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Spirituality and Personal Development Book Group, Oct. 28, 10:30am

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in General News

Our next get-together: Saturday, October 28 at 10:30am at FPS

For this meeting, we will be discussing “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Here is one description of the book: “His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships – or, as they would say, because of them – they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu travelled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create this book as a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: how do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our times and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy. This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final goodbye.”

Join us for this enjoyable and enriching discussion. Participants have been very enthusiastic, and we always welcome newcomers. If you have questions, contact Melissa Stein.


The next book, to be discussed on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:30am, is “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl.


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Religious Exploration October 22nd

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration


Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play we will hear the Yellow Promise story all about Small Fry, a fish journeying into the unknown.  Afterwards, the children will have a chance to practice being a leader- just like Small Fry was in the story- through a series of games and then individual activities!


UU Explorers: Last week, our explorers continued building their free to be me wall, and discussed kindness as an extension of hospitality. Building upon our theme this week, we’ll be discussing the story of the pet sack, focusing on those things within ourselves that we can cultivate in order to spread loving kindness out into the world. Hospitality starts at home and within the self, so we’ll also be looking at self-care, and how to be kind to “you”, after all, whenever you speak, you are listening!

Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by our volunteers Rose & Mikayla in the upper level SED classroom. For those of you interested in volunteering in the Nursery, please note that all sermons can be heard from this room, which means you’ll never have to miss one!

Youth Group: Our youth group is off to an amazing start this year! They’ve decided that they want to do more volunteer work right here at FPS, because as we’ve realized, hospitality truly starts at home. If you see them around lending a helping hand don’t forget to say hello, and they have a special surprise coming up this December for our RE parents…sign up will begin soon so keep an eye out!

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A Place At The Table (newsletter version)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies


Inspired by the theme of hospitality we gather with hope in our hearts and a desire to set our table for all. What does unity look like, is it possible and how can we recognize our biases and expand around them. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will unpack just how different we all are from one another and yet how incredibly similar we are at the same time. Bring your biases!

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Free Memory Screening at Sudbury Sr Center Nov. 9

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in General News

Do you have memory concerns? You are not alone.

The Sudbury Board of Health and the Sudbury Senior Center are offering free, confidential memory screening on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 10am-noon. Appointments should be made in advance.

See attached flyer.  Memory Screening Flyer



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Samhain (Halloween) Sat. Oct 28 at 6:00 pm

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in General News


Welcome Winter, waning season;
Now with night the New Year comes.
All who honor elder kinsfolk
Dance the dead to earthly drums.
Souls respected safeguard living
House we’ll hold and hallow hearth;
Blessings be on those who bide here,
Blessings be on those who bide here
And indeed on all the Earth.

by Leigh Ann Hussey

Samhain (pronounced Sow-inn) is the ancient Celtic New Year, the Last Harvest Festival and the onset of Winter, the Time the Veil between the Worlds is thinnest, whose traditions are echoed in our Halloween and All Souls’ Day.

We will celebrate the Celtic New Year by enacting a ritual inspired by Celtic myth. Myths are poetic statements of the life process. When we enact the myths in ritual, we enact our own growth and development, our passages. Children 12 and up are welcome at the ritual. Please reserve a spot for your younger children for childcare by Thursday, Oct 26 at noon. Please bring your favorite dish to share for the feast after the ritual. Costumes are socially correct.

Contacts Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe (or contact the FPS office 978/443-2043) – for rides and about the childcare.

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power free screening in Maynard

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in General News


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Al Gore’s new documentary

The Maynard Democratic Town Committee invites you to join us at Maynard Fine Arts Theater Place on Wednesday, October 25th for a free public event featuring Al Gore’s new film on global warming. The theme for the evening is “think globally, act locally: bringing it home.”

The event begins at 6:30 with a 30-minute panel conversation about simple things we can all do on a local and personal level to help undo or lessen global warming.  The panel will feature 2 perspectives:  Jill Appel, who helped lead Concord in becoming the first U.S. town to ban single-serve plastic bottles, will share some of the successful steps she and her family have taken to reduce their own energy and water use; and Rochelle Lerner, faculty advisor to Maynard High School’s Green Team, and a student member of that group will discuss their work.  The audience will have an opportunity for questions and will receive handouts with additional ideas for individual action.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will begin at 7:00 PM.  Al Gore’s 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth, highlighted the global climate crisis, and his new film illustrates how close we are coming to an energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his ongoing crusade to train a cadre of climate champions across the country and to influence international climate policy.

Please come join us on October 25th and “bring home” some ways we can each help to make a difference in our climate future.  All are welcome.  We hope that everyone leaves a little more informed and committed to some additional personal action!


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Courage: Making Your Voice Heard

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in General News

Action Item:  Following Reverend Marjorie’s inspiring sermon on Courage, AnnMarie Lanza thought perhaps the Congregation would be interested in a website called “”  5 Calls encourages people to turn passive participation into active resistance by making 5 phone calls in 5 minutes to government officials who are supposed to represent us on key topics of the day.  You enter your zip code and the website will provide a list of issues, names of governmental officials, phone numbers, and even short scripts.  It’s simple!  If phone calls make you uncomfortable, write a letter.  As the website says, “Make Your Voice Heard.”  Give it a try and pat yourself on the back for the effort.  If you have any questions, please contact AnnMarie Lanza.

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