February 2015

In This Issue…


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Sunday, March 8

Union Service: "Our Living Planet"

photoThe ministers and directors of religious education for the Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, and Hingham UU congregations have planned a fun, family engaging worship service around the theme of "Our Living Planet" and the joy we feel when we commit to lessening the impact of climate change.

The service will be held on March 8th in Sctituate, and we are looking for elementary age kids to participate in a living planet dance (by the same singers and choreographer who did the MLK dance). Please let Christine Bulman know if your kids wants to dance: cbulman.fpc@gmail.com

We promise an engaging worship service for all ages. Childcare available for 4 years and under. The Scituate UU church is located on First Parish Street in Scituate across the street from the middle school.


Friday, February 6

Dance Party

Part of our church's mission is to be welcoming. Our outreach efforts will continue with another Dance Party with Mr. Dykas on February 6th at 5:30pm in the Trueblood Hall at First Parish. All are welcome – please spread the word!

5:30pm: Pizza — BYOB (or wine)

5:45 – 6:45pm: Kids dance with Mr. Dykas


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From the Minister

"So far as I can see, all the great leaders—and the great exemplars of religion—possessed… faith in life's essence, in its hidden meaning, in its moral claim, and in the rightness of its inner spiritual guidance. And by this the great ones lived their lives. So must we. There are no problems greater than our power to solve them. There are no burdens greater than our strength. We shape—by every moment of our lives—the great decisions. Then let us venture still!—with reason as a lamp to guide us—but lighted with the light of faith."
                       – Rev. A. Powell Davies

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Faith is an invitation, more so than a statement of belief. It's not so much something we have or think, as something that happens to us. So this month, friends, let faith lure you into new life. Listen for the faith-full whispers. Take a leap!

Faithfully yours,
Rev. Jill


From the Theme Team: Faith

Our Unitarian Universalist tradition is known for calling us to be faithful doubters and skeptics, but it also calls for us to challenge doubt. UU faithfulness is not just about doubting what we've been told, but trusting what can be – the arc of the universe bends towards justice; the societal problems we face are not greater than our collective power to solve them; the personal burdens we carry are not greater than our capacity to overcome and grow from them; life can be better; we can be more.

These are all statements of faith that can't always easily be backed up by objective proof or personal experience. And yet we lean into them anyway. We risk living as though they were true. And we do so because something inside or around us whispers, “There is more.” Not necessarily more in the sense of an invisible world or reality beyond this one, but more in the sense of what is possible. Faith invites us to challenge the doubts that would keep us small and to listen deeply to life's mystical whispers about there being more.

“I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, then you grow wings.”
                       -William Sloane Coffin

Spiritual Practices

1) Try to sum up your UU faith in only six words. Then, if you are willing to share it, along with what the process was like for you, send it to Reverend Jill at revjillcowie@gmail.com. Here are some examples:
– http://blog.chron.com/believeitornot/2010/01/six-word-stories-of-faith/ 
– https://twitter.com/hashtag/mysixwordstoryoffaith

2) Find or take a picture of yourself or others ‘living faithfully,’ whatever this means to you – a person lost in prayer, a walk in the woods, two people holding hands, two enemies putting down their guns, etc. Also send these to Reverend Jill if you are willing. Here are some examples:
– purpleclover.com/life-reimagined/284-30-photos-will-make-you-believe-humanity-again
– news.distractify.com/people/amazing-moments
– godvine.com/read/faith-in-humanity-114.html

3) Pick an experience, person, or group that you've lost faith in and risk giving it/them another try. Did the risk pay off? Did it teach you anything about yourself?

4) Listen to some of the essays from This I Believe on NPR: npr.org/series/4538138/this-i-believe

From the Theme Team


Parish Committee Member Spotlight:
Lisa Marder

Hi. I'm Lisa Marder. I'm currently on the Parish Committee and also work with Reverend Jill to help plan and lead Adult Faith Formation. My husband, Josiah Stevenson, and I have been members of First Parish for over 15 years, and my sons Owen and Graham went through Religious Education here. I've served on many committees over the years and enjoy getting involved, meeting new people, making friends, and getting to know them better through my various roles at FP. I also appreciate how being a member of First Parish helps me be more involved with social justice and causes outside of First Parish.

I'm an artist, a teacher, and a writer. When not at First Parish I teach art and photography at Notre Dame Academy and, when I can, at the South Shore Art Center. I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including walking my dog, as well as reading, writing, painting, and spending time with family and friends.

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Thank you from Friends of the Homeless

Dear Mark and Abigail and Friends at First Parish Church, Cohasset,

I can’t begin to thank you enough for the generous way First Church responded to our appeal for donations for families dealing with homelessness. Because of the gifts you purchased, nine families had the opportunity to celebrate a very Merry Christmas.

This year our donors provided Christmas gifts for 340 Families with 384 moms & dads and 598 children. From extra donated gifts, the Friends of the Homeless was able to offer gifts to approximately 50 more families or individuals from Father Bill’s and South Shore Housing.

You should be proud of taking part in this worthy project.

The goal of Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore is to shelter and make a difference for homeless families in our neighborhoods. With the help and support of people like you, we will continue to see improvement in the lives of these deserving people.

Thank you once again for the kindness, time and effort that you put into making this Christmas special for our homeless neighbors on the South Shore.

Sincerely,
Judith Ann Patt


Sunday Worship Schedule

 

February 1:

"God Put Rainbows in the Clouds"Rev. Jill Cowie

February 8:

"Surprise"Rev. Elizabeth Nyugen – Continuous revelation promises that we will never know it all – that there is always room for surprise, that there may be that of god and spirit in the car beside you. We'll sing and pray and reflect together on how to cultivate a faithful readiness to be surprised.

February 18:

Rev. Jill Cowie

February 22:

Rev. Jill Cowie

Youth Schedule

Febraury 1:

Children begin in the Meeting House with a Time for All Ages.

Childcare available for ages 1-4 in the Carriage House Nursery School.

UU Principle #1: Exploring Inherent Worth and Dignity of ourselves.

RE Support Team meeting at 8:30 am.

February 8:

Children begin in the Meeting House with a Time for All Ages.

Childcare available for ages 1-4 in the Carriage House Nursery School.

UU Principle #1: Exploring Inherent Worth and Dignity of others.

February 15:

Children begin in the Meeting House with a Time for All Ages.

Childcare available for ages 1-4 in the Carriage House Nursery School.

UU Principle #2: Exploring Justice, Equity and Compassion in human relations.

February 22:

Children begin in the Meeting House with a Time for All Ages.

Childcare available for ages 1-4 in the Carriage House Nursery School.

UU Principle #2: Exploring Justice, Equity and Compassion in human relations.