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Laughter is the Best Medicine…

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

As the song from Mary Poppins explains, “I love to laugh long and loud and clear… I love to laugh it’s getting worse every year. The more I laugh the more I fill with glee… the more I laugh the more I am a merrier me!” How do we find those places of funny that tickle us in ways that improve our way of being. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be sharing her thoughts about the importance of humor and how it might just be the best medicine.

We will also celebrate our Rites of Passage during which we will honor the growth and commitment that every child in our religious exploration program has made this year with a gift of gratitude and recognition for their participation. We’ll also be celebrating the accomplishments of two cohorts within the grade school program as they cross thresholds that mark unique stages of growth in our children’s journeys, through our First Chalice and new Chrysalis Passage rituals. As we recognize these points of transition in the growth of their moral and spiritual development, we will simultaneously be honoring them as members of our evolving Unitarian Universalist tradition.
Join us for this fun and meaningful service.
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In An Instant…

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies, Worship Services

Life can change in an instant, any event can push itself into our lives, which can cause us moments of shock, pain and deep concern. Our lives and bodies broken are in turmoil and just as quickly the process of healing begins yet again – leaving us forever changed. How do we live these tenuous lives never knowing what may cut us off and derail us from our mission? Are these significant sidetracks a wake up call, karma or just random mishaps? Facing into crisis, making meaning and recovering from crisis, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty wonders on the implications of negotiating the dangers of living fully.

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We Are Invited…Sunday at 11:30am to tour Loring Parsonage

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in General News

The Sudbury Historical Society invites the congregation of the First Parish of Sudbury to an after service tour of the Loring Parsonage (288 Old Sudbury Road) on Sunday, May 21.  There is, of course, a special connection between the parsonage and the First Parish of Sudbury.  In 1722 Israel Loring became the first minister of the church and remained minister until he died at age 90 in 1772. The SHS is working toward restoring and repurposing the Loring Parsonage for the Sudbury History Center and looks forward to showing the members of First Parish the plans and providing an update on how the project and fundraising has progressed.   We have only $250,000 to raise and need to complete our funding raising by the end of summer.

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A Walk in the Woods – May 21st 11am

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in General News

You are invited to attend this community event on May 21st, at 11am with Senator Jamie Eldridge, Rep. Carmine Gentile, our Sudbury community, and special guests for a walk in the woods. Our guest speakers will address why this land is so unique and worth preserving. We’ll take a walk in the woods and have time for a major community crowd photo! Be a part of this special event, help raise awareness of our fight, and show invited press what a 01776 crowd looks like when we all wear the same t-shirt! Lets make a big splash on the 21st and get our story covered in the Boston Globe before the EFSB hearing on the 25th. We’ll give Eversource and the EFSB something to read about! Park on Austin Road and meet your neighbors and friends on the corner of Austin and Peakham. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The walk is approx. 1.5 miles in total and will be at a leisurely pace.

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Sudbury Sr Center “FISH” program needs drivers

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in General News

Deb Galloway, director of the Sudbury Senior Center, reported that FISH (a network of volunteers that provide transportation to medical appointments to anyone in need, regardless of age or ability level) is currently in need of volunteer drivers. Volunteers would use their own vehicles to transport Sudbury residents to and from medical appointments. When a transportation need arises, a FISH coordinator contacts all volunteers to see who is available to help. If volunteers are not able to help on that particular day, there is no pressure from the coordinator, and the volunteer coordinator understands and respects that decision.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or learning more about FISH, please contact the Sudbury senior center at 978-443-3055.

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Religious Education May 21st

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

This Sunday is our Rites of Passage Sunday! We will honor the growth and commitment that every child in our religious exploration program has made this year with a gift of gratitude and recognition for their participation. We’ll also be celebrating the accomplishments of two cohorts within the grade school program as they cross thresholds that mark unique stages of growth in our children’s journeys, through our First Chalice and new Chrysalis Passage rituals. As we recognize these points of transition in the growth of their moral and spiritual development, we will simultaneously be honoring them as members of our evolving Unitarian Universalist tradition.

After the ceremony, Spirit Play will hear an amazing Onondaga Creation Story about a turtle that holds up the earth. UU Explorers will explore the power within each of us to do good in the world, when we have the courage and conviction to act. Sometimes, when we see injustice, we can feel powerless to change it. We sometimes feel that the real power resides with an authority outside ourselves, such as the government. Yet, in fact we can find our own power and use it for good. This session explores the power to seek truth, the power to question authority or the status quo, the power to speak out against injustice, and the power to band together with others who share our values and goals to make a difference for what is good and just.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

 

I became convinced that non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest.

— Martin Luther King, Jr., Autobiography

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Finding Our Way to Kindness

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

What is a Woman’s and a Mother’s role in the twenty-first century–to be a care giver and a tender of the heart and hearth? Are Women  able to bring hope to the hopeless during dark times? What are those small daily acts of kindness and compassion that show our respect and love for one another? How do and can, “We go high when they go low” and do our small attempts to connect with others change people for the better? Ultimately, can the feminine heal our world? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty on mother’s day to honor and thank the women in our lives.

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