Click here to access a copy of the September 2017 Arbella Newsletter.
The First Parish of Watertown is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and the UUA New England Region – http://www.uua.org/new-england. Worship services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am from September to June. Our services last about one hour and fifteen minutes. Lay-led services are held during the summer months starting at 9:30 am. Children remain with their families for the first few minutes of nearly every worship service. After that, they are invited to attend age-appropriate Religious Education classes. Services are followed by social hour downstairs, where you can enjoy coffee, refreshments and conversation.
The First Parish of Watertown offers a variety of programs to respond to individual spiritual needs. Orientation classes for newcomers are offered in the Fall and Winter. Adult classes and support groups are offered on a regular basis. Our Social Action Committee sponsors a monthly Giving Box where parishioners have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of local social service organizations. Information about all of our programs is printed in our parish newsletter, the Arbella.
The First Parish of Watertown is a Welcoming Congregation. We welcome and celebrate the presence and participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in every aspect of congregational activity.
First Parish is located at 35 Church Street in Watertown Square (directions). The building is accessible.
In 2015, the Opening Doors Capital Campaign was launched, an effort which embodies hopefulness by emphasizing Commemoration, Comfort, and Community. Want to help? Find out how we can make these projects a reality! It is a three year effort.
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“Truth is Victorious” by Mark W. Harris First Parish of Watertown – September 17, 2017 Sound Recording of Sermon – copy link into browser Opening Words (responsive) (Upanishads, adapted) We gather as a community of memory and hope, On a journey that carries us from untruth to truth From ignorance to wisdom, From animosity to Continue reading…
“Talking to Birds” by Jolie Olivetti – May 28, 2017 OPENING WORDS From the preface to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks… devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue Continue reading…
“Let Go of Guilt, Put Love Out Front” by Jolie Olivetti, May 21, 2017 OPENING WORDS “To Savor the World or to Save It” by Richard Gilbert I rise in the morning torn between the desire To save the world or to savor it—to serve life or to enjoy it; To savor the sweet taste Continue reading…
“Mindfulness and Music” Homily by Guy Urban for Music Sunday at FPW May 7, 2017 A year and a half ago, I got hearing aids. My audiologist told me that I was border-line — my perception of higher frequencies was declining, as expected at my age, but probably not enough to require hearing aids quite Continue reading…
“Joy Infusions” by Jolie Olivetti – April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday OPENING WORDS “i thank You God for most this amazing” by e.e. cummings i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which Continue reading…
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