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Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Thanksgiving

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,...

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Faithful Fool…

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Faithful Fool…

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...

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Faith: The Other “F” Word…

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Faith: The Other “F” Word…

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...

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Rabbi Robert Orkand “It All Started with Abraham: The Hospitality Imperative”

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Worship Services | Comments Off on Rabbi Robert Orkand “It All Started with Abraham: The Hospitality Imperative”

Rabbi Robert Orkand will be our guest preacher, and his sermon is titled “It All Started with Abraham: The Hospitality Imperative.” Rabbi Orkand writes “We are living at a time when fear of the “other” or stranger has come to influence human behavior–at all levels of society.  Perhaps, then, it is time for us to step back to see what Father Abraham can teach us about hospitality and graciousness.” The First Parish choir led by Ms. Debra Morris-Bennett will offer pieces of music fitting the theme of...

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A Place At The Table…

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on A Place At The Table…

Inspired by the theme of hospitality we gather with hope in our hearts and a desire to set our table for all. What does unity look like, is it possible and how can we recognize our biases and expand around them. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will unpack just how different we all are from one another and yet how incredibly similar we are at the same time. Bring your biases!...

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Cultivating Courage…

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Cultivating Courage…

In closing last week’s sermon Rev. Dr. Marjorie shared, “My friends we have two ways of looking at our current predicament… either it is too late and we are beyond redemption or we need to get radical about what we expect and what we are willing to do in order to personally evolve, and make significant shifts in our country and our world. We have so much to learn and so much to share and so much to reform and it begins in each one of our hearts and minds with one very personal decision–how radically committed are we willing...

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Radical…

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Radical…

Let’s get radical. As we plod towards yet another “Columbus Day”, a day that celebrates the honor of a historically brutal man, we have to ask ourselves, when is enough violence enough? This month at First Parish we will be reflecting on hospitality defined as a cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests. What is our responsibility, our commitment to be stewards of radical hospitality in a world that condones and at times honors brutality? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she wrestles with the reality of hospitality and...

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The Fragile Art of Hospitality

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Worship Services | Comments Off on The Fragile Art of Hospitality

Hospitality is the ancient and primary vocation of religious community. “Once the guest has eaten and drunk at your table, the guest becomes kin…if they knock on your door, it will open; if they seek your shelter, it will be given, and if they ask for hospitality, give them your bread and wine…” Keri Hulme. This Sunday Fran Sharp will deliver a sermon written by the Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, to begin the month of October’s worship theme of Hospitality....

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At One…

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on At One…

In a month when we are endeavoring to walk the walk in beauty and talk the talk in love, Rev. Marjorie will be encouraging us to set the stage for the upcoming year. Why do we choose the focus that we do, how do we want to participate and show up for one another, are we interested in creating balance in our lives and in our world and how do we go about doing that? Imagining the world in beauty begins within each one of us the why, how and what we will change to make our community and the world a better place… Join us at First Parish to...

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Beauty in Practice…

Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Beauty in Practice…

Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul, of the soul. (Rumi) How do we engage in a practice of creating beauty in our lives in a healthy manner? As we move into Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur it is time to take stock, reflect and atone for our missteps. Rev. Marjorie will review the many ways that one can find beauty in balance, face into challenges as a practice for life....

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