March for Our Lives, Boston, Saturday, March 24 – FILL THE BUS!

NEW DEPARTURE TIME:  Please be at North Parish by 8:45 am.  The bus will leave promptly at 9 am.
Sign-up today for the bus, leaving from North Parish, to go to the March for Our Lives this Saturday.  
8:45 am – 5:00 pm (at the latest)  You can also take the bus in and take the train home.
There is no cost to riders!
Youth welcome!  Friends too!
Avoiding parking headaches!
If you want to come along, please sign up here, to make sure we need two buses instead of one. 
8 am – Board the Bus at North Parish
9 am – Bus Leaves North Parish
10 am – Arrival at Drop-off Point (per organizers’ request)
11 am – March Begins
12 pm –Boston Common Open (likely a stop at Arlington Street Church for rest rooms)
2 pm – Official Rally Program Begins
3:30 pm– Board the Bus at the Corner of Charles and Beacon Streets
4 pm – Bus Leaves for North Parish
5 pm – Return to North Parish

WHAT TO BRING:  Snacks, lunch, water, cash, I.D., any medications you need, cell phone, emergency numbers, posters (with message on both sides!) layers of clothing (you will be warm when walking, cold when standing on the Common!)

DO NOT BRING:  Signs with sticks or backpacks.  Clear “backpacks” or small shoulder bags/fanny packs should be OK.

PICK UP LOCATION:  Please be at the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets by 3:30 pm.  If for some reason, you decide not to take the bus back, please tell your “bus buddy”. (Please note, due to the crowds, texting may or may not work!)

A Message from Climate Justice Task Force – Saturday, March 24, 8:30 – 9:30 pm

Please turn out your lights, we have all had a lot of practice with this, in support of Earth Hour.

Getting to Know North Parish, Sunday, March 25
11:30 am – 1 pm, Chapel

Please join us for a class on Unitarian Universalism and involvement at North Parish. Meet other newcomers as we explore together: how we got here (our spiritual journeys or lack thereof), UU theology, how to get involved in the variety of activities at North Parish, and what it means to become a member. Childcare will be provided. RSVP to Rebecca Driscoll, Membership Coordinator at

Climate Justice Task Force Presentation:  Sunday, March 25, 6:30 pm, Parish Hall

Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change, with Wayne Klockner, State Director of The Nature Conservancy

Interfaith Climate Action:  Exodus from Fossil Fuels
Monday, March 26, 12 – 2 pm, State House

Contact Karen Martin, Climate Justice Task Force, Chair at for more information.

Vegetarian Potluck, Monday, March 26, 6:30 pm

Sponsored by the Climate Justice Task Force.  If you are new to vegetarian cooking or don’t have time to cook, there is always an abundance of food so please come anyway.  We organize these potlucks in an effort to highlight the adverse effect the meat and cheese industry has on climate change and in the hopes that more and more of us will take the Meatless Monday pledge.  Hosted by Prudence Barker and David Lewis.  RSVP to Prudence at

Knitting Circle, March 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Blue Room

Knitters of all levels are welcome. Drop in and knit a square or begin a prayer shawl. Yarn and needles will be available. Hosted by Prayer Shawl Coordinator Phila Slade and the Caring Team. Contact Phila at, with any questions.

UU Support Group for Families and Friends of Alcoholics and Addicts
Sunday, April 1, 11:30 am, Orange Room

1st Sunday of the month ongoing, following service at 11:30 am.  UU Support Circle for Family Members of those living with addiction.

The Screening of the movie Tomorrow has been rescheduled to Friday, April 6, 2018
(6:30 pm Social Time, 7 pm Movie Time), Chapel

The documentary Tomorrow sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. So far, no other documentary has gone down such an optimistic road… TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.  Co-sponsored with Essex Greenbelt.

Self Care for the Caregiver Workshop, Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10 am – 12 pm
North Parish Chapel

Followed by lunch (lentil soup and salad provided by The Caring Team)
Are you providing care for someone with illness, disability, or aging-related difficulties? Do you know someone who is?  This workshop will explore the challenges faced by caregivers as they work on balancing the needs of their care-receivers with their own needs for physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational renewal.  Together we will develop strategies for addressing these challenges. Hosted by the Caring Team and presented by NP member Aaron Pawelek.  A life-long UU, Aaron is a professional affiliate with the New England Pastoral Institute, a non-profit organization delivering faith-sensitive psychotherapy and other services to the communities of southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.  RSVP to The Caring Team at by April 2.

Moving Meditation, Sunday, April 8, 9:10 – 9:45 am, Chapel with Susan Malloy

Come in and nurture your body as well as your spirit! NP members will be offering gentle and accessible yoga, walking meditation or other movement-based practices prior to the service. Wear comfortable clothing: All are welcome!

Family Mental Health Support Group
Sunday, April 8, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Orange Room

This group was formed as a forum for church members who have experienced mental health problems within their own families. It provides an opportunity to share experiences, helpful ideas and encouragement.  Ben Tittler acts as facilitator.

