Summer Services

IMG_9199First Parish adheres to the time-honored tradition of Unitarian Universalist congregations in New England by holding simple, informal services during the summer months. (Our regular services begin the Sunday after Labor Day, and end in mid-June.) Our summer services, often led by parishioners, offer opportunities to explore topics or experiences together in different ways and sometimes in different places.

Here is the 2016 Summer Services Schedule:

July 10
Being Vulnerable 

Taking chances and making mistakes as a factor in creativity.
Led by artist David Lang
10:00 am, at David Lang’s Studio, 25 Washington Ave., Natick
Contact: Andrea Case

July 17
An Earth-Honoring Ritual
Join presenters Sandy Hoyt and Suzanne Reitz in circle to celebrate! Through contemplative and experiential ritual, we will gather support and vitality through our connection to nature and to ourselves.
Led by Sandy Hoyt and Suzanne Reitz
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Penny Beer

July 24
Gender Inequality in STEM Fields
A 2016 graduate of Wayland High School, Cindy Ge received her Gold Award in Girl Scouts (the highest award achievable) for a project to engage fifth grade girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities. Why do girls typically lose interest in these subjects (or feign apathy)? Cindy discusses why girls typically veer from these subjects at an early age and the navigational challenges for women in the STEM fields.
Led by Cindy Ge
10:00am, at First Parish
Contact: Penny Beer 

July 31
Manufacturing Consensus
As Unitarian Universalists, one of the values we share is the sixth UU principle: “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.” But what might it take to actually achieve this? Matt Shear will challenge the conventional wisdom.
Led by Matt Shear
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Matt Shear

August 7
Mind, Body, Spirit
By being present and embracing whatever arises, we can open our hearts and minds to healing our vulnerable selves. Penny Beer will give a talk and guided meditation.
Led by Penny Beer
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Suzanne Reitz

August 14
Summer Memories: A Taste of Small Group Ministry
Our third and fourth UU Principles urge us to pursue spiritual growth and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This is not work that we can do solely on our own. This summer service offers an opportunity to experience the small group ministry discussion format as a means of exploring and sharing personal values and perspectives. The discussion topic will be “Summer Memories.”
Led by Nathalie Thompson and Laurel Whitehouse
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Andrea Case

August 21
Drumming Circle
Led by Kate Holland and Melinda Morgan
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Matt Shear

August 28
Blessing of the Backpacks
This special back-to-school service will lead all ages–(school-bound or not)–to reflect on the touchstones in our lives that remind us of our strength and that we are loved. Led by The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May and Kate Holland
10:00 am, at First Parish
Contact: Kate Holland

September 4
Making Space
Led by The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May
10:00 am, at First Parish

Regular services in our Sanctuary resume on September 11, 2016 at 10:00 am.