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October 5 – Coffee House with Sally Sweitzer and Wendy Sobel 

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Coffeehouse

Wendy Sobel and Sally Sweitzer have been playing as a duo and in numerous bands for 30+ years. The blend of their voices and the ease and precision that comes with a long-term friendship and musical alliance makes audiences feel they are part of something special and intimate, and makes the Coffee House environment perfect for their shows.

Sally Swietzer, cut her musical teeth by singing the Blues . She has expanded into folk and country musical genres, always bringing the soul and the power of her blues and R&B roots to anything she does. The Boston Globe described her as having “the soul of Billie Holiday and the power and grit of Janis Joplin”. 

Wendy Sobel, guitarist, singer and songwriter, has been an award-winning presence on the Boston music scene for many years, sharing the stage with such acts as Karla Bonoff, Livingston Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, Lily Tomlin and Kathy Mattea to name a few.  She has also toured with Canadian singer/songwriter Ferron. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Sally and Wendy perform together on Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 pm in a concert to benefit First Parish! Tickets are $20 (free for kids under 12) and will be sold during coffee hour in September or online.

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Jenna Kyes Appointed Director of Religious Exploration

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in General News, Newsletter, Religious Exploration

First Parish is pleased to announce that Jenna Kyes has been appointed to the position of Director of Religious Exploration for the congregation.

Jenna received a Masters in Early Education from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from Brandeis University. She has an extensive teaching background that includes experience working with children and youth in Unitarian Universalism religious education programs, schools, and academic enrichment programs, and she is a trained Spirit Play teacher.  Most recently, she served as Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough and was responsible for the development and implementation of religious education programming for students of all ages. Jenna also led a Coming of Age program for eighth grade students, as well as a high school youth group, and coordinated a team of volunteer teachers. She is experienced with Tapestry of Faith curricula, as well as Spirit Play, Coming of Age and OWL.

“I love helping children learn, and I am committed to the Unitarian Universalist mission,” says Jenna. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support the faith development of the children and youth in First Parish’s Religious Exploration!”

First Parish has chosen the title Religious Exploration for this program because it is our goal to encourage students to explore their faith and their world, so that they may each have the freedom to form their own Unitarian Universalist identity. Religious Exploration at First Parish nurtures the spiritual growth of children and youth from infancy through high school, supporting them as they build a loving community, explore world religions and faith traditions, seek truth and meaning, and work together to make positive change in the world.

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First Parish Women’s Alliance kicks off new season with guest speaker – Join us September 10th at 6:30 in the Commons

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Community

Our get-togethers are open to all women with a connection to First Parish of Sudbury, regardless of membership status. Newcomers are especially welcome. Join us for this opening event.

Rebecca Parkhill, First Parish member and co-founder of the Metrowest Women’s Fund will talk to us about the Fund’s mission and projects. First Parish has supported this new group with a Share the Plate in the Spring and the collection of project art materials for the “Mom & Me” camp at MCI-Framingham this summer.  Come hear what’s next and how we can continue to be involved and support this group. The Fund has already supported a “dreamer” student at Framingham State and hosted an educational event with Betsy Soule, the director of the Metrowest Legal Services, who presented about the legal needs of women and girls living on low income in our community.

As usual, we have a “bring whatever” potluck starting at 6:30 and our program around 7pm.   In addition to our speaker, we will have a brief discussion of upcoming programs. Please come, with or without a donation of home-made or store-bought food or beverage. There’s always plenty to go around.

For this church season the Women’s Alliance gatherings will be on the 10th of the month in September, October, January, February, and March. The other months have special events, which we will discuss at this opening gathering. All our events, like our periodic potluck gatherings, are open to all women with a connection to First Parish of Sudbury, regardless of membership status. Again, newcomers are especially welcome.

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