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, April 1st, 2018
Drawing on the poetic wisdom of Wendell Berry and the story of the women who went to Jesus' tomb this Easter sermon is a reflection on facing the impossible, confronting the improbable and going on anyway. Rev Tracey Robinson-Harris will lead the services.
Thursday, March 29th, 2018
This candlelight service is inspired by the story of Jesus' final days focusing on the Passover meal that he shared with his disciples and what the ritual of "breaking bread together" means to us today. The service will include communion using the historic communion silver from both the First Parish of Stow and the Universalist Church of South Acton. Whatever your religious background, you are invited to be with us for this beautiful service.
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
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
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
“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.