WINTER PROGRAM 101
with REV. RALI WEAVER
Join Rev. Rali Weaver this winter to discuss four social documentaries centered around justice. Participants will watch the film(s) on their own and then join the online discussion every Sunday afternoon in February.
Sundays at 2pm, starting February 6th
February 6 - “Profiled”
February 13 - “Stranger Fruit”
February 20 - “Back to Natural”
February 27 - “Race Conversations & A Vocabulary of Change”
Rev. Rali Weaver attended Bangor Theological Seminary and currently serves as the minister at The First Church and Parish in Dedham.
"I am excited to engage in this collaborative educational program to share what I have learned in my nearly 20 years of parish ministry, as well as offer my parishioners a larger variety of UU educational opportunities."
- Rev. Rali Weaver
"I love teamwork! I believe firmly that we are better together than we are on our own --- as I often remind my peers "ministry is a team sport."
- Rev. Laurel Gray
WINTER PROGRAM 102
with REV. LAUREL GRAY
Coming of Age is part of our custom as Unitarian Universalists. It’s a time when our youth make the transition from childhood into adolescence, taking ownership of their own spiritual lives and role in the congregation. But it’s also an experience that so many adults in our congregations never got to have. In this series, participants will engage in a process of articulating our deepest values and becoming acquainted with the spiritual process of self-attunement.
There will be a total of three group sessions on Sunday evenings, one week for optional peer-to-peer mentoring, and one week for more focused self-reflection. The experience will be most fruitful if you can attend all the group sessions, but attendance will not be taken.
Sundays, 4pm - 6pm, starting February 13th
February 13 - Session One
February 20 - Session Two
March 13 - Session Three
Rev. Laurel Gray attended Yale Divinity School and currently serves as the minister at UUCSW (Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society Westborough, Mass).
WINTER PROGRAM 103
with REV. DAVID EGAN &
REV. LYNDA SUTHERLAND
During this difficult time, we want to reach out to parents and offer an opportunity to share our circumstances, listen to others, and help all of us to navigate these troubled waters. No conclusions, just compassionate listening and support. Finding and connecting to others may be the only way that will get us through. This is a drop-in group. No commitment necessary.
Mondays, 7pm - 8pm, starting February 7th
Rev. David Egan attended Andover Newton Theological School and currently serves as the minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Medfield
"I look forward to connecting with UU parents in the area and sharing our personal experiences of raising children during this very trying time.
- Rev. Dave Egan
Rev. Lynda Sutherland currently serves as the minister at First Parish UU of Northborough. In her former life, she raised eight children, a large garden, and assorted chickens and cats.
Rev. Elizabeth Bukey attended Union Theological Seminary and currently serves as the minister at First Church in Jamaica Plain (UU).
with REV. ELIZABETH BUKEY &
REV. ELIZABETH IDE
Join the Revs. Elizabeth Bukey (First Church in Jamaica Plain) and Elizabeth Ide (First Church in Salem) for a series of online gatherings starting in February. Though attendance of all three sessions isn't required, please attend the first class if possible. The program will be centered around the following articles/podcasts and books:
4th Thursdays at 7:30pm, starting February 24th
February 24 - “Our Last Best Act” by Mallory McDuff
March 24 - “From Here to Eternity" by Caitlin Doughty
April 28 - Read/listen to one or more:
WINTER/SPRING PROGRAM 104
Rev. Elizabeth Ide attended Meadville Lombard Theological School and currently serves as the minister at First Church in Salem (UU)
I've become fascinated by the rituals and practices surrounding death, specifically around bodies. If our bodies are sacred in life, what are they after death? How can we honor our loved ones and the earth? I'm excited to learn together as we try find UU answers to these difficult questions."
- Rev. Elizabeth Bukey
WINTER PROGRAM 105
with REV. LAUREN SMITH
Topics in Theology: Covenant (Ecclesiology)
Tuesday, March 1st, 7 - 8:30pm
Have you ever wondered what defines Unitarian Universalist theology? Or if we even have a theology at all? We do! This session is part one of a series exploring classic topics in systematic theology, with special attention to issues of concern to contemporary UUs. Ecclesiology is the study of the church, its polity and purposes, and its relation to humanity and divinity.
Topics in Theology: Last Things (Eschatology)
Tuesday, March 15th, 7 - 8:30pm
Have you ever wondered what defines Unitarian Universalist theology? Or if we even have a theology at all? We do! This session is part two of a series exploring classic topics in systematic theology. Eschatology is concerned with questions about the ultimate destiny of humanity and the earth. We'll use music as a way to open up this fascinating topic.
Rev. Lauren Smith served as co-minister of South Church Unitarian Universalist in Portsmouth, NH from 2011 through 2018, along with her husband. She is currently the Director of Stewardship and Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).