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Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

As Unitarian Universalists we do not think a lot about “Grace”–what is or who bestows it upon us. Christian communities around the world see grace as, “unmerited divine (i.e. God) assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.” But there is something in Grace that would be good to better understand and claim. This Sunday we will be exploring Grace–where it comes from, the good, the bad and the not so UU.

This Sunday we will be Blessing the Quilts made by our Living Our Faith quilters and crafters to be given to hospice centers.

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Collecting All Boxes! A Guest At Your Table

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

UUSC photo of girls in Tanzania

UUSC photo of girls in Tanzania

Please bring in your donations for “Guest At Your Table”. You can place any money or a check in the box itself we handed out Nov 13th, or just bring it in as a check that we can collect during worship after the story for all ages. All contributions will go to support the important work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Everyone in worship on Nov. 13 was given a “Guest At Your Table” box, and was asked to create a place for the box at your dinner table. Consider giving the cost of what it would take to feed that unknown guest at your own dinner table each night of the fundraiser through the holiday season. If you need a G@YT box, contact Fran in the office.

UUSC advances human rights through grassroots collaboration. In more than a dozen countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approaches and measurable impact — in promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and protecting rights at risk — are grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights. In partnership with dedicated volunteers, tireless activists, and inspiring grassroots organizations throughout the world, UUSC aims to ensure that these fundamental human rights are realities for everyone — no matter race, gender, or class.

UUSC works specifically with people and communities who are denied their rights because of who they are — women, people of color, refugees, religious minorities, LGBTI individuals in Africa, and others. They seek populations who are not served by mainstream human rights organizations.

Thank you!

 

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Christmas Plate Gifts benefit MetroWest Free Medical Program.

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in General News

Thanks to all who gave to our Christmas Eve collections to benefit the MetroWest Free Medical Program. We collected $1,054, all of which has been given to the program.

To learn more about MWFMP, see their website: http://metrowestfreemedicalprogram.org/

 

 

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“Arc of Justice” brown-bag lunch and discussion Sunday, Jan. 15 11:45

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in General News

colorful hands with hearts over white background. vector illustration

We will kick off our Arc of Justice program with a brown bag lunch and discussion this Sunday, Jan. 15 at 11:45am after social hour. The potluck planned for Friday night, Jan. 20 has been postponed. Bring your lunch on Sunday, and meet with Rev. Marjorie and others in the Brackett Room.

During these uncertain times filled with change, there are many of us who are daunted, grieving and frustrated… maybe we want to have a plan, which could include some resistance, some love and lots of strategy about how to maintain equality and justice in our communities and country or maybe we just need to commiserate. Let’s to do just that and more during our Arc of Justice program. All are welcome so invite your friends and other concerned citizens to put our collective heads and hearts together. Next month, if the Jan. 15 group wishes, there will be a time for ritual, a time for music, a time to share our concerns, a time to fortify and to bring your ideas of how we can be a voice of reason in unreasonable times.

Peace and Love, Rev. Marjorie
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Religious Education January 15th

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By ESA/Hubble, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia

This Sunday Spirit Play will begin to look at different Creation myths from around the world. Creation myths are a wonderful window into ways different religions and cultures think about the world, as well as connecting to the mystery and majesty of our amazing universe.

UU Explorers will explore the Blake covenant phrase to “seek the truth in love.” Through the story of Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), participants discover our Unitarian heritage of seeking truth and our calling to act on our understanding of what is true and right. They will share some of the things they wonder about and do simple experiments with air pressure to explore Priestley’s discovery of the existence of oxygen.

Priestley, a scientist and a Unitarian minister, actively combined his theological beliefs with scientific inquiry. He made scientific breakthroughs we recognize today, such as proving the existence of oxygen. Yet, Priestley was ostracized during his time for his freethinking ideas and determined inquiry. Priestley refused to back down from his discoveries even when he and his family were threatened with bodily harm. His story reminds us of the dual importance of seeking the truth in love and following our conscience in standing up for our beliefs.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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1/15 Bohm Dialogue — Heaven (on earth) or a Discussion of Same?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

sudbury-signThe old joke goes: “A Unitarian Universalist dies, and on the way to the after-life encounters a fork in the road. The left path has a sign “To Heaven” and the right has a sign “To a Discussion about Heaven” Without pausing, the UU turns right.” In January you will have the chance to take the right path, to dialogue with us about the topic of Heaven (on Earth) i.e. Utopia.

Why do people dream of Paradise, why are we dissatisfied with what is? Do we long for something dimly remembered or something yet to be? What would your paradise be and would others agree? Is thinking about Utopia futile or necessary?

There is an old story, with variants told in many cultures, about Heaven and Hell. Hell is a place where the food is abundant and delicious but everyone is starving because their arms are bound in splints and can’t bend so they cannot feed themselves. Heaven is the same but no one is starving because they have learned to feed each other. Compared to other animals people were made for cooperation: we lack great strength, speed, teeth or claws, but we have hands to grasp, arms for hugging, minds for understanding and shaping things and language for communicating — humans are weak alone but strong together. So why do we (c0llectively) tend to choose Hell?

The answer will may be revealed Sunday in dialogue! 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 Jan 15th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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A New Day: Endings and Beginnings Service

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Worship Services

Prayer buddhist flags with a recently risen sun behind them.

Each year at this time we honor the people close to us who died during the past year, and those who were born. In other words, we honor the cycle of life with its important changes and milestones. Join us for this meaningful service, and if you have had someone you love die or be born in 2016, please contact Rev. Marjorie before Sunday with this information (name, pronunciation, death-or-birth).

 

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