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Search FAQ: When do I get to vote on a minister?

Search FAQ: When do I get to vote on a minister?

We have been waiting a lot since mid-March 2020… waiting for a vaccine, waiting to see our loved ones, waiting for a hug, waiting for our communities to be open, waiting for a kinder world… At FPW, there is also waiting for the Ministerial Search Process.

Important Sanctuary Coalition Effort (Deadline of Jan 25th)

First Parish Watertown is part of a coalition of congregations committed to supporting and protecting a woman in sanctuary. Congressman Joaquin Castro has agreed to send a “Sign-On” letter to his colleagues in the House of Representative. The collective asks that anyone supportive of immigrants in sanctuary contact their US representative and request that they sign the letter.

New UU class, Sunday Jan 24 at 11:45am on Zoom

Rev Wendy will lead a virtual class for anyone curious to learn more about our Unitarian-Universalist faith and history. Everyone is welcome.   Class will be held 11:45-1pm. Feel free to grab a bite to eat during the Zoom session. Please RSVP to Sue Sours, suesours@gmail.com, by Jan 22 to receive the Zoom link.

Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

First Parish of Watertown will be holding an online, synchronous Christmas Eve service, in the early evening, exact time to be confirmed. Stay tuned - details will be announced here and in the newsletter.

FPW Online Art Auction, Dec. 1-18

FPW Online Art Auction, Dec. 1-18

First Parish of Watertown's Online Art Auction December 1 to 18, 2020 The Annual Art Show has gone virtual.  Sixteen artists, members or friends of First Parish, have generously donated original works to benefit the church.  There are over 50 items to choose from ranging in price from $15 to $175.  You can view them all by visiting the bidding site.  Register to bid while you’re there.  Bid often and bid high!  100% of the sales benefit First Parish. Bid Now!

Beyond Categorical Thinking

Will the new minister hear me? Will my concerns and needs be met? Will the minister understand what I’m living with? How will the community respond to our minister? In answering these questions, a picture of the “ideal minister” (categorized by age, gender identity, nationality, physical or cognitive ability, race, sexual orientation, etc.) comes to mind. With this picture in place, it can be easy to unintentionally exclude ministers who fall into certain categories. At times, as we get caught...

Adult Enrichment and Learning Forums in October

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00-8:30 – “American Police” “Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf. But this tension between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. This week, the origins of American policing and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart...

Special Congregational Meeting – September 13, 2020

We will also be having an important congregational meeting following our first service of the church year, at 12:00 on September 13, held online.

The Search Committee, which has been working hard this summer, would like to update you on their activities and also announce several activities planned for this fall which we will help us all begin to think about the qualities we would like to see in our new minister.  We also have some financial decisions to make regarding repairs to the Parsonage as well as the Meeting House.

2020 Summer Worship Services

The Worship Committee is pleased to announce the schedule of lay-led worship services for 2020. Members of our community will be leading us in Sunday morning worship from July 12 through August 26. We truly hope you’ll join us wherever you are for some or all of these insightful, creative, and celebratory services!

Summer virtual services begin at 10:30 a.m.

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