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A Bigger Kind of Joy…

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

As we enter into December, we face into the darker and shorter days of the year, we look for ways to find the light in the midst of the longest night.  This is the time when if we cultivate our faith and seed hope we may be able to carry on in the bleak midwinter. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she faces into the darkness and uncovers a bigger kind of joy fueled by hope. She shares that, ” Hope can be a dangerous emotion because it pulls our attention away from the present moment. Hope can blind us from the truth of a situation, however, hope is also an emotion that gives us the energy to live despite challenges, to love despite uncertainty, and to embrace both who we are in the moment and what we may become, with faith instead of fear as our guide.” Let us find hope and a bigger kind of joy together during this holiday season.

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Revels Service with singing, dancing, and waking up the sun!

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in Worship Services

Join the congregation of First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist for their annual Revels service, featuring Morris Dancing, music and a traditional Mummer’s Play. This Revels service is similar to the Christmas Revels service that takes place in Cambridge. This year marks the 28th annual Revels service at First Parish of Sudbury!

Revels is a Winter Solstice celebration intended to “wake up the sun” after the shortest day of the year. The Revels service will feature the Hop Brook Morris Dance group and a Sword Dance group Pocket Flyers, both led by Tom Kruskal. The congregation will sing songs and carols and enjoy readings and short traditional plays based on Celtic legend and song.

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Pursuing Authentic Faith

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Worship Services

Join the congregation of First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist on Sunday, November 26 for our worship service on this month’s theme of Faith. The Nov. 26 sermon, “Pursuing Authentic Faith” will be delivered by Mr. Michael Tyo, Chair of the Worship Associates Group at First Parish. Music on Nov. 26 will be provided by our own Alex Andrews. All are very welcome.

 

Pursuing Authentic Faith

Based on Touchstones Journal article by Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland

This is the traditional season for being mindful about all the wonderful things in our lives, a time for recognizing the bounty of the Universe in providing us with all we have. And also, it is a traditional season for recognizing that the Universe withholds its bounty from so many of our brothers and sisters.

I had the opportunity to learn an important lesson about this as a child of 11. My father was hired by the US foreign aid program USAID to do a two-year job in Ibadan, Nigeria, so we moved to West Africa. Part of the social life for Westerners at that time, just a few years after British colonial rule had ended, was to join the country club and play golf, a pastime previously unknown in my

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Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

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.

This Sunday bring a loaf of bread that we will break together during our time in fellowship.

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Faithful Fool…

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

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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Faith: The Other “F” Word…

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

What are the implications of cultivating and having faith? There are two practices that have been accused of placating the masses throughout history into complacency they are Hope and Faith. As Unitarian Universalists do we trust faith being a part of our community? Are we faithful in overt ways in our lives that we are not cognizant of? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be sharing her thoughts, challenges and concerns about hope and faith. This is also the Sunday when we will be engaging in building our Altar of Remembrance so please bring mementos and photographs of your loved ones for display.

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