The First Parish Book Club

The enthusiastic bookworms of the First Parish Book Group have selected their books. Discussions take place the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Fogg Parlor. All are welcome – join us for one discussion or for them all!

October 5, 2016The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
This book "celebrates the 1936 men’s Olympic 8-oar rowing team -- 9 working class boys from the University of Washington who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans. In an extraordinary race in Berlin they stunned the Aryan sons of the Nazi state as they rowed for gold in front of Adolf Hitler." You don’t have to know or love rowing to be enthralled by this book!

November 2, 2016Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
Music is at the heart of the story, a young adult book that describes how Shostakovich began composing a symphony under relentless bombardment in Leningrad and later finished it in Moscow, its triumphant performance in Leningrad during the siege, and how it rallied worldwide sympathy for Russia's plight.

December 7, 2016 Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
With Charley, his French poodle, John Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers and encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco.

January 4, 2017Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
By the author of Dead Wake, which we read last year, the book tells the interwoven stories of two men - Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication - whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

February 1, 2017 The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
This is the sequel to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which we read two years ago. Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold's.

March 1, 2017 – The story of a Pakistani teenager who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize!)

April 5, 2017 - Threading My Prayer Rug by Sabeena Rehman.

May 3, 2017 - Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen Rev. Lise will be leading this discussion as well; youth members are invited! After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given an alternative: a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. This program is based on Native American traditions that provide healing for the criminal mind. To avoid serious jail time, Cole resolves to go. Author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant depiction of the vicious cycle of violence and one boy’s journey to healing.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong

As part of adult programming to the congregation and greater community, First Parish of Norwell continues its popular Tai Chi/Qigong class.

Tai Chi/Qigong is an ancient Taoist system of exercise to preserve health, mind and body and to cultivate physical and spiritual harmony within oneself. It is a meditation in motion, balance and harmony. Practiced daily, it is an excellent stress management technique. Mike Showstack, instructor, has over 25 years experience in Shaolin Hung Gar Tiger Crane Kung Fu and Yang Tai Chi Chuan. He teaches extensively throughout the South Shore area. (, 508-254-2587)

The next four week session begins Tuesday, February 24th. A $25 fee for four weeks is payable at the first class. No special equipment, clothing, or shoes are needed. New students are welcome at any time and prior attendance or registration is not necessary – so invite friends and neighbors. Questions? Contact Sue Robinson at 781-294-8840.

Adult Religious Education Class

For adults, we have a new RE course entitled "What We Choose" continuing on Tuesday, February 14 at noon in the Fogg Parlor. All are welcome, so feel free to bring friends! Unitarian Universalism is grounded in the understanding that our actions speak louder than our words or beliefs. Faithful living for us includes discerning the course of action that best reflects our beliefs and values and then acting or choosing accordingly. As inheritors of a faith tradition that honors a wide variety of sources of religious understanding and authority, our big questions are: How do we discern the moral course of action in a particular circumstance? To what source(s) of authority do we turn for help—personal experience, community wisdom, conscience, religious texts, the words and deeds of prophetic people, reason, science, God? If we are intentional in developing a personal ethical framework to live by, then the behavioral choices we make and the actions we do or do not take can reflect our most deeply held values.

Young Adult Group

First Parish of Norwell has a YA Group! We are a gathering of young adults, ages 18+. We meet occasionally for fellowship (and cookies). Our aim is to provide a lay-led space for young adults (or young adults at heart), which may include readings, activities, sharing of experiences, or just a friendly face. Our topics are directed by the interests of the group, and we welcome new additions! Contact Elizabeth Robinson at to be added to the email list.