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Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness – Register/donate now for April 8th!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

Join our team or donate here. We have a dozen or so walkers already registered from our church and have raised over $1500. Let’s aim for 20 walkers and $2000!

Please join the First Parish of Sudbury team for the 8th annual “Walk to End Homelessness” on April 8, 2017, which supports the efforts of Family Promise Metrowest. Registration – 8:00 am – Walk begins at 9:00 am. Natick Community Senior Center (117 East Central Street, Natick). This is a family friendly and dog friendly event and short walk, suitable for any ages, and there will also be music, children’s crafts, face painting and much more!  Join the team and/or help us raise our goal of $2000! Please talk to our team leaders: Lucy Manlick (youth leader and team captain) or her mom, Valerie Tratnyek with any questions. We’ll discuss carpooling and meet up options closer to the event.

Family Promise is a community response to end family homelessness. Host congregations furnish temporary shelter in their churches, synagogues, and mosques on a rotating basis, volunteers provide meals, and paid staff work with the families until the parents have secured jobs and enough savings to move into a home of their own. More information here.

Our Youth Group has cooked meals, met with the families and helped with homework and just plain played with the kids at the rotating resident churches for the past 5 years.  This past Holiday season the Youth group held a bake sale which raised $592 for the families.  This will be our third year of walking. Last year we had about 9 walkers plus  a couple of dogs and raised $1105.

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Religious Education March 19th

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Picture of a Compass

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Spirit Play will learn a Yoruba creation myth. In the story, Obatala, a heavenly being, isn’t content in his heavenly abode, and so he creates a chain of gold on which to descend down to earth and create the world.

UU Explorers will look at the value of integrity and use a compass to symbolize integrity. We define as our inner moral compass a quality of Unitarian Universalist faith. We will discuss how we listen to our inner voices and what it feels like when our moral compass swings toward truth. We will emphasize that to discern what is right is often not easy.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

 

What’s very important to me is when Dumbledore says that you have to choose between what is right and what is easy. This is the setup for the next three books. All of them are going to have to choose, because what is easy is often not right. — J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, in Conversations with J.K. Rowling by Lindsay Fraser

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Religious Education March 12th

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

A Turtle and HippoSpirit Play heard the true story last week of Owen, a 650 lb hippo from Kenya, and Mzee, a giant male tortoise, 130-years-old, named Mzee, which in the Swahili language means “old man”.  Owen decided that Mzee should be his adopted mother. Now they swim, eat and sleep together all the time. It is a beautiful story about how much we need one another, no matter whether we are different species!
UU Explorers are continuing with their “Toolbox of Faith”. This week using a magnifying glass to talk about the need to continue to question everything, and how science helps us to do that. We’ll learn about Unitarian Maria Mitchell, who discovered a comet and later went on to teach Astronomy at Vassar.
Breakfast Club will meet in the library.
Nursery Care will be provided.
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Religious Education March 5th

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Last Sunday Spirit Play  heard the story of the Great Kapok tree — a story of speaking truth to power and standing on the side of love as the animals of the rain forest stand up for the Great Kapok tree and prevent it from being chopped down. This Sunday they will look through another lens at our very important 7th principle: the interconnection of all life and the importance of valuing our Earth.

UU Explorers will move this Sunday into a new series of lessons called the Toolbox of Faith, which  invites participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight).

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Religious Education February 26th

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Last Sunday all RE classes gathered together for a special look at homelessness as we thought about our call to help one another. We learned about what the experience is like to be homeless and the many challenges with lack of money and a house, a shower, clean socks, and access to a bathroom. We used cardboard to build temporary shelters and used those to advertise the Walk to End Homelessness through Family Promise on April 8th. Will you join us in this family friendly event? This Sunday Spirit Play will return to their study of creation myths from around the world.

UU Explorers will examine the promises the Blake covenant offers us as a whole — that we “dwell together in peace, seek the truth in love and help one another”— in the context of their own ties with family members, friends, and people in their congregation and wider communities. Participants will acknowledge their role in our faith heritage: We are active creators of our faith, inheritors of a tradition even as we shape a new heritage to pass along to others.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

Each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint … discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. — Oprah Winfrey

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Religious Education February 19th

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

This Sunday we will gather the Spirit Play and UU Explorers classes together for a special look at homelessness as we think about our call to help one another. We’ll learn about what the experience is like from someone who works with the homeless, and hear about a girl who participates with Unitarian Universalists from across the Central Midwest District in No More Turning Away, a program to raise awareness about homelessness and assist homeless people in their local communities. We’ll brainstorm about things we can do to help and discuss participating in the Walk to End Homelessness through Family Promise on April 8th . Will you join us in this family friendly event?

We’ll also do several experiential, cooperative activities that explore what it means to help one another, and embody the “tied together” theme as we navigate a course while all tied to one another.

Breakfast Club will still be available in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. — George Bernard Shaw

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