March 2022 Newsletter
Our Vision:
We aspire to be a beacon of
liberal religion, strong community,
and transformative service,
rooted in Love.
Liberal Religion
Lent - Sundays in March at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday March 6 The People of the Urban Ministry and Believe in Success and Learning Mindfulness

Vinnie and Cristy will be preaching. Vinnie will preach on the UUUM organization, mission, and the passion behind the work they do. Cristy will take a closer look at one of the UU Urban Ministry's programs, Believe in Success, and its broad impact on all of UUUM's communities.
Sunday March 13 Revival of Relationship, Revolution of Values
I have thought a lot about the future of Unitarian Universalism. My deep belief is that we must leave a faith that saves lives, as it did mine and so many others. And, the reality is that the only way Unitarian Universalism can survive into the 22nd century is through the work of our congregations. Come and hear my proposal for the future of Unitarian Universalism. Reverend Danielle is Preaching.
Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour - Spring forward!
Sunday March 20 A Song Rises
Amidst the noise of our daily lives, there are songs rising from the cacophony.  With these songs we escape our so called reality to enter a kind of musical dream world, a timeless realm where the heart is the singer.  Returning guest Nick will make these songs come alive, connecting ourselves with each other and the Universe.  Children (of all ages) are welcome.

We are very excited to welcome back Nick to lead our worship this morning. A Unitarian Universalist, Nick is a Boston based composer, conductor and author who is best known for his song leading. 
Sunday March 27 Faith and Healing
In this sermon we will explore the ways that faith can support us in physical and emotional healing, with particular focus on healing from trauma related to oppression and war. What does it mean to be a community of healing and why is it essential for congregations in 2022? Reverend Susan is preaching.
March 2022 Notes from the Music Director

As the season inches closer to Spring, the angle of the sun warms us just a bit more each day. Similarly, we are gradually able to gather together and sing. We are inching our way towards feeling safer and letting some of our worries subside. 

It was fantastic to have a full choir rehearsal and sing a fun anthem with bells. Welcome to Lin who is singing with us. We’ll continue rehearsals every Sunday at 9:00 unless noted differently in the calendar.

Our anthems this month:

March 6th- Give Me Birds at the Dawning by Betsy Dinstock

March 13th- Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

*March 20th -Fill My Cup Traditional Gospel, arranged by Jane Sapp

March 27th- Benedictus by Brian Lewis

*Our service will be led by Nick. The Theme: A SONG RISES. 
Returning guest Nick will lead a worship of songs for all age's.

Musically Yours,

From the Religious Education Coordinator

Hi there,

Are you wondering what is happening with the RE program now that church services are back in session? Due to the Omicron variant and exploding numbers in January, the RE Committee decided to move the Miracles curriculum winter session RE classes online. We have three more weeks of zooming winter session before we transition back to in-person outdoor RE classes on Sunday, March 20.

Currently we offer 2 zoom classes per week; RE students are able to attend one or both on a weekly basis. Ms. Jen offers Storytime on Mondays at 7pm. She reads delightful and silly books about the miracle and joys of winter. Thursday night's class, taught by Richard explores the mystery and wonder of miracles all around us. Miracles are ever present in our landscape, our relationships and in our faith. I hope you take the time to seek out and delight in those miracles.

Be safe!

RE Coordinator, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
From the Administrator: Change is Good
Spring is in the air and we've made some changes to the Newsletter, so please be sure to click on links you may come across, because the rest of the information is there. If you have likes or dislikes, please let me know.
Parish Administrator
Strong Community
From The Finance Committee
The Ministry of Congregational Financial Support.
No, it’s not a British Cabinet position. It’s part of our very-own church. I’ve been thinking about Pam while she is on sabbatical, and her insistence that in a church community, we all must minister to each other, to support each other in the other’s needs. And one way we minister to each other is to help pay for our church’s needs. We need to raise enough money every year to pay for all the things the church provides in the course of the year. There are the Sunday morning services, of course, with Pam or a guest minister leading worship; Beth’s playing, singing, and leading the choir; technology for offering virtual participation at home; heat and light for the room. Stephanie’s professional, friendly and various Administrative duties; and Eileen’s skilled leadership for the Religious Education Program.

