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"A Time For Turning 09/20/2009"
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Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson
"No Place Like Home 09/13/2009"
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Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson
"Radical Hospitality 09/21/2008"
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Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson
"Coming Home 09/07/2008"
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Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson
"Green Consumption"
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Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Life, the Universe, and Everything"
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John Luke Mills
"What Is This Thing Called Hope"
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Rev. Nannene Gowdy

"Will the Holocaust be Remembered?"
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Herb Belkin
"The Power of Humor 04/01/2007"
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Kimberley Reef
"Things I didn't want to happen"
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Rev. Tony Lorenzen
"Right Relationships 10/14/2007"
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Rev. Tony Lorenzen
"Cambridge Platform Shoes 10/07/2007"
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Rev. Tony Lorenzen
"Going Home Again for the First Time 9/23/2007 "
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Rev. Tony Lorenzen
"Building Community - A Kaleidoscope of Vision 9/30/2007"
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Rev. Brenda Casavoy
"Meet Me in The Land of Hope and Dreams 09/16/ 2007"
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Rev. Tony Lorenzen
"Send My Roots Rain 09/06/2007"
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Rev. Tony Lorenzen
"Light in the Midst of Darkness"
Rev. Lyn's message is one of remembering what light may be found, on earth, in our lives, even in the midst of this darkening time of year.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"Finding the Goodness of Samaritans"
In Jesus' day, Samaritans were often regarded with hostility and disdain by the Jews. Rev. Lyn will explore why Jesus emphasizes the goodness of a Samaritan and how we can follow his example in our own lives.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"Our Children, Our Families, Our Stories"
We will talk about the importance of our children, our own families and relate some of our favorite stories.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"Attention Is Love"
Really paying attention to birdsong, tangerines, sunsets and most of all to each other is a honed skill. Rev. Lyn will give some helpful ideas on how we all can better pay attention to the world around us and derive love-filled blessings from the practice.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"Guest At Your Table"
At this intergenerational service, Rev. Lyn, the children and others will be introducing this year's UU Service Committee's Guest At Your Table program. Come hear how the Service Committee benefits those in need around the world, and come to receive your GAYT boxes so that you can help during this holiday season.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"Of Angels and Infidels"
After recently attending the play, "Angels and Infidels," a reenactment of the first national women's rights convention held in Worcester, Rev. Lyn will share her thoughts and insights about those who, 150 years ago, showed such courage and determination despite much adversity and hardship.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"A Time for All Souls"
As the Christian holidays of All Souls and All Saints nears, Rev. Lyn will delve into the ancient meanings and spiritual practices for remembering and honoring departed souls. You will be invited to come forward and light candles for your departed loved ones in a solemn ritual designed to pay homage to both the living and the dead.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"Individual Rights and the Common Good"
These two ideals are forever in tension in a democratic society such as ours, especially when election time draws near. Rev. Lyn Plumb will discuss how we can consider these two ideals when deciding for whom to vote in our upcoming elections.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"The Wisdom of the Tao of Pooh"
Explaining the ancient Chinese spiritual tradition of Taoism becomes easy when one invites Winnie the Pooh to help. Come discover how Rev. Lyn Plumb does her best to impart some Taoist wisdom through the lens of this most lovable of bears and his friends in Pooh Corner.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"A Time of Atonement"
For the Jewish people, this is the time between their New Year observance and their holiest of times, their Day of Atonement, where they are invited to examine all their past actions and make amends with all they have wronged. Rev. Lyn Plumb will explore their practices and offer ways we too may benefit from them.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"Memory, Myth and Meaning"
Rev. Lyn will disclose some of her own family myths and discuss the importance of myths in anyone's life.
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"A Yankee Doodle Unitarian Universalist"
In honor of Billerica's Yankee Doodle weekend, Rev. Lyn will explore a UU's kinship with the original, revolutionary "Yankee Doodle."
Rev. Lyn Plumb
"The I and Thou of Community"
Martin Buber talks about the importance of an "I-Thou" relational attitude in a community setting. Rev. Lyn will consider its implications as she begins her ministry with First Parish.
Rev. Lyn Plumb

"Who Are Our Children"
Last week for the Memorial Day service we looked back at those who went before us. This week's service will look at the future, the children of our community. Most of the children have been interviewed and we will learn some of what they think and feel. We also have questions that the children have of the adults in the church.

