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Minister’s Column by Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty


You Rock!!!

Okay, I admit it my feet are slightly sore after walking through Boston, Newton and Cambridge on Sunday, May 4th. However, it was well worth the effort as First Parish of Sudbury was the 8th largest fundraising team to participate in the Walk for Hunger! Last year a few stalwart souls walked, but on Sunday we were 40+ people strong walking and volunteering. I wouldn’t say that it was hard work, but it was work that required one step in front of the other to get where we needed to go. In many ways the effort we put forth this last Sunday is a metaphor for the effort that so many of the members and friends have offered throughout this year. Having just completed my annual report I was amazed at all that we have begun and accomplished. It takes all of us to make it happen. I believe that one of the biggest accomplishments thus far is that the shortfall in the budget this last year never really arrived and we have come away from the budgeting process with the goal of a balanced budget, and it looks like we are going to achieve that goal. My friends, I told you this year that you were financially not that far off and that First Parish of Sudbury was in good shape. We worked hard this year, especially the Stewardship Team, to bridge the gap, and we have succeeded and that is good news indeed!

There is so much more to be done! To begin with we have two staff members transitioning, Donna and Roberta, and I would like us to celebrate their leave-taking with gratefulness. Roberta Altamari will be staying on with us but in a different role so we will not be seeing her on Sundays and I for one will miss her. Donna Scalcione will be transitioning from staff back into the congregation; she has worked hard for the congregation for the last six years, and I know that it has been much appreciated! We are still sorting out our “shift in roles” party so stay tuned for more information. Over the next several weeks we will be seeking two new staff members, a Congregational Administrator, a role which we have filled and will be sharing more information about in the very near future and a Director of Religious Education which we are interviewing candidates for presently. Your leadership is working hard to bring it all together for you the members and friends of First Parish.

I know that I promised that we would slow down a bit and in May for the most part we will, but here are a few highlights over the next several weeks to get on your calendars: appreciation Sunday will be on May 18th, all are encouraged to attend with a special treat after worship (well at least I hope it will be a treat) I will be making pancakes, our annual meeting will be take place after worship on June 1st, flower communion will take place on June 8th, we will be working on the Habitat for Humanity build in Wayland on June 14th, and attending the Unitarian Universalist Associations General Assembly in Rhode Island at the end of June. All of these events will be fun to participate in and offer opportunities to get to know one another and broaden our community. What an incredible way to begin summer services!

I have to say as we move into May and the flowers are starting the bloom and the bees are a buzzing it is mind boggling how fast time has flown. It was just a year ago last week that we first met and that it was clear that we would begin a journey together. I feel blessed that I am with you at FPS and I hope that you feel something similar. This congregation of individuals is what makes this meetinghouse come alive and the work that we choose to do in the world makes it a little bit better for all. I am so proud of what we have done together this year this congregation rocks in the best way possible.

Thank you for being you and for all that you do every single day!

Peace,  Rev. Marjorie


R.E.flections by a chaliceD.R.E.amer

by Roberta Altamari, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”  ― Kurt Vonnegut

“And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”  ― C. JoyBell

As I watch both myself and the congregation prepare for the upcoming transition (of me leaving my Director of Lifespan Religious Education position while staying to work just with the youth and young adult ministries), numerous online quotes come to mind about needing to have faith that we will fly when we jump off the proverbial cliff. And other quotes about new doors opening when others close. Life can be quite scary when we welcome change, and yet we also know that it is the only way to open our lives to new adventures.

When I announced my resignation last January, I assumed I would know more about my future plans by now than I do. I optimistically believed that I would have my dream business or career handed to me on a silver platter. All I do know is that I have decided to take one path that will give me more time to transition carefully, thoughtfully, and thoroughly. This past weekend, I was offered and accepted the INTERIM Director of Religious Exploration position at First Parish of Framingham UU.  So I will work for one year as both Sudbury’s Youth Director and Framingham’s Interim DRE.

