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Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

What does it take to transform oneself? Siddhartha Gautama was a prince who was brought up in total wealth. Even with everything within his grasp he still felt unfulfilled and began a journey seeking the end of suffering. He wandered a path that led to austerity as a way to better understand the meaning of life, he realized that it is neither wealth nor poverty that held the answers for him. Enlightenment, he learned, can be found upon the middle way thus he became the founder of Buddhism. The Buddha found struggle through transformation until he learned to let go to embrace enlightenment. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will look at the many sages that yearned for something more our of life and how their experience of transformation and enlightenment brought them to a whole new level of change.

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Do you believe that you can and are making a difference in this world? How does the actions of a single person revive and inspire a people? Join, and bring your funny bone as, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty  ponders personal accountability and the concept of call.

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We Are All In This Together

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

We need one another, we want to learn, grow, transform our lives and have fun together. We are the co-creators of this moment.

First Parish of Sudbury is welcoming back the well known and well loved bluegrass group, Southern Rail to provide music for their service on the theme of “Transformations” March 4 at 10:00 am.

A well-known and well-loved bluegrass group, Southern Rail’s performances are high-energy exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work. In addition to their instrumental music, they will blend their voices in tight harmony to offer a set of bluegrass and gospel songs that were carefully chosen to weave throughout the service.  Each song offers a unique perspective about transformation.  There will be tunes by Hank Williams, Albert Brumley,  Barker Aaron Gayle and Randall Hilton as well as traditional tunes including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “The Darkest Hour”.  Rounding out this special music service are several tunes written by band member Jim Muller including “My Old Friends” and “Walk Your Way to Heaven”.

Come and hear this special musical service coordinated with Music Director, Debra Morris-Bennett.  Band members are Jim Muller (guitar), Sharon Horovitch (acoustic bass), Rich Stillman (banjo) and John Tibert  (mandolin).   Their playing and singing promises to be “transformational”!

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Accountability To Love…

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

What is our commitment to sharing and ensuring the safety and right to propagate Love in our community and beyond? We are called by our Universalist roots to believe that all are worthy of Universal  Love and that it is our call to share this good news wherever we roam. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be speaking about Universalism, the ideal of Universal Love and the implications of our shared ministry in and outside of First Parish.

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A Kind Word…

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Love. In the darkest and most challenging places it is love that can bring us through. When we falter and seek shelter it is loving kindness that can help us to feel safe. Love is more than a balm to ease our weary souls. It is the cure that can resolve our discontent. Love is so many things to so many people, filled with expectations spoken and not. What is our understanding of love and does it hold us back from fully living this life unfettered? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty looks into the face of love and sees…

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Gathered Near: Religion in the Round

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Worship Services

We will welcome Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason to our pulpit on Sunday, February 11 at 10:00am. She writes of her sermon “Together we will consider what makes our Unitarian Universalist community a deeply religious one. Our liberal tradition calls on us to congregate, much as Unitarians have done for centuries now, and it calls us on to still greater love today. How we respond to those calls makes all the difference in the life of our faith.”

The Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason is Community Minister at the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, NY. She also teaches Denominational Studies at Union Theological Seminary, where she previously worked as Pastoral Counselor on staff. For the past several years, she has blogged at What Heals Us in Our Souls.

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