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Our mission: To create and sustain a welcoming and caring community that embodies our UU principles, inspires spiritual growth without dogma or creed, and promotes and serves racial and social justice.

Farewell to Rev. Peter

June 23 @ 10:30 am-11:30 am

Led by Viola Fairweather

The congregation will have the opportunity to express their gratitude to Rev. Peter for stepping up to the plate and ministering to us for the past two years. We will wish him well on the next phase of his journey.

You're invited to bring a snack to share for our period of fellowship afterwards.

Plymouth County is currently in the LOW (green) risk level for Covid.
Masks are optional, but always acceptable and welcome.
Anyone experiencing virus symptoms or with known exposure is asked to worship with us online and refrain from other building use.

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If you are looking for a spiritual home, come in and experience our open minds, open hearts, and open doors. For over 125 years, the First Unitarian Universalist Society has been serving individuals and families in Middleboro and surrounding towns with great music, meaningful and thought-provoking sermons, and opportunities to give back. We are committed to spiritual growth and lifelong learning with religious exploration that promotes creativity, integrity, and compassion.  We work together to build a world that is more loving and more just for all people.

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A Note from the Minister

Has it really been two years already?  When I think back on the 3-day drive from Bowling Green, Kentucky, to Middleboro, that certainly seems ages ago.  But when I think back on the first time I stepped into my office, the first time I met Val and Kelly and Susan, that doesn’t seem so long ago at all.  I made arrangements to meet Val at the church to pick up my key, but I did not know who she was or what she looked like, so when I heard noises coming from the sanctuary, I went up to introduce myself to a very nice and lively woman.  Only several minutes into the conversation did I realize that I was speaking not with Church Administrator Val Ortelt, but with Music Director Susan Hotchkiss.  And so the potentially awkward process of finding my way began.  Staff and church members ensured that it went as smoothly as possible, though.

Summer Music Musings

Music Sunday on May 19 was a highlight of the church year involving a cast of 25 singers, speakers, and instrumentalists: piano, organ, flutes, hammered dulcimer, guitar, keyboard and xylophone. So many talented people making such splendid music in our lovely Sanctuary! My heartfelt thanks to all who participated, including the congregation who came out in full force.

Summer Religious Exploration

This year we all worked together, even the adolescents, to “Build Bears of Wholeness.” We built teddy bears together and took them out monthly to add badges representing parts of our learning and our values. The badges included “Grow your Dreams,” “Listen to Life,” “Fostering Community” and “Share Your Blessings.” Everyone received bears, everyone received badges and everyone shared ideas and values about what went into being a whole person.

Summer Social Justice

Narcan Training Narcan training will be given at the church on Monday, June 24, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The training will prepare participants to respond effectively if someone (visitor, pedestrian, etc.) suffers an opioid overdose/emergency. Narcan nasal spray (an over-the-counter drug) will be made available after the training. There is no charge for this session, and it is available to both congregation and the general public. Protecting Democracy In collaboration with the Workers Circle, our congregation wrote 500 postcards to voters in the Atlanta GA area urging them to vote in Georgia’s May 22 primary.

History of the Elsie Gaudette Award

In the spring of 1991, the Parish Committee voted to take an unprecedented action to establish for this Society an award to be presented to a worthy person, annually, if advisable. The award would recognize a person’s service to this Society over many years in many different ways. It is in essence an unsung hero sort of award.

Summer Cash in the Plate

June: 1st week: Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe Fund (non-profit) to acquire 38 acres of their ancestral land on Triangle Pond in Plymouth https://www.herringpondtribe.org/ June weeks 2-5: The Trevor Project, whose vision is “A world where all LGBTQ+ young people see a bright future for themselves. “Https://www.thetrevorproject.org” July: Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR) is a “community-based organization dedicated to defending the rights of all persons while fostering open communication, providing opportunities to examine issues of social justice, and advocating for the elimination of bias and racism.”  https://bccrcivilrights.org/ August: Sacred Heart Food Pantry – A Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference serving the

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