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The Pioneer Spirit…

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on The Pioneer Spirit…

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...

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Show & Tell

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Show & Tell

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....

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Generosity – A Spiritual Practice…

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Generosity – A Spiritual Practice…

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...

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On the Image of the God-Child: Innocence and Purity on the Spiritual Path – Chris Scheller

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Sunday Service Copies, Worship Services | Comments Off on On the Image of the God-Child: Innocence and Purity on the Spiritual Path – Chris Scheller

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...

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Science–Our Guiding Star

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Worship Services | Comments Off on Science–Our Guiding Star

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...

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Journey To Find Out

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Journey To Find Out

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...

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In The Beginning

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Worship Services | Comments Off on In The Beginning

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....

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“Creating a Web”, Rev. Katie Lee Crane, FPS minister emerita

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in Worship Services | Comments Off on “Creating a Web”, Rev. Katie Lee Crane, FPS minister emerita

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...

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Creating a Just World

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in Worship Services | Comments Off on Creating a Just World

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...

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Grace…

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Grace…

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...

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