First Parish News

The FY21 Budget Cottage Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, at 7pm.
This will be your opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on the final proposed budget for this fiscal year, which will be voted on at the October 18 State of Society Meeting. You might be asking yourself, "What? Didn't we already vote on a budget?" Yes, we did, but we voted on an interim budget because the pledges made at that time were provisional. Now that the Canvass Team has reaffirmed our pledges, and our understanding is a bit more solid about what lies before us this year, we are ready to vote on a final budget.

State Of The Society Meeting will be held (via zoom) October 18
This means Annual Reports need to be received at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday October 16. I didn’t even try to ask committees to deal with reports last June for the Annual meeting, and now July of 2019 to June 2020 is certainly a world ago timewise, but please do your best to think back and record what you were doing and with whom, back in the ‘good old days’ …😉 Thank you! –Cindy

For our November 15th 10am worship service our worship committee and Rev. Ellen have decided to join in with First Parish Stow and Acton for “The Land Remembers” led by Paula Palmer 
Many Native people say the land remembers. We invite non-Native people to think about the places on this continent that they know and love, and then ask: What does this land remember? Who loved this land before my family came to know it? What happened to them? How am I connected to them through the land? How could this connection grow into relationship?

No Registration is needed: Sunday worship is free and open to all. You will find a link to this service at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton Website.
However - There are 2 other events listed below which some of you may be interested in and may register yourselves to attend if you wish.

Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples - A Weekend of Online Events November 13-15
Hosted by the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in combination with the Friends Peace Team.

Acting upon the 2020 UUA Action of Immediate Witness calling on UUs to “Address 400 Years of White Supremacist Colonialism” and the Friends Peace Team goal to “build relationships among Native and non-Native communities based on truth, respect, justice and our shared humanity.” We join together to learn, challenge, and support the work of right relationships that address more than 400 years of genocide, colonization, and forced assimilation of Native peoples with these weekend-long offerings. All events are suitable for high school teens and adults.

“Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change” with Paula Palmer and Rev. Nikira Hernandez-Evans - Friday Evening Workshop, November 13th 7-9pm
Through an experiential exercise, we trace the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples.

Registration: Suggested donation $20.00 per family; BIPOC people attend for free. Register for the Friday night zoom meeting via this Registration Link

“Two Rivers” facilitated by the Rev. Nikira Hernandez-Evans - Saturday Afternoon Film and Discussion, November 14th 3-4:30pm
This 1-hour documentary film tells the story of a rural community in Washington state that undertook some significant actions toward reconciliation with the area’s Indigenous peoples. Following the film a facilitated discussion will focus on: what would right relationship look like with Native Peoples in our community.

Registration: Suggested donation $10.00 per family, BIPOC people attend for free. Register for the Saturday movie zoom link via This Registration Link

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Please Join Us!



The First Universalist Society in Franklin & First Parish Chelmsford, Unitarian Universalist

Cordially invite you to an online service celebrating The Ordination of Jennifer Beth Johnson

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 10:00 am ET
Zoom Meeting Link