I know some of you might not be happy with me as you previously said the only reason you accepted my resignation so gracefully is that I was moving on to different work. To you, I say that this feels right for me right now and it is different in that it is interim. While some of my job responsibilities will be similar to my work here, many duties will be new as it will be my role to guide them through their time of transition. It is intentionally and mutually only one year which gives us both a transitional year to discern what we want for our future. This will enable me to support my daughter as she chooses her college path and to do some more soul searching about my future career path. As I turn 45 this week, I recognize that I am at some mid-life stage that is opening my mind and spirit to questioning who I am and what kind of life I want to life. All of this is a part of it that process.

As I accept this one-year role, I hope you all will understand that I am both sad to not be here in Sudbury on Sunday mornings, but excited to be able to offer all of the gifts that I have developed here at First Parish to one of our nearby congregations. Your guidance as I’ve grown as a leader and my experience during our two long interim years have left me feeling confident to guide one of our neighbors through a similar transition.

Likewise, I hope that my leaving the leadership of the Religious Education program here will open doors to wonderful possibilities for Sudbury. I wrote in my Annual Report that I was sad to note that we have gone full circle with having increased and then decreased our RE participants from 49 up to 63 and then back down to 49 this year. New guidance may be just what is needed to bring new energy and families to Sudbury! I wish only the very best for you and your R.E. program!!

Blessed be.  Roberta


Religious Exploration NEWS

Sign-Up NOW to help in R.E. next Fall and get a chance to WIN a raffle being held on Sunday, May 18

Let’s get next year off to a great start!! Commit now to volunteering in the RE program next Fall (September 2014 to December 2014) and be entered into a raffle to win one of four $25 gift cards (to Karma Coffee, Serendipity Cafe, Panera, or Bertucci’s). You get one raffle ticket for each time you volunteer. Volunteering for the R.E. (Religious Education) Committee or the YAYA (Youth and Young Adult) Committee for the 2014 to 2015 year counts as 10 tickets

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 Save the date of June 1 for a fabulous field trip after the Annual Meeting

Yes, all children, adults, and families (and teens in Breakfast Club or higher whose parents are okay with them being on their own with a friend) are invited to join us to go to Canobie Lake Park together. (If it rains, we will go trampoline jumping at Skyzone instead). Our estimated time for departure is 1pm. Please RSVP to Roberta if you want to be included in planning emails for this trip.


How can UUs expand our faith to serve the world?

ga 2014“Love Reaches Out” is the theme of the 2014 UUA General Assembly, June 25-29 in Providence, Rhode Island. The First Parish of Sudbury nominating committee seeks 4 members willing and eager to represent us as voting members at this year’s annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Please let Deirdre Menoyo () or Kelsey Thompson () know if you wish to participate in this unusually convenient assemblage of the leaders of our faith. From the website:  “A core purpose of our faith is to help people grow in spirit and in service. We believe that our faith provides a path for each of us to unlock our transformational capacity to serve the world with love. We want to expand our faith not just to grow Unitarian Universalism, but also to better achieve this transformational purpose. Therefore, the General Assembly Planning Committee, the UUA Board of Trustees and the Administration want the General Assembly in 2014 help our association live into a future where our “Love Reaches Out” to share our faith both within and beyond our congregations’ walls.”  For further details, visit



FPS Walk For Hunger Team May 4, 2014

Living Our Faith

 sunshine2   Bring some sunshine to some children’s lives (then protect them!)

  This spring we are supporting homeless children in Marlborough, who are part of the Families in Transition program, living in homeless shelters in two hotels, while their families wait for permanent housing. At any one time there are between 50 and 85 kids in the program. As the summer approaches, all kids look forward to playing outside and maybe going swimming. For kids who live with their families in one small hotel room, getting outside is a special treat, but their parents often can’t afford to buy the summer supplies we all take for granted. That’s where we come in. From May 11 through June 15, we will be collecting bottles of sunscreen, flip-flops, sunglasses, beach towels, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and any other outside “stuff” you can think of. These don’t have to be fancy or expensive items, just everyday brands will do. And any size from toddler through teens will be helpful. The families also need individually packaged snacks, which can be expensive for parents to buy and which aren’t usually available at food pantries. During the school year, the program makes sure the kids get snacks through their schools, but it’s harder for them to do that in the summer. So, as you shop for your family’s summer supplies and snacks, please buy some things for a family in need. Use those 2-for-1 coupons to help some kids to have a fun and healthy summer! Collection bins are in the Parish Hall, near the doors to the sanctuary stairs.


