Beginning Friday March 13, First Parish in Bedford has moved to virtual gatherings for all worship, meetings and other programs.
Please join us for Sunday worship and conversation at 10 AM by Zoom videoconference or phone.
Zoom videoconference: https://zoom.us/j/
Phone: dial 1 646 876 9923 and enter meeting ID 936 829 478# (including hash symbol)
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Mindfulness and Self Care
with Marge Heckman and Liz Connors
Marge and Liz will offer practices based in mindfulness for these times.
“Here We Go Again”
with Ron Cordes
Yet another re-run of this same vicious cycle that we’ve all seen too damned many times. Something unprecedentedly horrible happens and we get our hopes up and say “This time it will be different. This time things will certainly change.” And, of course, a month later America’s notorious short attention span has kicked in and we are back to the same old same old and my hopes are dashed. Yet, this time it truly looks like it might be different. Or is this just me being a cockeyed optimist?
“Miracles as Acts of Faith and Power”
with Dorothy Africa
Many people who consider themselves to be people of Faith do not consider ‘miracles’ to be prominent features of their belief. To medieval Christians, however, they were vital proofs of the truth of the Christian faith, and its power to manifest itself in the life of a Believer at any time. I will be considering two ‘miracle’ stories taken from the lives of two of the Irish saints I study that I think are of interest for their presentation of the conjunction of faith and power. Medieval Christians knew that miracles were by definition rare, but the desire for them was great, and hagiographers wrote with this very human desire in mind. I think these stories show an astute understanding of human nature, warts and all.
The Peace and Justice Committee will lead a service observing the 75th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when over 200,000 people lost their lives. We will address some of the realities and myths of these tragic events, the enduring existential threat of nuclear weapons, and explore and how we as UU’s can answer the call of the Hibakusha, the atomic bomb survivors, “Never Again!”