Month: May 2022

“A Brave People” – May 29th, 2022

  “We have so little faith,” Anne Morrow Lindbergh wisely writes, “we have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid that it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity…” Who here doesn’t love the idea of certainty? Continuity? “On this I can rely…” How often do you insist on...

From the Parish Committee – May 27th, 2022

Greetings from the Parish Committee, It’s been a busy past month! The 391st Annual Meeting of FPW was held with a large number of the congregation participating. There was a lively discussion on the revised Social Action by-law that concluded with a unanimous vote in favor of the proposed by-law change. A big thank you to the Social Action committee for all their work on this. The prior year’s financial report was presented by the Michael Collins, Finance Comm Chair, and the new budget was...

Memorial Service – Roger Erickson, June 12th

A Memorial Service for Roger C. Erickson, late husband of Johanna Erickson, will be held on Sunday June 12, 2022,  in the sanctuary of First Parish of Watertown, starting at 2:00 PM.   Interment of Rogers ashes will follow the service. All are invited to attend and to stay for refreshments. 

Community Annoucment – “Watertown Lit Squad” at the 2nd Annual Watertown Arts Market

Writers of every age and ability who live in Watertown are invited to appear again at the second annual Watertown Arts Market August 13, 2022, (rain date August 14, 2022), in the open air (with tents) at Arsenal Park from 12-5 pm.  Sign up to join our tent of spoken-word performances all afternoon. In our first year in 2021, “The Watertown Lit Squad,” a band of writers, poets, and performers of prose, spoken word, stand-up comedy, children’s books and rap filled the mike.  We also produced a...

“The Beauty of Broken Things” – May 8th, 2022

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, our poet writes, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. You must wake up with sorrow. You must speak to it till your voice catches the thread of all sorrows and you see the size of the cloth. Many of you know that we Unitarian Universalist ministers must jump through a myriad of fiery hoops to reach ordination in our faith. One of these hoops requires sitting before the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, or the MFC, which is an...

Warrant – Special Congregational Meeting – June 5th

Special Congregational Meeting - June 5th The First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist Warrant for Special Congregational Meeting  June 5, 2022 To: Michael Collins, Clerk of the First Parish of Watertown, Greetings: You are hereby requested to notify and warn the legal members of the First Parish of Watertown to meet virtually SUNDAY, THE 5th DAY OF JUNE, 2022 after the on- line service, to act on the following articles, viz: Article 1. Vote to approve the adoption of the 8th...

From Your Minister – May 6th, 2022

Dearest Church Family, Activist Angela Y. Davis once said, “It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.” Amid the latest news coming out of Washington DC around abortion rights*, we need reminders such as these more than ever. I certainly do. And so, amid the uneasiness of these difficult days, my message is simply to take heart. Do not spend your spirit dry in hopelessness or despair. For in this church, our lanterns are lit, our souls are intact, and we side with a...

“To Be Present” – May 1st, 2022

Back in early fall one of our dearly loved church members Ben Jerome, gifted me with a book entitled ‘Mindfulness’ by the world renown Buddhist Joseph Goldstein who co-founded the Insight Meditation Society–maybe some of you know it. There is one in Cambridge. This book is one of Ben’s go-to’s. He has even offered words from it for a chalice lighting. And I particularly love it’s super worn cover and markings on all the pages. Do any of you have books like this in your life? The kind of book...

May 2022