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“Insights” on Hope

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in General News, Minister's Column

by Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty, Minister, First Parish of Sudbury UU

I struggle with hope even though I remind us on a weekly basis to find or create a place for hope in our lives. My rational mind wants to sit next to, Friedrich Nietzsche who explained that, “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.” I agree that hope can be a dangerous emotion because it pulls our attention away from the present moment and coping with what is real in this moment. Hope can blind us from the truth of a situation, stall us from moving into, and in some cases, beyond this moment. Yet, in my heart of hearts, I believe that, “hope is also an emotion that gives us the energy to live despite challenges, to love despite uncertainty, and to embrace both who we are in the moment and what we may become.”

This month as we enter into the shorter darker days of winter it can be harder to find hope, harder to create joy in our lives. I think that is why we have the traditions that we do this time of year–the bright lights, the smell of pine, the festively wrapped gifts, the food, the music, the reveling these traditions remind us of the possibilities and opportunities that exist in this life, the possibilities that exist in the birth of a child and the expansive hopes that one must have when raising children come what may.

At times, the messiness of life, the challenges, losses, and fears that we face in this moment are great motivators and at other times they can cause a sense of paralysis. Hope can be either a salve to ease one’s suffering just enough to keep one bound in chains, or hope can be seeded inspiring us to take action in this moment – to live beyond our expectations. As we turn inwards during this time of expectant waiting, as we tend to our preparing, tend to our concerns or maybe even tend to our pain, let us turn to thoughts of hope. What do we hope for? How can we turn our hopes and dreams into action and reality, create and cultivate our biggest joy?

I encourage us to hope and to let our hopes inspire us to face this moment charged with the energy to carry on, to make change, to turn our hopes and dreams into reality. I have heard in many recovering circles that one needs to “fake it to make it” and in a way I believe that is what hope helps us to do.

The holidays bring a mixed bag of emotions for many of us… are we willing to change what we expect from these darker introspective times, are we willing to take a chance on hope, are we willing to alter what we choose to cultivate moving forward?

Dearest ones, I share this poem with you as I lovingly invite us to embrace this life in all that it has to offer us. Think of this piece, written by e.e. cummings, as a pledge to one’s very own self:


i carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) i am never without it (anywhere

i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

                                                      i fear

no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want

no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)


Peace, Love and Light of the season,

Rev. Marjorie


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Amnesty International “Write for Rights” Campaign at FPS Dec. 17

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News


First Parish of Sudbury to Host  Amnesty International

On Sunday, December 17th, First Parish of Sudbury, 327 Concord Rd., will provide an opportunity to support Amnesty International’s Global Write for Rights campaign in the Parish Hall, with letters and cards to help those at risk of human rights abuse.  Amnesty International is continuing a long tradition of writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs.  Letters and cards will be provided for your signatures.  Please join our congregation at our Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. or in the Parish Hall at 11:00 a.m.  Together we have the power to change lives.


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A Bigger Kind of Joy… (newsletter copy)

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

As we enter into December, we face into the darker and shorter days of the year, we look for ways to find the light in the midst of the longest night.  This is the time when if we cultivate our faith and seed hope we may be able to carry on in the bleak midwinter. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she faces into the darkness and uncovers a bigger kind of joy fueled by hope. She shares that, ” Hope can be a dangerous emotion because it pulls our attention away from the present moment. Hope can blind us from the truth of a situation, however, hope is also an emotion that gives us the energy to live despite challenges, to love despite uncertainty, and to embrace both who we are in the moment and what we may become, with faith instead of fear as our guide.” Let us find hope and a bigger kind of joy together during this holiday season.

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Holiday Services at First Parish of Sudbury UU

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News

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Yoga on Wednesdays at 6:15. All are welcome.

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News


Join our small group yoga class on Wednesdays at 6:15pm in the Commons. In this class we practice a mix of vinyasa (movement with breath) and yin (deep relaxation). There are hands-on assists, plenty of props and support, and a chance to practice with a dedicated group of people. The fee for each class is $15.

For more information, contact Lois Schiappa or the yoga teacher, To learn more about Julie, visit her website:

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Rev. Marjorie offers a session of Reiki I on January 18-19

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News

On Thursday Jan 18 AND Friday Jan 19, from 6:30-9:00pm, Rev. Marjorie will offer Reiki I. (You must attend both evenings).
Reiki I is a completely safe and powerful hands-on technique to improve your health and those of your friends and family.   This healing system is guided by divine love and wisdom.  By simply signing up for this class, one begins on a path of spiritual change in their own life. You will discover deeper connections, have a more positive outlook, become more healthy and grow more intuitive.  You will be less inhibited and find it easier to do the things you really want to do and become more of the person you were meant to be.
As part of this class, you will receive your first Reiki placement.  By receiving a placement you will be able to give and receive Reiki and become part of a large group of people who are working to heal themselves and each other and working together to heal the earth.
There is no cost for this session, but you will need to buy the book that will be used ($15). Ask Marjorie or Fran in the office for information.
Marjorie has been a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher for 18 years recertifying during this summer to include both Usui and Holy Fire Reiki symbols and practices. After taking Reiki II in Glastonbury England in 1999 she had a major healing experience that changed her life and led to her call to Unitarian Universalist Ministry. “Reiki has changed my life in incredible ways and I encourage anyone who is on a path of self discovery to add this practice to their life.” Marjorie will be offering this class to members of First Parish for free, a value of $295, as a way to engage in self healing for the congregation. “It is important that this practice be accessible to my people–it is that important.” Please check out the Reiki website and the lineage as well as the descriptions of Reiki. There will be materials available before the class so please sign up and get prepared for this amazing journey. There are no special skills or abilities required to take this class just a willingness. open heart and mind.
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Secret Santa gifts–please return to FPS by Sunday Dec. 10

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News

Secret Santa’s sleigh will leave First Parish on December 10 at 11 AM.  Please bring all gifts back to the Parish Hall on Sunday December 10 before 11 AM.  All gifts must be new and wrapped.  Please attach the label with the child’s and Social Worker’s name prominently on the outside of the bag.  Please do not leave gifts unattended in the Parish Hall.  If you must return you gifts earlier, please make arrangements with Fran in the office to securely store the gifts.  Thank you to all who participated in this annual tradition.

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