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Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness – Register/donate now for April 8th!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

Join our team or donate here. We have a dozen or so walkers already registered from our church and have raised over $1500. Let’s aim for 20 walkers and $2000!

Please join the First Parish of Sudbury team for the 8th annual “Walk to End Homelessness” on April 8, 2017, which supports the efforts of Family Promise Metrowest. Registration – 8:00 am – Walk begins at 9:00 am. Natick Community Senior Center (117 East Central Street, Natick). This is a family friendly and dog friendly event and short walk, suitable for any ages, and there will also be music, children’s crafts, face painting and much more!  Join the team and/or help us raise our goal of $2000! Please talk to our team leaders: Lucy Manlick (youth leader and team captain) or her mom, Valerie Tratnyek with any questions. We’ll discuss carpooling and meet up options closer to the event.

Family Promise is a community response to end family homelessness. Host congregations furnish temporary shelter in their churches, synagogues, and mosques on a rotating basis, volunteers provide meals, and paid staff work with the families until the parents have secured jobs and enough savings to move into a home of their own. More information here.

Our Youth Group has cooked meals, met with the families and helped with homework and just plain played with the kids at the rotating resident churches for the past 5 years.  This past Holiday season the Youth group held a bake sale which raised $592 for the families.  This will be our third year of walking. Last year we had about 9 walkers plus  a couple of dogs and raised $1105.

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2017 Service Auction: Saturday, April 8 at 6:00pm

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in General News

THE AUCTION IS COMING!! April 8th – Full 2017 Auction Description

The online form is at: http://fpsudbury.org/auction-donation-form/. Any questions, please contact the Service Auction Committee: Sherene Aram, Leslie Bryant, Sherri Cline, Gail Hardenbergh, Jan Hardenbergh, Anna Lee, and Sheila Murphy. See you at the Auction!

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The Pioneer Spirit…

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

A new world that is what many of our ancestors faced as they landed in Provincetown/Plymouth/Boston/Salem and eventually in New York greeted by Lady Liberty. With each new generation our forebears have mustered the courage to handle the challenges of their time. Some choices that were made settled this country while others displaced the people we found when our people first arrived. Why do we make the choices that we do? How are these decisions made and what are the long-term consequences for those yet to arrive? How can and will Unitarian Universalism inform and bolster us to face fear and stand on the right side of history? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be contemplating the motivation and character of the Unitarian Universalist pioneer spirit in the early twenty-first century.

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The Pioneer Spirit (for News U Can Use)

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

A new world that is what many of our ancestors faced as they landed in Provincetown/Plymouth/Boston/Salem and eventually in New York greeted by Lady Liberty. With each new generation our forebears have mustered the courage to handle the challenges of their time. Some choices that were made settled this country while others displaced the people we found when our people first arrived. Why do we make the choices that we do? How are these decisions made and what are the long-term consequences for those yet to arrive? How can and will Unitarian Universalism inform and bolster us to face fear and stand on the right side of history? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be contemplating the motivation and character of the Unitarian Universalist pioneer spirit in the early twenty-first century.

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from the UU Ministry for Earth: How eliminating the EPA is a social justice issue that affects everyone

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in General News

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Are you aware of our UU Ministry for Earth? Check them out at uuministryforearth.org.

Recent information from them, thanks to Bruce Langmuir:

 

UU Ministry for Earth – Defend Vital Climate & Environmental Justice Programs

The proposed federal budget includes seriously dangerous budget cuts to environmental justice and climate programs for the EPA, NOAA, and NASA. Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the proposal “shows the Trump administration doesn’t hold the same American values for clean air, clean water and healthy land as the vast majority of its citizens… Our health comes before the special interests of multibillion-dollar industries.” (Source: AP, 3/3/17)

Here are some highlights of the budget cuts to the EPA:

The Environmental Justice program budget, which has historically supplied grants to 1,400 frontline communities, would be cut 78%, from $6.7 million to 1.4 million. Mustafa Ali, the director of the program for 24 years, resigned last week, saying “My values and priorities seem to be different than our current leadership and because of that I feel that it’s best if I take my talents elsewhere.”

