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April 26 In RE: Noah’s Ark

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

Noahs-ark-007Two weeks ago we explored the first two stories in the Bible – the story of creation and the story of Adam and Eve. This Sunday we¹ll get acquainted with Noah. OK – you know that Noah had to take two of each kind of animal into the Ark. But why an Ark? This is just one of many stories of a great flood – why? Was the punishment in this story fair? What makes any punishment fair or unfair? What was the covenant that God made with Noah after the flood? What did the rainbow mean in the story? What other covenants do you know about? The UU Explorers (children ages 4-12) and Breakfast Club (youth ages 13-14) are invited to join Ginny and Oliver.

Sonia and Abby will lead the Friendship Finders (children ages 2-4 ) in the Library.

Michelle will be in the Nursery nook in the Parish Hall to care for babies.

Babies, children and youth are welcome to stay with their family in the sanctuary.

Thanks to today’s Sunday Helpers:

Ginny Steel, Oliver Willett, Sonia Prince, Abby Bridgemohan and Michelle Stolow

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Food, Ethics and Community

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Worship Services

First Parish service explores relationship of food, ethics and community.

Food is not only a necessity, but so much more: comfort, community sharing, and pleasure. It is also one way we demonstrate our religious, ethical and political beliefs. Join us this Sunday when the “Conscious Eating Group” at First Parish will lead the worship service. This group meets monthly and all are welcome.

In this Sunday’s service, you will hear members speak of food and its impact on our lives: Carolyn Lee will speak about the healing power of food and community. Liz Rust will share why she has subscribed to a Community Sustained Agriculture program for years. Fran Sharp will offer reasons why she is a vegetarian and suggest ways to avoid perpetuating inhumane animal raising for meat consumption.

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4/19 Bohm Dialogue — Free Market America

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue.  The topic for April 19 is “Free Market America“.  We will dialogue about why some are so committed to the idea that free market capitalism with minimal regulation and government services will solve all of America’s problems.  Jan suggests this YouTube video of a talk by Jonathan Haidt that provides food for thought on the subject.

David Bohm

Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception.
Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture?
– David Bohm

For more details about how Dialogue works, please see our January article.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/feelings/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  Our next meeting will be on Sunday April 19th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising for more information.

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We Are A Justice Seeking People…

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Worship Services

How do we live an authentic life with integrity while endeavoring to be open hearted and open minded; all while trying not to profile people based on socio economic class, color, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity? What does it mean to be truly welcoming of “the other” those people who do not behave like, look like, or think like us? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will share her thoughts about seeking connection, breaking apart the “us and them” paradigm and reimagining justice without living in outmoded ways of being. Join us to reimagine and then build a kindler gentler more just world.

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April 12 In RE: The Beginning

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

Sistine Chapel Creation ceilingWe had such a good time before Easter with the stories around the life of Jesus, that we have decided to dig into some more Bible stories. And we’ve decided to start at The Beginning. Did you know that there are two completely different CREATION stories in the Bible? How do you think there came to be human beings? What do your friends think? What might you have thought if you lived long before there was any such thing as science? Have you ever been tempted to do something you had been told not to do? What does it mean to “have knowledge of good and evil”? If you could create a world, what would you put on it? Why is a week seven days long? All children (ages 4-12) and youth (ages 13-14) are invited to join Ginny and Oliver, bringing ideas and questions.

Babies and all children are welcome to stay with their family in the sanctuary. Unfortunately today we have no Friendship Finders (ages 3-5) teachers. You may go to the nursery nook in the Parish Hall where you can listen to the service while your child plays with toys.

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Service Auction: May 9 – Open The Time Capsule

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in General News

The Service Auction is Saturday May 9 from 6:00PM until 9:30PM

This years theme is Time Capsule!

Donation form: http://fpsudbury.org/2015-service-auction-donation-form/  

There will be a buffet dinner with adult beverages while people bid at the silent auction.  When the tables close on the silent auction, the live auction begins!  If you are a newcomer, we are looking for anything of value you care to donate – services, such as computer tutor, yard work, dance lessons, etc.   Do you have an unloved wedding present someone else may cherish?  Perhaps an antique that no longer fits the décor?  Fun items for kids? We auction off baked goods, vacation homes, dinners in your home, pool parties, etc.  In short, anything that is fun.

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Walk for Hunger: Sunday, May 3: Come One, Come All

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in General News

For 11 years, First Parish of Sudbury has sponsored a team to participate in the Walk for Hunger. This is the 46th annual fundraiser by Project Bread. Funds raised through the Walk support more than 400 emergency food programs in 135 communities in Massachusetts, including the Sudbury Food Pantry.

For the second year, First Parish is making an all out effort to participate in the Walk for Hunger. Rev. Marjorie is going to lead the walking team while there will be a simplified worship experience in our Sudbury Meetinghouse. We hope many (most!) of our First Parish adults and children will join us by walking in or volunteering at the Walk for Hunger.

We are putting such a strong focus on the Walk for Hunger because hunger and the food insecurity associated with poverty continues to be a major health issue and a social justice concern in Massachusetts. For most of us, hunger is a fleeting need we can satisfy quickly. But hunger isn’t fleeting for 11.4% of Massachusetts’s households-the 700,000 children and adults who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

Join Our Team at: http://www.projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger

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