Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) President and CEO Hon. Thomas Andrews invite you to sign the Declaration of Conscience, committing to put Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. “We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil. As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us. We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.” Join us in transforming faith into action! Read the full Declaration of Conscience and sign on today!
It has been the practice of the Committee on Ministry to administer a congregational survey every three years to help determine the “pulse” of our parishioners. This year we are trying something new. Over the next few months, the COM will be highlighting the ministry of several groups/committees at First Parish: the Community and Hospitality Committee (CHC), Religious Education (RE) and the Music Program. Each time we do this, our committee will attempt to further educate the community on exactly what these groups do, and to evaluate the overall feeling of the church toward that particular “brand of ministry”. The evaluations will take the form of small, one-page questionnaires, directed specifically at how each group enriches your First Parish experience.
As many of you know, one of the most visible functions of the CHC is running social hour, after services, but they perform many more vital functions, as well. In the next few weeks, the COM will be hosting a social hour/coffee hour to spotlight the Community and Hospitality Committee and their work. The Committee on Ministry will be making a more detailed announcement during services this Sunday.
Dianne writes: I have just finished reading DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer, a NEW YORKER staff writer who has written several articles on the Koch brothers. I strongly recommend that you read the book, which the New York Times chose as one of the 10 best books of 2016. It traces how big money (and not just the Kochs) has infiltrated our government and affected our politics. It covers the years 1970–2014. You’ll recognize many of the players, who are still in action. The book was to be available in paperback as of 1/24/17.
In Dianne’s opinion, it’s a “must read”.
In my opinion, it’s a “must read.”
And the story continues. . .
Sensing Gains Ahead Under Trump, the Kochs Court Minorities
On January 21, 2017, we will unite in Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation — among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities.
We stand for religious freedom, human rights, climate
justice, racial justice, economic justice and reproductive justice. Together, we will send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination.
ALL ARE WELCOME. On the day after the Inauguration, people from Massachusetts and hundreds of thousands of Americans from other cities, towns and schools across the nation and the world will march together in sister marches. Be part of history!
We will send email updates to all registered marchers. Registration is free and it helps us plan a better March.
We have LOTS of information about the March at our website—from transportation to schedule to volunteering. We also have official March t shirts and a hat—and you can chip in to help us pay for the March.
Fran Sharp will be away from noon on Thursday, April 14 until she returns Wednesday, April 20 at 9:ooam.
In case of a pastoral concern or an urgent First Parish matter, please contact Rev. Marjorie at 617/838-2202. For other matters, please leave Fran a message and she will respond when she returns on April 20:
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Last week, Spirit Play heard the story about the creation of the world as told in the Hebrew Bible, tapping into our Jewish and Christian sources: “In the beginning God created heaven and earth…And God saw that it was good.” In their discussion after the story, the children were asked what do you think is the most important thing in the universe? The answers ranged from earth, to God, to getting everything done, to everything is important, to Jesus. In other Spirit Play classes, we look at other creation stories.
The youth group led an inspired church service last week and Sing to the Power and Breakfast Club stayed in the sanctuary to watch it. There was wonderful music and inspired words to help us all reflect on how to stay young at heart, and carry forth our vision for making the world a better place with the passion and faith that only the young at heart can. We heard about the good and the bad sides of being a youth today, what is awesome and what is stressful. We heard about LGBTQPA youth and how society’s views may be changing towards greater acceptance with the next generation. We heard about how to carry the gift of dreaming into the “real world”, whether for our own fairy tales, or for the 6,000 year-old revolution called civilization. How do you carry your passion and dreams into the world? How do you kindle the flames of your own values and vision, to stay young at heart, and strive to create a world of harmony and equality we teach our children about every day? The service began with a poem by Stephen Shick, below. This week, the children will return to their regular classes, perhaps inspired a little by seeing the youth, the next generation of leaders and their current RE teachers, preaching a message of hope and inspiration to all of us:
Is the fire going out?
Not in your belly,
for you are still alive,
but in your soul,
where passion ignites
your life fire.
If your soul smolders
till you flame
like a chalice of hope.
We are First Parish of Sudbury, a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers; we strive to learn together and support one another as we celebrate life's important moments and serve the larger community.