News and Announcements
- Immigration Explained Community Forum
Immigration Explained: A Community Forum on Immigration
Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Free & open to the public.
First Parish Church United Fellowship Hall
48 Main Street, Westford, MA
- Game Night! Game Night THIS Saturday!Come to Fellowship Hall and play games, games, games with people of all ages! We’ve got mah-jong, cribbage, Monopoly, and about 74 other games that you’ll want to play. There will be music, a make your own burrito bar, prizes, and Heidi’s deadly jalapeno margaritas. This was an auction item, but we have room for you—just let us know you are coming by clicking on the Eventbrite link. $15/adult or $15/2 kids.Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
- Bystander / Upstander Training
BYSTANDER/UPSTANDER TRAINING with True Story Theater
Sunday, February 25, 2018
11:30 AM to 3 PM
Learn how to support people targeted by bigotry. Workshop includes dramatically exploring the challenges of intervening, short presentations & handouts, role plays. Light lunch at 11:30. Suggested Donation: $15 more if you can, less if you can’t.
- House Party for Freedom for All
The Welcoming Congregation Committee of First Parish UU Church of Chelmsford invites you to a House Party on Thursday, February 15, from 6-7:30 to learn more about how you might help Freedom for All Massachusetts prevent the repeal of the transgender-rights Public Accommodations Act. There will be pizza.
There is a dangerous statewide ballot question this November that would repeal our state’s transgender non-discrimination law. If passed, existing protections that ensure fair and equal treatment for our transgender neighbors, family, and friends would end. The existing law was passed in 2016 and protects transgender people against discrimination in such public places as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, homeless shelters, and transportation. There have been ZERO incidents of problems in the sharing of facilities since the passage of the bill.
A lot of people worked hard to see the bill passed but many around the state are still unaware that the repeal vote is happening this year, an off year that tends to draw less voters, so a lot of public education is necessary to prevent the repeal.
Please come to the party and learn how you can help.
The church is located at 2 Westford Street on the Chelmsford Common. Parking is available in our lot and on Westford Street. There is also municipal parking nearby. The event is being held in the Vestry, the large room on the first floor, under the Sanctuary.
- Criminal Justice Reform Then and Now
UU Urban Ministry and Roxbury Historical Society
History and Justice Lecture Series
All are welcome – Dinner: 6:00 pm – Program: 6:30 pm
Criminal Justice Reform Then and Now: The Story of the Roxbury Defenders — Four Attorneys who worked with the Roxbury Defenders to provide expert legal defense to the Roxbury Community share their experiences and comment on the evolution of the criminal justice system from the 1970s to today, featuring retired justices from Suffolk Juvenile Court, Supreme Judicial Court, and Boston Municipal Court.
- Rev. Jill Cowie’s Installation SAVE THE DATE for REV. JILL’S INSTALLATIONWHEN: Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 4pmWHERE: Ceremony in the HUUC Sanctuary followed by (pot-luck) reception in the Fellowship BuildingWHAT IS AN INSTALLATION? An installation ceremony highlights and reaffirms the bond between a minister and the congregation.DETAILS: Will be available soon.QUESTIONS? Contact Cary Browse, email@example.com
- HC2 2018: Identity
Harvard Community Conference is a town-wide conference that addresses the topic of identity. Who are we? What defines us? What has our journey been and how has it shaped who we are? Ten speakers will share stories about their identity that have been shaped by their personal, local, and global experience. The event will be from 9am-3pm on February 10th in the Upper Room at Town Hall.
Sign up at https://sites.google.com/view/
hc2/register-to-attend? authuser=0; you may come in the morning, the afternoon, or both. Lunch may be reserved in advance. Admission is free.
- Social Justice Cinema
On Friday, January 26, at 7 pm, the Harvard UU Senior High Youth Group will be hosting a screening of For the Bible Tells Me So, with discussion and snacks to follow. We invite all who are able to attend to join us for insight into the intersection between conservative Christianity and homosexual orientation.
Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate?
Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families — including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson — we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.
Where: Harvard UU Church Fellowship Building, Sutherland Hall
When: January 26, 7 pm
Contact: Daniel Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Native American Myth Workshop Winter is the time for story telling! In this facilitated workshop, we’ll bring to life the Shawnee story of Sawage — the grandmother associated with the south wind. First, we’ll start with a brief introduction to the Shawnee and to storytelling in general, followed by a dramatic reading of the myth.Next, we’ll use a combination of techniques to uncover the multiple layers hidden within our story. Exploratory techniques include dream analysis, dramatic and literary analysis, exegesis, drawings of the plot action, and more. We’ll supplement our detective work with clues (or are they red herrings?) from ethnographic sources and astronomical and seasonal observations. Can you help discover the meaning of the frozen men by night’s end, or will their fate remain a mystery? Join us and find out! Friday, 2 February, 7:00-9:00 PM, Charlanne Van Wormer Room, FB.
- Partner Church Lunch February 4
Our partner church luncheon, facilitated by Mary Donald, will be held after worship on Sunday, February 4. Mary Donald is requesting the following help in the kitchen. Please sign up at the link below.
1) 1 person in charge of overall kitchen
2) 2 people to receive food
3) 2 people to put out food
4) 2 people to take charge of beverages – (coffee, tea, milk); (juice optional)
5) At least 2 people for cleanup
6) 1 to run the dishwasher.
Please sign up using this form: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4ea4a82ca13-partner
Date: 02/04/2018 (Sun.)
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Fellowship Building