We are First Parish of Sudbury, a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers; we strive to learn together and support one another as we celebrate life’s important moments and serve the larger community. We are stewards of an historic meetinghouse. In addition to an inspiring leader in Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and our dedicated staff, our community generously volunteers resources of time and...
There are many ways to participate in the community that is First Parish of Sudbury in addition to joining us on a Sunday morning. For example, you can help the Faith in Action team collect back-to-school backpacks; you can make a joyful noise as part of the choir; bring a dish to a Women’s Alliance potluck meeting, which connects women and supports First Parish of Sudbury in various ways; join a...
First Parish is a community of movers and shakers! If you are interested in finding out exactly what we are up to, you can scan our Calendar or review any of the online issues of the Connector, a weekly newsletter in which all the “goings-on” are shared by staff, leadership and members of the congregation. If you have specific questions about the work of First Parish of Sudbury in the world,...
Worship in the Unitarian Universalist tradition is shaped by our faith’s history, principles and purposes as well as the congregation’s identity and culture, the minister’s religious beliefs and style, and the great diversity of sources from which we draw inspiration and through which we seek guidance and insight. Our worship services are offered on Sunday mornings. Visitors are warmly...
First Parish of Sudbury has an open position for a Director of Religious Education. Follow this link for information about the DRE position. Welcome to First Parish of Sudbury’s Religious Education program. First Parish of Sudbury is a Unitarian Universalist congregation that was first established in 1640. Although much has changed since then, one thing that remains the same is our steadfast belief in...
Dear Visitor, Welcome to the First Parish of Sudbury, a lively, liberal congregation nearly 375 years old that continues to make history and change lives. Like you, I am a newcomer to this congregation. What drew me here may be the same things that will draw you: people who are committed to creating an inclusive, just community both inside and outside the walls of this beautiful old meetinghouse …...
Two 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
We 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.
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.
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.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
– Martin Luther King Jr.
Sunday April 26th, 2015 – MUSIC SUNDAY - Beatitude Mass for the Homeless
Please join us this Sunday, April 26th at 10:00 am for our Spring Music Sunday!
In the spirit of the two congregations’ shared 375th anniversary, the combined choirs of First Parish and Sudbury Memorial Congregational and singers from the community will feature the “Beatitude Mass for the Homeless” by Henry Mollicone. The moving work was inspired by Mollicone’s friend, Father Jon Pedigo. Father Jon urged his friend to use his artistic talent to help raise funds for homeless people. This soulful work tells powerful stories. This mass combines the traditional Latin texts with English texts written by the playwright William Luce. Luce used the interviews he and Mollicone had with the people they met in shelters to create two characters who synthesize the stories of many whom he met. The symbolically named characters underline a major theme of the piece, Mollicone describes as: “the similarities – the universality – between all people.” Soloists will be First Parish choir members Maya Bloom, soprano and Terry Lockhart, baritone. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, clarinet, French horn, cello, bass, percussion and piano.
And attend the Concert on May 2
The following Saturday evening May 2nd at 7:00 pm, the combined choirs will present the Beatitude Mass again for the annual MCC Spring Concert. In addition, the choirs will also perform the Quatre Motets on Gregorian Themes, Op. 10, and Notre Père, Op. 14 No. 4, by Maurice Duruflé. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the homeless.
Sunday Worship begins at 10:00 AM and will be followed by a fellowship hour in the parish hall. Religious education and Childcare are available. First Parish of Sudbury is a Unitarian Universalist welcoming congregation, encouraging and celebrating the participation of all people regardless of theological belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity. If you are a seeker of scientific, technological, or spiritual meaning in life you will be warmly welcomed.
The First Parish of Sudbury Meeting House is located at 327 Concord Road, across from Town Hall. For more information about upcoming events, visit fpsudbury.org or call 978-443-2043.
We are First Parish of Sudbury, a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers; we strive to learn together and support one another as we celebrate life's important moments and serve the larger community.