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Report on Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in General News

It was a very chilly Saturday morning , but 4 hardy children, 1 youth, 6 adults and 1 dog represented First Parish of Sudbury at the 9th annual Family Promise Metrowest (FPM) Walk to End Homelessness in Natick. We were happy to help FPM raise funds to support their programs.  FPM made their goal of $160,000 with the donations from you, our families and friends.  We raised $2640, making First Parish of Sudbury UU the 11th ranked team out of 68 teams! Thank you for your support and donations.

FPM is a community response to family homelessness providing shelter, transitional resources and employment support to families committed to bringing themselves out of poverty. Their unique model uses 19 host congregations who provide shelter and meals to the families with support from an additional network of community volunteers.
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Spirituality and Personal Development Book Group, June 9, 10:30am

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in General News

Spiritual Book Group News April 11, 2018

The Spiritual Book Group is reading Deep Work- Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. “A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories - from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air - and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored."  Go to which is a podcast of The Model Health Show featuring an interview with Cal Newport.

Our next meeting on Saturday June 9 10:30 am-12 noon. Please come if you're interested in this topic even if you haven't had time to finish the book.  We will be ranking potential books to read for next year after we discuss Deep Work.  At our last meeting we decided to add fictional books as well.
These are the new additions which we might choose from:
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman
The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) - Don Miguel Ruiz
Breakfast with the Buddha - Roland Merullo
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse

We meet about every 2-3 months on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30- noon in the Brackett Room.

Contact Melissa Stein or Leslie Lowe for more information on the Spiritual Book Group.

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“The Dump”

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Sunday Service Copies

Well, Rev. Scovel’s service this Sunday, April 15 at 10am, has Changed and Transformed!

He will now be preaching a sermon titled “The Dump”.

Of this sermon, he writes “Recent newspaper articles have lamented the culture of hoarding that afflicts our society. The sermon is deliberately counter-cultural since it points toward what must sometimes be saved.”

Carl Scovel, the son of medical missionaries, was born and grew up in war torn China before attending college and seminary in this country. After three years working at McLean Hospital as a conscientious objector he served The First Parish from 1957 to 1967 and King’s Chapel in Boston until he retired in 1999. As a Christian he was an anomaly in his own denomination but enjoyed his affiliations and his colleagues, some of whom he still sees in bi-monthly Bible classes. He and his wife of 59 years live in Jamaica Plain near two of their three offspring and their families.

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Acquaintance with Nature–Music Sunday at FPS

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in General News

Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 22.  On that day, writer/philosopher/naturalist Henry David Thoreau comes to life through a special musical performance presented by First Parish of Sudbury.

Acquaintance With Nature, a nine-part piece for chorus, piano, clarinet and narrator (who plays the role of the young Thoreau), was written by Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker and will feature the First Parish Choir.

This musical offering will take place as part of First Parish’s springtime Music Sunday service, which begins at 10 a.m. and is open to all. Children’s religious exploration programs take place at this time, and a social hour with refreshments follows.

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Religious Exploration – April 9th

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration


Religious Exploration – April 9th –  April at First Parish brings with it a new month of education and exploration for our children and youth! This month’s theme is that of humility, and this week’s lesson is all about humble origins. From the tiny seed to the human cell, all things begin as a sort of “seed of life” or sacred geometry. This is considered the stage that comes before the flower of life, which produces the fruit of life, thought to be the blueprint of the universe containing every atom and form of life! Using our scientific minds the children will explore the humble origins of all things in their first and tiniest form, beginning from a single seed. During the lesson, each child will be provided planting supplies to help begin their own first sprouts of life and spring.


Spirit Play – This week in Spirit Play, the children will be hearing the Green Promise Story! This is a story about growing by exploring what is true and right in life. Afterward, they will do a fun nature-themed activity to help them learn about the green promise and celebrate the fact that Spring is coming! (Despite the cold weather hanging around!)


Nursery – Our littlest UUs will be taking part in the planting of spring activity with the Explorer’s class 


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Humility: The Drive Towards Perfection…

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Was and is the concept of “Original Sin” employed to keep humankind humble? It is believed that humility keeps one with a low self-regard and sense of unworthiness. Are there other ways to keep our egos in check? This month’s theme revolves around humility–a topic that engages our Unitarian drive towards perfection. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she wrestles with the concept of humility and its consequences.


“Original Blessing” illustration by R. Scott Cook

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4/15 Bohm Dialogue — The Self

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

The Self is self-luminous without darkness and light, and is the reality which is self-manifest. Therefore, one should not think of it as this or as that. The very thought of thinking will end in bondage. – Ramana Maharshi

What is “The Self”? Does it include body, brain, memories, personality, soul, spirit? Take away those things one by one, when does it stop being a Self? Is the Self, as some say, just an illusion?

As always, no outside research is expected of anyone, but if you like, these are some suggestions from Jon Woodward:

Here is the article that got me started on my inquiry into the nature of the “Self”. It discusses some studies done using psilocybin which is an active ingredient in “Magic Mushrooms”.

Here is a TED talk from a brain scientist that had a stroke. She had experiences that sounded to me as similar to the subjects of the psilocybin studies.

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