Coming this Sunday

  • Worship Service Sunday, January 26th, 2020 Jan 26, 2020, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Worship Leader: Jim Scott

    2020 – A Healing for the World

    Worship Service with Jim Scott

    Guest speaker and musician Jim Scott will lead the worship service. He will mixes songs and stories in a message of peace and reconciliation for a wounded world and our struggling society.  Amid wars, cataclysmic weather events, and an economic collapse, any long term visions of sustainability have lately been obscured if not abandoned. In this season of optimism and renewal of spirit for the work we have before us, our charge is nothing less than a job of healing, the earth and ourselves. He will be joined by Rip Jackson and the sanctuary choir in presenting his beautiful music. Jim Scott has brought his contemporary and multicultural music to more than 700 UU Churches over three decades.  His much loved “Gather the Spirit” and a number of others are included in the UU hymnbooks. Former Co-chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim was involved in creating the “Green Sanctuary” program.  He was awarded a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism to compile and arrange the Earth and Spirit Songbook, 110 songs of earth and peace, acclaimed as a great resource for worship and RE programs.  Though often brought in as the “speaker,” Jim’s services are always very musical. Jim speaks with passion on ecology, justice and peace. His lyrical poetry and stories are calls to action, full of hope and gentle wit.  With degrees from Eastman School of Music and Berklee College, Jim often works with choirs on his compositions and arrangements, inspiring singers to new levels of expression. As song-leader he lifts joyous participation from congregations. Longtime member of the Paul Winter Consort, Jim co-wrote their celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” and sang their signature song “Common Ground.”  His eco-anthem “A Song for the Earth” was recorded at the United Nations. Jim has gone on to create an extensive body of work including PBS soundtracks, award winning choral works and seven CDs of original music. On his new CD “Gather the Spirit,” Jim is featured leading choral arrangements of his songs from the UU hymnbooks and other new creations. He’s taught courses at such prestigious schools as Oberlin College and been an Artist in Residence in many schools and universities.

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Fall Offerings

  • Thursday Afternoon Meditation Group Sep 5, 2019 - Jun 25, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    All are welcome to join the Thursday Meditation Group, a drop-in group that meets each Thursday from 4:00-5:00pm in the parlor.
  • Soul Matters Sep 8, 2019 - Jun 7, 2020
    12:00 am

    A great way to connect with others at First Parish is through our small group ministry­ – Soul Matters. In groups of 10, we meet with a facilitator once a month to explore spirituality and personal growth using a monthly UU theme which Rev. Anne also speaks about in her sermons. Please contact her if you’re interested in joining a Soul Matters group. The theme for November is: ATTENTION “I think it...

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