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Meaning and Ritual of May Day

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in General News, Worship Services


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Spring has sprung, birth and rebirth rituals abound! The cycle of the year begins again with May Day. What does it all mean and what is our place in the cycle of merry making? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will share her thoughts about our history and practices that are honored this time of year. Why did our ancestors dance around the Maypole, what are the ancient stories that were told and how have they evolved into our rituals today? What can we take from our history that will help us to renew our commitment to our environment? Next Sunday, May 8, we will celebrate the earth together, dance the dances and sing the songs of our people in celebration of the turning of the wheel. (This Sunday, May 1, Tom Kruskal and the Morris Dancers will be dancing on Nantucket, but will lead the Maypole Dance at FPS on May 8.)

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Seekers Gatherings to resume in the fall

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in General News

Story_of_God_Morgan_Freeman_Nat_GeoMany have enjoyed the Seekers Gatherings this year. Here’s how they work: the first Saturday of the month Rev. Marjorie hosts a potluck presentation and discussion on the worship theme of the upcoming month. Participants have found these gatherings to include delicious food and food for thought.

We need to take a break from the gatherings–May and June are full of weddings, celebrations, and general end-of-year activities.

On Saturday October 1 we plan to resume the Seekers Gatherings–with a new twist. Rev. Marjorie plans a video offering each month to enjoy with our potluck, and discussion to follow. The film each month will be one episode of the new series by National Geographic Channel “The Story of God” with Morgan Freeman. The 50-minute episodes include topics such as Beyond Death, Who is God?, Creation, Why Does Evil Exist?, and more.

Seekers Gatherings take place at 5:30pm in the Commons, and childcare is provided.

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Religious Education May 1st

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

IMG_0278 (1)Last week we combined our classes and thought about what it would be like to relate to the natural world if we were really REALLY tiny — precisely the size of a fairy! We then used collected natural objects, such as twigs, moss, sea shells, pine cones, and small rocks, to build little habitats and a small community for the fairies together, having made individual fairy houses the week before.

This week, we will return to our regular classes: Spirit Play has been looking at creation myths. The last creation myth they heard was from the Taoist tradition: Yin and Yang and the dwarf P’an Ku, who arranged the Yin and Yang in many forms and made the earth and sky.

Sing to the Power is engaged in looking at how to make positive change in the world through qualities associated with the four elements, and is examining qualities associated with water right now. This week they are looking at the importance of persistence, and will be carving soap as an exercise to get a feel for the patience required to do certain tasks well.

Breakfast Club will continue with their conversation looking deeper into the qualities of the element of air, such as silence, presence, and stillness.

Nursery care will also be provided.

Step by step the longest march can be won, can be won.

Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none.

And by union what we will can be accomplished still.

Drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none.

— Traditional union song

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The New Civil Rights Movement?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in General News

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May 1, 11:30 AM, First Parish Meeting House, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, Mass.
“The New Civil Rights Movement?”
Carl Williams* will explore this question
Are we beginning a new civil rights movement? 
Today, millions are rising up to denounce racism and what many feel is an institutionalized system of white supremacy.
*Carl Williams, an ACLU attorney, will describe how we have arrived at the current moment in the struggle for racial justice, the Ferguson Rebellion, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and efforts at police reform. He will also discuss some of the cases that the ACLU is working on to further the struggles for racial justice, and share ways to support Black and Brown people in their pursuit of racial justice
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Walk to Support Minute Man Arc

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in General News

Lucy Manlick, FPS youth, has set up a First Parish Sudbury Team for the Minute Man Arc walk on May 7.
Lucy writes: I will be walking on May 7 to support Minute Man Arc in Concord. I am walking in honor of my aunt Janet, who had Down’s Syndrome and had been in the care of Minute Man Arc. With their help, she had a long and happy life. I would greatly appreciate any donations to either of the following links (My page or my team’s page).
Would anyone like to walk with me? Please see this link for more information, and contact me if you can join me.
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Fairness, Freedom and Liberty

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in General News, Worship Services

This Sunday’ChaliceBudapests sermon is an Auction 2015 win by the men of First Parish. In Discussion, they have asked Rev. Marjorie to ponder the similarities and differences between Fairness, Freedom and Liberty. There is a lot to think about especially considering the current cultural climate and the political landscape of 2016. Join us on Sunday when Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty ponders the topic in public.

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Social Justice Opportunities

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in General News

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First Parish  Wayland event:

Criminal Justice Reform … Stories and Opportunities 
When: Tuesday, April 26 – 7:30–9:00 PM Refreshments at 7:00pm
Where: Hosted by the First Parish in Wayland 50 Cochituate Road/ Corner of Routes 20/27



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