Christine Gay and Reed Shilts

"Emerson - The Icon"
Ralph Waldo Emerson's fame did not come from his role as a minister. He was a prolific writer and an American icon. I'd like to share his public life and discover what is still relevant.

Rev. Nannene Gowdy

"Emerson - The Man"
I preach from the same pulpit that Ralph Waldo Emerson did at Second Church in Boston. In the first of this two-part sermon series, I'd like to reflect on the personhood of Emerson.

Rev. Nannene Gowdy

"Our Mother, Earth"
Have you thanked your Mother lately for all she has done for you? On this Mother's Day, let's pay homage to our other mother, Earth.

Rev. Nannene Gowdy

"Things That Go Bump In The Night"
Most of us have fears that sometimes keep us awake at night. In the 12th century, a Muslim from Persia wrote a book about seven monsters that can bump us in the night. I'd like to tell you about them.

Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Failure Is Impossible! (...But success can take a long, long time.)"
A worship service created by the Unitarian Universalist Women's Heritage Society for the UUA General Assembly in 1995 and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, granting women the right to vote.
Kay Johnson, Michelle Benger, Joyce Royston, Lil Ralston, Phyllis Wist
"Life's Changes"
Change is life's only constant. But no matter how many times we encounter change, it is unsettling. First Parish Church is going through a ministerial change during this interim period. How can we best cope with change?
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Life's Changes"
Change is life's only constant. But no matter how many times we encounter change, it is unsettling. First Parish Church is going through a ministerial change during this interim period. How can we best cope with change?
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Jesus of Nazareth: Profile in Courage"
A poor peasant from Nazareth was greeted with cheers by a mob on Palm Sunday. Within the week, he was crucified and died. On this Palm Sunday, I'd like to explore why.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Living in the Present"
Let us take a closer look at why we become so preoccupied within our daily lives. I will demonstrate how we use the past and the future to escape today.
Christine Gay
"Shame on You!"
Shame has been identified as one of the six core emotions that humans experience across cultural barriers. Is shame a good, bad or neutral emotion? How can we use it to benefit ourselves and others?
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Composing a Life"
May Sarton, poet and Unitarian Universalist, was a fascinating person. As a love letter to the arts, I will share her life and her poems.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Catering to the Competitive"
Now that Super bowl Weekend is over, I'd like to talk about the competitive urge in human beings, how it manifests itself, and how it can be channeled.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Christopher Robin and Other UU Kids"
A. A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh, and other stories, was a British Unitarian. I will be exploring how UU values show up in his stories and how they affect our children.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"European Americans Consider Racism"
On this, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, it is important to remember that we whites bear the responsibility for ending racism. Let's explore what has been done, and what can be done.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Selecting a Spouse"
The selection of Rebecca and how it relates to our own lives.
Reed Shilts
"A Service of Remembrance"
During the past year, some of us have lost loved ones. We have also experienced the joy of births. In this New Year's service, we gather to remember the sorrows and the joys of 1998.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Saint Lucia - Queen of Lights"
In Sweden, the Christmas season is issued in by a celebration with its roots in paganism and Christianity. Come learn why the martyr, St. Lucia, is celebrated each year on the winter solstice.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Salvation for Schlepps, Meshuges and Schlimiehls"
On this first day of Chanakah, I'd like to look at the rather imperfect heroes of Hebrew Scripture to see what message they have for us after all these centuries.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Burned Out From Giving?"
This is the season of gift giving and giving end-of-the-year contributions to reduce our income tax burden. When do we cry "Enough is enough!" and still feel good about ourselves?
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"A Seat at the Table"
Pluralism is a given in our society. It isn't surprising, then, that Unitarian Universalists sometimes feel growing pains as our circle widens.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Is There a Right to Life?"
Are we entitled to mercy killings? Is life - any quality of life - sacred? This is not an easy issue, but it is an important one.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"What's Bugging You?"
"How are you?" A friend asks. "I'm fine," we reply. We lie all the time. Most people, even friends, don't want to hear what's bothering us. But identifying our problems is half of the solution. Let's explore modern-day irritants.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Hallowthankmas"
