship between spirit and will, and the nature of the spiritual experience. Guest minister Rev. Ken Reeves will lead the service.

The Rev. Ken Reeves, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, and has served congregations in Ohio and Delaware. He has also earned a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is currently a clinical psychologist with a therapy practice, and a consulting psychologist with the Center for Career Development and Ministry.

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

We will reflect on love and vulnerability, justice and the times we live in, with words, music, candles and shared silence. You are invited to bring a poem or a short reading to share that captures what love and caring mean to you. Vespers is a 45-minute service intended to be a peaceful, meaningful way to end the day. Michael Paladini will lead the service, with help from Worship Committee member Kevin O’Brien. Michael’s remarks for the evening are entitled, “Hearts, Open and Closed.” Lisa Martino will be providing the music.

Note: Childcare will not be available for this service.

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

GENEROSITY SUNDAY

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.

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