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A Change to the “Say Their Names” observances in our February worship services

The past two Sundays, First Parish has participated in the Say Their Names project to honor the memory of those whose lives were taken by horrific hate crimes.  We acknowledge that this is important for First Parish to do, however, we have decided that while our settled minister is on sabbatical, we are going to change the way we present the names and we will no longer include the graphic details of their suffering. This will still allow us to hold those names in memory in our sacred space.

Should you feel that you need to leave the sanctuary while we read the names, we respect that decision and will now allow a few moments for that.  We welcome you to rejoin us afterwards for the remainder of the service.

Rev. Debra Morris-Bennett on behalf of the Worship Associates