Here comes the holiday season. With Halloween just over, Thanksgiving is on the horizon and Christmas is right behind. How can we keep these holidays from blurring together and losing their meaning?
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"The Religious Urge"
While religious practice varies around the globe, the urge to worship seems universal. I'd like to explore some practices and then ask you about yours.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"The Flaming Chalice A Beacon in Our Time"
Unitarian Universalists use the Flaming Chalice as our religious symbol. It has an interesting history, which I would like to share with you.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Shooting the Albatross"
Tuesday is the beginning of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. It is a yearly time for us to look at our trespasses and to seek forgiveness. Let's look at ways we can be at-one with ourselves and others.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"What Is the Gift in This?"
We are told that when life hands us a lemon, we should make lemonade. But sometimes it's hard to find the sugar! In story form, I'd like to explore some sweetening agents.
Rev. Nannene Gowdy
"Starting to Say Good-Bye"
An interim minister already knows at the beginning that he or she is not going to travel with a congregation for a long time. Join me as we say a hello that already has a good-bye echoing in it.
Rev. Alice Lane
"The Light of Our Lives"
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the beginning of the season of fullness. It is also Father's Day, a time dedicated to men who have given us their devotion.
Rev. Alice Lane
"Children's Sunday. "
The children of the church will give us the gift of this morning's service. This is always a wonderfully fulfilling time. We are very proud of the children and of Lorraine who have put this together.
Lorraine Duffy
"The Earth Bursts Forth"
A service of earth centered spirituality. 
Rev. Alice Lane, Jessica Dagavarian, Mary Stuart-Vail, Christine Gay
"An Orange Slice, A Sip of Water"
People line the route of the Boston Marathon encouraging the runners.We will think about the support that we have had and that we can give in the marathon of life. 
Rev. Alice Lane
"Who is this Galilean?
This was a question asked about Jesus by the Roman authorities. It is often on my mind.There will be a brief communion service following the postlude.  The children are invited to join in the communion if their parents would like them to participate.
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"Desire and Fulfillment and Desire"
A look at Love/Eros on this day after Valentine's Day. 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"A Wintry Spirituality"
It is the time when we wait through the grey days, when we can see depth, beauty, and individuality in the starkness and sameness of bare branches.  Perhaps there is a presence in the winter world that asks us to be patient and to love this stark season for its own unique gifts. 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"A Perfect World" We Unitarian Universalists do not believe in Original Sin.  We do believe in inherent worth and dignity.  Are we engaging in potentially harmful optimism?
Rev. Alice B. Lane
On this eve of Martin Luther King Day, we will consider the sixth principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association - World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for All.
Rev. Alice B. Lane / Richard Duffy
"Uncertain Salvation"
We have long been engaged in an effort to save the world -- our own world in our own way.  What are we doing? 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"Looking Through the Keyhole With a Wide Angle Lens"
A look at the possibilities that lie before us in 1998, as our vision is enlarged.
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"In Memory of Him and Her."
A brief communion service will follow the morning worship. 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"Our Partner Church in Transylvania" 
Chris Holt
"All Causes Are Lost Causes"
The greatest benefit, perhaps, is for the doer, in the doing. 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"One by One"
Loss and change on beauty too fragile to last. 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"Becoming Increasingly Human"
A sermon based on the fourth principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning. 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"Community as Sacrament" 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"Mr. Emerson's Thoughts on Nature"
A reflection on Emerson's essay on Nature. 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"Seek out the Sacred."
An exploration of the places in our lives that renew us and connect us and comfort us and stretch us. The church is a place where we celebrate all those other places. - Rev. Alice B. Lane 
Rev. Alice Lane
"Beltane, the Light Time of the Year"
is what the Celtic culture calls the months from May to November. We'll have a glimpse of the enchantment awaiting us in these warming, lengthening days.
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!"
A reflection on a weekend spent in Zen Meditation. 
Richard Duffy
"Encouragement to Spiritual Growth"
is the third principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We also welcomed 9 New Members. 
Rev. Alice B. Lane
"A Conscious Decision"
Justice, Equity, and Compassion in human relations is the second principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Justice is not a very clear concept, nor is equity. What about compassion?
Rev. Alice B. Lane