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“The Sacred in the Profane” by Mark W. Harris –  February 18, 2018 –

“The Sacred in the Profane” by Mark W. Harris – The President of the US has brought profanity to a new level by using it in public settings. The use of offensive language in reference to certain countries where he preferred not to see immigrants coming from was a recent example. Yet all of us swear, some more profusely than others. What is the purpose of swearing? Can it be used for good?

“Slipping on the Shoes” by Andrea Greenwood – February 11, 2018

“Slipping on the Shoes” by Andrea Greenwood – I realized that this year Valentine’s Day coincides with Ash Wednesday; the holiday devoted to love mingled with one that asks us to reflect on temptation and sin. How might these themes combine to send us out into the world with courage and hope?

Benefit Concert for the Helen Robinson Wright Fund

Saturday, March 10, 2018
8 pm, First Parish of Watertown
The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston presents “Three Sheets to the Wind”, a chantey group from Gloucester.  They have performed at venues throughout New England. Enjoy a roaring storm of song and cheer through sea history.  Tickets are $20.  Light refreshments will be available for purchase.


“What Is a Church?”  By Mark W. Harris – January 28, 2018

“What Makes a Church?” Mark W. Harris – This morning is a participatory service, where people will ask the question of themselves, what are you hoping to get out of church? Is it a place where you are trying to be a better person, or do you only want a community that affirms the person you already are? Is it about affirming your needs, or is it about having a vision for what a true community can be?

“Happiness is a Warm Gun” by Mark W. Harris – January 21, 2018

“Happiness is a Warm Gun” by Mark Harris – Gun violence is a terrible blight on our country. Bowing to the NRA, every politician seems to affirm the “Right to Bear Arms.” Drawing on the old Beatles song, we see how fear grips us all, and we need to regain our faith and trust in each other.

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