Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 1/20/2022

Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 1/20/2022

This Week in Worship

“The Art of Noticing”

Facilitated by: Rev. Lisa Ward

Worship Associate: Chris Clifford 

Music: Dzidzor Amorin

Audio: Brynne Mershon and Colin Glazer

This service is on Zoom Only. Pleases see email from earlier this week about Parish Committee’s decision to pause in person services.

Please see the zoom link below. Please log in at 10:20, to give some lead time for the service at 10:30. You will be muted, but you can communicate through the chat box. If you do not have zoom on your computer, please download it ahead of time. It is free.

Sunday’s offering will go to the International Institute of New England. Jeffrey D. Thielman , President and CEO of International Institute of New England will speak. The mission of the International Institute of New England is to create opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement and pathways to citizenship.

We made the shift from hybrid to remote worship and church life fairly easily. We have a new adaptability that we wouldn’t have even thought about two years ago. It’s still exhausting. It still frays edges. It still challenges hope. But we have facility in our connections, and creativity in our gatherings. We have resilience in our days and deepened appreciation of the importance of community.

One positive addition to remote worship is that we can bring back our Story for All Ages which is also referred to in UU circles as Time For All Ages. With the tiered roll out of vaccinations, all ages have not been able to meet together in the Meetinghouse. A resident theologian commented just the other day that all ages gathering for worship brings a wider sense of welcome. Singing the children and youth to their programs after the shared story sends a message of care and connection that is missed.

So, a step toward that hope, since we all are zooming in, is bringing back the story section. This Sunday we will have the opportunity to see a recording by Lea Morris, story teller and musician. Lea contributes to “Soul Matters”, the resource network that supports our monthly worship themes.

Day by day we navigate these times. Be well. Care for yourselves and each other. 

Blessings Be, Rev. Lisa Ward

Religious Exploration

Thirty Days of Love has begun! Thirty Days of Love is the annual program of Side With Love to help us harness the power of love to end oppression. The format of Thirty Days resources is Read, Watch, Act, Listen and Worship plus live events. Each week there is a focus on a different area of engagement. There are resources for every age each week. This week the focus is Reproductive, Gender & LGBTQIA Justice. Find out more at

This week we have added back Time For All Ages. We are still fully remote this week. It has been awhile since Time For All Ages has been part of our worship experience. As before, the Time For All Ages is early in the worship so children can partake of the whole worship or stay for a more limited time.   

On Friday afternoons, while we are fully remote for worship, a Religious Exploration email with curricula excerpts goes out to our RE families. The stories are read aloud versions of the story we’d be using in Religious Exploration. The activities suggested are screen free. There may be directions parents wish to refer to that can be printed out or read off your screen, but children do not need to engage with the screen for the activity. 

Molly B. Nolan, Transitional Director of Religious Education

Our guest musician Dzidzor Amorin will be returning this Sunday. Dzidzor Amorin (pronounced jee-jore uh-more-in), is a pianist, producer, arranger, and composer currently studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. From jazz and electronic, to classical and orchestral, Dzidzor performs and composes music in a variety of styles and genres. Dzidzor is currently pursuing a dual degree in Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production. He grew up in Tyler, Texas and his parents are from Ghana.

Table of Contents

News, Announcements and Meetings

1.MICA MLK Jr. Celebration video

2.MICA Survey

3.Cooking for MainSpring

4.Electrical Vehicle Presentation

5.Social and Environmental Justice News & Events

6.MCC Concert Postponed

7.UU Urban Ministry Architecture Series- Episode 4

In case you missed Monday’s virtual MICA MLK Jr., Celebration led by keynote speaker, Dr. Regine Michelle Jean-Charles–Dean’s Professor of Culture and Social Justice, Director of Africana Studies at Northeastern University, the recording is available for replay. Please find link below to view:



The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA) has been asked to share the Milton Public Schools Equity Steering Committee’s survey to help obtain feedback on their definition of Equity. This is in service of the Milton Public School’s Equity Audit that took place in the Spring 2021.

From the Equity Steering Committee: “We are asking community members to provide us with that feedback in a short survey (2 questions). We have attached the link to the survey below for your reference.”


Cooking for Mainspring January 29th !

