Join our congregation and Rev. Dr. Marjorie J. Matty on Sunday, Feb. 19 for the service “Science—Our Guiding Star”. During a time when science is challenged, we affirm our belief that it will not only save us but lead us boldly into the future. One of the six sources our living tradition of wisdom and spirituality draws from includes: teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science. All are welcome.
Why and how did some religiously “liberal” Congregationalists (now know as the United Church of Christ) find their way out of the faith and into Transcendentalism? Why would Ralph Waldo Emerson decide to leave ministry while others such as Henry David Thoreau chose to live in a cabin on Walden Pond? Unsatisfied with the status quo of their religion, seekers have been searching for answers to an age old question, “where can I find authenticity and meaning in my life?” This Sunday, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be wondering/speculating about why Congregationalists chose to migrate from their faith and how this evolution of belief ultimately evolved into the openness of Unitarian Universalism.
Unitarian Universalism is uniquely poised in this world to heal the divisions between groups, and it has been historically as well. Rev. Marjorie will point to some times in Unitarian and Universalist history for lessons of inclusion and bridge-building, and draw inspiration for our present day.
Katie Lee says, “I call myself a UU Mystic. My “sermon” will be autobiographical – told in poems and stories that have shaped my spiritual life. It will be rooted in the 7th Principle and 1st Source in our UU tradition.”
7th UU principle: respect for the interdependent web of life, of which we are a part
1st UU sources of our Living Tradition: Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.
Join the congregation at First Parish of Sudbury on Sunday, January 22 when they will welcome back Ms. Laura Wagner who will preach the sermon titled “Creating a Just World”. Ms. Wagner asks “how does social change happen? What do we need to learn from those who came before us and how will this inform the justice movements of our time? Laura Wagner LICSW, Executive Director of UU (Unitarian Universalist) Mass Action will share her perspective regarding our role in justice movements today.
Laura began her involvement with UU Mass Action as a volunteer working on the immigrant rights campaign. Laura’s grandparents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide and this family history has been a motivating factor in her immigrant justice work.
Now, as Executive Director, she has been working to increase the number of those engaged in social justice work, deepen connections to each other as well as to our communities and interfaith partners and organize our shared work to help increase out impact. Our vision for our shared work is to create a world where all people are honored and valued.
As Unitarian Universalists we do not think a lot about “Grace”–what is or who bestows it upon us. Christian communities around the world see grace as, “unmerited divine (i.e. God) assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.” But there is something in Grace that would be good to better understand and claim. This Sunday we will be exploring Grace–where it comes from, the good, the bad and the not so UU.
This Sunday we will be Blessing the Quilts made by our Living Our Faith quilters and crafters to be given to hospice centers.
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.