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Religious Education March 26th

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons

Spirit Play heard the story of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark last Sunday. It is a story that ends with a Covenant. As the rains ended God spoke a blessing, and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky. “This rainbow,” God said, “is a sign that never again will the world be destroyed by flood; and in times to come when I cloud the sky with rain, afterward you will see a rainbow, and you will remember my promise, a promise made to you and to every living creature in the world.”

UU Explorers will continue to explore tools and objects as metaphors for “tools” of our faith. This Sunday we’ll use a mirror as a symbol to teach about reflection as a tool we find in our Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about using reflection when we have difficult questions and need to think about the answers. And, we’ll talk about when, where, and how we take the time to listen inside ourselves for a still, small voice.

The children will learn that we often think of our own “still, small voice” as our conscience and that some people think of it as the voice of God. The group will hear the story, adapted from Hebrew scripture (I Kings 19:11-12), of the prophet Elijah and his experience hearing a “still, small voice.”

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness – Register/donate now for April 8th!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

Join our team or donate here. We have a dozen or so walkers already registered from our church and have raised over $1500. Let’s aim for 20 walkers and $2000!

Please join the First Parish of Sudbury team for the 8th annual “Walk to End Homelessness” on April 8, 2017, which supports the efforts of Family Promise Metrowest. Registration – 8:00 am – Walk begins at 9:00 am. Natick Community Senior Center (117 East Central Street, Natick). This is a family friendly and dog friendly event and short walk, suitable for any ages, and there will also be music, children’s crafts, face painting and much more!  Join the team and/or help us raise our goal of $2000! Please talk to our team leaders: Lucy Manlick (youth leader and team captain) or her mom, Valerie Tratnyek with any questions. We’ll discuss carpooling and meet up options closer to the event.

Family Promise is a community response to end family homelessness. Host congregations furnish temporary shelter in their churches, synagogues, and mosques on a rotating basis, volunteers provide meals, and paid staff work with the families until the parents have secured jobs and enough savings to move into a home of their own. More information here.

Our Youth Group has cooked meals, met with the families and helped with homework and just plain played with the kids at the rotating resident churches for the past 5 years.  This past Holiday season the Youth group held a bake sale which raised $592 for the families.  This will be our third year of walking. Last year we had about 9 walkers plus  a couple of dogs and raised $1105.

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Religious Education March 19th

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Picture of a Compass

Public Domain, Wikimedia

Spirit Play will learn a Yoruba creation myth. In the story, Obatala, a heavenly being, isn’t content in his heavenly abode, and so he creates a chain of gold on which to descend down to earth and create the world.

UU Explorers will look at the value of integrity and use a compass to symbolize integrity. We define as our inner moral compass a quality of Unitarian Universalist faith. We will discuss how we listen to our inner voices and what it feels like when our moral compass swings toward truth. We will emphasize that to discern what is right is often not easy.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.


What’s very important to me is when Dumbledore says that you have to choose between what is right and what is easy. This is the setup for the next three books. All of them are going to have to choose, because what is easy is often not right. — J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, in Conversations with J.K. Rowling by Lindsay Fraser

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Religious Education March 12th

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

A Turtle and HippoSpirit Play heard the true story last week of Owen, a 650 lb hippo from Kenya, and Mzee, a giant male tortoise, 130-years-old, named Mzee, which in the Swahili language means “old man”.  Owen decided that Mzee should be his adopted mother. Now they swim, eat and sleep together all the time. It is a beautiful story about how much we need one another, no matter whether we are different species!
UU Explorers are continuing with their “Toolbox of Faith”. This week using a magnifying glass to talk about the need to continue to question everything, and how science helps us to do that. We’ll learn about Unitarian Maria Mitchell, who discovered a comet and later went on to teach Astronomy at Vassar.
Breakfast Club will meet in the library.
Nursery Care will be provided.
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Religious Education March 5th

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Toolbox icon.jpg:, CC BY 2.1 jp, WikiCommons

Last Sunday Spirit Play  heard the story of the Great Kapok tree — a story of speaking truth to power and standing on the side of love as the animals of the rain forest stand up for the Great Kapok tree and prevent it from being chopped down. This Sunday they will look through another lens at our very important 7th principle: the interconnection of all life and the importance of valuing our Earth.

UU Explorers will move this Sunday into a new series of lessons called the Toolbox of Faith, which  invites participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each of the sessions uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight).

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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About Salon/Bohm Dialogue

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

(The 3/19/17 topic chosen by attendees was Global Warming.)

The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays at 7pm in the Brackett room to discuss various topics.  The current incarnation of our salon was begun in 2011 by interim minister Gary Kowalski and was based on the group reading books on a topic, usually religious. After Gary left we continued but it was difficult to agree on a book and even more difficult to get participants to read enough of a book to be able to participate in meaningful discussion, so attendance at the salon dwindled. In 2014 Paul and Tom visited the UU congregation in Swampscott to experience a different way of having discussions which avoids these problems and provides other benefits. Since then we have followed this practice which is called Bohm Dialogue.

What is Bohm Dialogue

David Bohm

Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture? – David Bohm

From Wikipedia:

Bohm Dialogue … is a freely-flowing group conversation in which participants attempt to reach a common understanding, experiencing everyone’s point of view fully, equally and nonjudgementally. This can lead to new and deeper understanding. The purpose is to solve the communication crises that face society, and indeed the whole of human nature and consciousness. It utilizes a theoretical understanding of the way thoughts relate to universal reality. It is named after physicist David Bohm who originally proposed this form of dialogue.


Bohm Dialogue Principles:

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