11 am, First Church in Boston--WERS and Live Streaming Facebook
Rev. Stephen Kendrick preaching. "Lord of the Dance"
For two thousand years, human beings have been living in good times and bad, but Easter, and the power of Spring, has always arrived, no matter the travail. So too this year, and while our Hosannas will be a little muted, there is no reason not to affirm the good in life, and in people, and in the strong pulse of the Earth.
And who ever said that the events of Holy Week were some kind of joy ride?
Easter Day is an interesting time, every year, for UU's, and this one is no different in that respect. So look and listen in this Sunday morn, and we will see what kind of hope we affirm. And oh yes, to sing "Lo, the Earth Awakes Again."
This Sunday, from 12pm-1pm, we invite you to join our community on Zoom for an Easter Coffee Hour! We can see one another's faces, say hello and share any life updates! After the Sunday worship, please feel free to click the link below, type in the password, or join by Telephone. Thank you to Tiffany Lin for hosting us!
Tonight! Friday, April 10, join Daniel and Stephen for a special Friday meditation and vespers service, 7-8pm. Topic: First Church Boston Friday Night Zoom Worship
Time: Apr 10, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/156826605?pwd=aWFYdHd3aktha1NCTHZDN0VwOGVkQT09 Meeting ID: 156 826 605 Password: 000218 Featuring music by jazz pianist Robbie Patte, join fellow First Church members for an hour-long gathering of prayer, readings, meditations, small group discussion and music. Thank you! Daniel
Social Justice Updates
Support UU Urban Ministry and Healthcare for the Homeless For years, First Church Boston has hosted a special Easter and Passover meal for friends and the wider community, including the unhoused. We cannot do so this year due to COVID19. However, to keep the spirit of community alive, this Sunday during the offertory we will be encouraging members to make a donation to either UU Urban Ministry or Healthcare for the Homeless, and we will share half the offertory collections with the two groups. We can honor the spirit of connection even as the form changes.
Ministerial Intern Daniel Lawlor would like to share a special Youtube interview with Greta Hagen, Development Director of UU Urban Ministry, and Tiffany Lin, First Church Social Justice Co-Chair, as they discuss the important work of UU Urban Ministry related to support for domestic abuse survivors, food distribution, and youth programming, especially now. Click here to watch.
April 22 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! On April 19th, we will begin a week-long celebration. Our sermons and meditations from April 19th thru 26th will be in dialogue with ecology, justice and pandemic times, and on Sunday, April 26th, the Social Justice Team will be hosting a special panel, moderated by Dr. Neenah Estrella Luna, at 1pm on Zoom, "What Does Earth Day Mean During COVID-19?"
As Tiffany Lin writes, our panel will share stories of green work at First Church Boston on environmental justice and "discuss how COVID 19 relates to the climate crisis- how they both are threat multipliers towards the most vulnerable communities... At the end of the panel, we would offer ways in which participants can support vulnerable communities during this pandemic."
In this time of such rapid change, as Rosemary Keane reminds us, "We can socially connect, even as we're physically distant."
Our work with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO)
In response to the public health crisis and our resulting inability to meet in person, GBIO leadership and Clergy have been meeting intensively on line and have formulated a new plan for how to continue to work effectively. For the present the GBIO Clergy Caucus will provide leadership and the first step has been to send a letter to Governor Charlie Baker signed by Stephen and over 75 Clergy and other community leaders from across the state. The letter is attached- please take a minute to read it. (This early version does not have all 75+ signatures.) The letter was emailed to the Governor on Tuesday morning and Rev. Ray Hammond as our GBIO representative received a reply on Tuesday afternoon that the Governor is interested in meeting, possibly as soon as next week. The next virtual clergy convening will be Tuesday, April 14th 10AM-11:15AM. Several of us are meeting on Zoom with GBIO lay leaders to consider re-establishing a "core team" of GBIO enthusiasts here at First Church.
Our Social Justice Team had our first Zoom meeting last Sunday via Zoom with the expert assistance of Tiffany Lin who managed the tech part of the meeting in addition to co-chairing it.
Corey Spaley spoke with us about the current canvass campaign and highlighted the 'how' of making a pledge or donation on line as well as the 'why', ie how important our pledges and donations are at this time. We also heard updates on the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, the UU Mass Action upcoming Advocacy Day, the UU Urban Ministry plans for a healing garden, a possible online book sale event, and more. If you attended this Zoom meeting we welcome your feedback about how we can improve it and also what you liked about it by contacting Marylou, Rosemary, or Tiffany.
'What Does Earth Day Mean during COVID-19?" Climate Crisis Speaker Panel featuring UU Mass Action Director, Laura Wagner and Sustainable Solutions Director, Rebecca Herst.
Sunday, April 26 Time: 1PM Location: on Zoom To receive the link to the zoom meeting, RSVP HEREor email email@example.com
As many of you noted in Stephen's pastoral message yesterday, we sorrowfully say farewell to member Carole Chinman, who died yesterday morning. We send to Richard, her husband, our deepest condolences...There are as yet no dates for a Memorial service, and we will share this information with the congregation as the present circumstances evolve.
Former member Maddy Harvey died on March 31st, after a short illness that moved very quickly. I will be assisting the minister of Stowe/Acton in a memorial service through the Zoom technology on April 25th , at 3 o'clock. For more information, you can contact Stephen. Though she had moved away, Maddy came on occasion for special celebrations or events, and it was always good to see her--she retained a fondness for this church--and we to her. We will miss her.
Eileen Brewster is maintaining a hold on life, although she has been only on water for nearly three weeks. Her life force, as those who love her know, is powerful! Again, we will keep everyone posted.
Peter Banos is now fully and happily living around the corner from the church, at Hale House, where he joins a whole host of members living there. We are pleased he will be so close and connected in all the years to come...