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Let the Landscape Speak: Oct. 23 at Sudbury Grange Hall, 7pm

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in General News

The Town of Sudbury presents a panel of experts on protecting and preserving Sudbury’s sacred Indigenous landscapes, with preliminary insights on the proposed Eversource project route in Sudbury…

Let the Landscape Speak:  A Talk on the Importance and Meaning of the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape

Oct. 23, Sudbury Grange Hall, 7pm

The hills and valleys of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. These stone structures were built to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers that they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.

As the town of Sudbury, Massachusetts is experiencing firsthand, and as has happened on countless occasions in other places like Standing Rock, new natural gas and electric transmission lines are being proposed and developed without meaningful consultation with the Native American tribes, resulting in the possible desecration of sacred sites of historic, religious, and cultural significance.  In response to Eversource’s proposed Sudbury to Hudson Transmission Project, the Town of Sudbury and local nonprofit Protect Sudbury invited regional tribal experts Doug Harris and Bettina Washington (Historic Preservation Officers for the Narragansett and Wampanoag Tribes) to conduct a preliminary walkthrough and assessment of whether Eversource’s proposed clearing might impact sacred ceremonial stone landscapes.

On October 23, 2018 at Grange Hall in Sudbury, MA from 7 to 9 pm, the Town of Sudbury, in conjunction with its sponsors Protect Sudbury and The Sudbury Historical Society, will host a panel of experts led by Bettina Washington to educate the Sudbury community on the presence and meaning of sacred ceremonial landscapes in our community, the important place in history that the Town of Sudbury holds for the Indigenous peoples of the Northeast region, and to share insights from the preliminary walkthrough along the proposed Eversource project path as well as research that has been conducted on known Indigenous ceremonial sites in Sudbury.  It is our sincere hope that the Sudbury Community will join us for an evening of educational enlightenment and a renewed resolve to protect and preserve these sacred landscapes and our treasured cultural heritage.

This event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include:

Bettina Washington, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and Chairwoman of the Culture and Heritage Committee of the United South and Eastern Tribes

Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office specializing in the preservation of ceremonial landscapes

Lee Swanson, long-time Sudbury resident and historian

Cathy Taylor, Research Specialist and Caretaker for Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Trust

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This event will be recorded by SudburyTV and will be available on-demand.

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Gone Fishin’… (newsletter version)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Join us Sunday, October 14 at 10:00am for our Sunday Service:

What are the transforming lessons of our lives, and how do these lessons pop up in different ways over and over again? We are our experiences and lessons come in all shapes and sizes. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she shares her thoughts about how fishing can sort of change your life.

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Harvest Fair is Saturday!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in General News

Only 3 days to wait for Fun, Food, and Festivities!
But, we have a Favor to ask!
If you have not yet signed up to help for an hour or two, we still need you!  There are jobs to do involving set-up or clean-up if you have are unavailable during fair hours, 10 to 3pm. Please commit to an hour so that no one person ends up feeling over-whelmed.  Specific jobs and times are listed on an on-line sign up at this link, and please note we especially need people to monitor the silent auction table (you can sit!) and the outdoor ticket sales table (important!).
Contact Valerie at 978-369-3552 or if you have any questions!
Thank you in advance for helping make this a fun day for all.
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Religious Education October 14th

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration: This week marks our first popcorn theology class! The new month brings about a new theme: Formation. While the kids learn about our UU principles and what they mean, they’ll be discussing the formation and discovery of self with a video and as always popcorn. Don’t forget this weekend is the Harvest Fair we hope to see everyone there!
Spirit Play: This week our Spirit Play children will be joined once again by Sonia for a fantastic story and activity she has chosen specifically for them! As always if you are interested in participating with any RE class please reach out we would love to have you.
We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE!
Spirit Play:
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Posted by on Oct 7, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Defined as “an act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form.” Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be marinating on formation in all of its forms. Spiritual, intellectual, and physical but why stop there? What about formation as in the creation of a movement. Rev. Marjorie will also be introducing the concept of sabbatical and how this will be a time of mindful formation for her ministry as well as the members and friends of First Parish. Please join us this Sunday for the Animal Blessing which will be held at 1:00pm on the terrace.

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Harvest Fair Update as of Oct. 3

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News

What you need to know:
  1. Planning Meeting for Oct. 13 Harvest Fair TODAY at 4:00pm in the Commons!
  2. please put October 13th, and perhaps Friday October 12th, on your “radar”.  We will especially need help guiding children to participate in games, but we also need an hour or so of your time selling goods at the baked table, assisting with the Silent Auction bidding, and of course, clean-up after 3PM!
  3. here is a shopping list of items we need: they can be given to Valerie Tratnyek or brought to the FPS workroom next to the office. Shopping List for Harvest Fair Oct 13
  4. please see Valerie to find out how you can help on the 13th/12th.
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New on the Bulletin Board (Parish Hall)

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News

Check out these new postings about upcoming community events, on the Parish Hall bulletin board.

  • Winter coat and accessory drive October 29 & 30th at DPW building in Sudbury–sponsored by the Sudbury town social worker and the Board of Health. This year will be limited to two drop off days: Monday 10/29 8am-430p and Tuesday 10/30 8-11am.
  • Book Release:  The Eagle Flies at Night, written by UU author Jan Anderson.

    What does an ordinary community do when the state department settles refugees in their city? How does the arrival of refugees challenge the hearts and minds of residents? These are the questions Reverend Thomas Giles asks himself and his congregation as they wrestle with the ways that compassion is manifested in the city of Portland, Maine.

    This book of fiction explores the stories of refugees fleeing violence in their homeland as well as in their own backyard.

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