Month: October 2022

“We Remember” – October 30th, 2022

“We Remember” Where I come from, in Southern California, this weekend is a weekend of huge preparation. It actually began weeks ago–millions of Mexican-Americans, right now, building altars, decorating their dearly departed’s graves, hanging lights, and adorning their communities, streets and center squares, with flowers and food and vibrant color. As a child, it was my favorite time of year. Because the city, Los Angeles, was transformed into a place of indescribable beauty. This was, of...

“I Choose Joy” – October 23rd, 2022

READING: Don’t Hesitate BY MARY OLIVER If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love...

“To Be a Soul Friend” – October 16th, 2022

READING: This reading comes from neurologist and poet, Parker Towle, who wrote this poem, “Hooking Rugs and Ice-Fishing” after hearing a chaplain tell the story at a talk he attended.  Hooking Rugs and Ice-Fishing, Parker Towle He volunteered with a dying patient expecting to go through the five stages of grief at the first meeting. Instead she talked about hooking rugs: the needle, the thread, the cloth, the rhythmic movement of the hands. He tried other matters in conversation -- she talked...

From the Parish Committee – October 28th, 2022

Greetings from Parish Committee! What keeps us all connected and, is what we’re doing working well? This is a question came up at our recent Parish Council meeting (more on the council below). How many people read the Arbella? The group thought it might be low, some as low as 15% of the congregation. We are very happy to report this is not the case! Our email program, Mail Chimp, is able to see how many people “open the emails” that are sent. FPW emails the Arbella to 230 people and, on...

Musically Speaking – October 14th, 2022

I remember preparing for the first time singing/playing Missa Gaia, the Mass for the Earth by Paul Winter and others.  It was to be my special project as a requirement to be a credentialed music leader through the then, UUMN (Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network).  Choir members had learned some challenging music, we had instrumentalists as part of our performance.  We had aligned ourselves with local “Green” organizations such as Trees for Watertown and Watertown Citizens for Peace,...

Guest Minister for October 9th, 2022 – Rev. Andrew Kimble

Guest Minister for October 9th, 2022 – Rev. Andrew Kimble

A bridge-builder, Rev. Andrew Kimble is invested in sustaining collaborative partnerships between the academy and communities of moral discernment. Ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Andrew serves as minister of church and culture at the Historic Charles St. AMEC in Roxbury, MA. Additionally, Rev. Andrew’s participation in philanthropic initiatives at Boston University School of Theology helps raise financial support for the school’s scholarships, programs, and annual...

The View From Here – October 7th, 2022

Greetings Church Family! I pray that you and yours are well these days, and that you have what you need. I am currently in Maine attending a retreat at the Alcyon Center called Silence, Heart, and Earth. Here we are learning about soul practices that bring us to open-hearted presence with each other, and the world. Out of these, we hope to cultivate the courage to face life with a new soulful stance. I am grateful to be able to take time for retreats such as this. I look forward to bringing...

October 2022