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Spirituality Book Group Saturday Oct 20, 10am

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

Here is a reminder–this Saturday at 10am the Spirituality Book Group is meeting to discuss “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit” by Daniel Quinn.

If you are running behind and haven’t picked up a copy of the book, you can read the PDF here:

We hope to see you Saturday, in the Brackett room at 10am.

– Tom Yelton and Leslie Lowe


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Religious Education October 14th

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration: This week marks our first popcorn theology class! The new month brings about a new theme: Formation. While the kids learn about our UU principles and what they mean, they’ll be discussing the formation and discovery of self with a video and as always popcorn. Don’t forget this weekend is the Harvest Fair we hope to see everyone there!
Spirit Play: This week our Spirit Play children will be joined once again by Sonia for a fantastic story and activity she has chosen specifically for them! As always if you are interested in participating with any RE class please reach out we would love to have you.
We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE!
Spirit Play:
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Religious Education in October

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

Happy Fall, Families & Children of Religious Exploration here at First Parish of Sudbury! With the beginning of October comes new themes and lessons for our spookiest month. Carrying our Harry Potter and UU theme forward we will be holding a UU Principles potions class where our explorers will gain a better understanding of the formation of Unitarian Universalist beliefs and how we choose every day to present ourselves to the world and interact with those around us.

We will spend the coming weeks delving into our sense of self, our ideas about what purpose is, and how we can best realize our individual potential. Our lesson stems from the fact that each and every one of us brings something unique to what we create together starting with a brand new Free to be Me wall! As Catherine Bateson says, the undiscovered self is an unexpected and powerful resource and we plan to make the most of it this month!
Also, make sure you keep an eye out for Harvest Fair announcements and sign up to volunteer if you are able and haven’t done so already; it’s going to be an amazing day.
We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE!
Spirit Play:
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10/21 Bohm Dialogue — Political Correctness

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Our October dialogue will be about “Political Correctness”. From Wikipedia:

The term political correctness (adjectivally: politically correct; commonly abbreviated to PC or P.C.) is used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society. Since the late 1980s, the term has come to refer to avoiding language or behavior that can be seen as excluding, marginalizing, or insulting groups of people considered disadvantaged or discriminated against, especially groups defined by sex or race. In public discourse and the media, it is generally used as a pejorative, implying that these policies are excessive …The contemporary pejorative usage of the term emerged from conservative criticism of the New Left in the late 20th century. … Commentators on the political left contend that conservatives use the concept of political correctness to downplay and divert attention from substantively discriminatory behavior against disadvantaged groups.] They also argue that the political right enforces its own forms of political correctness to suppress criticism of its favored constituencies and ideologies. The term has played a major role in the United States culture war between liberals and conservatives.

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 21 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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TEACHER seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

The first time I read the ad, I choked and cursed and spat and threw the paper to the floor. Since even this didn’t seem to be quite enough, I snatched it up, marched into the kitchen, and shoved it into the trash. While I was there, I made myself a little breakfast and gave myself some time to cool down. I ate and thought about something else entirely. That’s right.

Then I dug the paper out of the trash and turned back to the Personals section, just to see if the damn thing was still there and just the way I remembered it. It was.

TEACHER seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.

So begins the novel “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit” by Daniel Quinn, chosen by the FPS Spirituality and Personal Development Book Club for our October meeting. Please join us October 20th at 10 am in the Brackett Room for a respectful, thoughtful and spiritual (maybe even enlightening?) group exploration of mind and spirit.

This year we plan to meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Books we have discussed at past meetings:

  • Byron Katie: Loving What Is: Four Questions that Can Change Your Life
  • Anita Moorjani: Dying to Be Me, What if this is Heaven?
  • Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul
  • Dali Lama & Desmond Tutu: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
  • Gary Zukav: The Seat of the Soul
  • Viktor E. Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Kate Braestrup: Here if You Need Me: A True Story

Suggestions for future books include:

  • Jim Rohn: The Art of Exceptional Living
  • Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention, I Can See Clearly Now, Your Erroneous Zones, Being in Balance
  • Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now, A New Earth
  • Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich
  • Christine Northrup: Making Life Easy
  • Brene Brown: Daring Greatly
  • Jen Sincero: You Are a Badass
  • Mel Robbins: The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • Gabrielle Bernstein: The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear into Faith
  • Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos: You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters
  • Deepak Chopra: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
  • Pema Chodron: The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, When Things Fall Apart
  • Rick Warren: The Purpose Driven Life
  • Deepak Chopra: Quantum Healing
  • Matt Kahn: Whatever Arises, Love That
  • Steve Taylor: The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening
  • Mark Nepo: The Book of Awakening
  • Anthony William: Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal
  • Louise Hay: You Can Heal Your Life
  • Dan Harris: 10% Happier
  • Brian Weiss: Many Lives, Many Masters
  • Benjamin Hoff: The Tao of Pooh
  • John O’Leary: On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: No Mud, No Lotus
  • Rick Hanson: Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
  • Elizabeth Lesser: The Seekers Guide
  • Marianne Williamson: A Return to Love
  • Lama Surya Das: Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss and Spiritual Transformation
  • Robert Wright: Why Buddhism Is True
  • Starhawk: Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  • Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman
  • The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Breakfast with the Buddha – Roland Merullo
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

We hope you will join us. Talk to Tom Y, Leslie L, Bridget H, or Pamela S, for more info.

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Religious Exploration September 30th

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration – As many of you know last week we kicked off our Harry Potter UU curriculum and the kids got sorted into their houses! This week we will be brushing up on our UU principles with a very special potions class. For those ‘students’ who have never studied the UU principles not to worry this is an entry-level potions course. Each student is required to complete a full set of UU principle potions and the Professors will be there to help them craft and label their colorful creations.

Spirit Play – Once again this week our spirit play class will be joined by Sonia! She’s got a fantastic story picked out as well as some activities after. We are in need of an assistant so if you are available please click the link below and sign up!


Nursery: This week the youngest among us will be joined in the Nursery by FPS volunteers. We need volunteers for next week; if you are available please click the link below:




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