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Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in General News

Summary of September 2017 Trustees Meeting

Trustees met September 6th and heard the Minister’s report, the Religious Education Committee update on the interim Director of R.E. position.  Trustees requested updates to the following policies: (a) Key Use Policy from Buildings & Grounds, (b) CORI/Safe Church Policy & Procedures from REC and (c) Building Use/Renter Policy from FPS Administrator to conform with requirements in FPS’ insurance policies.  Sudbury Extended Day Lease is being finalized.  Trustees discussed goals for 2017-2018, Fundraising ideas and Membership Goals.  Finally, Trustees discussed ways to fill two unfilled positions (Assistant Treasurer and Trustee), and suspended the Bylaws requiring these seats to be filled until they are filled.

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Insights:

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in General News, Minister's Column

 

It is amazing that it is October already. The last few weeks seem to be speeding by marked by one more storm, flood or some form of violent action. On Sunday evening October 1st motivated to do something positive the Sudbury Clergy Association gathered with fifty or so people on the Sudbury Common to commit to and pray for peace. We never imagined as we gathered that within a couple of hours a gunman would shoot out of hotel windows at a crowd of concert goers wounding over five hundred and killing at latest count fifty nine people. It is daunting to try to make sense of the desperate times that we live in; we are plagued by a world clearly out of balance. Here is what I shared with the gathered on Sunday evening:

 

“So much has happened and is happening in our world from natural disasters to violence, terrorism and the ever present threat of war; there is just far too much violence in our communities and in our world. So many town and cities in the news are divided by difference of identity: race, religion, gender, orientation and class just to name a few. Our world is ever evolving. Some days it feels like we take steps forward towards justice and other days it seems as if we take steps backward away from progress. As the clergy association of Sudbury we believe in our work to build the beloved community where all are welcome, safe and loved for who we are and what we bring.

We chose to gather on this date October 1st, the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to speak out and pray for those who suffer at the hands of abuse and intimidation within their homes, on streets, or in places of work and we pray for those who turn to acts of violence and intimidation, we ask you to cease and desist, we ask you to seek help for your destructive behavior.

In the Talmud it is taught that:

‘Whoever destroys a single life, it is as if s/he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is as if s/he saved an entire world.’ ~Babylonian Talmud: Sanhedrin 37a.

Let us, this evening make a commitment to one another and to this town and beyond to be people of reason and compassion, to commit to truly caring for one another regardless of how different we may be. Let us endeavor in our one precious life to save an entire world.”

 

As we begin a month in which, as a congregation, we will try to understand the principles and importance of Hospitality we do so with a backdrop of uncertainty, shock and in time and with hope recovery. The important part of recovering from such a time filled with tragedy is to look within our own heart and find the places that need salve to heal. Find a way to create peace in the world and to do this we must first create peace and balance within.

In the next few months I will be offering several opportunities to gather for adult spiritual exploration. I will be cultivating opportunities to learn some of the following:

Reiki–described as a simple, 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.

Creating Balance–An on-going group that will support one another on a journey of self-discovery and self-care.

Small Group Opportunities–for new members and those who want to gather again on an on-going basis.

Tending To our Roots–a journey into ancestry as a spiritual practice.

UU History–tending to our stories of religious evolution. This will be based on two new UU History volumes that were just published by Skinner House Press.

Great Masters–Study of scripture of the world’s sages.

Adult Field Trips–to place like Walden Pond, temples, mosques, and places of ritual.

 

**If you are interested in any of these opportunities to gather and learn together please let me know. I will endeavor to work around people’s schedules.**

 

During a time when the world feels like it is falling apart the most important practice that we can cultivate is to strengthen our resolve and commit to making the world a better place for all. Let us commit to this journey together!

Love and Light,  Rev. Marjorie

 

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Radical (for Connector)

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Let’s get radical. As we plod towards yet another “Columbus Day”, a day that celebrates the honor of a historically brutal man, we have to ask ourselves, when is enough violence enough? This month at First Parish we will be reflecting on hospitality defined as a cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests. What is our responsibility, our commitment to be stewards of radical hospitality in a world that condones and at times honors brutality? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she wrestles with the reality of hospitality and violence in life.

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Peter Mayer performing at First Parish in Concord UU Oct. 28

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in General News

The Reclaim Our Democracy group at First Parish in Concord is inviting members of our congregation to attend the following event: 

Peter Mayer “Blue Boat Home” Concert


Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA


“Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.”

Well known UU singer/songwriter Peter Mayer, author of the very popular hymn “Blue Boat Home”, will be performing in concert at First Parish in Concord. Tickets are $20 and are available at firstparish.org/peter-mayer-concert.

Here is a link to his web-site: www.petermayer.net/news/. Contact Lillian Anderson () for more information.

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Religious Exploration October 8th

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Spirit Play: This week in Spirit play we will be listening to the story “I live in the Universe” in order to learn more about science, one of our UU sources.  After listening to the story and discussing it, we will do arts and crafts activities related to science which the kids will be able to bring home.

-Bailey-

UU Explorers: Grab your popcorn and ‘lets all go to the movies!’ This week, we’ll be completing our very first popcorn theology unit on the fragile art of hospitality! We’ll be watching some clips from a popular film and taking part in a sort of film analysis, pulling out talking points and delving into our hospitality theme along the way. All of our Explorers are pretty excited to get this one rolling out, and this is the week it’s all going to start so don’t miss it!

Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by our volunteers in the upper level SED classroom. For those of you interested in volunteering in the Nursery, please note that all sermons can be heard from this room, which means you’ll never have to miss one!

Youth Group: Our Youth Group meeting will take place at 7pm on October 15th, 2017 in the Commons.

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The Fragile Art of Hospitality

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Worship Services

Hospitality is the ancient and primary vocation of religious community.

“Once the guest has eaten and drunk at your table, the guest becomes kin…if they knock on your door, it will open; if they seek your shelter, it will be given, and if they ask for hospitality, give them your bread and wine…” Keri Hulme.

This Sunday Fran Sharp will deliver a sermon written by the Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, to begin the month of October’s worship theme of Hospitality.

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Women’s Alliance next meeting Sunday, Oct. 8 at 11:45

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in General News

The Women’s Alliance will be meeting in the Brackett Room after church on Sunday, October 8, at 11:45.  The plan is to discuss a grant proposal first thing, and then continue to brainstorm about the upcoming November 5 retreat and other plans for the remaining church year.  Feel free to bring a lunch, or your coffee and snacks. We could also order pizza if people are interested!  Our hope is that by having this Sunday meeting after church, some of you who have been reluctant, or unable,  to give up an evening at home will find it more convenient to come to this lunchtime meeting. We would appreciate your presence even for a short time in order to have a quorum to vote on the grant proposal. Again, all women connected in any way with First Parish are welcome to come to any of our meetings and other events. Newcomers are especially invited. Come give us a try!

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