On Sunday, March 24th, the Social Action Group at First Church Jamaica Plain UU will be delivering Easter Food Baskets to Sojourner House, the family shelter that the congregation has partnered with.
Up to 9 homeless families live at Sojourner House as they transition into permanent housing. Sojourner house also operates a food pantry which serves the resident families, “graduate” families in the neighborhood around them. See www.sojournerhouseboston.org for more information.
The Social Action Group asks members and friends to help by bringing food to the church for the Easter Baskets (canned goods any time, perishables to be brought in the morning of the 24th- leave food in the marked rear pews).
Suggested items include: Hams, sweet potatoes, potatoes, packaged mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, canned fruit or vegetables, packaged dinner rolls, applesauce, cake mixes, fruit juices, Easter candy, coffee, tea, hot Chocolate. Please do not feel confined to these items.
First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist is seeking to hire a part-time Congregational Administrator. The selected candidate will provide administrative coordination and support for ongoing operations of the Church and the Congregation. To apply, send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full job description, click here.
Find friends, fellow writers, and a new perspective on your life journey.
This fun and creative writing workshop inspires you with writing prompts and exercises to remind you of who are and who you’ve been. Write a few chapters of your spiritual memoir. In this workshop, you are invited to write and share. Jump in right where you are.
Chat, write, and share your work in this safe, supportive, and confidential space. Take the time to stretch yourself. Have a spa day for the soul!
Join blogger Mary Beth Coudal, co-founder of www.bootcamp4writers.com, on this afternoon retreat. Perfect for the hesitant, occasional, and experienced writer.
Writers, please bring a notebook and pen or laptop to write on.
Registration fee of $25 goes to the food pantry. Send an email to email@example.com to secure your spot in the workshop!
Please join Terry Burke, Jessica Borogovac and Andrea Crawford for a Spring edition of Films and Spirituality. We’ll address themes of community and alienation and science and spirituality in the following films:
March 6: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
March 13: Diva
March 20: Cold Mountain
March 27: Another Earth
While watching the movies ahead of time is encouraged, it’s not necessary! We’ll show selected clips and discuss over popcorn. Please join us!
First Church in Jamaica Plain has partnered with energy efficiency leader Next Step Living to serve Massachusetts renters and homeowners within the Mass Save program. By signing up and completing your home energy assessment, you will not only be eligible for up to 75% off up to $2000 worth of insulation and air sealing, you will also generate a $10 contribution to First Church in Jamaica Plain.
Regular services will be held tomorrow (Sunday, February 10) at 11 AM. Young Church will not be available, so be prepared for a multi-gen experience! Please join us if you can do so safely and we will celebrate coming together after a storm. If you cannot easily join us, stay warm wherever you are; we will be back again next Sunday.
A Limerick for Terry Burke
By Janna Maria Fröhlich
1/25/13 Continue reading
It’s not often—maybe once in a lifetime—that one could say of a single person that they are simultaneously your minister, your friend, your colleague, and your mentor. But I am lucky enough to be able to say that about Terry Burke—he is all of these things to me. Terry balances all of these roles effortlessly, and with a lightness of spirit.
I first met Terry in 2001, when I called him up out of the blue as a ministerial intern, looking for a congregation that would serve as my internship site. So Terry agrees to meet with me and after our interview together he says sure, First Church can do this.
I didn’t know that a congregation could be that warm. Of course, this is because there are a lot of wonderful people who attend this church. But it also says something about Terry and the culture of caring that he has fostered among us. His big-heartedness is infectious. It brings out our big-heartedness. And that is a real gift.
I’ve learned a lot of things from Terry. Things he probably has no idea that he’s taught me. Joni Mitchell has a line in one of her songs that goes: “The times that you impress me most are the times when you don’t try. When you don’t even try.” Terry—you have impressed me many times without even trying to. And so since you probably don’t even know how many things I’ve learned from you, I thought I’d come up with a list. So here they are, in no particular order:
–conflict doesn’t end relationship
–apologize when you’re at fault, and sometimes even when you’re not really, but an apology will help. Apologies cost you nothing.
–receive others’ apologies with grace, forgive, and move on
–care deeply, but don’t take yourself too seriously
–answer the phone
–introduce people to each other and extol their virtues as you do
–tell jokes, even when they’re bad ones
–value people over things
–try hard to understand another person’s point of view
–be an activist. Our actions may be only drops in the bucket, but every drop matters
–bestow credit lavishly
–continue to walk your path; stay the course if the course is true
–there is always more to learn
–rejoice in the success of others
–write a novel
–encourage others not to be more like yourself, but to be more like themselves
–believe in First Church
–share the bread you bake
–don’t be afraid to appear foolish yourself in service of a larger good
–go on retreat
–offer reminders that perfection is not required
–there are 12 days of Christmas
For these lessons, and for many, many more, thank you, Terry.
We come together this evening to recognize our minister, Terry Burke, and to give thanks for his 30 years of ministry to this church.
We pray that you may open our hearts in this moment, so that our gratitude may overflow, one to another, and that we may express it with abandon.
We pray that you may open Terry’s heart as well this evening, that he may receive our expressions fully and trust in them.
Dear God, we give thanks for Terry’s belief in this church and his longstanding faithfulness to this community, through good times and bad.
We give thanks for this community of love and support and for the way we hold one another, knowing that when we honor our leader we also honor ourselves.
God, fill us with a spirit of thankfulness for 30 years of Terry’s fidelity to our community. For the long hours of ministry; the six, sometimes seven day weeks; for the hospital visits; the late night calls taken; the babies christened; the couples married; the couples counseled; the loved ones eulogized; the prayers prayed; the tears cried and dried; the jokes told; the classes taught; the anxieties eased; the sermons preached; the marches led; the vigils organized; the doors opened; the meetings attended; the invitations accepted.
For all this, we are truly blessed.
Let the congregation say Amen.
To listen to this sermon by Rev. Terry Burke, click the link in blue. The audio file will open in a new window. Make sure to have your computer speakers on!
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