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Be prepared to be amazed

By , January 18, 2018
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The other day a co-worker recommended I check out this TED Talk by Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have a better conversation: https://www.ted.com/talks/celeste_headlee_10_ways_to_have_a_better_conversation I liked the way Celeste summarized the topic by saying “Be prepared to be amazed.” Very often when I have been in conversation with someone, another thought enters my mind, and I

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Season’s Greetings from the Staff

By , November 30, 2017
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On behalf of Reverend Roger, Carol, Jean, Melissa and Jim we want to wish you a joyous holiday season.  Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice or don’t choose to celebrate at all you are welcome in our congregation.  Come join us during December as we celebrate Advent, Hanukkah, Solstice and Christmas Eve by Candlelight.

From our President

By , November 16, 2017
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I am so energized coming out of our 300th anniversary celebration. The entire experience came together perfectly. Thank you to all of the folks working behind the scenes to make it a success. It felt good to be rubbing elbows with so many wonderful people in our congregation and local community. I am now going

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Religious Education and Playing Games

By , November 9, 2017
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This Sunday we will have Soup and Games. What do any games have to do with Religious Education, you may ask? Games are crucial to learning so many things, but, let’s start with life lessons. While developing relationships face to face between all ages, and enthusiastic engagement between community, games may challenge us to fail

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All Revved Up

By , November 2, 2017
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I was having a refreshing conversation a few weeks ago. In relation to the affirmation “Love is the Spirit of this church…” a woman said, “I used to have so much trouble with the word “church.” Being a Jew she much preferred the word “congregation” and she cited years of persecution as part of her

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From our Director of Religious Education

By , October 25, 2017
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I have spent my lucky life educating children. I founded my own preschool when my children were very young and taught for fifteen years in that little school I named, Miss Hannah’s. I have always embraced this quote from Aristotle, “Education without the heart is no education at all.” Last Sunday a parent asked her

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From our President

By , October 20, 2017
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Welcome to First Parish Unitarian Universalist—Canton! I am honored to be part of this special moment commemorating 300 years as a covenanted community—a community that has lived these many years not by a set creed but by the sacred promises between the holy and the human, between friends and neighbors. We are proud to have

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When to Call the Minister

By , October 13, 2017
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The relationship you have with your minister can be, and should be, supportive, affirming, and empowering. Your minister should feel approachable and accessible. Not sure when to call your minister? Here are some ideas developed several years ago by the Rev. Peter Lee Scott, and adapted by many over the years: Call the Minister when…

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Be the Blessings People Need

By , October 4, 2017
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Dear Members and Friends of FPUU, As I write this message, the television is telling me we have just experienced the “deadliest mass shooting in American history.” I am horrified. I am heartbroken. My prayers and my deep sympathy go to all the people affected by this terrible injustice. Just yesterday I preached about blessings

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