Come Build a House with us!

habitat2First Parish of Sudbury has reserved Saturday, June 14 to build with Habitat in Wayland.  As you probably know, volunteer groups are integral to helping Habitat fulfill their mission of building homes, communities, and hope. We have spaces for 8 – 12 people. People can sign up for all or half day (8-4 or 8-12 or 12-4). Volunteers must be over 16 to build and over 18 to use power tools. Habitat for Humanity – MetroWest/Greater Worcester is building 4 affordable homes on donated land on Stonebridge Road in Wayland. Homes will be sold to qualified homeowners who demonstrate a need for housing, ability to partner with Habitat and ability to pay a mortgage. The four families have been selected, and will probably be building with us. This is a great opportunity to make a difference by helping to build a home for some new neighbors. For more information, see the MetroWest/Greater Worcester Habitat For Humanity at Please contact Liz Rust for more information or to sign up. ()


From Your Faith In Action Team

May 18 Share the Plate with Hudson Community Food Pantry

Helping to alleviate the increasing need for food of people in Hudson, Berlin and Bolton, the Hudson Food Pantry served 179 individuals and families (43 seniors, 196 younger adults, and 130 children) in 2013. From January 1 through April 22, 2014, it served 187 individuals and families (50 seniors, 190 younger adults, and 109 children), in 963 visits. It distributed 3100 bags of food during this period, and also distributed 130 hams for Easter. The Hudson Community Food Pantry considers itself to have been lucky the last couple of months because, due to the generosity of some of the local stores, it has been able to offer milk and butter in addition to the other foods it ordinarily has available. It is open Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30, and the first Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Clients are welcome to get food twice a month. In addition to canned and dry goods, The Hudson Community Food Pantry also provides as much meat, cheese, eggs, produce and bread that it can.

Faith In Action Team To Meet 8:30 am, May 18, in the Library

You are very welcome to attend and to join.. The main agenda item will be choosing STPs for at least the first few months of the next church year. If there is a 501 C(3) organization with which you want us to share a Sunday offering, please fill out the form on the FIA bulletin board and put it in the FIA file in the office or give it to Judy Deutsch.

We Are Invited to the Tuesday, May 13, UU Advocacy Day at the State House

9:30 to 3:00: breakfast, worship, speakers including David Wilson (advocate for marriage equality in the successful 2004 case), celebration of 10 years of same sex marriage in Massachusetts, and visiting legislators.  Contact to register.  Speakers will talk briefly about Raising the Minimum Wage, The Jobs Not Jails Campaign and Working Towards Immigration Reform.  Join Us!

Thursday, May 15, UU Urban Ministry Annual  Meeting

10:30am to 1:30pm (including lunch). 10 Putnam Street, John Eliot Square, Roxbury, MA, 02119.


FYI from the Welcoming Congregation Committee

Governor Patrick signed a bill on April 24 that makes Massachusetts anti-bullying law LGBT-inclusive.

Youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer are at much greater risk of being bullied. This updated legislation builds upon the 2010 Massachusetts anti-bullying law, adding in language that acknowledges this and aims to strengthen the protection of LGBTQ students (actual or perceived) as well as for students with disabilities and brings us one step closer to ending bullying for our LGBTQ youth.

Join Us at Boston’s 44th Pride Parade on June 14

Clara Barton and Mass Bay District congregations are invited to march with the District at Boston’s 2014 Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, June 14. This year’s theme:   “Be Yourself: Change the World.”  PLEASE NOTE: The parade will start at 11:00 AM – one hour earlier than usual – due to the Government Center MBTA construction.

