VIGILS FOR RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, November 7,and December 12
2 to 3 PM, Littleton Common & First Baptist Church Sponsored by The Greater Littleton Interfaith Council
MONDAY OCTOBER 11 IS NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY an annual LGBT awareness day observed on October 11, to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in "coming out of the closet". According to Wikipedia, it was first celebrated in the United States in 1988, and the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit of the personal being political, and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly lesbian or gay person.[The foundational belief is that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and that once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views. Visit the Welcoming Congregation Committee's Facebook Page to learn about being an ally https://www.facebook.com/Welcoming-Congregation-Committee-of-First-Parish-UU-Chelmsford-105148534670159 If you would like a purple or rainbow ribbon pin, contact Frances Killam
The Board of Investments will be meeting one week early in October. If you are interested in attending our Zoom meeting at 7:00 on October 18, contact Nancy Kaelin and she will send you the link.
First Parish First Friday Zoom at Noon Café – On the first Friday of every month at noon there will be a zoom gathering for anyone from First Parish interested in checking in for a visit. Stay for the entire hour or hop in and out as your schedule permits. The link is listed here and will always be the same. Feel free to add it to your calendar.
Maura Snow will be our host.
Update from the COVID Task Force
Since the pandemic began, the COVID Task Force has considered guidance from the UUA, the CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to create our response for how to keep the congregation safe and connected as we can. As we enter our second full church year in this pandemic, we continue to review these recommendations to shape our policies and practices for this next stage. Here is what we are putting in place for the fall:
For those of you who may be interested, here are the UUA’s latest recommendations from August 20, 2021:
Upon consulting the public health professionals who have been advising us throughout the pandemic, for now, the UUA strongly recommends:
Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility as we enter this next phase of multi-platform congregational life!
Tom Coffey (Chair), Joan Coyne (Standing Committee Chair), Rev. Ellen Spero; Michelle Hillman, Jim Curley, Jessica Volk, Dolores Heredia-wood, and Steve Zocchi
First Parish Banner Policy
This summer, the Standing Committee approved a new policy to approve new banners and a policy for scheduling all banners that are put up during the year.
The SC had 2 main reasons for creating this new policy: to ensure that the messages of each banner is consistent with the beliefs of the Congregation, and to ensure that we are able to schedule banners fairly, and in compliance with the Chelmsford Historical District rules. The Banners that have already been flown don’t have to gBanner Policyo through the approval process, but all banners must go through the calendar scheduling process each year.
The new policy sets up a Banner calendar to keep track of when groups plan to hang their banner. The policy states that the calendar requests have to be in by the end of August for the church year. Since that wasn’t possible this year, if you would like to hang a banner during this this church year (through August 2022) please submit a Banner Calendar Request form by Nov 15th.
You will find policies and request forms on the website at:
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