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Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in General News

church sun summer clipartClick here to see all that’s happening at the Meetinghouse this summer–all you need to know about Sunday services, reaching the staff, yoga, meditation and more.

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Summer Service: What Constitutes Civility – Steve Tripoli

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Worship Services


 

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Sunday, June 28 worship service “Civility in an age of spin-controlled acrimony”

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in General News

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This Sunday, we welcome back Steve Tripoli to our pulpit, kicking off our 2015 summer season of lay-led services. This week Steve’s topic is “Civility in an age of spin-controlled acrimony.” He writes, “From Sudbury’s local online chat rooms to the salons of Washington and the global village, sharp opinions about our shared future have sparked difficult debate that often leads to hurt feelings, hard feelings, and growing mutual suspicion that makes solutions difficult to reach.

Is there a better way? And equally important, does the reach and power of the internet age’s caustic slash-and-burn commentary point to the limits of “turn-the-other cheek” civility?

This will be a tour of the modern civility landscape, with an examples and emphasis focusing on Sudbury’s sharp political divisions, which have drawn outside mediation efforts.”

In his 35 years as a journalist, Steve Tripoli has probably been best known as a reporter covering economic affairs for public radio’s nationwide programs “Marketplace,” “Morning Edition,” and “All Things Considered.” Steve became a journalist in large part because he believes in the power, and necessity, of factually-informed decision- making in a democratic society. So it’s been especially dismaying, in recent decades, to see more and more public debate stray from fact-based reasoning, and with that trend into the kind of suspicion and name-calling that leads to our discussion of civility in public discourse today.

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Being Agents for Change, by Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in General News

helping handsIn the wake of more race-based killing last week in Charleston, South Carolina I am just befuddled at why and how one finds the motivation to hate enough to kill. We have seen death across this country over the year from Ferguson to New York and even two members of our own Sudbury community murdered. How can people hate enough to kill? I once thought that it was fear of difference that motivated one to kill or maybe psychopathic tendencies but this killing last Wednesday night, during a prayer meeting, was an act of racist hate plain and simple.

What can we do as Unitarian Universalists from New England? Teach, practice and share compassion and tolerance within our community and the larger world. We can reach out to people who are different from us who are probably fearful, for good reason, with loving kindness in the wake of this atrocity. We can work towards anti-racism and developing a multi-cultural perspective, we can work for justice, but we must begin in our own hearts. We must root out our own inherent racist beliefs and expose them for what they are–a form of oppression. We can remind our friends and loved ones that murder of any kind is unacceptable and work toward changing a culture that kills.

My friends, it seems like every week we see such atrocities in the news and we become numb to the reality that humankind is beyond saving, that we cannot expect better, that we are unable to build a world that expects more from its citizens. Beloved, we cannot afford to expect less. We must demand more.

Do not let this news and all the news that we see crush our spirits. Instead, allow it to galvanize our resolve to be an agent for change creating a kindler gentler world filled with loving-kindness.

Peace be with you over this next month.

Rev. Marjorie

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UUA and UUSC Respond to Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in General News, World News

June 18, 2015 – 2:40pm

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) President and CEO Bill Schulz have issued this joint statement in response to the Papal Encyclical on Climate Change:

“The crisis of climate change is the gravest threat facing our world today, and as people of faith and conscience we are called to respond to the moral imperative to advance climate justice. The Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee therefore applaud Pope Francis for focusing the world’s attention on the threat of climate change by issuing ‘Laudato Si’ or ‘Praise Be to You,’ a papal letter addressed not just to Catholics but to ‘every person living on this planet.’ We are especially gratified by the Pope’s emphasis on the effects this crisis is having on the world’s lowest-income and most marginalized communities. ‘A true ecological approach,’ writes Pope Francis, ‘must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.’ We hear those cries.

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On the Church Shooting in Charleston

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in General News, World News

June 18, 2015 – 9:20am

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued this statement following the news of the shooting in a church in Charleston, SC:

“News of last night’s shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, SC, fills me with a profound sadness. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims and to the entire Emanuel Church community.

Unitarian Universalists are sadly familiar with the tragedy of church shootings. When two congregants were killed and six wounded at our Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in 2008, the entire community reached out and embraced our congregation with love and support. We will pass that love along to the Emanuel Church community in any way we can.

Emanuel AME Church has faced many hardships over the years, but the church has persevered and thrived. May Emanuel’s faithful find the strength to make their way through the tragedy that has taken the lives of nine of their members, including their pastor. We share their grief, and we stand with them in love and solidarity.”

uua.org/news/press-release/church-shooting-charleston

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Connector newsletters this summer

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in General News

We arnewsletter cliparte committed to communicating what you need to know over the summer, too. The Connector, FPS’s electronic newsletter, will be published on these Wednesdays: June 17, 24; July 15; Aug 5, 19, 26. Please send submissions to Fran Sharp, administrator, at by Tuesday at 10am for inclusion in that week’s Connector. Thanks!

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Flower Communion and Picnic

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Worship Services

7-scoop-ice-cream-coneFirst Parish Celebrates this Sunday by exchanging flowers in worship. Growth, warmer weather and the promise of a safe summer will be all topics that Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will speak about. “One can see the world in a flower” shares Dr. Matty “The Buddha brought enlightenment to followers just by twirling a flower… what did they see?”

Join us for our annual flower communion service followed by a picnic and ice cream party.

Our service will include the sharing of flowers ritual. Please bring one flower for each person in your family (and don’t worry if you forget–we will have a few extra, just in case). Thanks to our Landscape Committee for organizing this.

After our service, in lieu of social hour, we will have a byo lunch picnic. Bring food for your family. Ice cream will be provided by our Community and Hospitality Committee–thanks to them!

 

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