If your congregation has not signed up to march behind its own banner this year, you are welcome to join us. REGISTER yourself or a group at

Marchers will be asked to show up by 10:30 AM. Those attending the Pride Worship at Arlington Street UU prior to the march (at 10am) are welcome to join us as soon as they can get to us after that service.  Further details about exactly where to meet us are still forthcoming from the Pride Committee but we will be in touch with everyone who registers a few days before the event with final instructions.

Please note that those who march with the district cannot carry a banner for their congregation. One banner per contingent is the rule. However, you are welcome to bring signs or wear t-shirts that advertise your congregation. You are also encouraged to don Standing on the Side (SSL) of Love paraphernalia if you have it. To order SSL clothing or signs, go to the SSL online store at

For more details about:  Boston’s Pride Parade or this year’s Parade route

No fee is required to participate, though you are welcome to make a freewill offering of any amount toward the cost of registration. Checks can be made out to MBD and sent to our office at 182 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472. Hope you can come.


From UU Animal Ministry

wheat field“If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20 to 30 times more land for (growing) food than we have now.”  —  James Lovelock, British climatologist

Going Meatless at least once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions (see below). It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.  But keep in mind that just going meatless is not enough. Try to add healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives to your diet each week. Further, if you do eat meat on other days, we strongly recommend grass-fed, hormone-free, locally-raised options whenever possible. Health Benefits  – LIMIT CANCER RISK: Hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk. Both red and processed meat consumption are associated with colon cancer.  REDUCE HEART DISEASE: Recent data from a Harvard University study found that replacing saturated fat-rich foods (for example, meat and full fat dairy) with foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fat (for example, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds) reduces the risk of heart disease by 19%.  FIGHT DIABETES: Research suggests that higher consumption of red and processed meat increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.  CURB OBESITY: People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. A recent study from Imperial College London also found that reducing overall meat consumption can prevent long-term weight gain.  LIVE LONGER: Red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality. IMPROVE YOUR DIET. Consuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat. Environmental Benefits:   REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation.  MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.  HELP REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE. On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. Save Lives – go meatless often.  It’s good for you, good for the planet and sends a strong economic message that you do not support the cruel treatment of sentient animals on factory farms.


Coffee House Saturday, May 10

Come be part of the folk music scene, a New England tradition throughout the greater UU community. Proceeds benefit FPS as well as Don Arte, a music program in Cusco, Peru for disadvantaged children.

Join us for two features at the Coffee House on the Rocky Plain on Sat. May 10 at 7pm Jackie Damsky and String River and the Kenny Selcer Band will be here to entertain us with their own songs as well as traditional bluegrass and folk songs.

We need volunteers to help set up the tables and chairs at 3:30-6:00pm to transform the Parish Hall into an intimate music stage and inviting space for the audience. We’re down to only two volunteers at set up time and really do need four people for that job. Please call Judith Christianson or Leslie Lowe to sign up to help.

Homemade cakes, pies and other gastronomic wonders will be available. Come early to settle in at your favorite table or wing chair. Doors open 6:30pm for tickets and refreshments.

kennyselcerband-300x245Kenny Selcer Band is a warm, eclectic group that plays a wide range of material: folk rock, Americana, country and reggae. They traverse the musical map with infectious melodies and unstoppable rhythms. The stunning guitar work, intimate vocals, 3 part harmonies and heartfelt songs, keep audiences asking for more. They soothe the spirit, rock the house and melt into a seductive, bluesy groove. It’s a unique uplifting sound that comes through both live and on disc! It is an uplifting and transcendent romp through style after style that will get you tapping your feet and singing along. The Band is Kenny Selcer(vocals, guitar), Phil Punch(congas), Liz Buchanan(vocals, percussion) and Steve Gilligan(bass, vocals).

