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Thanksgiving (copy)

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Join us for our Thanksgiving worship service Sunday, Nov. 19 at 10:00am.

Thanksgiving is a historically joyous occasion to celebrate that has become a challenging holiday based on our history in New England. White Europeans are like those loud and annoying distant cousins who showed up for dinner and then refused to behave or go home. How do we atone for our ancestors entitled bad behavior? Yet, giving thanks is an important practice and a way to acknowledge where we come from and the work that we have left to do. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be sharing her thoughts about the reality of giving thanks in a nation, built on the backs of immigrants, indentured servants and slaves, that now fears immigration. We will break bread together at social hour with a wonderfully diverse basket of breads.

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Faithful Fool (newsletter version)

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

How can we cultivate trust and faith in a way that is genuine to who we are? Is it foolish to be faithful and what does it look like to embrace a sense of uncertainty and still engage in a practice of faith? There are so many questions for us to engage in with regard to trust, faith and our call to be agents of change that the conversation is vast. Join us on Sunday to imagine how being faithful might work for us as Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will dig deep and wonder if it is foolish to be faithful in a society that is so challenged by a lack of trust.

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Rabbi Robert Orkand “It All Started with Abraham: The Hospitality Imperative” (newsletter version)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Rabbi Robert Orkand will be our guest preacher, and his sermon is titled “It All Started with Abraham: The Hospitality Imperative.” Rabbi Orkand writes “We are living at a time when fear of the “other” or stranger has come to influence human behavior–at all levels of society.  Perhaps, then, it is time for us to step back to see what Father Abraham can teach us about hospitality and graciousness.” The First Parish choir led by Ms. Debra Morris-Bennett will offer pieces of music fitting the theme of hospitality. All are very welcome.

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A Place At The Table (newsletter version)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

 

Inspired by the theme of hospitality we gather with hope in our hearts and a desire to set our table for all. What does unity look like, is it possible and how can we recognize our biases and expand around them. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will unpack just how different we all are from one another and yet how incredibly similar we are at the same time. Bring your biases!

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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 (for Connector)

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

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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