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!
See declaration and sign.
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
For women and men of First Parish of Sudbury…plan to be at the FPS parking lot by 9:30am if you wish to carpool to Alewife T station and march together (with other UUs).
PLEASE register ASAP at their website http://www.bostonwomensmarchforamerica.org/
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.
PLEASE join the Boston Women’s March for America Community Page as well: https://www.facebook.com/BosWomensMarch/
That’s the BEST place to post all your questions!
Thanks so much for sharing your voice and your power and marching with us!