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Easter Homily, April 12, 2020

There’s honey in the rock for all God’s children. Feed every child of God. What a perfect song for us to sing after the story that we heard about Jesus and the disciples feeding the 5000, sometimes known as the story of the loaves and fishes. It did not seem to the disciples like it would be possible, any more possible than finding honey in a rock, but somehow there was enough to feed them all. The first song we sang together, Lean on Me, may seem like an odd choice for Easter Sunday. But...

“Reflections on White Rage, White Grief, and White Fragility” by Rev. Wendy L. Bell – January 19, 2020

A Reflection on White Rage We began this morning with the dream. And yet we hardly need reminding, that the ideal which we seek lies in stark contrast to the reality in which we live. Have we made progress in this country in terms of race? Yes, but it has not been straight forward. Every inch of progress has been met with a countervailing counterforce. The end of the civil war and the eradication of slavery was met with the Black Codes in Mississippi and nine other former confederate states,...

“Remembering Our Other Ancestors” by Rev. Wendy L. Bell – November 10, 2019

During this month of November, we’re reflecting on the theme of Memory. This morning I’d like to spend some time thinking with you about memory and how it shapes us. About how the stories that we tell about ourselves and our experiences shape our sense of identity and self-understanding. Last week, we touched on the personal, on remembering the sources of our strength. And as part of that sermon, I suggested that if we can look back and remember from our past a time when we were challenged,...

“How Are the Children?”  –  Mark W. Harris – May 19, 2019

“How Are the Children?”  -  Mark W. Harris  May 19, 2019 – First Parish of Watertown   Opening Words – “Beyond Borders by Rick Hoyt Go forth Because we are always going forth from somewhere  Going from our homes, our childhoods Going from our cities and countries Going from innocence to experience to enlightenment Going into mystery and questions Going into the desert. Getting to the other side.   Go forth, Leave behind the comfort and community of one place Head into the anxiety and...

“Am I a White Supremacist?” by  Mark W. Harris – October 1, 2017

Opening Words – “My People” by Langston Hughes The night is beautiful, So the faces of my people. The stars are beautiful, So the eyes of my people. Beautiful, also is the sun. Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people. Responsive Reading – adapted from “Dusk” by Langston Hughes Wandering in the dusk, Sometimes You get lost in the dusk— And sometimes not. Beating your fists Against the wall, You break your bones Against the wall— But sometimes not.  Walls have been known To fall, Dusk turn...

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 are committed to; Amira Elamri, a refugee from Syria will tell her personal story of flight from her homeland, inspiring us to become involved in immigrant rights.   Call to Worship...

“My Social Action Practice” – Lay Service with Will Twombly, Sue Kuder and John Portz – March 25, 2012

“My Social Action Practice” First Parish of Watertown - Lay Service March, 25, 2012 Call to Worship - from Jean Vanier A community becomes truly and radiantly one when all its member have a sense of urgency. There are too many people in the world who have no hope. There are too many cries which go unheard. There are too many people dying in loneliness. It is when the members of a community realize that they are not there simply for themselves or their own sanctification, but to welcome the...

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