Jackie-Damsky-String-River1-300x225Jackie Damsky & String River is the unique genre-bending acoustic trio featuring Jackie Damsky on passionate violin & sweet vocals, supported by gifted guitarists Rich Caloggero and Bryan Tucker. Their material reflects each member’s broad range of style, as they perform jazz standards, folk waltzes, country blues, bluegrass, pop, gypsy jazz, and more. They joyously share the emotional essence and nuance of the music they love, and are guaranteed to move and delight you.

A Gathering of Men May 17

gathering of men 1  The next meeting of the men of First Parish will be in the library on Saturday, May 17 from 11am -12:30 pm. Our topic of discussion will be our own ministries – in our families, jobs, and at First Parish. All are welcome. As usual coffee and donuts will be provided. [break-wrap]?

May 18 First Parish to be part of Historic Sudbury Town Center Tour

Sunday, May 18 as part of  Sudbury Celebrates 375.  Details at


May 25 Guest Speakers

Spirituality & Interfaith is the topic of worship on Sunday, May 25, when our service will be led by two student ministers from Andover Newton Theological School, Lisa Kirk and Sam Teitel who write, “In line with our covenant with our world through our seven principles we are moved to continue the conversation of what it means to integrate our promise and our spirituality with the diversity that surrounds us. With our sermon, Spirituality and Interfaith, we hope to open a path for a continuing thought process on this important and timely topic.”  All are welcome.

From your Landscape Committee

Now is the time for new Memorial Garden Plantings

If you would like to honor a deceased loved one with a planting (tree, shrub. or wildflowers) in the Memorial Garden, please contact Marge Langmuir before May 16.

Announcing “Garden Buddies!”

Would you be willing to help Landscape Committee members with a variety of outdoor tasks this year? We are initiating a buddy program so that we can get more done for the parish without placing a burden on anyone.

garden buddiesFolks who are interested in helping out can water plants this summer or assist our knowledgeable committee members for an afternoon or two of invigorating work in the sunshine. We can make it better than a work-out at the gym if you want! Please look for a sign-up at coffee hour in May!

At the same time, we are looking for potential new members to “check us out.”  You will be welcomed at our next meeting on May 18th, at 11:30am in the library. Please direct any questions to Valerie Tratnyek at


Welcome to the Village of First Parish, Sudbury!

The Web Committee of the First Parish has launched the Members and Friends Private Website, which allows us to communicate internally on issues that are important to us individually and to the parish in general, as well as to committees and groups.

It’s simple to use and more organized than email so your communications to others won’t get lost in a flood of unrelated email. With it we can discuss issues, see meeting minutes, edit and comment on documents and otherwise stay in touch.

Later this week you will receive and email from the Web Committee with your username and password so you can log onto the Members and Friends Private Website (Internal website).

When you receive it, please log in and bookmark the URL so it will be easy to find the next time you want it.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

The Village WebsiteWhat’s on the internal website?

• Reference documents, such as Annual Reports, budgets, meeting minutes, photos and more.

• “Groups,” which are a collection of people who share an interest. For example, the Conscious Eating committee has a group, as has the Finance Committee.

• Discussion forums where Groups collaborate and share information.

• The First Parish Directory, which gives contact information for all members and friends.

What can I do with the website?

There are a lot of new ways the Members and Friends private website will help you to interact in an online community. Here are a few of the things our new website facilitates:

Share information easily with a group. Put your data on the website and everyone in your group will have access to it, can be notified if it changes, and can respond to it. No more vast, confusing, or contradictory email chains!

See what’s new on the website. Click the Activity menu item to see what has been changed on the website recently.

Find out what’s going on at First Parish. You can “listen in” on a group’s activity and see what’s happening. Join if you like, or just keep up to date.Store important documents where they’re safe and available. You can upload all kinds of material, including pictures and video, as well as regular documents. They are easily categorized and you can decide who can change them. Imagine never again losing an important document or frantically sorting through a dusty old manila folder to find what you need. Learn more.