Funding for restoration work in Puget Sound, the country’s second-largest estuary, would be cut from $28 million to $2 million.

Funding to combat algae blooms, invasive species and other water pollution problems in the Great Lakes, the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes, would be cut from $300 million to $10 million.

Funding for restoration in Chesapeake Bay, the country’s largest estuary, would be cut from $73 million to $5 million.

The EPA’s work studying endocrine disruptor chemicals that can interfere with the body’s reproductive and developmental systems would drop from $7.5 million to $445,000.

$9.5 million of EPA funding for state testing of bacteria levels at beaches around the country would be 100% eliminated.

$8.7 million annually for children’s environmental education programs would be cut to $555,000.

(Source & More Info at: OregonLive.com, 3/2/17)

Proposed NOAA budget cuts endanger climate science research and data collection, and coastal resilience programs meant to help coastal communities adapt to the increased risk of extreme weather and sea level rise. “NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would lose $126 million, or 26 percent, of the funds it has under the current budget.” (Source: Washington Post, 3/3/17)

COMMIT2RESPOND: Call your congresspersons in the House and Senate, and tell them:

“As a person of faith, I believe we have an obligation to protect the web of life and the human rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and a livable climate. I support the important work of the EPA, NOAA, and NASA, to help us restore ecosystems, study climate change, and support communities…
The Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice in the National Capital Region invite congregations all over the country to incorporate letter writing into their climate justice advocacy. Volunteers with UUSJ’s Advocacy Corps will deliver your congregation’s letters on Capitol Hill. Visit their website for a toolkit and more information.

For more information, and to share an online version of this call to action, click here. Special thanks to Jan Dash, UU-United Nations Office Climate Portal volunteer editor, for his research and work bringing this call forward.

Thank you,

Aly Tharp
Commit2Respond Executive Team
Programs Coordinator, UU Ministry for Earth & UU Young Adults for Climate Justice

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volunteers invited to join Memorial Garden sub-committee

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in General News

Memorial Garden Subcommittee to review Memorial Garden Procedures

The time has come for the Landscape Committee to reexamine whether we are doing justice to this space. Our landscape committee is asking for a small study group to learn what others have done successfully, to compile and compose our philosophy and to help direct our actions moving forward. In our service, we would be seeking results that would help to guide us to a clear mission for what we want the garden to be for us all. My hope is for a small and focused group to work toward this end. To do this, we need two more representatives from the congregation to volunteer to be on this committee.  All of us on the Landscape Committee look forward to your input as we seek to create a place where the natural world and the nurture of our spirit can continue.

I believe we are called to tend both the spirit of our land and the spirits of those we have lost. In my brief time here with the congregation, listening to conversations I have had with regard to our garden on the hill, the idea of a place for remembrance filled with the beauty and joy of nature seems paramount to our community. As stewards, our charge is to honor the memories of those interred. I believe we accomplish this by planting with care and thought, by maintaining our woodland to the highest standards, by enhancing the experience of those who visit and by establishing detailed records of what has come before and what is yet to be.

“Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth and without light nothing flowers” – This quote from May Sarton seems quite fitting when I think about our garden;

Steve Smith,  Memorial Garden Subcommittee Chair.

Please reach out to Marge Langmuir or Steve Smith to see how you can help, and thank you for your support.

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Religious Education March 19th

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Spirit Play will learn a Yoruba creation myth. In the story, Obatala, a heavenly being, isn’t content in his heavenly abode, and so he creates a chain of gold on which to descend down to earth and create the world.

UU Explorers will look at the value of integrity and use a compass to symbolize integrity. We define as our inner moral compass a quality of Unitarian Universalist faith. We will discuss how we listen to our inner voices and what it feels like when our moral compass swings toward truth. We will emphasize that to discern what is right is often not easy.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

 

What’s very important to me is when Dumbledore says that you have to choose between what is right and what is easy. This is the setup for the next three books. All of them are going to have to choose, because what is easy is often not right. — J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, in Conversations with J.K. Rowling by Lindsay Fraser

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