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Sunday, August 31, 2014


The next time you reach for your stapler, try this instead! Use (then re-use and re-use…) a paperclip. If all of the country’s 75 million white-collar workers used just one fewer staple each day, there would be a daily saving of 5500 lbs. of steel—that’s about 900 tons a year. Teachers and students, take note!!
(from 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth, by Joanna Yarrow)

Friday, August 1, 2014

On the Water

Our music director Denise Haskins and I led the July 27 summer service based on our own experiences "On the Water." Denise is an experienced sailor who often takes parishioners out on her boat C Major and also enjoys leading fresh-water outings in kayaks. Although I have always enjoyed canoes and kayaks, I have only recently begun spending a lot of time on the water, as an active member of Whaling City Rowing. The club's replica whaleboats are moored in the same harbor as C Major, so we are often in the same harbor.

For the service, we invited everyone to share the places where they most enjoy being on or near water, and we explored what water experiences mean to us. The visual focus for this service included a number of books about water -- both fresh and salt -- from James' office. All of the titles are in the "On the Water" section of our online store.

Following the service, the Hayes-Bohanan family took visiting Wisconsin relatives to Salem for some family history. We also visited the Peabody Essex Museum, which is hosting a particularly nautical exhibit through September 1. Turner and the Sea is a deep exploration of the work of England's greatest maritime artist, who was also a teacher of the craft of marine painting. His work is varied, but is especially noteworthy for his depiction of shipwrecks -- both natural and military. The most riveting part of the exhibit is "Trafalgar Squared," which  puts the viewer between two different paintings of the Battle of Trafalgar, at which England lost Admiral Nelson and many other men. On loan from the navy hospital in which they are normally displayed, these paintings compel the viewer to contemplate the grim realities of naval warfare.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Today in UU History - Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson publishes "The Dial"

On this date in 1840 the Transcendentalists, lead by Ralph Waldo Emerson, published the first issue of "The Dial" in Boston. Read more here.

Monday, June 16, 2014

UUnited Youth Ministry

Our youth group is joining together with 7 other local UU communities to make the UUnited Youth Ministry. Let's give them our support for this fabulous opportunity! Stay on the lookout for information on how you'll be able to donate to this cause.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

GREEN SANCTUARY TIP of the MONTH - Recycle Clothing and Textiles

Did you know that your old worn-out holey not even good enough for a rag socks can be recycled? Wherever you donate your used outgrown worn-out clothing include all textiles and clothing. For example, they will welcome clothing, towels, rugs, backpacks, belts, shower curtains, shoes, pocketbooks, bras/
underwear, sheets, blankets, etc. As long as it is DRY and ODORLESS anything even ripped or stained, with buttons missing, damaged zipper, etc. is acceptable.

The US Generates 25 BILLION POUNDS of textiles per year, only 15% gets recycled, leaving a total of 22 billion lbs going to landfills. This is a growing number, up from 18.2 billion lbs to 25.7 billion lbs to landfills from 1999 to 2009. Do your part.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We're Hiring!

First Parish Bridgewater is looking for a Director of Religious Education. Please take a look here ( for more details!
First Parish Bridgewater, is seeking a part-time (approx. 15 hours/week) Director of Religious Education (DRE). The qualifying candidate will be a well-organized, enthusiastic, caring, and innovative person, excited to work collaboratively with our new minister and the RE Committee to continue and develop our dynamic Religious Education program and to think creatively about its future.
Our program provides 30+ children and youth with opportunities to...
  • develop a sense of wonder about the world
  • explore a wide variety of religious and cultural traditions
  • express their thoughts and feelings
  • make and display their own creative work
  • learn to make responsible, healthy choices
  • form lasting friendships with one another
  • achieve a sense of group identity and pride in being a UU
  • stay involved with our church community through high school and beyond
DRE Skills and Competencies
  • Knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, liberal religion and Unitarian Universalism
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with technology including social media
  • Highly organized and self-directive
  • Effective time management
  • Energetic, flexible and approachable
  • Creative and innovative thinker
First Parish Bridgewater is an active, multi-generational congregation.  We believe that “Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its gift. This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.” We have just settled a minister, Rev. Paul Sprecher, and are very excited about our vibrant future.
Please email to request a full job description or view it on the FP Bridgewater website. Interested applicants should send a Statement of Interest and a resume to by July 17th. We hope to welcome our next DRE in August 2014.