Learn More

Check us out at coffee hour. The Web Committee will be showcasing the new website at coffee hour to answer questions and help you get started.

Attend a beginner’s forum. There will be sessions scheduled to help new users.

Ask for help. The Web Committee can answer questions and give individual assistance.

See you in the Village!

– Tom Yelton, Jan Hardenbergh, Susan Stocker


 From the Rummage Sale chairperson

 femclipI would like to thank the many, many First Parishioners who helped make the Women’s Alliance April 5 Rummage Sale a success this year. We took in more than the median for recent years, and we did it with the help of those who donated, those who publicized, those who sorted, those who sold, those who monitored, and not least of all, those who helped set up, take down, and clean up for Music Sunday the following day. Oh, and also those of you who bought! We hope you found some real treasures. — Peg Espinola[anchor-link]?

image020People We Care About

Our sincere condolences to Jenaabi Finlay on the death of her brother, James D. Finlay, of Jonesboro, Maine…and wishes for good heath and speedy recoveries to Dianne Hoaglin and Lois Ames.


Our Pastoral Associates

Julia Dixon Eddy, Mary Ellen French, Heather Merrill, Fred Pryor, and Paul Reising

In the event of a pastoral need,

please call any of our First Parish Pastoral Associates



Historic Reflection

Rev. Carl Scovel, minister here 1957-67, sent this note entitled Beloved Community written by Maryann Moore, member of First Parish from 1960 to 1970-something, and a member of the Edgecomb, Maine UU Fellowship:

I became a Unitarian Universalist in the 1960s, at the First Parish Church in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  I chose to do so because I loved sitting in the historic church sanctuary on a Sunday morning – a simple, beautiful space, where years before the Revolutionary uprising was plotted, planned, begun.  The small congregation was made up mostly by young families with children of corresponding ages to my five and by the their bright active parents.  Those good points notwithstanding, the unspoken reason I joined was that for the first time in my life I felt at home in a church.  The minister’s prayers came to us from his heart and soul and they were my prayers as well.  The sermons were meaningful and worth thinking about during the week.  At First Parish I felt the worship service was made for me.  I had a responsibility to be there every week.  My participation was important to the minister and the rest of the congregation.

Young, energetic, creative I joined the church happily.  Over a period of sixteen years I participated in the Women’s Alliance group, the Sunday School Committee, the board of trustees, was editor of the newsletter, directed the Christmas pageant, was chairperson of the church Harvest Fair, attended the first UUA General Assembly in Boston, gave several sermons.  This may sound like bragging, I don’t mean it to be.  I mention the details because it was a labor of love and a time of real growth for me and my family.  Not particularly religious people to begin with, the church was the center piece of our lives.  I think my beginnings as a Unitarian Universalist taught me to connect church with extended family, people to whom I owed love and loyalty, and from whom I was certainly blessed.


Open Table Seeks Important Volunteer Positions

Open Table is a wonderful all volunteer, not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food, friendship and support to those in need in our communities. This includes a dinner and food pantry service that takes place every Monday night at the Clock Tower Place in Maynard. Volunteer Coordinator (VC): We are looking for an outward going, organized person who is comfortable using the computer to help us recruit and schedule individuals to either serve dinners, work in the food pantry or clean-up on Monday nights. You can schedule and recruit from the convenience of your home, which typically involves about 5 hours a week. In addition, working with a VC assistant, you will share responsibility for being onsite Mondays from 4:30-6:00PM to welcome volunteers. It’s a fun position, and a great way to meet new people. Summer Help: We need help during the summer to give our year long volunteers a break. Please let us know if you’re available Join us as we help others. It’s a very rewarding experience! Please contact:


