Classical Concert, Sunday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m.

Classical Concert, Sunday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m.

Musicians from the Chamber Orchestra of Boston will perform in the First Parish Sanctuary on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. The group will present music by Edvard Grieg—plus a few popular surprises. Since 2001, The Chamber Orchestra of Boston has thrilled audiences and critics alike with compelling performances ranging from the sensitive (“profound expressivity”— Boston Globe) to the riveting (“A knockout!”— Boston Phoenix). David Feltner leads this dynamic group of musicians in a wide range of repertoire, inspiring audiences with fresh insights into timeless classics and the excitement of bringing new works to life. Sponsored by Arts Wayland. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

UU Urban Ministry: Restorative Homeownership, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

UU Urban Ministry: Restorative Homeownership, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

The UU Urban Ministry presents the fourth in this year’s “Community Conversations” series on how housing has contributed to racial inequity, especially in Boston – and the rights for people to stay in their homes. This online session will be presented by Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna and Maria Latimore. You can register here.

Dr. Estrella-Luna is the principal and owner of StarLuna Consulting. She is a researcher, educator, advocate, and consultant focusing on issues related to social justice, social resilience, and democratic governance. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee for the US Commission on Civil Rights.

Maria Latimore is an organizational development consultant. As the project director for Homes for Equity, Maria is leading a team to design and implement an innovative affordable housing initiative in Boston.

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Berklee Jazz Concert Jan. 28, 3 p.m.

Berklee Jazz Concert Jan. 28, 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m., the Arts Wayland Jazz Series brings another Berklee College of Music faculty jazz concert to First Parish in Wayland. The Mix Up Mix Up band showcases the connection between roots-reggae and soul-jazz. Led by pianist/keyboardist, singer, composer, and arranger Matt Jenson, the band also includes Nathan Sabanayagam on drums, Nate Edgar on bass, Van Martin on guitar. Tickets are available at artswayland.com.

Can New Fission/Fusion Technologies Help Fight Climate Change?

Can New Fission/Fusion Technologies Help Fight Climate Change?

Join MetroWest Climate Solutions on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. for a Zoom webinar on the future of nuclear energy.

Many experts believe that next-generation nuclear technologies could be an important option in our transition to a clean-energy future. Others are wary, expressing concerns about ongoing safety and waste disposal challenges.

David Butz from Eco-Nuclear Solutions and Aina Lagor from Energy for the Common Good will provide an overview of the latest nuclear technologies and their prospects for helping us transition to a “low or no” carbon society and economy.  Our moderator, Ross Trimby, attended the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School, qualified as a Reactor Plant Operator and then served on a nuclear sub for three years.

Currently, the U.S. generates about 60% of its electricity from fossil fuels.  The U.S. aims to transition away from these carbon-emitting fuels by 2035, which will require a significant increase in sources of clean energy.  Join us for this informative program that will compare and contrast the latest fusion and fission technologies, so that listeners can come to their own conclusions about whether nuclear power has a role in addressing climate change. To register visit: www.metrowestclimatesolutions.org

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Dinner and a Movie: Jan. 19

Dinner and a Movie: Jan. 19

Join the First Parish Welcoming Congregation Committee for a screening of the PBS American Experience documentary Casa Susanna. The film is intended for adults. Arrive at 6:00 p.m. with a main or side dish to share in a potluck dinner, or arrive at 7:00 p.m. for just the film and discussion afterwards. Casa Susanna tells the story of a refuge in the Catskills that sheltered transgender women and cross-dressing men to live as their true selves in the 1950s and 60s.

At movie time, enjoy theater-style popcorn or a sweet treat from the “Give as You Choose” snack bar, where 100% of funds raised will be donated to OUT Metrowest in support of their work helping LGBTQIA+ youth in our communities.

With an 86% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film is not one to be missed. The Guardian calls it “incredibly moving;” The Hollywood Reporter calls it “complex and  riveting.”

Domestic Abuse/Coercive Control Workshop, Sun., Jan. 7, 2 – 4 p.m.

Domestic Abuse/Coercive Control Workshop, Sun., Jan. 7, 2 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about this important topic: how to identify the signs, and what steps to take to support friends, family members, and others, without further endangering them. Sponsored by Wayland’s Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. In-Person in the Vestry at First Parish in Wayland, or online at this link: https://fb.me/e/1MRLAWYim  If possible, please RSVP through Facebook Events or email Mary Ann Borkowski at mborkowski@wayland.ma.us Please attend even if you are unable to RSVP!

