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12/17 Bohm Dialogue — What is War For?

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors. – Robert E. Lee

Is war sometimes necessary? Is it ever ‘good’?

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. – Niccolo Machiavelli

There was never a good war, or a bad peace. – Benjamin Franklin

What are the roots of war? Who does it benefit? Was there a time without wars?

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 December 17th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Religious Exploration December 17th

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Important Notice for all Religious Exploration Classes: This Sunday, December 17th, we will be working on the children’s Nativity Play. This includes costume planning/fitting, and discussing lines/rehearsal. If your children are in the Nativity Play or would like to be (we still have roles to fill) please don’t miss this Sunday! There will be a spirit play and explorers activity for those children who will not be attending the Christmas Eve service/Nativity Play.

Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by our volunteers in the upper level SED classroom For those planning to be in the Nativity Play Please come this Sunday for the children’s costume fitting. 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! Please contact the IDRE at if you wish to sign up!


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Are Hope and Fear Sleeping Together? (newsletter)

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Sunday Service Copies

Sunday, December 17 10am, join the congregation of First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist for their Sunday worship service on the month’s theme of Hope.

Mr. David Andrews, long-time UU and trustee, will offer a sermon “Are Hope and Fear sleeping together? Andrews will explore whether there is a relationship between Hope and Fear, and if so, what the nature of that relationship is. He will explore some traditional philosophical views on this, and some modern psychological ones, as well.


Dave is a father, and a career engineer turned physics teacher, who discovered First Parish and Unitarian Universalism on Christmas day, some 15 years ago.  Dave enjoys singing sea shanties and barbershop harmony,  and listening to many kinds of music.  He is still exploring the spiritual dimensions, possibilities, and  practicalities of the statement: “we hold many (differing) beliefs, but gather as one.”

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First Parish Sudbury In-Home Dinners in January 2018

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in General News

What are In-Home Dinners? Every year everyone in First Parish has the opportunity to have dinner with 8-12 people held in the private homes of members and friends. The dinners are Pot Luck, with the host/hostess arranging what people will bring to ensure there is a balanced meal. Every effort is made to accommodate special needs, such as dietary restrictions, accessibility to the house, and allergies.

Dates:  Saturday, January 20, Sunday, January 21,  and Saturday, January 27

The Community & Hospitality Committee (CHC) organizes in-Home Dinners.

  • Members and friends volunteer to host a dinner, indicating the dates(s) to host and the number of people (including those already in the household) that can be accommodated at the dinner table.
  • Anyone who wants to attend a dinner chooses a date and backup date to attend.
  • The CHC matches hosts/hostesses and attendees.
  • The CHC provides each host with a list of attendees for that event.
  • The host/hostess contacts the attendees for that dinner and coordinates what each person will bring. (Main dish, side dish, salad, appetizer, dessert, wine, etc.)
  • Last year 49 adults and children enjoyed themselves at the In-Home events.

There are multiple dinners for adults on each date.  However, to encourage as many people as possible to attend an In-Home Event, the CHC has planned some special events:

  • A family brunch or dinner for parents of younger children who prefer a total family experience rather than attending an adults-only dinner.  Date to be determined
  • A mid-day brunch on Sunday, January 21
  • An evening dinner especially for parents of teens and their teens on Saturday, January 20


Please contact Leslie Lowe with the following information:

  1. Do you want to host? Select your date, indicate the number of people you can accommodate; are there pets in your house; are there steps to access your house?
  2. Do you want to attend as a guest? If yes, choose a first and backup date. Do you have pet allergies, difficulty with steps, dietary restrictions or strong dietary preferences?
  3. Do you need a ride? Let us know and it can be arranged.

The deadline for signing up is Monday, January 8.  Email  , telephone 978.443.5138 or text 987.201.0538


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Worshipping with our Neighbors

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in General News

The Best of 2017

Sunday, Dec. 31 at 10:00am join us and our UU neighbors from Framingham, Wayland, and Marlborough&Hudson for the service “The Best of 2017”. We will enjoy a reprise of the best of 2017’s sermon snippets, readings, hymns and choral music.

We hope you will join us!

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Christmas Morning Gathering

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in General News

Christmas Morning at 10:00

Join with our minister, Rev. Marjorie, and enjoy the company of others on Christmas morning. There will be breakfast, singing, readings, stories and a cozy time in our Brackett Room with fireplace warming our hearts.

All are welcome!

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A Bigger Kind of Joy…

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

As we enter into December, we face into the darker and shorter days of the year, we look for ways to find the light in the midst of the longest night.  This is the time when if we cultivate our faith and seed hope we may be able to carry on in the bleak midwinter. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she faces into the darkness and uncovers a bigger kind of joy fueled by hope. She shares that, ” Hope can be a dangerous emotion because it pulls our attention away from the present moment. Hope can blind us from the truth of a situation, however, hope is also an emotion that gives us the energy to live despite challenges, to love despite uncertainty, and to embrace both who we are in the moment and what we may become, with faith instead of fear as our guide.” Let us find hope and a bigger kind of joy together during this holiday season.

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