This Sunday, March 1, join First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist as we welcome Rev. Jane Thickstun to our pulpit. She asserts that embracing diversity can be a transforming process and a path to wisdom, but asks “what does it take to engage in interracial, intercultural and interfaith dialogue? What are the rewards? Do we really listen to each other with open minds and hearts?”
Rev. Thickstun is currently serving as the Interim Associate Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, Georgia. She has served congregations in Michigan and New Hampshire, and prepared for ministry at Meadville/Lombard Theological School.
The Women’s Alliance would also like to remind you that spring IS on its way. What better time to clean out your closets and drawers and put some things aside for our April 25th rummage sale? More information to follow as the date approaches.
Register by March 8 for the Annual Women’s Alliance Weekend Retreat scheduled for April 10-12. This year we are going to Wisdom House in Litchfield, Ct. (http://wisdomhouse.org) We will have the entire Farmhouse and a few rooms in the main building.
Della Hughes will lead our retreat program, and we’ll have our usual Saturday afternoon for exploring ourselves and the area, which includes nearby White Flower Farm for dreaming of gardens and Topsmead State Park for hiking. Wisdom House also has a wonderful labyrinth and trails around their 55 acre property. All meals provided and food restrictions met by their chefs.
Registration forms may be left in the Alliance folder in the workroom or mailed to Carolyn L. at the address on the brochure. There are printed copies of the registration brochure on the table in the Foyer, most women received one as a PDF in an email, and it is also posted on the FPS website at the link below. You will need a First Parish members log-in to reach this link: http://fpsudbury.org/members/groups/womens-alliance/docs/
All women of First Parish are totally welcome, regardless of any prior involvement with the Alliance. Our motto is that “All women are members and you choose how active you are.”
March 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 in the Commons at First Parish Meeting House
Stewardship: We pledge to support our community and yet there is a deeper level of participation when we engage in stewardship. Are we good stewards of our lives, our planet and the communities that we participate in? What does it take to be a good steward and what are the individual rewards and benefits? Do the benefits outweigh the commitment? Our worship theme for March is “Stewardship” and this Saturday Seekers Potluck will focus on the concept of stewardship and the “feel good” afterglow of being a good steward. Each Seekers Session will start with the sharing of a meal, please bring food to share, readings, music and a multi-media presentation.
(All ages welcome)
Join Rev. Marjorie the 1st Saturday of each month in the Commons at the Meeting House at First Parish. Come and enjoy good music, thoughtful discussion, and fellowship.
The RE Explorers group (elementary school ages) is going to start off a new month by doing some architecture: designing and building model houses in the spirit of famous UU architect Frank Lloyd Wright. We’ll have a guest, a member of our congregation who is a real live UU architect, Craig Parkhill. And we’ll talk about Wright’s passion for fitting a house into its natural setting, in keeping with our principle of living in harmony with nature. We’ll also discover the importance of Unitarianism in Wright’s life and work, including his design of a remarkable church in Chicago.
Have you ever felt a connection with someone that seemed like you knew each other for life times? Many people talk about being “soulmates” or “twin flames.” What is that all about – what evidence might there be to refute or support such a premise and is it even necessary to prove such connections? Can such soul connections be negative in nature and thus be unwanted? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will share her thoughts about the concept of such deep connections and ways to cultivate, engage and/or if need be disarm them.