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Christmas Eve Services at First Parish

Christmas Eve Services at First Parish

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, First Parish (225 Boston Post Rd.) will offer two services to celebrate joy, reflection, and tradition. The 4 p.m. service is ideal for families with younger children. The highlight of this engaging service is a retelling of the Christmas story with lots of impromptu audience participation. This service will be led by Rev. Deborah Bennett and Kate Holland, Director of Lifespan Education.

At 7 p.m., a candlelight service with candles, carols, and reflections will usher in Christmas Eve. Come join in the music, story and inspiration of the season and share in the sacred ritual of passing the light. This service will be led by the Rev. Deborah Bennett.

Note: There will be no morning service on Sunday, Dec. 24.

Winter Solstice Gathering, Thu., Dec 21, 6:45 p.m.

Winter Solstice Gathering, Thu., Dec 21, 6:45 p.m.

Everyone of every age is invited to gather outside around a fire pit near the sheds to mark this shortest day of the year. There will be a brief ritual reflecting on the meaning of solstice and the value of darkness, pause, and renewal in our overcrowded lives, and ending with a blessing for the coming winter. Then we will toast marshmallows and enjoy hot beverages. (If we cannot be outside due to weather, we will gather in the Meetinghouse instead.)

Please join Laurel Whitehouse and Rev. Deborah on Dec. 21 at 6:45 p.m. for this special ritual gathering.

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Blue Holiday Gathering, Mon., Dec 18, 7 p.m.

Blue Holiday Gathering, Mon., Dec 18, 7 p.m.

In addition to the joyous mystery that the December holidays can usher in, this can also be an especially challenging time for some. We may be more acutely aware of those who will not be with us to enjoy meals and gifts and lights. The holiday season can be a time of sadness and quiet reflection.

If you would appreciate a time to honor those who are not with you this holiday (for whatever reason) or if this is just a time where you find yourself feeling down or isolated, please join Rev. Deborah on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. for a special Blue Christmas Vespers service. We’ll be meeting in the Vestry and on Zoom.

Music Sunday: Christmas in the Southwest

Music Sunday: Christmas in the Southwest

On Dec. 10 at 10 a.m., join us for the choir’s performance of Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest,” under the direction of First Parish Music Director Polly Oliver. The voices are supported by harp, marimba, and guitar, which combine to create a beautiful sound, in turns soothing and energetic. The work explores the Christ child’s birth through Spanish-language carols and rhythms. The Rev. Deborah Bennett will deliver a homily entitled “The Sound of Harmony.”

First Parish in Wayland (225 Boston Post Rd.), a Unitarian Universalist community, extends a warm invitation to everyone interested in joining our services. For more information, please visit uuwayland.org or call 508-358-6133.

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Community Carol Sing

Community Carol Sing

On Sunday, December 3 at 4:30 p.m., join in the annual community Carol Sing on the steps of First Parish. Rev. Deborah Bennett will host the festivities. Participants include members of the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band under the direction of Diane Muffitt. Maddie Sifantus, former director of the Golden Tones, will lead the singing. Word on the street is that Santa will make an appearance! All are welcome to come inside for cocoa and cookies after the Carol Sing. This is the final stop in the annual Wayland Community Open House, featuring activities at the Wayland Depot, the Wayland Public Library, and the Grout-Heard House Museum. 

Holiday Pop-Up Sale + Kids’ Shop

Holiday Pop-Up Sale + Kids’ Shop

First Parish in Wayland’s Holiday Sale returns on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s an opportunity to shop with a purpose! We’ll feature Fair Trade giftable food items, handmade items from nonprofits, and gently used holiday décor. Back by popular demand: The Kids’ Shop, featuring tables of low-cost items where kids can shop for family and friends. (Cash sales please.)

We’ll offer handmade items (jewelry, scarves, purses, ornaments, home décor, etc.) from at least four organizations supporting marginalized women and children, including:

Also, we will offer our delicious Equal Exchange Fair Trade Organic foods that support small farmers throughout the world. Join us to purchase unique, handmade gifts and food items and to help marginalized families break the cycle of poverty.

First Parish in Wayland is located at 225 Boston Post Rd. Overflow parking is available at Trinitarian Congregational Church, across the street.