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A Unitarian Universalist Holy Week

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Worship Services

An Opportunity for Transformation – What are the metaphorical implications of Holy Week and how can it be a time for transformation for Christians and non-Christians alike? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will lead us into a conversation about Holy Week and how a moment of celebration can turn dark and ultimately become the transformation of one’s life.

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March 29 In RE: Palm Sunday – What’s the Story?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

Palm-SundayYes, it will be Palm Sunday, but what’s the story behind the palms? And what’s that about Jesus throwing some people out of the temple? Who were they, and why was he so angry with them? What does the “Last Supper” mean? Who was there? What did they talk about? Wasn’t Jesus killed at Easter time? Then why do we celebrate with signs of new life, like eggs and chicks, flowers and bunnies – and chocolate? Where does the “good” in Good Friday come from? If this sounds interesting, we hope you’ll join the UU Explorers (ages 6-12)/Breakfast Club (ages 13-14) and their guides, Ginny and Oliver, as we share some special foods, overturn some tables and debate some big questions.

Babies and all children are welcome to stay with their family in the sanctuary. Unfortunately today we have no nursery caregiver or Friendship Finders (ages 3-5) teachers, but you may go to the nursery nook in the Parish Hall where you can listen to the service while your child plays with toys.

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There’s No Place Like Home – Rev. Jane Thickstun

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Worship Services

Please join us as we welcome the Rev. Jane Thickstun to our pulpit again.

Rev. Thickstun observes “home is that place that feels safe, that nurtures us, that is the center of the universe. While adventures are exciting, we need a place that grounds us, that gives us roots.”

But, we don’t always feel at home where we are. Sometimes we have to leave home in order to find it again. During the service she will encourage us to consider where home is for each of us. Is it a place on the globe, or a place in our souls?

Rev. Thickstun is serving as the Interim Associate Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. She has served congregations in Michigan and New Hampshire, and prepared for ministry at Meadville/Lombard Theological School. Rev. Thickstun grew up in Potsdam, New York, and has degrees in Linguistics and Philosophy. Before ministry, she worked as a mainframe programmer/analyst, taught English to people from all around the globe, and worked on a newspaper, as well as much more.

Full sermon text:
There’s No Place Like Home –
Rev. Jane Thickstun
First Parish of Sudbury UU – March 22, 2015

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy dreams of going “somewhere over the rainbow.” She ends up going to Oz, which may in fact be over the rainbow, but isn’t the blissful place she had imagined. So she wants to go home, and goes through many adventures on the journey. At the end, she finds that she always had the ability to go home, and all she needs to do is tap the ruby slippers together three times and say, “there’s no place like home.”

The journey leads home. We are all on a journey home, exploring, seeking, looking for our heart’s desire; and no matter how far afield we go, in the end we are searching for our home. Home is that place that feels safe, that nurtures us, that is the center of

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Let’s Welcome Spring!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in General News

Spring (4)It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

-Charles Dickens
A promise of things to come!

Let’s Welcome Spring!
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First Parish Moves Into Strategic Action!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in General News, Minister's Column

MattyAfter a year of Strategic thinking and planning Rev. Marjorie helps the revived Council Team to celebrate the transition to Strategic Action!
On Saturday, March 14th Rev. Marjorie and Della Hughes led the Council Team to share their plans for the 2015-2016 year. “We are ready to take it to the next level!” explains Rev. Marjorie as she shares the plan and budget for the Communications Task Team with the Council Team and members of the congregation. As part of her presentation, she expanded on her thoughts with the following statement and the question: “What sets First Parish apart from other communities religious and secular?”
We are an engaged congregation of individuals who want to change the world. We believe that in order to change the world that change begins in our own hearts and minds. We hold and affirm values that are welcoming of all people and we do our utmost to walk the talk and do this best in a diverse community of thought and practice. We are inspired to share our values in the world to help frame a possible solution to the challenges that humankind faces. We do not believe that we hold the truth but we have a commitment to working in community with all people to uncover our collective wisdom and expansive truth. We are Unitarian Universalists…

The meeting turned into a celebration when lunch replete with a strategic action cake was served!

On other news from the Communications Task Team a mailing went out to new residents in Sudbury and Maynard last week which converted into three new visitors this week. We welcome those newcomers to spend some time and to get involved with our community through ushering, greeting or many of our social action events!

Photo by Tom Arnold
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Harvest Craft Fair

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in General News

Harvest CraftLast Call for First Parish Harvest Fair…..

As most of you know, the First Parish Harvest Fair is a fun community-wide event with more than 600 people attending from all over Metrowest. Many come annually and look forward to it each year. Almost everyone in the congregation does something to assist by helping set up, volunteering on fair day, take down – plus all those who make soup, bread, baked goods and jams. In fact, we already have a list of volunteers for the day of the fair! The fair also brings in about $8K to support the FPS budget.

By the end of March we will decide if we will be able to hold the 114th annual fair in October. We have one co-chair and need a second person who will interact with crafters, receive crafter applications, assist with publicity, and participate in the jury process to select the crafters. The fair has an excellent reputation in the crafter community, with over 50% of our vendors being repeats; many of the newbies are recommended by the veterans.

The retiring co-chairs have made it easy with systems that need no tweaking this year – unless you want to.  All documents are ready on a thumb drive.  The former co-chairs are also ready, willing, and able to give guidance, advice, and tips. If you are interested, please contact Sherri Cline, Sheila Murphy, or Tom Arnold. Help us make the 114th Harvest Fair a reality and have a good time in the process!

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Share the Plate

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in General News


This Sunday, March 22, we share the plate with UUMass Action. 

Founded in 2005, UU Mass Action has been mobilizing the 140 Unitarian Universalist congregations in our Commonwealth on issues of social justice.  Many congregations live their values through social justice work, but it is through organizing our efforts and working in coalition with our community partners that we amplify our voice and create significant change.

During this 2014-2016 issue cycle, our four core issues are: Ending Mass Incarceration, Immigrant Rights, Economic Justice and Environment/Climate Change.  To learn more about the history of the organization and current campaigns, go to: We are a 501(c)3 organization and we rely on financial support from individual donations, support from congregations and grants.

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