2 Part Series – Tuesdays: May 11th & 18th @ 4:00-5:30 PM ET REGISTER now!

Ben Soule has had a life-long interest in the Civil War and for anyone living in the United States of America, that piece of history is still present. Ben’s presentation, “My Civil War Stories,” is about the many moments in his life when the Civil War has reached out from the past and touched him. Travel with him to places as varied as a fort in Boston Harbor, an antiques store in Georgia, a cemetery in Denver, the Lincoln Memorial, and a historic house in Lexington Massachusetts. Meet a remarkable cast of characters from a Boston poet to a Chief of the Cheyenne Nation, from a boy sitting on a fence by a dusty road in Pennsylvania to the Great Emancipator himself. Please join him for the premiere presentation of “My Civil War Stories.”

Wednesday, May 12th @ 7:15 – 8:45 PM ET Please RSVP HERE!

The Members & Friends Committee and our Minister, Rev. Anne Mason are offering a Membership Workshop, via Zoom, for all people who either know they are ready to join First Parish as a member or would like to consider it. Participants at the workshop will focus on the culture of First Parish, its history, governance, the privileges and responsibilities of membership, Unitarian Universalist values, and the opportunities to engage in the life of the church and how to connect to and access them. Please RSVP HERE by Friday, May 7th.

Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM ET Request ZOOM Link here!

How do Climate Justice Actions Fit into Efforts to End Global Warming? Climate Justice is a term that often goes undefined and sometimes appears in conflict with other climate change efforts. Claire B. W. Müller has been at the forefront of building bridges between frontline communities most effected by climate change and allies in less affected area. Claire will share UU Mass Action‘s programs and lead a discussion on how First Parish can most effectively work to mitigate climate change. They serve as the Movement Building Director at UU Mass Action. Claire is a founder and co-coordinator of the statewide coalition Mass Power Forward, working to further climate justice policy and foster local clean energy campaigns.

Sundays: May 23, May 30 & Jun 6 @ 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET REGISTER now!

This year’s UUA Common Read is Breathe: A letter to My Sons by Imani Perry who is a Princeton University Professor of African American Studies and also has two African American sons. The book delves into the challenges of growing up as a Black person and parenting Black children in America. The book is available for purchase from the UUA bookstore, Barnes and Noble in Burlington, and your favorite bookstore. First Parish is going to have three separate Zoom meetings discussing the book. Feel free to come to one or all.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 07:30 PM ET REGISTER now!

For a good year now, First Parish church services have come to you via Zoom, YouTube, or Facebook. The music—played by Rip Jackson and other instrumentalists, sung by the choir, the children’s choir, and various soloists—has continued to be a vital part of church. But have you ever wondered how everyone involved has managed to sing or play together when we’ve all been spread out—Rip’s in Florida, Amy’s in DC, Paul’s in South Carolina, Mary’s in Vermont—and basically stuck inside for months on end? Chris Hess, the audio and video wizard behind the music, will describe how this particular bit of sausage is made in the weeks before a piece is part of a service.

Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 4:00 PM ET REGISTER now!

Join Judy Lipperman as we will learn about some key aspects, benefits, and considerations regarding sharing a home as we age. We will also hear from Roberta Brown, a senior in our greater UU community, who will tell us her home sharing story. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. In March 2021 Judy facilitated a similar session via Zoom, which was attended by 21 people who came from a variety of local communities including Winchester Unitarian Society and First Parish in Lexington. These sessions are being offered as part of an independent grassroots volunteer effort to create a space for conversation, brainstorming, and networking about sharing a home as we age.