A new world that is what many of our ancestors faced as they landed in Provincetown/Plymouth/Boston/Salem and eventually in New York greeted by Lady Liberty. With each new generation our forebears have mustered the courage to handle the challenges of their time. Some choices that were made settled this country while others displaced the people we found when our people first arrived. Why do we make the choices that we do? How are these decisions made and what are the long-term consequences for those yet to arrive? How can and will Unitarian Universalism inform and bolster us to face fear and stand on the right side of history? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be contemplating the motivation and character of the Unitarian Universalist pioneer spirit in the early twenty-first century.
The Unitarian Universalist principles are our guide with regard to being in community and how we operate in the larger world. This week we will consider our third principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. How do we want to encourage one another to spiritually grow and what do we need in place to help facilitate the sharing of such growth and how do we fulfill another’s needs in a positive manner? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will ponder the path to spiritual connection and inspiration. Bring your thoughts and ideas about what types of adult programming that you would like to see at First Parish. World religions scripture study, field trips and pilgrimage planning, the sky is the limit. Let’s get excited about what we would like to do together!
Poet John O’Donohue once wrote that, “A generous heart is never lonesome. A generous heart has luck. The lonesomeness of contemporary life is partly due to the failure of generosity.” As we make our way in this world that is largely built upon consumerism and accumulation we can be found wanting and waiting for this or that acquisition to finally realize our happiness; even after achieving our goals one can still be found wanting. What is it that we really lack? What if fulfillment, happiness and freedom can only be found and measured in the way that we give from our heart? Generosity of Spirit can be a gateway that leads to a connection with our inner depth. This Sunday, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will share her thoughts about the practice of generosity as a spiritual one that enables humankind to embrace a sense of freedom through happiness.
First Parish welcomes Mr. Chris Scheller, M.Div. to the pulpit on Feb. 26 at 10:00am for his sermon on the God-Child within each of us. He will reflect on his calling to work with children and people of all ages in the essential and healing task of finding our own unique ways to give and support life on this planet. What is so important about the way Unitarian Universalism approaches the spiritual path for people of all ages?
Chris has over ten years of experience in the leadership of spiritual growth and faith formation programs, and about five of those years within Unitarian Universalist churches. He received his Master of Divinity from Harvard in 2009, and completed a minister-in-training internship at the Unitarian Church of Sharon, with a focus on religious education and lifespan learning.
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.
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