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History and Truth… (newsletter)

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

History was once based on facts that culminated into a story albeit, Napoleon Bonaparte astutely explained that, “History is written by the winners.” Written by the winners is a fact that uncovers all sorts of biases that have become a part of our understanding of culture. During these contemporary times it is becoming more evident that the history of the early twenty-first century will not come from facts but instead be muddied and difficult to unravel. How does history evolve, does history evolve with different perspectives over time, and will history be seen differently with the advent of technology and a very long shelf life? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she endeavors to engage the topic of evolution of history with guidance from the men as this is last years auction sermon.

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Crossing The Threshold (newsletter)

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Sunday Service, May 13 at 10:00 am. Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side… How and why do we cross to the other side in our lives, what are those thresholds that divide us from one another. Why do we want to lower thresholds and what might help them to to be a bit more accessible? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty, on the theme of Beloved Community, will look and what holds us back and how we can make the leap.

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Are We All In? (for newsletter)

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Sunday, April 29 at 10:00am

What is the scope of our ministry together and how do we create the beloved community when so many in our world disagree about what it might look like? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will approach the conundrum of our time with eyes wide open seeking clarity.

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“The Dump”

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Sunday Service Copies

Well, Rev. Scovel’s service this Sunday, April 15 at 10am, has Changed and Transformed!

He will now be preaching a sermon titled “The Dump”.

Of this sermon, he writes “Recent newspaper articles have lamented the culture of hoarding that afflicts our society. The sermon is deliberately counter-cultural since it points toward what must sometimes be saved.”

Carl Scovel, the son of medical missionaries, was born and grew up in war torn China before attending college and seminary in this country. After three years working at McLean Hospital as a conscientious objector he served The First Parish from 1957 to 1967 and King’s Chapel in Boston until he retired in 1999. As a Christian he was an anomaly in his own denomination but enjoyed his affiliations and his colleagues, some of whom he still sees in bi-monthly Bible classes. He and his wife of 59 years live in Jamaica Plain near two of their three offspring and their families.

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Humility: The Drive Towards Perfection (newsletter)

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Was and is the concept of “Original Sin” employed to keep humankind humble? It is believed that humility keeps one with a low self-regard and sense of unworthiness. Are there other ways to keep our egos in check? This month’s theme revolves around humility–a topic that engages our Unitarian drive towards perfection. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she wrestles with the concept of humility and its consequences.

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Easter Sunday (newsletter)

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies


What is Easter all about? The expected Christian response to such a question is consistent, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. First Parish will go deeper on Easter to better understand the nuance of this important celebration and what our responsibility as a diverse community of thinkers might be. Join us for a thought provoking change of perspective about Easter and resurrection.

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