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Cultivating Courage…

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

In closing last week’s sermon Rev. Dr. Marjorie shared, “My friends we have two ways of looking at our current predicament… either it is too late and we are beyond redemption or we need to get radical about what we expect and what we are willing to do in order to personally evolve, and make significant shifts in our country and our world. We have so much to learn and so much to share and so much to reform and it begins in each one of our hearts and minds with one very personal decision–how radically committed are we willing to be to life, love and the pursuit of ethically oriented happiness for all?”

This week we will move into the how and what we can do on a personal level to be agents of change in a world that is out of balance. Join us on this journey to find our footing and our conviction to cultivate courage.

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10/15 Bohm Dialogue — How do people find meaning?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

In September we asked what takes the place of God in a secular society. But we never exactly got to what Paul wanted to dialogue on which was “How do we as individuals find or make meaning for ourselves in this modern world”. To answer that we of course have to figure out what we mean by meaning – so what is the meaning of meaning?

Wikipedia: The meaning of life, or the answer to the question “What is the meaning of life?”, pertains to the significance of living or existence in general. Many other related questions include “Why are we here?”, “What is life all about?”, or “What is the purpose of existence?”

Joseph Campbell said: “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

Shall we “waste” some time together? 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 October 15th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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“Creativity and Play” Women’s Alliance Nov 4 retreat

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in General News

Now is the time to sign up for the annual Women’s Alliance One-Day Retreat, held as usual in the beautiful community building of the Harvard, MA Unitarian-Universalist Church, on the first Saturday in November, Nov. 4.

Our facilitator will be Trisha Knudsen, a published poet and experienced workshop and retreat leader. Trisha describes herself as “a poet, amateur artist, craft maker and singer” who can teach us how to create “a poem or a little book or a piece of art” in just a few minutes.” (Peg Espinola has been to one of her workshops and can attest to that.) Trisha believes that women often spend so much time taking care of others that they forget how to play, and lose touch with their creative selves. She would like the opportunity to show us how to “learn to see the world with fresh eyes and a creative heart.” You may read more about Trisha at www.retreatquest.com.

This year we will start with coffee or tea, provided by the Alliance, and snacks to which all will contribute, at 9:30 a.m. The program will run from 10 to 12 with a break for lunch at 12, and resume from 1 to 3.

Cost of the program is $25, which includes materials. We will each bring our own lunch or you may purchase a salad or sandwich at the deli across the street. Bring cash or a check (Payable to: Women’s Alliance of 1st Parish Sudbury) to the retreat—you need not pay in advance, but we need to know if you are coming, preferably before October 25th , for planning purposes.

Emarie Pope has volunteered to be the registrar for this event.

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Cultivating Courage (for News U Can Use)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

In closing last week’s sermon Rev. Dr. Marjorie shared, “My friends we have two ways of looking at our current predicament… either it is too late and we are beyond redemption or we need to get radical about what we expect and what we are willing to do in order to personally evolve, and make significant shifts in our country and our world. We have so much to learn and so much to share and so much to reform and it begins in each one of our hearts and minds with one very personal decision–how radically committed are we willing to be to life, love and the pursuit of ethically oriented happiness for all?”

This week, Oct 15 in our worship service at 10:00am, we will move into the how and what we can do on a personal level to be agents of change in a world that is out of balance. Join us on this journey to find our footing and our conviction to cultivate courage.

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Radical…

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

Let’s get radical. As we plod towards yet another “Columbus Day”, a day that celebrates the honor of a historically brutal man, we have to ask ourselves, when is enough violence enough? This month at First Parish we will be reflecting on hospitality defined as a cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests. What is our responsibility, our commitment to be stewards of radical hospitality in a world that condones and at times honors brutality? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she wrestles with the reality of hospitality and violence in life.

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from our new interim Director of Religious Exploration

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration

News from Religious Exploration:

Hello from RE at First Parish! As many of you know, RE is in a stage of transition, and we are all working together behind the scenes to create a truly engaging and connective ministry for our RE groups! This year, as the interim DRE, I will be working closely with our amazing Religious Exploration Committee to build a curriculum that incorporates the very best of what each of us here at First Parish has to offer. We will be planning RE’s monthly and yearly themes to match those of FPS, to help nurture our inter-generational connections through learning together. After talking to our Explorers to find out what activities they’d like to take part in this year, RE has decided to utilize readings, activities, and social outreach plans from many different platforms. We can’t wait to start Popcorn Theology, led by Sally Sweitzer once or twice each month, which will give relevant context to our monthly themes through popular movie clips and open discussion (did we mention there will be popcorn?) We’ll also delve into Imagine UU, taking a page from Harry Potter’s Social Justice in Action this January, where we’ll spend the month “Fighting the horcrux of poverty,” with a series of outreach projects designed to connect our Explorers to their communities. It promises to be a dynamic year for this 4th to 7th grade group!

In other news, our littlest UUs in the Nursery will soon be starting their own curriculum! Fostering a sense of community and friendship starts early, and no one knows that better than our 0-3-year-old group. These are our big personalities in small packages, and soon they’ll be taking part in their own mini-chalice lighting, stories, and crafts, about fifteen minutes out of the hour. The rest of their time is still reserved for that all-important free play!

Please Note: We still need Nursery volunteers, if you are interested in signing up please follow the link below –

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054aa5ab28a4f49-nursery1

Youth group will meet this month on October 15th, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Commons to discuss the upcoming year and the many projects and opportunities available to them. They’ve expressed a great desire for community service projects and travel; it will be wonderful to watch their year unfold.

I’d like to take this time to say a huge thank to the members of the REC, Mark Trone, Diahanne Lucas, Sally Sweitzer, and Susan Rosenblum. Their hard work and dedication to RE at First Parish is inspiring to say the least, and their support during this time has been absolutely invaluable. You guys are the best!

Last but certainly not least, I’m thrilled to announce that Bailey will be taking on the role of Volunteer Assistant DRE, in charge of our Spirit Play group! Congratulations Bailey and thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to the children here at First Parish.

Warmest Wishes, and here’s to an exciting new RE adventure!

Michele Barkhauer, Interim Director

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