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RE March 1, 2020

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

  • Chalice Children class for children ages 0-5:

Nursery care is available during worship this weekend!

  • Flames class for children in grades K-3:

This Sunday, our younger students will participate in a Moral Tales lesson about non-violence.  They will read and discuss an Indian folktale about a child who must decide whether or not to protect a small bird from harm.  Next, they will play a variety of games that encourage non-violent conflict resolution. They will finish class by taking some time to make “What Would UU Do?” bracelets.

  • Explorers class for children and youth in grades 4-8:

Our older students will participate this Sunday in a Toolbox of Faith lesson about love.  They will read and discuss a traditional Jewish story about love and sacrifice, and then they will explore the idea of human compassion through cooperative games, song, and an ASL “I love you” craft.

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Needed…

Posted by on Feb 23, 2020 in General News, Worship Services

What does it feel like to be needed and what does it feel to need? At some point in our lives we have each experienced both sides of this coin of need and this Sunday we will wonder about the question: is it better to be needed and what does it say about us when we try not to be “needy”? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation of First Parish as they delve into the positive nature of need.

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RE February 23, 2020

Posted by on Feb 18, 2020 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

  • Chalice Children class for children ages 0-5:

Nursery care is available during worship this weekend!

  • Religious Exploration class for children and youth in grades K-8:

This Sunday, February 23, our students will participate in an Arts and Music Sunday class!  We will begin our class with a story about friendship, and a discussion about the love and kindness that friends show to one another.  During our children’s choir rehearsal, we will learn a fun new song about friendship and play a musical game!

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All Kinds of Love

Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 in General News, Worship Services

What is generosity and how does it affect our understanding of self and our relationship to everything and everyone else? The worship theme of the month will go deeper into the act of finding the key that unlocks a generous soul. Hint: Heart + Mind + Generosity = Happy Soul. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation of First Parish as they delve into the topic and practice of Radical Loving Generosity. A celebration of All Kinds of Love.

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Religious Exploration February 16, 2020

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

Chalice Children class (ages 0-5): Nursery care is available during worship this weekend!

All-Ages RE class (grades K-8): This Sunday, Sonia will lead our students in a Social Justice Sunday class about showing kindness and support to others.  The students will think about the ways that we can all help when others are in need, and then they will make special gifts that we will distribute to pediatric patients at Emerson Hospital through the Teddy Bear Project!

Junior Youth Group (grades 4 and up):  The Junior Youth Group will be making teddy bears for the Teddy Bear Project from 1-2pm in the Commons Classroom!  We hope that you can join us for this fun and special project!

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What Scares Us…

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 in General News, Worship Services

The news that we experience on a daily basis is presented through a lens of, “If it bleeds is reads” so how can we get a balanced perspective about the safety of our world, what is real and important and what is not? How do we face the reality of the newest pandemic virus, market swing, and political hoopla with a balanced frame of mind? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the First Parish congregation as they imagine what a world might look like where the use of fear is not the predominant motivator of the day.

 

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Building Your Own Theology….

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in General News, Minister's Column, Religious Exploration

Where do our beliefs fit in the construct of world religions? What do we each individually believe and how are we able to articulate our beliefs with one another? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty in a 10-week course that endeavors to unpack what might be our most important understanding of our theological legacy. The author of this Adult Religious Exploration course, Richard Gilbert shares: “The quest for ‘spirituality,’ however differently it is defined, has become a major influence in our Unitarian Universalist world…” Quoting DH Lawrence “Whatever the queer little word ‘god’ means, it means something we can none of us quite get away from, or at; something connected with our deepest explosions.’ I believe that religious exploration is a life-span process of building our own theology and harnessing those ‘deepest explosions… If you have ever wondered why bad things happen to good people, if creation is a ‘cosmic fluke’ or how Unitarian Universalists can behave virtuously without heaven and hell, then you are in danger of falling into theology. Somehow we have it in our heads that it is ‘unUnitarian Universalist’ to ‘do theology,’ because that is what the orthodox do; and we are, if truth be known, heretics. Heresy, while commonly understood as a deviation from orthodox belief, originally meant choice–the heretic is one who both dissents and chooses… UUs are very definitely happy Heretics. We choose to do ‘theology’ in a liberal religious mode. But if we are living, breathing, hurting, laughing. crying, questing human beings, it impossible not to be theologians. How do UUs do theology? I submit it is a different ‘doing’ from conventional methods. We do theology, not to become divine, as someone suggested, but to become more human.”

The course starts on Saturday, February 8th at 5:00 pm in the First Parish of Sudbury Commons. I have included your agenda for more information:

Agenda:
Gathering Activity
Getting Acquainted
Reading
Orientation and Ground Rules
Meal and Discussion
Contract Building
Homework and Prep for Session 2
Closing
**There will be food as part of this gathering please bring what you might like to share. If you would like the reading ahead of time please email me directly.**
See you there,
Rev. Marjorie
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