The Membership and Social and Environmental Justice (S&EJ) committees are teaming up to prepare and deliver a hot, healthy, homemade meal to Mainspring in Brockton on Saturday January 29th! Saturday morning, Jan 29, Steve and Debbie will lead one of their famously fun cooking classes. Debbie will supply recipes; S&EJ will supply the disposable baking pans; Volunteer cooks will prepare Shepards Pie and/or Apple Crisp and deliver prepared dishes to the church parking lot by 2pm.  


MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR:  ask children to join you in cooking or to join the 10am cooking class; cooking as a family is a great winter weekend activity

YOUTH CAN EARN SERVICE HOURS: invite the youth in your house to do the cooking – you can help by delivering to the church on Saturday afternoon

COOK A DOUBLE BATCH: one for Mainspring and one for your family dinner!

 Sign up now to receive recipes and details

Questions: contact Debbie Alsebai or Tracey Robinson

Saturday, January 29th Schedule

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Join an online cooking class with Debbie and Steve – all cooking done in your own home.

2:00 pm -2:15 pm

Deliver prepared food to parking lot at First Parish – S&EJ will deliver the meals to Brockton – similar to our lunch delivery program.

Click here to sign up!

Electric Vehicle Presentation

Sunday, February 6th, noon

Eric Miller will help you decipher Electric Vehicle (EV) terminology, how they work, and the factors that can help you decide which EV could work best for you.

After the presentation, Eric will show the EV specific features of some example vehicles. Main presentation will be on Zoom as well, but not the vehicle tour.)

Please sign up and let us know you’ll be attending.

Thank you!

News from S & EJ Committee

Climate Justice

Take 2 ACTIONS for Massachusetts

  1. Oppose polluting Peabody Peaker Plant [5.3 min. YouTube video). Contact:

Gov. Charlie Baker 888-870-7770  @MassGovernor

*see link below

Sec. Kathleen Theoharides 617-626-1000  @EEASecretary 

[A peaker plant runs only in periods of high electricity demand; site is in the middle of a designated Environmental Justice community. UU Mass Action campaign item.) 

2. Support Green Future Act for MA (H.3292)

Sign the petition 

[Milton’s State Rep. Bill Driscoll, Jr. is its lead sponsor. Goals: net-zero MA emissions by 2050 by charging fossil fuel importers to fund green infrastructure. 60% of all spending must benefit Environmental Justice communities. Time-sensitive!]

Sign up

Mainspring Lunch Bag Program

Next date is Wednesday, February 2nd

The Sign up Genius has the Wednesday dates listed- you can sign up now!

If you require more information or have questions please contact Peter Schneider at

Fair Foods is a non-profit program that rescues fresh produce that would otherwise be wasted and uses it to feed our communities. We volunteer together unloading and sorting food and packing bags once a month.

The next volunteer date is Saturday, February 12th

If you want to volunteer, please sign up on Sign up Genius by Thursday

evening before the event. Start time and locations vary depending on Fair Foods’ needs, but typically start at 8:30 a.m. at their warehouse at 70 Amory Street in Roxbury.

Sign up here!

Other volunteer opportunities are also available at Fair Foods on weekdays from early morning until mid-afternoon.

Any questions or for more information contact Tony Dutzik at


The Milton Community Concert originally scheduled for February 12th will be postponed due to the latest COVID surge. This concert, “A Night of Cinema Magic” featuring silent film organist Peter Krasinwski will take place on Saturday evening, May 28th. Please mark your calendars for this exciting event. All other concerts are taking place as scheduled at this point.

Click here for more information

Behind the Scenes: Tackling a Major Restoration of an Historic Structure

Feb 07, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join us for Episode #04 of Treasures of the Meetinghouse as we speak to architects and project managers from DREAM Collaborative and historical preservationist, Andrea Gilmore, about all that goes in to restoring and renovating a building – and historic landmark – like First Church Roxbury.

link for more information


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Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Other times by appointment


Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Other times by appointment

The Church office is closed on Fridays

Sundays through mid June

  • Worship, 9:30 am in the Meetinghouse
  • Choir Rehearsal (most Sundays) at 8:45 am

SIGN UP GENIUS (formerly known as the Planner)

The link to SignUp Genius is:

You can sign up for one our our Sunday volunteer positions.