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Endings & Beginnings

Posted by on May 6, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

 

 

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Youth Sunday is a time of celebration as we take a moment to ruminate upon the theme of endings and the new beginnings they inevitably bring. Join us this Sunday for a worship service led by Lucy Manlick and Bailey Prince as they speak about their time within the community of First Parish, and reflect on how far they have come on their own individual journeys as they get ready to move onto the next phase of their lives.

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5/20 Bohm Dialogue — Soul

Posted by on May 5, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Anima Mundi. The Breath, the Life, the Spirit, the Soul of the World.

“…This world is indeed a living being, endowed with soul and intelligence…” – Plato, Timeus.

‘Soul’ can mean many things:
1.
the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
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the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come:  arguing the immortality of the soul. …

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Insights: Beloved Community

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in General News, Minister's Column

by Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty
Beloved Community, our theme for May, is what I believe that Rumi, the Sufi poet, had in mind when he called all of humankind into relationship with, “Come, come, whoever you are.” The ideal for beloved community that we are all welcome has been sought for millennia, certainly within the earliest Christian communities, way before the use of the “beloved community” phrase was coined at the beginning of the 20th Century by the philosopher-theologian, Josiah Royce.

I yearn for the beloved community of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I have been struggling with the saber rattling that has occurred on the political stage over this last year. The threat of “pushing the button” and whose button is bigger than another’s … I would just disregard it as pure idiocy but these dangerous boys with these toys literally have buttons to push and are unstable enough to use them. That is why this week I watched with hope in my heart as the leaders of North and South Korea stepped across a boundary that has existed for over 6 decades to discuss peace and unification. I wondered if it is possible that old disputes and suspicion of one another could resolve the conflicts that divides them? In the same right I wondered, skeptically, what the real endgame is for Korean politics and how it will affect global politics. I am skeptically hopeful.

My hope is that maybe this example of small steps made across literal boundaries is real and that it could inspire us all, to face the ancient disputes that exist in this world, helping us to move towards a kinder and gentler way of being? Then I think of all of the resources that so many folks around this world are desperate to get their greedy hands on, like oil, or the missile defense systems that North Korea would love to disassemble and I pause… I am not naive… I just want to choose to be a hopeful Unitarian Universalist – with a healthy dose of skepticism and maybe some distrust thrown in for good measure.

Friends, I call us to be founding members of the beloved community because it is not just a nice notion, it is an imperative. If we are not all in, and only we can know this in our heart, I invite us to each get all in; because if we are not part of the solution we are part of the problem. As a religious/spiritual community at the dawning of the twenty-first century we face, in many ways, a reality that is devoid of ethical underpinnings. It has become commonplace in our society to lie, to cheat, to steal, to oppress and take advantage of one another. Let me say that none of this is ok nor should it be tolerated. We have free will in this human condition, we may not face hell, but there is evil and there certainly is sin in this world and believe me when I say that there needs to be repercussions at all levels for wrong doing.

What I now realize is that the cure for what ails our world will not be found in politics, it will not be sorted out and patented by for profit corporations in a system based on greed. The cure will come from communities just like ours who band together with ethical intentions to watchdog and heal the world’s ills. My friends, we truly need one another, to be part of this beloved community, and we truly need one another to understand, to commiserate and to carry on because we are and need to be all in this together.

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Office Closed Monday May 7

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in General News

The office will be closed on Monday, May 7. The phones will be checked once that morning.

Fran will return on Tuesday at 9am. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday June 3 11:30am

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in General News

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on June 3 after a brief social hour. The meeting will be led by our elected Moderator, Sherri Cline.

All members and friends are welcome to participate in the meeting. Official members of First Parish of Sudbury are urged to participate and vote on congregational articles and the budget.

 

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Your warrant, budget, and 2018 annual report will appear in your email later this month. Please read the reports written by your congregational leaders and staff, and study the proposed budget to prepare yourself for the meeting.
  2. Paper copies of the annual report will be available in the FPS office the week before the meeting if you need a copy.
  3. Copies of the budget and warrant will be available in the annual meeting.

If you have any questions, contact Fran Sharp in the office: 978/443-2043 x 3 or

 

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Thoreau Way Ensemble–concert to raise funds for “Protect Sudbury”

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in General News

https://i1.wp.com/www.thoreauwayensemble.org/uploads/1/2/5/7/12577378/background-images/1106326372.jpg?resize=123%2C92&ssl=1On Friday, May 11 at 7:30pm, you are in for a musical treat! The Thoreau Way Ensemble featuring professional Sudbury musicians will return to First Parish for a concert including works of Haydn, Dohnanyi and Brahms. The Thoreau Way Ensemble exists to encourage positive community engagement through acts of beauty and culture. Their goal is to raise money for worthy target organizations dedicated to progressive causes including Racial Justice, Women’s Reproductive Rights, Immigrant/Refugee Rights, Climate Change, Environmental Protection, Renewable Energy, Health Care for All, and a Free and Independent Media.  They have raised tens of thousands of dollars benefiting  the American Civil Liberties Union and Relief organizations in Puerto Rico.

Admission is free, but all are encouraged to give generously to the organization Protect Sudbury, whose mission is to preserve and protect the environment, landscape, health, safety, historic character and property values of the town. Protect Sudbury’s current primary objective is to prevent all power lines along the MBTA ROW and to prevent above-ground power lines anywhere in Sudbury.

Refreshments will be served at a reception after the concert.

Thoreau Way Ensemble Concert flyer

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