North Parish Spring Concert, Sunday, April 8, 1 pm, Sanctuary

Save the date for our spring concert, featuring John Middleton-Cox, the adult choir and friends from the community. We’ll have beautiful songs as well as the talents of a marvelous violin and cello duo, and include music from Leonard Bernstein, on his birthday centennial.  Look for more details in upcoming notices.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mass Advocacy Day
Monday, April 9, 10 am – 2 pm, Massachusetts State House

Are you interested in advocating for mental health reform?  Then join the NAMI Mass Advocacy Day.  Speak up, be heard! Our legislators need to hear from us!  You can register online at For more details, please contact Dave Dishaw at or (617) 417-2330.

UU Mass Action Advocacy Day, Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 am – 4 pm
Arlington St. Church, 351 Boylston St., Boston (We leave for State House at 1 pm)

Tickets are now on saleEarly bird rate $25 through March 23rd. 

(What the fee covers: Building use fee $600, lunch $12 per person, speaker honorariums, staff time and materials.) 

What you’ll receive (short videos and downloadable documents): Effective advocacy strategies, information on each bill (what the bill will do and talking points), a clear “ask” for your legislative visits.  Groups coming from a congregation are encouraged to meet ahead of time and discuss the bills
This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Senior Strategist – Side with Love.  Our shared singing will be led by the multi-talented, Matt Meyer.  We will also enjoy the art of spoken word poet, Anthony Thomas.  You can find more details here or on our webpage, under events.  Our legislative focus will be several very important climate bills, Paid Family and Medical Leave and $15 Minimum Wage.  Learn more on the UU Mass Action event page.

Second Thursday meet-up at El Taller, April 12, 6 – 8 pm
275 Essex Street, Lawrence

These monthly gatherings are meant to be an opportunity for fellowship, discussion and planning around multicultural and racial justice issues.  If you haven’t yet been to El Taller, find out what you’ve been missing – great coffee, milkshakes, beer & wine, and a menu of delicious food, including breakfast burritos for dinner!  Anyone is welcome – grab a bite and join the discussion.  The evening often brings surprising conversations and intersections!

Crossroads Music Series, Saturday, April 14, Parish Hall 

Featuring Jill Andrews, doors open at 7:30 pm, showtime is 8 pm. tickets $25, NP Parish Hall. For tickets and info visit the Crossroads Music Series web-site.

Death Café, Monday, April 16, 1 – 2:30 pm and Monday, April 23, 7 – 8:30 pm, Parlor

It’s the one thing we all share. Got thoughts about mortality? Please join host Denise VanVooren for a warm, open, engaging and lively conversation about what is often a taboo subject. All are welcome.

The objective of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death to help make the most of our (finite) lives. It is not intended as a bereavement, support, grief counseling or therapy group. There is no intention of leading participants toward any theology, product or conclusion. There is no agenda, but there definitely will be cake!

Each Death Café is an independent event – this is not a series.  

Sponsored by the North Parish Caring Team. RSVP required to the North Parish Caring Team at  This is a free event, and a voluntary contribution to defray costs of refreshments is welcome.

Vegetarian Potluck, Monday, TBA

Sponsored by the Climate Justice Task Force. If you are new to vegetarian cooking or don’t have time to cook, there is always an abundance of food so please come anyway. We organize these potlucks in an effort to highlight the adverse effect the meat and cheese industry has on climate change and in the hopes that more and more of us will take the Meatless Monday pledge.

North Parish Knitting Circle – Tuesday, TBD, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Blue Room

Knitters of all levels are welcome. Drop in and knit a square or begin a prayer shawl. Yarn, needles and treats will be available. Hosted by Prayer Shawl Coordinator Phila Slade and the Caring Team.

Bread & Roses Food Prep, Fourth Saturday of the month, NP Kitchen

Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence that serves daily meals to those in need. For many years, North Parish has prepared a dinner meal for them to be served on 4th Saturday of each month. We pick up the ingredients and prepare a meal of Shepherd’s Pie in the Parish Hall kitchen that we deliver to them that afternoon. The commitment is only for a couple of hours on a Saturday (from 1-3pm) and is a very worthwhile service project that is becoming more important in these tough economic times. I am continuing to create a list of people who would want to participate in the future. Please contact Carolyn Murphy at  You will be assisting people who need a helping hand and feel better for doing it!

Morning Meditation for Everyone – Fridays, 8:30-9:15 am

Great Pond Sangha offers a “secular mindfulness style” silent sitting meditation plus short walking meditation (outside labyrinth in good weather). Drop in. Newcomers & beginners welcome. Free. Meditation cushions and chairs are available. For info contact Coordinator Grace Durfee at

Buddhist Meditation – Wednesdays, 7:30- 9 pm, Chapel

Each Wednesday the Great Pond Sangha offers guided meditation and discussion in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, guest teachers, Dharma talks. Drop in. Newcomers/Beginners welcome. Free. Meditation cushions and chairs are available. For more info contact Mark Lemire or Susan Malloy at  

Glorious Gardeners – Tuesdays, 9:00 am

Join us in the North Parish gardens for chatting and relaxed yard work. Getting to know each other and pooling our knowledge are important aspects of what we do.  Weather dependent, we will gather.  Come when you can.  To add your name to our contact list, email Debb Putnam at

The North Parish office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is recommended to call ahead to confirm someone is in the office. Thank you.