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Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

Thanksgiving is a historically joyous occasion to celebrate that has become a challenging holiday based on our history in New England. White Europeans are like those loud and annoying distant cousins who showed up for dinner and then refused to behave or go home. How do we atone for our ancestors entitled bad behavior? Yet, giving thanks is an important practice and a way to acknowledge where we come from and the work that we have left to do. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be sharing her thoughts about the reality of giving thanks in a nation, built on the backs of immigrants, indentured servants and slaves, that now fears immigration.

This Sunday bring a loaf of bread that we will break together during our time in fellowship.

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11/19 Bohm Dialogue — Changing Minds

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Think of the last time you tried to change someone’s mind. You probably failed. Same with someone changing your mind or even you changing your own mind – probably pretty rare. For something so basic and commonly attempted why is it so hard to accomplish? How do people get so set in certain ways of thinking and certain beliefs? What can loosen that logjam?

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those of us brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

When the facts change I change my mind. What do you do, sir? – John Maynard Keynes

Let’s see if we can change our minds about something. 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 November 19th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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Let’s All Join In to Clean Up the Church Grounds

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in General News

The Landscape Committee has scheduled the annual fall cleanup of the First Parish grounds for this Sunday, Nov. 19, from noon until 3:00pm, beginning with pizza.

There’s lots to do and we’re asking all able-bodied parishioners, family members and significant others to come and pitch in. We know that everyone has their own yard, leaves, gutters, shrubs and gardens to take care of before winter but this is a big job and it needs more hands than the committee can provide on our own. There’s work for people of all sizes and abilities.

See you at noon this Sunday. Thanks!

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Bereavement Workshop / Coping with Loss

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in General News

Saturday, Dec. 2  10am-noon at First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian Universalist.

Workshop to be led by Susan Cooper, LICSW, of CareGroup Parmenter.

Ms. Cooper writes: When life ends, the living are left to grieve. Though this is a highly personalized journey, there are common feelings and experiences held by us all. In the workshop we will discuss:

 

  • The Task of Mourning
  • The Mourner’s Bill of Rights
  • Holding our Grief
  • Secondary Losses
  • Stages of Healing/Techniques to Comfort Ourselves
  • Ways to Self Care
  • Reconnecting with our Loved Ones

All are welcome to this workshop sponsored by the First Parish of Sudbury Pastoral Associates.

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Thanksgiving (copy)

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Join us for our Thanksgiving worship service Sunday, Nov. 19 at 10:00am.

Thanksgiving is a historically joyous occasion to celebrate that has become a challenging holiday based on our history in New England. White Europeans are like those loud and annoying distant cousins who showed up for dinner and then refused to behave or go home. How do we atone for our ancestors entitled bad behavior? Yet, giving thanks is an important practice and a way to acknowledge where we come from and the work that we have left to do. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be sharing her thoughts about the reality of giving thanks in a nation, built on the backs of immigrants, indentured servants and slaves, that now fears immigration. We will break bread together at social hour with a wonderfully diverse basket of breads.

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Faithful Fool…

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

How can we cultivate trust and faith in a way that is genuine to who we are? Is it foolish to be faithful and what does it look like to embrace a sense of uncertainty and still engage in a practice of faith? There are so many questions for us to engage in with regard to trust, faith and our call to be agents of change that the conversation is vast. Join us on Sunday to imagine how being faithful might work for us as Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will dig deep and wonder if it is foolish to be faithful in a society that is so challenged by a lack of trust.

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