Our R.E. Program is outstanding for our children; and its strength is one of the prime ways that adults first get acquainted with us and join our community. R.E. fees are far from enough to cover the cost. We are fortunate to have a great program right now, and we all need to support it. (Incidentally, If you’re new here, you may not realize that many of the long-time, increasingly grey-haired members of the church once had children and were R.E. teachers themselves!)  

All the things we do cost money. Our goal to raise pledges of $110,000 will allow us to maintain our present level of ministries. Costs keep rising, and we have no other sources of support but the money we raise ourselves. So please pledge generously for the coming year. Only you can pay your share.

-Alma, for the Finance Committee.
...Transformative Service
Social Justice News
Draft Land Acknowledgement 
We meet today on the traditional and ancestral land of the Massachusett and the Wampanoag peoples, the original inhabitants of what is now known as Scituate. We are mindful that for the Wampanoag and Massachusett peoples -- past, present, and future -- this land is sacred.
The Social Justice Team created this shortened version of the draft Land Acknowledgement statement presented in October as part of their focus this year on understanding and dismantling white supremacy. The Land Acknowledgement is one part of a larger effort to create educational opportunities and discussions promoting better understanding of Indigenous Peoples locally and across the U.S., and how they have been treated historically and today. The work of the Social Justice Team will also include action steps to support Indigenous communities.  
To date we have received very little feedback on the statement. Due to fluctuations in attendance at Sunday services in-person and online during the pandemic, the Team decided to begin using a short version of the Land Acknowledgement statement weekly at Sunday services sometime in March. As you hear it each week think about what it makes you think and feel. Please remember that the statement is not finalized. The Land Acknowledgement statement is a working draft; members and friends are encouraged to provide feedback to anyone on the Social Justice Team as they continue to work on the wording in advance of a congregation-wide vote on its formal acceptance by the church. Social Justice Team.

Resources About Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Peoples Resource List #4

See Resource list 1 - 3 in the church newsletter for February or weekly What’s Happening emails.

The next 3 articles contain information relating to the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), created in response to the systematic removal of Native American children from their homes in the 1950’s and 60’s. Its constitutionality is being contested in recent court that now are in the hands of the US Supreme Court.

ICWA History and Purpose a brief description of the law and its rationale on the Montana state government website, Dept of Public Health and Human Services

The Nation’s First Family Separation Policy – online article by Christie Renick posted 10/9/2018 on “The Imprint” website. Background on the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act

Brackeen v Haaland, Part 2: Challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act brief online article by Meredith Polm posted November 4, 2021 on the Close Up Washington DC website. Non-partisan summary of the basic facts and issues of the case as well as lower court outcomes

Both Sides Ask the Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Indian Child Welfare Act – Short online article by Chuck Carroll posted 9/8/2021 on “The Imprint” website

What Would Tribal Leaders Want from the First Native American to Lead the National Parks Service? – Podcast episode (and transcript) of Think Out Loud hosted by Dave Miller (non-Indigenous). Discussion with a journalist who interviewed 3 Native American leaders about their hopes for Biden’s nomination for the Director role, Chuck Sams III, who was later confirmed (18 minutes).

Discussion of Dunbar-Ortiz book 
On Feb. 7, social studies educator and parish member, Richard led us in the discussion of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s 2019 book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Community participants and church members gathered to share the impact and thoughts of this provocative text.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reflects on a 400-year span of struggles against the colonization of the Americas. She articulates the founding mythology of the burgeoning country through the concept of Manifest Destiny and Doctrine of Discovery. Roxanne debunks the myth of brave and adventurous settlers seeking a new and entitled frontier to showcase the troubling yet realistic policy against the Indigenous peoples as colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, by displacing or eliminating them. She documents the shameful genocide. She questions the literary historians such as James Fennimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman and D.W. Griffith’s popular, Birth of a Nation. The impact of Dunbar’s book was enormous and the discussion rich with reawakening, understanding and shame.

We look forward to expanding and sharing further related multimedia opportunities in our Social Justice Meetings on Zoom and our regular contributions to the weekly What’s Happening. Come join us on our journey.

The Social Justice Team

The Scituate Food Pantry is requesting a pause in donations except for the following items:
  • Canned Hams
  • Decaf Coffee
The pantry has had its “best” year ever for people donating, and the shelves are full right now! Please watch for the Scituate Food Pantry’s list in coming publications.

Scituate Food Pantry