Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Eve Candle Light Service.... and more

First, I am SO glad about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" coming to an end!  I will post more on this later.

Second... Please join us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover on December 24 at 7 p.m. for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  There will be beautiful musical performances, readings, caroling, and fun.  And of course there will be candlelight! 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Words to ponder

A colleague of mine recently reminded me of a thoughtful quotation by Susan B. Anthony (who attended a Unitarian church as an adult, though she was raised Quaker).

These are the words:

"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences."

These words strike me as wise and true beyond the context that (I imagine) Anthony was addressing.  They are just as true today, in modern struggles for meaningful reform.  Of course, this being Advent, I note that these words could also apply to Jesus.

As I type this post, carefully and cautiously, it gives me a lot to ponder.

It makes me think also of this brave man, and the price he paid:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Conference ~ "Immigration Matters: From Phoenix to 495"

Immigration is an important issue in the USA.  In fact, "Immigration as a Moral Issue" is the current "Congregational Study/Action Issue" of the UUA.  
UU Mass Action has organized a conference, "Immigration Matters: From Phoenix to 495", that will help you learn more, including ways to do more in your own congregation.

When - Saturday, December 4th from 9:30 to 2:00 

Where - First Parish in Needham, 23 Dedham St.

Agenda -

9:30 - Coffee and Networking
10:00 - Worship with Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo
10:45 - Who are we?
11:00 - Hot Topics in MA - MA Immigration and Refugee Association Coalition (MIRA)
11:45 - LUNCH
12:30 - Workshops
1:30 - Tools to Take Home

Workshops include “Bringing Immigration into your Faith Development program”; and “Tools for Engaging your Congregation”. Cost is $15.00 and includes coffee and lunch. RSVP to Nancy Banks at this email or call 617.835.5426.  (To learn more, visit:

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah begins at sundown today.  Here's a video showing the traditional way to kindle the lights.