Reflections 2/13/2011

A column on some timely if unrelated items. First I will be on vacation from February 18th through the 24th. The Reverend Lee Bluemel from North Parish in North Andover will be on call for me for any pastoral emergencies. Her emergency contact information will be available on my answering machine. I will also leave it with Pastoral Care team members, Carla Corey, Lynne Cole, and Akiko Sano, as well as with Cindy Gist.


Second, child dedications. A child dedication is the Unitarian Universalist version of a naming, christening or baptism. In that service, we make a covenant with the child and with their family to be their spiritual and religious home, to nurture spiritual life of this child and to support the family in raising her or him. There is no required age limit. We have done child dedications for infants and for teens. Sometimes, we do a child dedication when it works best for the family. We also have special Sundays when we make time. This year, we would like to offer Easter Sunday as an opportunity for families to have their children dedicated. If you wish to have your child(ren) dedicated or want more information, please contact me, or our Director of Religious Education, Sadie Kahn Greene.

Third, John Schneider and I will be offering an adult religious education class on theodicy, or what to make of bad things happening to good people. High school youth are also welcome. The class will meet for four sessions on Wednesdays beginning March 9, from 7 PM to 9 PM. It is the Lenten season, a time for reflecting on issues like injustice, struggle, suffering and the reality of evil. We will look at how different traditions deal with these issues and how we as Unitarian Universalist can work through these things as well. If you are interested in the class, please let me know, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 978-256-5555.

Hopefully, we are past the worst of the snow. I will be in the office this week, until Thursday. Then I will see you at church on February 27th.

In faith,

Rev. Ellen

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824