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Spirituality and Personal Development Book Group, Oct. 28, 10:30am

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in General News

Our next get-together: Saturday, October 28 at 10:30am at FPS

For this meeting, we will be discussing “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Here is one description of the book: “His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships – or, as they would say, because of them – they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu travelled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create this book as a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: how do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our times and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy. This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final goodbye.”

Join us for this enjoyable and enriching discussion. Participants have been very enthusiastic, and we always welcome newcomers. If you have questions, contact Melissa Stein.


The next book, to be discussed on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:30am, is “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl.


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Rev. Marjorie offers a session of Reiki I on Saturday, Nov. 18

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

Reiki I is a completely safe and powerful hands-on technique to improve your health and those of your friends and family.   This healing system is guided by divine love and wisdom.  By simply signing up for this class, one begins on a path of spiritual change in their own life. You will discover deeper connections, have a more positive outlook, become more healthy and grow more intuitive.  You will be less inhibited and find it easier to do the things you really want to do and become more of the person you were meant to be.
As part of this class, you will receive your first Reiki placement.  By receiving a placement you will be able to give and receive Reiki and become part of a large group of people who are working to heal themselves and each other and working together to heal the earth.
This first session Rev. Marjorie will offer (there will be more coming later, as well as a Reiki II session in the spring) will take place in The Commons at FPS on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10am-3pm. There is no cost for the session, but you will need to buy the book that will be used. Ask Marjorie or Fran (in the office) for information. Please bring your own lunch that day.
You will need to sign up by November 14. If Marjorie has 3 people committed to attend by that date, the session will take place. Talk it up with your friends and let’s make it happen!
Marjorie has been a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher for 18 years recertifying during this summer to include both Usui and Holy Fire Reiki symbols and practices. After taking Reiki II in Glastonbury England in 1999 she had a major healing experience that changed her life and led to her call to Unitarian Universalist Ministry. “Reiki has changed my life in incredible ways and I encourage anyone who is on a path of self discovery to add this practice to their life.” Marjorie will be offering this class to members of First Parish for free, a value of $295, as a way to engage in self healing for the congregation. “It is important that this practice be accessible to my people–it is that important.” Please check out the Reiki website and the lineage as well as the descriptions of Reiki. There will be materials available before the class so please sign up and get prepared for this amazing journey. There are no special skills or abilities required to take this class just a willingness. open heart and mind.
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A Place At The Table (newsletter version)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies


Inspired by the theme of hospitality we gather with hope in our hearts and a desire to set our table for all. What does unity look like, is it possible and how can we recognize our biases and expand around them. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will unpack just how different we all are from one another and yet how incredibly similar we are at the same time. Bring your biases!

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Free Memory Screening at Sudbury Sr Center Nov. 9

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in General News

Do you have memory concerns? You are not alone.

The Sudbury Board of Health and the Sudbury Senior Center are offering free, confidential memory screening on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 10am-noon. Appointments should be made in advance.

See attached flyer.  Memory Screening Flyer



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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power free screening in Maynard

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in General News


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Al Gore’s new documentary

The Maynard Democratic Town Committee invites you to join us at Maynard Fine Arts Theater Place on Wednesday, October 25th for a free public event featuring Al Gore’s new film on global warming. The theme for the evening is “think globally, act locally: bringing it home.”

The event begins at 6:30 with a 30-minute panel conversation about simple things we can all do on a local and personal level to help undo or lessen global warming.  The panel will feature 2 perspectives:  Jill Appel, who helped lead Concord in becoming the first U.S. town to ban single-serve plastic bottles, will share some of the successful steps she and her family have taken to reduce their own energy and water use; and Rochelle Lerner, faculty advisor to Maynard High School’s Green Team, and a student member of that group will discuss their work.  The audience will have an opportunity for questions and will receive handouts with additional ideas for individual action.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will begin at 7:00 PM.  Al Gore’s 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth, highlighted the global climate crisis, and his new film illustrates how close we are coming to an energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his ongoing crusade to train a cadre of climate champions across the country and to influence international climate policy.

Please come join us on October 25th and “bring home” some ways we can each help to make a difference in our climate future.  All are welcome.  We hope that everyone leaves a little more informed and committed to some additional personal action!


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