Sermons

“The Capacity to Love, The Ability to Forgive” by Jolie Olivetti – March 20, 2016

“The Capacity to Love, The Ability to Forgive” by Jolie Olivetti – March 20, 2016 Opening Words from “Failure to Forgive” a sermon by former UUA President John Buehrens: What Jesus succeeded at—perhaps the only thing he truly succeeded at—is just what we most fail at. Forgiving. Forgiving others. Forgiving ourselves. We even crucify poor […]

“The Open Book” by Andrea Greenwood – March 13, 2016

“The Open Book” The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood March 13, 2016   Opening Words   from The Boy Detective, by Roger Rosenblatt A walk is a way of entering the body, and also leaving it. I walk within me, and without. But how do you walk in the world? One foot in […]

“A Faith for Troubled Times” by Mark W. Harris – March 6, 2016

“A Faith for Troubled Times” by Mark W. Harris First Parish of Watertown – March 6, 2016 Call to Worship – from Marta I. Valentin We come together to honor the universal community of seekers to which we all belong. We gather together today to share from our deepest place of safety that we might […]

“A Humanist Talks God-Talk” by Jolie Olivetti – February 28, 2016

“A Humanist Talks God-Talk” by Jolie Olivetti –  February 28, 2016 Opening Words from Saadi The world is not a courtroom, there is no judge, no jury, no plaintiff. This is a caravan, filled with eccentric beings telling wondrous stories about God. Reading by Bill Schulz from Making the Manifesto In all my conversations with […]

“Does Free Speech Mean Correct Speech?” Mark W. Harris – February 21, 2016

“Does Free Speech Mean Correct Speech?” Mark W. Harris  February 21, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist   Call to Worship   “When They Sleep”
by Rolf Jacobsen (English version by Robert Hedin) All people are children when they sleep.
there’s no war in them then. They open their hands and breathe
in that quiet rhythm heaven […]

“Smooth Sailing” by Andrea Greenwood – February 14, 2016

“Smooth Sailing” The Rev. Andrea Greenwood The First Parish of Watertown February 14, 2016 Opening Words from A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Even travelling at the speed of light it would take us years and years to get there,” Charles Wallace worried, (when he heard where his father was stranded.) “Oh, we don´t travel […]

“Deflating Football” by Mark W. Harris – February 7, 2016

“Deflating Football” by Mark W. Harris   First Parish of Watertown – February 7, 2016   Call to Worship from Michael Mandelbaum, The Meaning of Sport   “The meaning of sports, the source of their powerful grip on the imagination of Americans, has deep… roots. These games respond to human needs that can be traced […]

“Work: Alienation? Vocation? Vacation!” by Jolie Olivetti January 31, 2016

“Work: Alienation? Vocation? Vacation!”  by Jolie Olivetti January 31, 2016   Opening Words from “Revision” by Aurora Levins Morales “The seams we made kept us from freezing in the winters of New York and put beans on the table in the years of soup kitchens. Puerto Rican women have always held up four-fifths of the […]

Social Action Sunday – January 24, 2016

Social Action Sunday – January 24, 2016 Three speakers included: Mark Harris speaking about First Parish and our faith commitment to make a difference in the world; Laura Wagner the Executive Director of UU Mass Action will tell us all about ways you can be involved in advocacy for issues that UUs across the state […]

“Built in Our Image” by Mark W. Harris – January 17, 2016

 “Built in Our Image” by Mark W. Harris   First Parish of Watertown – January 17, 2016   Call to Worship – “i am a little church” by e.e. cummings (adapted)   i am a little church(no great cathedral) – i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest, i am not sorry when sun and […]

“The Shame Spiral” by Andrea Greenwood – January 10, 2016

The Shame Spiral January 10, 2016 The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood Opening Words       ―from Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions My friend reminded me about the five rules of the world as arrived at by a theologian. First rule, you must not have anything wrong or different about you. If you do, you […]

“Judgment Day” by Mark W. Harris – January 3, 2016

“Judgment Day” by Mark W. Harris January 3, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown Call to Worship – from Kalidasa   Look to this day: For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth, The glory of action, […]

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