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9/16 Bohm Dialogue — How Do You Talk About Gender Equality? (for Facebook)

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

How do you talk with your spouse about gender equality when it starts out as such a potentially emotionally-charged topic, or more generally, with anyone about similarly charged topics?

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 September 16 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Men’s Group at FPS to meet Sat. Sept. 15 at 10am

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in General News

Please join us for the First Parish men’s group meeting next Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 from 10am-noon in the library for coffee and conversation in the library.  I hope you can make it If you know someone, particularly new members or visitors that are not on the e-mail list please, pass on their e-mail addresses to me. Thanks, Jim

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Spirituality Book Group, Sept. 22, 10:30am

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in General News

Spiritual Book Group Discussion on Saturday Sept. 22 10:30 am in the Brackett Room
Please join us for a discussion of Here if you need me: a True Story by Kate Braestrup.

Here is a description  of the book from Amazon.  “HERE IF YOU NEED ME is the story Kate Braestrup’s remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness – as she holds her family together in the wake of her husband’s death, pursues his dream of becoming a minister, and ultimately finds her calling as a chaplain to search-and-rescue workers. It is dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable–an uplifting account of finding God through helping others, and of the small miracles that happen every day when a heart is grateful and love is restored.”

Several members of the book group are eager to get together after the summer hiatus.  Feel free to join us even if you haven’t finished the book.  It will be a good discussion.  Come contribute your thoughts on the book and your suggestions for our next book.

The Spiritual Book Group meets every 2 months on a Saturday morning. Contact Leslie Lowe with comments and questions.

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Harvest Fair October 13: Silent Auction Items

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in General News

Do you have a relationship with a favorite farm stand or local grower?  We are looking for contacts for farms and related businesses to ask for donations for our “FALL THEMED” silent auction.  Please think about how you can contribute:  Items can include a broad interpretation of the harvest theme, and can include:  baskets of produce, fall plants or bulbs, fall themed artwork, gifts and jewelry,etc. This is not the same as the service auction, so please think more along the lines of Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving foods and gifts. Please contact Valerie Tratnyek.
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Harvest Fair at First Parish Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10-3:00

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in General News

Please chat with Valerie Tratnyek this Sunday at Social Hour about how YOU can help with the Harvest Fair. Plans are shaping up for a fun day, but she needs YOUR help.

And, watch for an eblast coming later this week from Val!

The Harvest Fair tradition returns…

In 1901, First Parish held its very first Harvest Fair.  We can imagine that the celebration included the fruits of laboring local farmers and farmhouse kitchens.  Our region still benefits from the many small farms and independent businesses that contribute towards the New England Harvest each year.

In 2018, we return to our roots with the old classics:  Homemade soup and baked goods, live music, children’s games and contests and live animals.  In addition, we will offer an autumn themed Silent Auction supported by donations from local farms and businesses.  For adults and children, participate in our first annual collaborative art project!

Join us for the 117th Harvest Fair, Saturday October 13, from 10am to 3pm.  Come for food and fun!!

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Small Group Ministry kickoff meeting on Sun. Sept. 16 at 11:45am

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in General News

Join us as we think bigger thoughts and go deeper into this journey of life or just have some good conversation and fun in a small group at First Parish of Sudbury. 


The kickoff meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16 at 11:45 in the Brackett Room. Here is a brochure and sign up sheet.

SGM 2018 brochure

SGM 2018 sign up sheet

Small Group Ministry is a vital part of many UU congregations. Groups of up to 12 people meet regularly, usually monthly,
to reflect on and discuss significant life topics. At FPS a decade ago we began one type of SGMs-Chalice Circles. We have heard from you, our congregants, that you would welcome the chance to get to know one another better – deeper. We want to reinvigorate these opportunities for you.

The Unitarian Universalist Assoc. website states “Small groups are great places to get to know other people and to get to know yourself. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, with the congregation and with what is sacred for them.

Whether the topic is “good and evil,” “mindful living” or “letting go,” the conversation is respectful and caring and leads to greater understanding. In each session, facilitated by a member of the congregation, all participants have opportunity to share their perspectives, tell their stories, and listen deeply. The time together is structured: Groups begin and end with centering readings and often include a time of silence before the sharing begins. Many small groups also put their faith into action through service projects.”

At FPS, we have materials for small groups based on our theme of the month (in September, the theme is Unity and Diversity). Small groups can use these materials—readings, topics, etc–or choose other resources. Small groups are self-managed and the only commitment is regular attendance in the spirit of openness and respect.

The suggested format for SGM get-togethers might be:
1) check ins (brief—“what’s on top” for you today? What did you leave behind to come here?)
2) introduction of the topic and a reading
3) taking turns speaking to the topic in a heartfelt way (more suggested guidelines later). Each person gets a turn,
with no “cross-talk” or direct replies to a speaker
4) move into a time of open discussion

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