What would it take to livesustainably on planet Earth and are humans capable of it? Humans obviously have to reduce pollution and consumption of resources to sustainable levels and give Earth’s ecosystems, oceans and atmosphere space and time to recover. But that’s not enough – any improvements can be quickly overtaken by population growth.
The road forward should be rational and obvious. The knowledge and technology exists. Why don’t we just do it? What’s stopping us? Lack of agreement on the problem and the solution is a big stopper.
Is there a flaw in human nature? Or is the flaw in a civilization structured to be dependent on continual expansion? In 1943 Abraham Maslow proposed a useful map of human instinct called The Hierarchy of Needs. Psychologists quibble over the details but there is general agreement that it is basically valid. The basic idea is that lower survival and security needs must be met before the higher needs like Love, Esteem and Self Actualization become active, the very needs we need in order to care about each other and this planet. Hmm … we know that our hunter-gather ancestors were egalitarian and sharing – is there something about civilized life that tends to keep us down and so from agreeing on the ‘obvious and rational course’?
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 April 23rd at 7pm in the Brackett Room.
Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.
They say that everyone has at least one sermon in them. How about you? There are folks here to help you!
If you are new to summer services at FPS, you will find them to be a little more informal, on a wide range of topics, but yes indeed, they are worship services. We have breakfast nibbles, a speaker, music and conversation afterward.
Please sign up to speak, to bring nibbles one day, or to provide music if you are one of our talented types.
The signup board is in the FPS lobby or Parish Hall.
Join in the good, enriching fun that is Summer Services at FPS (from June 18-August 27).
Contact the Worship Associates for more information: Michael Tyo, Tom Yelton, Alorie Parkhill, Lulu Cash.
All interested person are welcome to attend the FPS Council meeting. Lunch will be served. We’ll be sharing plans for the coming year, scheduling, and budgeting. Group leaders and committee chairs are asked to come prepared to report on highlights of the year, and plans for the next year.
This is an informative meeting, and all are welcome.
Thanks to you all, Della Hughes, trustee
Sally Sweitzer, professional storyteller and entertainer, offers what she describes as the “nuts and bolts” of storytelling this Sunday at 12:00 in the Brackett Room. It will also whet your appetite for more workshops Sally plans to offer in the fall at FPS.
Sally writes that “Storytelling is an ancient art form, one of the earliest ways that the histories of families and cultures came down through time. Whether you just want to learn the tricks that make a story compelling and the strategies to tell a story so your audience will be captivated, or if you want to delve more deeply into how stories become the archetypes which define our values and cultural beliefs – this is the class for you!”
We are First Parish of Sudbury, a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers; we strive to learn together and support one another as we celebrate life's important moments and serve the larger community.