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Religious Exploration February 25th

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration


Please Note: RE is in need of adult volunteers! Our RE classes are a great time of learning and growth for the children of First Parish, and our children benefit greatly from the amazing support and instruction provided by our volunteers. If you are available either to lead or assist in Nursery or Spirit Play, please contact the DRE:

Spirit Play: TBA

Explorers: The ancient Greek’s held a belief that there are eight distinct types of love. During this Sunday’s exploration, we will be talking about the concept of “Philautia” or self-love. The Greeks understood that in order for us to be able to care for others we must first learn to care for ourselves. This type of self-love is the antithesis of selfish, vain love or self-obsession because it focuses on the Buddhist philosophy of self-compassion, and of spreading care and love by first being comfortable in one’s own skin. You cannot share what you do not have, and love is no different. Love must start  with the self before you can love anyone else.

As a side note: we will also begin planning/discussion participation in the annual Family Promise Walk-

Nursery care: Our littlest UUs will have their class as usual in the SED room on the first floor.


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2/18 Bohm Dialogue — Freedom and Responsibility

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. – Sigmund Freud

Freedom and responsibility aren’t interconnected things. They are the same thing. – Harry Browne

With freedom comes responsibility, and I can think of no responsibility greater than putting on a U.S military uniform and

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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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Author Debby Irving to speak at First Parish of Sudbury March 10 at noon

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in General News

The First Parish of Sudbury Racial Justice Book Group, along with other Sudbury Faith Communities, are proud to announce that Debby Irving will speak and discuss her book “Waking Up White”.

Several congregations in Sudbury have also hosted book groups reading this important book, and will join us for this event.

All are welcome to attend. We ask that people plan to contribute what they feel comfortable with, to defray the cost of hosting the speaker.

For more information, call the First Parish office: 978/443-2043 x 3 or write Fran at


Debby writes: I’m a white woman, raised in Winchester, Massachusetts during the socially turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. After a blissfully sheltered, upper-middle-class suburban childhood, I found myself simultaneously intrigued and horrified by the racial divide I observed in Boston. From 1984 to 2009 my work in urban neighborhoods and schools left me feeling helpless. Why did people live so differently along racial lines? Why were student outcomes so divergent? Why did I get so jumpy when talking to a person of color? Where did the fear of saying something stupid or offensive come from, and why couldn’t I make it go away? The more I tried to understand racial dynamics, the more confused I became. I knew there was an elephant in the room, I just didn’t know it was me!

In 2009, a course at Wheelock College, Racial and Cultural Identity, shook me awake with the realization that I’d missed step #1: examining the way being a member of the “normal” race had interfered with my attempts to understand racism. What began as a professional endeavor became a personal journey as I shifted from trying to figure out people whom I’d been taught to see as “other” to making sense of my own socialization.

My book Waking Up White is the story of my two-steps-forward-one-step back journey away from racial ignorance. I continue to study racism and strategies for its undoing while working to educate other white people confused and frustrated by racism. I remember these feelings all too well and am passionate about transforming anxiety and inaction into empowerment and action, be it for an individual or an organization.

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Celebrate Bailey’s Eagle Scout rank

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in General News

You are invited to attend a very important milestone in a young man’s life. Bailey Prince is about to be presented with the rank of Eagle Scout. Please consider attending this right of passage, the Court of Honor on Sunday Feb. 25 at 1:30pm in the FPS Parish Hall. Three scouts, including, Bailey will be receiving the rank of Eagle Scout with a reception, hosted by Bailey’s proud family, following the ceremony.

First Parish is pleased to show our support of Bailey and are honored to offer the Parish hall for this ceremony. It is important to note that this is now possible due to the reconciliation between the Boy Scouts of America and the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2016. At the December 2017 meeting, First Parish’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to allow BSA events, and this Eagle Scout event specifically, to take place at FPS.

Please join us in celebration of Bailey on this momentous occasion.

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Sharing the Plate Feb. 25 with “Head to Head”

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in General News

On Feb. 25 during our Sunday service, we will Share our Plate (as we do about once each month) with the organization Head to Head–a tuition free school in the rural area of Belle Vue, a mountain region outside of the city of Jacmel, Haiti.

Belle Vue is an area where there is extreme poverty. The children served by Head to Head would have little to no educational opportunities if Head to Head school did not exist.

Through the school, Head to Head is changing lives, breaking the chains of poverty and opening doors to a better future. Head to Head school opened in 1999 and welcomed 112 students under a tent in an open field. Through donations and hard work they were able to begin to build a true building. Today they are pleased to say that they have a building with 7 classrooms and an office.

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Women’s Alliance meeting Thursday, February 8

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in General News

Greetings women of First Parish.

You are all invited to the regular meeting of the Women’s Alliance potluck and meeting  on Thursday, February 8 starting at 6:30 pm in the Brackett Room.

 We’ll check in with each other to see how we’re faring this winter.  We may talk about what we’ve been reading, for instance!  With an author presentation and discussion scheduled at First Parish for March 10 by Debbie Irving on “Growing Up White,” we may want to talk some about that.

Looking forward to spring, we have two big events, the Rummage Sale (April 21) and the spring retreat (May 4-6, at Wisdom House in CT) to plan.  Although we don’t yet have any grant requests, it’s not too soon to discuss what role we will play in the refurbishing of the kitchen.

As always, all women who are in any way connected to First Parish are welcome to attend, including newcomers, non-members, and long- timers.

Bring anything you like, home-made or store-bought, to eat or drink—it always seems to work out.  And if you’re rushed, just come!  We usually adjourn around 8:30 and coming for just part of the meeting is great if that’s what works for you.

Your executive committee.


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