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Our Annual Poetry Jam

Posted by on Aug 25, 2019 in Worship Services

The First Parish Annual Poetry Jam is coming up on Sunday, August 25th!

Each year we end our summer services with a morning of poetry reading. All poems are welcome. They might be funny or profound. They could be classics that you memorized years ago or free verse you saw on the internet yesterday. Unknown poets join with those whose names are virtually synonymous with poetry. If you write poetry, we’d love to have you share your own work.

If you wake up Sunday morning and realize you forgot to find a poem, don’t worry. We’ll have a variety of poetry books available to choose from. And if you don’t feel like reading, come and listen to what is always a wide ranging, fun, and meaningful morning of poetry.

Nibbles are served at 9:30 and the service starts at 10:00. Hope to see you there!

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God of Dirt: A Meditation on Intimacy with Nature — Lane Williamson

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Worship Services

As children we feasted on lying in the grass watching ants carry big loads, on the swing going higher and higher in anticipation of actually touching those clouds; we carried endless curiosity into exploring the way the frog zipped his tongue out – so fast – and caught the fly; and we passionately cared when the blue robin’s egg fell from the nest, or the baby squirrels lost their home because a tree was cut down.

What happened to us? We grew up – and away – from intimacy with nature. Our loss.
Retrieve some of that curiosity and passion of childhood; spend time exploring how you might recapture that intimacy.

Lane Williamson is a painter and a teacher.

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What Is It About Guns – Seth Kaplan

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in Worship Services

Seth will be talking about why guns occupy the position they do in our society, how this is evidenced in the level of gun violence in America, and what this boils down to in his life.

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Lughnasadh! — The Earth Centered Group

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Worship Services

Join the First Parish Earth Centered group as we celebrate Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh and First Fruits, comes from the Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas, “loaf-mass”. It is a Cross Quarter Day, along with Halloween, Groundhog Day and May Day, half way between the solstices and the equinoxes. It is the first of the three harvest festivals and celebrates the reaping of the grain. In Gaelic traditions it is called Lughnasadh in honor of the Celtic blacksmith god Lugh.


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Summers on the Farm — Marion Tratnyek

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Worship Services


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My Year of No Shopping – Leslie Bryant

Posted by on Jul 21, 2019 in Worship Services

Leslie Bryant will be speaking about her ongoing “year of no shopping”, how it has impacted her thoughts on consumerism and influenced her behavior in a manner that allows her to be more mindful and more able to share her resources of time and money with her community.

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