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Living Deliberately

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Worship Services

Join the congregation at First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist on Sunday, April 23 as we welcome Fran Sharp to the pulpit. Fran, a life-long Unitarian Universalist, has been a member of the congregation for 19 years, has served on the staff and also the Worship committee for several years..

Ms. Sharp will offer reflections on a favorite writing by Henry David Thoreau in the 1880s when he lived at Walden Pond in Concord. The writing began “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” She asks “how do we go about the challenging and religious work of living deliberately, and does this mean different things at different stages of life?

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4/23 Bohm Dialogue — A Sustainable World and Human Nature

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What would it take to live sustainably on planet Earth and are humans capable of it? Humans obviously have to reduce pollution and consumption of resources to sustainable levels and give Earth’s ecosystems, oceans and atmosphere space and time to recover. But that’s not enough – any improvements can be quickly overtaken by population growth.

The road forward should be  rational and obvious. The knowledge and technology exists. Why don’t we just do it? What’s stopping us? Lack of agreement on the problem and the solution is a big stopper.

Is there a flaw in human nature? Or is the flaw in a civilization structured to be dependent on continual expansion? In 1943 Abraham Maslow proposed a useful map of human instinct called The Hierarchy of Needs. Psychologists quibble over the details but there is general agreement that it is basically valid. The basic idea is that lower survival and security needs must be met before the higher needs like Love, Esteem and Self Actualization become active, the very needs we need in order to care about each other and this planet. Hmm … we know that our hunter-gather ancestors were egalitarian and sharing – is there something about civilized life that tends to keep us down and so from agreeing on the ‘obvious and rational course’?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

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/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday April 23rd at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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Living Deliberately (for News U Can Use)

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Sunday Service Copies

Join the congregation at First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist on Sunday, April 23 as we welcome Fran Sharp to the pulpit. Fran, a life-long Unitarian Universalist, has been a member of the congregation for 19 years, has served on the staff and also the Worship committee for several years..

Ms. Sharp will offer reflections on a favorite writing by Henry David Thoreau in the 1880s when he lived at Walden Pond in Concord. The writing began “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” She asks “how do we go about the challenging and religious work of living deliberately, and does this mean different things at different stages of life?

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Summer Service sign-ups have begun

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in General News

They say that everyone has at least one sermon in them. How about you? There are folks here to help you!

If you are new to summer services at FPS, you will find them to be a little more informal, on a wide range of topics, but yes indeed, they are worship services. We have breakfast nibbles, a speaker, music and conversation afterward.

Please sign up to speak, to bring nibbles one day, or to provide music if you are one of our talented types.

The signup board is in the FPS lobby or Parish Hall.

Join in the good, enriching fun that is Summer Services at FPS (from June 18-August 27).

Contact the Worship Associates for more information: Michael Tyo, Tom Yelton, Alorie Parkhill, Lulu Cash.

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Got New Contact Info?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in General News

We have heard that many are giving up their Verizon accounts and switching to other providers.

Please keep Fran in the office informed of any changes to your phone numbers, email addresses, and postal addresses.

The best way to let her know is to email it to

Thanks!

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Landscape Clean-up Day–you are invited!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in General News

outdoor clean upOur spring outdoor clean-up will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 9am-2pm. Many hands make light work. Please bring work gloves and a rake and join us for an hour or two.

Refreshments provided. Please contact Val Tratnyek.

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Religious Education April 23rd

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Globetrotter19 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Spirit Play will learn about our place in the interdependent web of life through the story of “I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon”. They will wonder about what it means to love the Earth, and whether the Earth might also love us!

Unitarian Universalism looks to the direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life. UU Explorers will look at the paintbrush as a symbol of personal expression for our inner life and thoughts. We will reflect on the various means for personal expression, such as painting, writing, music, and theater. We will hear about the many ways that people have expressed themselves through time, from cave painting to modern dance. We will explore hands-on and talk about media we might like to use as a tool for our own personal expression.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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