May 02nd  “Our Wounded Hearts”

I am sure you have heard it said that sadness, grief and anger are all part of the great cycle of life.  When these persist however, how does one distinguish them from depression?  This sermon will address what we can do about our heavy, wounded hearts.

May 09th                               “For Faith and Freedom”

In the tradition of bringing to you the story of an influential Unitarian or Universalist woman on Mother’s Day, I bring you Francis Ellen Watkins Harper.  I chose her in part because several of you wanted to know more about her after I used a poem of hers in a service earlier this year.   Happy Mother’s Day!

May 16th                               Reflections of Our Work on Racism

Over this past church year about 20 of us gathered by Zoom on Tuesdays to read and learn about institutional racism, white supremacy, and historical and contemporary policies which perpetuate injustice.  Most importantly however, we spent considerable time reflecting upon and sharing our personal experience with racism.  In this service we hope to share some of what we have learned and how it will influence our engagement with the world.

May 23rd                               Through the Sliding-Glass Door:                            

Today’s sermon focuses on going beyond the essay of “Mirrors, Windows, and Doors.” Written in 1990 by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, it has taken so long for diversity in literature to become widely practiced.

Guest Presenter, Tracey Newman,
First Parish’s Director of Religious Education

May 30th                                          “In Blessed Memory”

Today’s service will commemorate the great losses we have known through our history due to war and will uncover the origin of this sacred day.

 

April 04th                                “Embracing Resurrection”

With Spring comes Easter and in the Christian tradition all that talk of Resurrection.  What’s a good UU to do with that? Well actually, I find that resurrection is a very important tenet of the Process Theology that helps me make sense of the world in which we live.  I hope to share with you today what I feel real and believable about resurrection.

April 11th                                 “Always More to Learn”

You say you are on a Spiritual journey through life.  What do you use as a road map?  I was inspired to write this sermon after re-reading Gavin Menzies, book “1421: The Year China Discovered the World”.  This sermon is about the parallels I see between the Chinese explorers and our own.

April 18th                                “The Inner Light and the Society of Friendsz’z
The Rev. Ann C. Fox, preaching

The concept of a divinely-inspired “Larger Self” first came to us from ancient Hinduism and most recently from many New Age teachings. However, we need look no further than the Society of Friends (Quakers) for a similar but unique teaching of the “Inner Light.”  Perhaps this 17th century teaching has something useful and modern to consider for our Unitarian Universalist path.

April 25th                                “The Karmic Ladder of Existence”

Today’s sermon is in celebration of Earth Day where we will look at the different ways in which the major world religions view ecological problems and how they approach possible solutions.

March 07th     “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder”

Before long, we will be gathering together in-person again.  I miss seeing you on a weekly basis so much! As we launch the Stewardship Drive that funds our operations for the 2021-2022 church year, I invite you to reflect upon what First Parish means to you and what it will mean to move into the future as a community, as a faith, and in our relationship with one another.

March 14th                  “Feeding the World”

Giving from our abundance is something that most of us have been taught to do from a very early age.  But is it always welcome?  Today we will examine other things to consider in order to make our giving more meaningful.

March  21st   “Where do we go from here?”

As the distribution of a vaccine heralds an end to the pandemic, we may begin to envision a shift from survival mode to meaning-making.  How might this global health crisis shape the future of humanity? Will it be a catalyst for change? How might it change our relationship to the Earth and to each other?

Guest Minister:  Beau Rivers

A First Generation American, the Reverend Beau Rivers is the daughter of French Canadian Immigrants and a descendant of the Wolastoqiyk First Nations of Canada. She has served as contract minister at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Weymouth, MA, Sabbatical Minister at The United First Parish Church of Quincy, MA, WorshipWeb Assistant and Chapel Coordinator at the UUA in Boston, MA. She is a former social worker from Portland, ME, who loves to spend time on the sea whenever she can free herself from her obligations on the land.

March 28th                                “Deciding Isn’t easy”

Today we will look at the work of Barry Schwartz, the author of “The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less”.  Every day we are bombarded with things that need to be decided.  Regarding life’s everyday choices about clothing, food and healthcare for example, I think Schwartz give us much to think about.Feb 07th  “Words of Wisdom from King Solomon”

Today’s sermon will explore the “wisdom of Solomon” as he expressed it in the Book of Ecclesiastes.  You will be amazed at how contemporary his message is and how useful it may be to living your life today. 

Feb 7th                   “Words of Wisdom from King Solomon”

Today’s sermon will explore the “wisdom of Solomon” as he expressed it in the Book of Ecclesiastes.  You will be amazed at how contemporary his message is and how useful it may be to living your life today.

Feb 14th          “Learning to Love”

Today we welcome to our pulpit Chloë Briede, Interim Director of Religious Education and Parish Administrator at First Parish in Hingham, Old Ship Church. Chloe writes,

“On this Valentine’s Day, we will reflect on what it means to love ourselves and to love others. Can you learn to be more compassionate? What does it look like to show compassion or love to others?

Feb 21st
“Our Religious Landscape”

Today’s sermon will examine the results of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life which concluded that Americans are embracing a “non-dogmatic approach to faith.” It will address such questions as:  What relevance does this have to us as individuals, as Americans, as Unitarian Universalists?

Feb 28th          “Charles Darwin – Culture and Religion”

In November of this year the intellectual world of the West will be celebrating the 162nd anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s, “Origin of Species”.  Over the decades, scholars have tried to estimate its significance for our cultural life.  It is also appropriate, in this the month of Darwin’s birthday, (Feb 12, 1809), that Unitarian Universalists attempt to make an evaluation of our own in relation to Darwin’s influence.  I cannot think of a better symbol of the relationship between church and culture than Darwin’s life’s work.