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The Bucket List…

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in General News, Worship Services

A toppled over vintage bucket with letter trinkets spilling out spelling the word bucket list on an isolated background

Did Buddha have a bucket list? Is there a time limit for creating such a wish list and can one be too young to consider it or too old to bother? What is a bucket list and how does one engage in the process of imagining those experiences that we want to have before we are no longer able? Is or should a bucket list be ever evolving? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will contemplate these questions as well as the importance of mindfully maintaining a bucket list and what the ultimate goal of having such a mindset might be.

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Communications/Newsletters input welcome

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in General News

3d news word and a mouse with cable is connected to it

Fran Sharp, administrator and editor of the Connector, is seeking feedback and discussion about what our communications package should be. What would best serve most of our members and friends? How often and what would the content include or not?

Fran is putting together a group of interested folks to meet ONCE for discussion. Please let her know at or 978/443-2043×3 if you would like to be part of this group.

Or, feel free at any time to send your thoughts to Fran (in the office, not in social hour, please).

Thanks.

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History Buffs?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in General News

Archive Boxes Showing Organisation And Data Records

Are you interested in the history of First Parish? We have several boxes of papers and photographs that are taking up too much space in the office areas. If would be good to have a team of people with varying perspectives to triage the material. If you are interested please contact Jan Hardenbergh at .

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The Spiritual Path – Intro to Tai Chi Tuesday at 6pm

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in General News, Religious Exploration

taichiplazaThis week Tom Yelton will lead an introduction to Tai Chi.  Most people think of  Tai Chi as a slow, gentle exercise that people do for health.  It is or can be also a form of moving meditation, a way of chi development related to Qigong, an effective martial art based on softness and nonviolence, and a philosophy based on Taoism.  Please join us this Tuesday 2/9 at 6pm if you would like to learn more, try it out, or share your personal experience with Tai Chi.


 

Formerly called Minister’s Meditation, this cozy group of seekers is expanding its focus to include introductions to tai chi, Buddhist meditative practices, qigong, and more.  The Spiritual Path normally meets Tuesdays from 6:30-7:00pm.

Do you have a spiritual practice you would like to share with this group? Speak with Rev. Marjorie about the group and plans for future sessions. It can go in any direction the group wishes. Come try it out!

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Religious Education February 7

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

Hungarian Unitarian SymbolThis week in Spirit Play, they will be finishing their series on the Unitarian Universalist principles of our faith with the 6th principle: working for a world community with peace, justice, and liberty for all. They will hear the story of Francis David and King Sigismond. In sixteenth century Transylvania, Francis David (1510-1579) became the founder of the first Unitarian faith to be known literally as Unitarian. Francis David had originally trained as a Catholic priest before becoming a Lutheran and then a Calvinist, and then finally a Unitarian. In the year 1568, King John Sigismond called a Diet (debate) in the city of Turda to determine which of the established religions in the area would be declared the official religion of his realm. During that lengthy debate, Francis David held his ground against all the other established religions in the region and convinced King John Sigismund that to declare one religion as the state religion and to compel his people to follow that religion was wrong. King John proclaimed religious freedom throughout his realm, the first such declaration known in history. The Hungarian Unitarian Symbol is a serpent and a dove reminding us to be “wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove”.

While previous sessions have stressed listening and cooperation in Sing to the Power, this session explores the power of direct action. This week, they will explore fire as a symbol of direct action and learn to activate their fire power to express their feelings and beliefs and make a difference. They hear a true story of two boys who found a creative way to stand up to bullies at their school and promote and build strategies for standing up to bullies or those who act unjustly. The class will affirm that “the right of conscience” (fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle) demands that we act for justice and stand up for what we believe.

Breakfast Club will continue their discussion of air powers this week with a focus on silence. Through both practicing silence themselves and by listening intently to the sounds around them and sounds drawn from nature, they will explore the importance of silence for themselves.

Youth Group will meet to decorate Valentine cookies, and begin discussing our youth-led church service in April.

Nursery care will be provided, as always.

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Be Here…Saturday, Feb. 6 at 5:30pm: Seekers Gathering

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in General News

Mandala.Pagan symbol. Schematic representation of the sacred

Come join us for dinner and to talk about how you capture moments of wisdom in your life. Maybe it’s through yoga, meditation, or walking in the woods. What is it that speaks to the definition of who you are or who you want to be?

Rev. Marjorie will share readings, show short videos, and help expand on our worship theme of the month of February: Journeying.

We will begin with a potluck supper. Bring anything homemade or storebought…and if you don’t get time, just come anyway. There will be food for you.

Childcare will be provided. Bailey P will show kids a movie.

See you Saturday in the Commons at First Parish of Sudbury

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Simple Gifts Swap 2016

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in General News

DP simple giftAre we already planning for our early-December Simple Gifts Swap? Not quite, but…

Did you receive gifts for the holidays that weren’t exactly you? This is a great time to make a special location in your house for items you realize you don’t need anymore, even though they are in good condition. Start saving those treasures, please.

You’ll have two opportunities to donate these items–first, for the Women’s Alliance Rummage Sale taking place on Saturday, April 30.

And, then for the 2016 Simple Gifts Swap to take place probably on Saturday, December 10.

These gifts will make someone very happy, and keep all of these items recycling–much better for the environment!

Thank you.

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