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Uncle Louie and the Northwest Passage

By , November 13, 2016
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Uncle Louie and the Northwest Passage Our theme this month is “Story” and I think if we asked everyone here today to tell us just one story from their family we could be here for days. Every family has a story they tell. Sometimes those stories are funny and sometimes they are tragic. Sometimes they

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For Those Who Lost Their Lives in Wars

By , May 21, 2015
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Spirit of Love, be with us and be in our memories of those who have lost their lives in war. Hold all who serve in your care and keep them safe, until nations shall beat their swords into ploughshares and study war no more. Amen. (Rev. Sarah Stewart, First Unitarian Church of Worcester )

A Tough Week For Toms

By , November 5, 2014
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It’s been a tough week for three good men, all who bear the name of Tom. Tom Menino, beloved 20-year mayor of Boston, died on October 30. Tom Magliozzi, beloved co-host of “Car Talk,” died on November 3. And today I heard Tom Ashbrook, beloved host of NPR’s “On Point,” explain that he is going

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October Musings

By , October 1, 2014
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M i n i s t e r i o u s M u s i n g s Tim Shapiro writes in “What are Congregations For?”:“The primary purpose of congregations is to help human beings grow into a more mature, more deeply human existence. Congregations contribute to mature human existence by creating the opportunity

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Love and Death

By , August 13, 2014
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The world is missing some wonderful people just now – the beautiful and lively Lauren Bacall, the funny and sad Robin Williams, The President’s great-uncle Charles Payne, and of course all the not-famous folks who have died and are not mourned publicly. And juxtaposed with those celebrities and those un-famous ones are the thousands who

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Independence Day Message

By , July 8, 2014
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Dear Friends, Were we to have a service of worship on or near the Fourth of July this year I would be compelled by current events to speak out about the encroachments on freedom by the forces of greed that seem to hold sway in this country today.   Life, liberty and the pursuit of

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Thousands of UUs Gathered in Love

By , June 30, 2014
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This year’s UUA General Assembly was a long lesson in the interpretation of the covenant that begins, “Love is the doctrine of our congregation.” To live our lives rooted in a place of love means to face into trouble and conflict with open hearts, ready to hear and to see people who are very different

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Transitions

By , June 17, 2014
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This is a time of transition at First Parish, and while we are happy to welcome our new staff members a few of us are feeling unsettled because we’re not sure how things are going to be. When will the office be open? What will the new DRE be like? At the heart of these

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Morning Gratitude

By , June 4, 2014
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For the kindness of strangers who have, in this week, carried boxes of books, bought coffee, reprogrammed the complicated thermostat in our new house and notarized documents free of charge, I give thanks. Also for rain and sunshine and the mourning dove who sat for a long time on the balcony railing, cooing. Sometimes life is almost unbearably sweet.