This Sunday’s Service – Still Not at the Table

September 25 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. David Wrightdavidheadshot2

Can the Biblical story of Joseph provide us with a framework to consider the current strain in race, gender, and socioeconomic relations in our nation today? Perhaps by looking at Joseph’s personal story, as well as his relationship to the most powerful nation of the day, we can understand some of the causes—and effects—of the current tensions, especially those which have launched such movements as Black Lives Matter. Consider this an invitation, perhaps, to think differently about views you have held on current affairs. Judy Putnam and the Singing Group will provide the music.

Rev. Wright is the Executive Director of the Black Ministerial Alliance Greater Boston. He is also a bar certified attorney and has practiced litigation, contract, and employment law. From 1999 to 2004, Rev. Wright served as the President and CEO of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Inc., a collaboration of 35 community-based organizations located in inner-city Boston. He is the associate minister at the Peoples Baptist Church in Boston, where he serves as Assistant to the Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Wesley A. Roberts. He also serves as Board Chairman for the Lena Park Community Development Corporation and he is the Executive Director for the Boston TenPoint Coalition. Rev. Wright recently graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary obtaining his Masters in Urban Ministry.

This Sunday’s Service – The Dark Side of Nature

September 18 Service at 10:30 AM

Reverend Julie Lombard, Minister

In September our monthly worship theme is Human Nature. In this month we’ll examine the many ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that are common to most people. But one thing is for certain; what is common for one person is not necessarily common for another. On the topic of Human Nature, George Orwell said, “On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” George R. R. Martin said, “People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.” Alas, Mark Twain gets to where I’m taking us in this sermon when he said, “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” In this week’s message we’ll look at the dark side of Human Nature which is truthful, if not tasteful. Please join us for worship and fellowship.

Bonnie Anderson will be with us sharing her beautiful piano playing.

This Sunday’s Service – Pulling Water

September 11 Service at 10:30 AM

Reverend Julie Lombard, Minister

It’s time to gather again in the fullness of our faith community by bringing water from where ever our journeys have taken us while we were apart. The annual water service, sometimes called a “Water Communion” or “Waters of the World,” is a beloved UU tradition. This ritual is held as folks return from their various summer travels. All are invited to bring water from those travels or water that has other significance for them. The waters are poured into a common bowl to signify our coming together again. It’s a way of symbolizing that many are one. A water communion is not a competition to see who went the farthest away; it’s a celebration and blessing of our unique unity. Please join us for this multigenerational worship service which will explore the importance of water throughout our world as I tell three short stories that will forever change the way you look at water. The Singing Group will be providing the music.

This Sunday’s Service – Exploring the Power of Connections

August 28 Service at 10:30 AM

Lisa Judd

Author Herman Melville wrote that we “cannot live for ourselves alone.” “Our lives,’ he said, “are connected in thousands of different ways and through these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.” This service will explore ideas about how our connections and actions can bring about results that are not always obvious and sometimes unexpected.

This Sunday’s Service – Wairua O Te Ora – Spirit of Life Spirituality of the Maori People of New Zealand

August 21 Service at 10:30 AM

Jennifer Revill

A trip to New Zealand earlier this year sparked my interest in the religion and spirituality of the New Zealand aboriginal people. The Māori believe all living things are descended from the gods, and that God is embodied in nature. They also believe that all things have a type of soul – the Wairua. We’ll explore the Maori culture and spiritual beliefs through history, poems and music. Kia koropiko tatou tahi!

This Sunday’s Service – Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

August 14 Service at 10:30 AM

Jill Updegraph

During a particularly challenging time in my young adulthood when I was trying desperately to anchor myself emotionally; to find some purpose in life, to feel grounded, safe, whole, I came across this tiny little book.  It was such a powerful, simple and helpful handbook of life that I pulled it off the shelf (actually, I re-ordered a copy from Amazon) so that I could re-experience it as I shared its simple and magical messages with you.