Local, District, Denominational News/Events reflecting UU values

image026Please check the bulletin boards in the Parish Hall for events at other churches, the Clara Barton and Mass Bay Districts of UU Congregations, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) and others who share our values.
Fitchburg Drum Circle on the first Thursday of the month at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 923 Main St, at the top of the Upper Common, in historic downtown Fitchburg, 7 – 9 pm. Some drums and other percussion instruments are available to borrow. This is a child friendly circle and is free. We will be outside on the common at the gazebo in the summer. Check us out on Facebook @“Fitchburg Drum Circle”
SILA, April 24 – May 25 by Chantal Bilodeau, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, produced by Underground Railway Theater, A Catalyst Collaborative@MIT project. Pre & Post Performance discussions.  Tickets:   On Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, eight characters – including a climatologist, an Inuit activist, and two polar bears – find their values challenged as they grapple with a rapidly changing environment and world. Winner of the Inaugural Woodward International Playwriting Prize, Sila blends Inuit myth with contemporary Arctic policy, three languages (English, French, and Inukitut), and spoken word poetry to illuminate competing interests shaping the future of the local Inuit population and of our planet.
Fundraiser for Greater Boston PFLAG Friday, May 9 at 7:30pm: Wild & Precious written and performed by Steve Cadwell at First Church Boston Unitarian Universalist Community.  $20 or $15 Seniors/Students, checks payable to Greater Boston PFLAG;  mail to GBPFLAG POB 541619, Waltham, MA 02454 or call (781) 891-5966 to reserve seats.  Details at
Deciding on Divestment from Fossil Fuels: From Congregations to Kitchen Tables Wednesday, May 14, 7-9 PM – Hancock Church, 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington MA . From religious congregations to universities to kitchen tables nationwide, people are debating divestment. Burning fossil fuels is the largest single contributor to human-caused climate change. If it’s wrong to disrupt the planet’s life systems, is it wrong to profit from such destruction? Should we get rid of our investments in the fossil fuel industry?  Join us for a thought provoking forum.  See flyer on bulletin board in the Parish Hall or email Fran Ludwig at for more details.
Care Package Drive for Troops Overseas May 17-18 at the Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road (Rt 85), collecting letters and cards as well as personal care items, food and more.  For details, see the flyer on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or call Lisa Braccio at 508-481-9939
Saturday, May 31, Passive House Symposium, Seaport Convention Center, Boston.  Spend the day learning how to build large and small buildings at cost parity that are 80% more energy efficient using Pasive House standards. Meet designers, architects, builders, investors and friends.
Starhawkat First Parish UU Concord, 20 Lexington Rd. –  activist and author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and Earth-based, feminist spirituality. Tues., June 3, Starhawk will lead a Women’s Workshop. Pot luck begins at 6:00 PM.  Women from other UU congregations are welcome. PLEASE NOTE: If the workshop fee of $60 is a hardship for anyone, please request a reduction/waiver from Wed., June 4, Starhawk will be at The Umbrella Community Arts Center, 40 Stow St., Concord, speaking on creating sacred community, holding your own power, and stepping into leadership. Tickets are $25.  Doors will open at 5:00.  Tickets for both events at
Come to the Sudbury Valley Trustees Trail-a-Thon Saturday, June 7 for fun for all ages, music, BBQ, games, and more.  Details at
Final Exit Network is a volunteer run organization that is supporting the human right to a death with dignity. Find out more at



327 Concord Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776 978-443-2043


Newsletter submission deadline is 5 pm Wed., May 28 for the issue of Wed., June 4

Send to administrator or phone 978-443-2043

We are a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers; we strive to learn together and support one another as we celebrate life’s important moments and serve the larger community. At First Parish of Sudbury we welcome all who wish to explore their own spiritual journeys in the company of others and any who are seeking a religiously liberal community of faith. Our ministry is for people of all ages: we are a religious community that combines spiritual exploration, religious education, music, caring and compassion, service, advocacy, public witness and action. Our community is not confined to Sunday worship, rather we live our faith in service and action both inside and beyond our historic meetinghouse. Please visit or call or check out our website.

Minister: Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty —

Director of Lifespan Religious Education: Roberta Altamari —

Director of Music: Debra Morris-Bennett —

Congregational Administrator: Donna Scalcione —



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