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Journey To Find Out

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

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 wondering/speculating about why Congregationalists chose to migrate from their faith and how this evolution of belief ultimately evolved into the openness of Unitarian Universalism.

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Pancakes at social hour to welcome new members, friends, and visitors Feb. 26

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in General News


Be sure to join us for the best flippin’ pancakes around! Compliments of Rev. Marjorie and her handy helpers, we will get to enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit and more. What a great way to celebrate our new members, and our friends and visitors. Come one and all on Sunday, February 26 after worship service. (Of course, come for the service, too!)

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Nominating Committee news

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in General News

Seeking Volunteers

First Parish needs you!  Our community needs your energy, talent and skills!  Please consider volunteering to serve on a First Parish committee next year.  Usually, the time commitment is minimal and your input is greatly valued.  For more information, please speak with Rebecca Parkhill or Lulu Cash at coffee hour or contact us at:

or 847-644-5763 (Rebecca)

or 508-251-1315 (Lulu)

Thank you in advance for serving our beloved community!



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Religious Education February 12th

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Spirit Play learned the wonderful story of the Yin and Yang and the Dwarf P’an Ku last Sunday: Before the beginning of day—before the earth or the sky was formed—there was Tao, the Great Original Cause.  All things came from Tao and on Tao all depend. Tao reached everywhere. Tao was smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest.  In Tao was the power to change all things. So it came about that Tao brought into being the two great elements, the Yang and the Yin, each the opposite of the other. As the Yin and Yang flowed round and round and mingled together the specks of life in each of them joined and became one life and this new life began to grow. A shell like the shell of an egg formed around the life. After ages of time, so long, no one can imagine how long it was, this kernel of life grew and grew within the world egg until it became strong. Then the sound of hammering inside the great shell began.

As a young chick pecks its way through its shell, P’an Ku, a shaggy dwarf, began breaking his way through the shell of the world egg. He had two horns on his head and two tusks bent outward from his bearded jaws. His body was covered with fur like a bear. In his left hand was a hammer and in his right hand he held a chisel. P’an Ku began arranging Yin and Yang in many forms to form the earth and sky and everything in it. And that is how the world was made. This week the class will continue to learn Creation Stories from around the world.

UU Explorers: This Sunday the class will turn to the phrase in the Blake covenant which encourages us to “help one another.” Through the story of 19th-century Unitarian Elizabeth Blackwell, who became a physician in order to help others heal, we will discover our faith heritage of perseverance, hope, and giving. Blackwell became the first woman doctor in the United States—one of the pioneering Unitarians and Universalists who heeded a calling to help others despite societal obstacles and personal hardships.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Religious Education Committee Lunch, February 12th

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration


This Sunday the Religious Education Committee is hosting an open lunch meeting from 11:45am – 1pm in the Brackett Room. This is a wonderful opportunity for members and friends of First Parish to learn how they can help out behind the scenes to run our wonderful religious education program. Lunch will be provided and all are welcome to attend! Childcare will also be provided upon request to Chris () by Thursday (Feb 9th).

Among other things, we’ll be discussing what to include in a survey to the congregation about RE goals, ie. what we want our children to be learning in Religious Education and any evaluation of the program as it is going now. Another question for the meeting is whether we’d like to all do the walk-a-thon for Family Promise this year together, which is April 8th, as a multigenerational “living our faith” activity:

We’d also like to plan another multigenerational (family oriented) living-our-faith activity to do together before the end of the church year — and would love your input and ideas.
Hope you can join us!

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Black History Month in Framingham

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in General News

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2:00pm–Join the Framingham Celebration of Black History Month at the Greater Framingham Community Church. Program includes Opening Remarks by Rev. J Anthony Lloyd , Presentation by Black Lives Matter – Boston, Informational session on Bystander Intervention by MW SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice), Community Reading of Frederick Douglass’s Speech, Poster exhibition by Natick and Framingham students.

Greater Framingham Community Church: 44 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702 , 508.626.2118


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Welcome New Members!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in General News


We are so pleased to welcome Lizza and Steve Smith as members of First Parish of Sudbury, and their daughter Jenny. The Smiths have already jumped right in to become involved in the life of FPS, and we are so glad they have found a home here.

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