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350Mass Metrowest Node Meeting at FPS January 10 at 7pm

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in General News

 

Gearing up for 2019: The Year of Urgency

How will you participate in our civilization’s need to address climate change? At this meeting, we will be forming and continuing working groups with projects that people can engage in now, aligned with 350Mass’ new campaign priorities.  We’ll also be practicing useful skills and supporting each other aw we instigate local initiatives and participate in statewide policy-making.

Join us as we work together to advocate for our planet on Thursday, January 10 at First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian Universalist 327 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA at 7:00pm. Help us become better advocates for our planet. Help us chart a path forward to make a difference in Metrowest.

 

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Women’s Alliance meeting February 11

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in General News

From the Women’s Alliance:  There will be no meeting in January.  We have a speaker for our February potluck meeting on Monday, February 11.  Devik Wyman from Mango Tree Artisans, a fair trade store in Sudbury, who is a frequent traveler to Central and South America,  will talk about “Textiles and Tortillas.”  Our potluck starts at 6:30 in the Commons with program to follow.
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Living Our Values with Ms. Laura Wagner (for newsletter)

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

Join the congregation at First Parish of Sudbury for the first of our Sunday services during the time our settled minister is on sabbatical. This Sunday, Jan. 13, we welcome back to our pulpit Ms. Laura Wagner, executive director of UU Mass Action, the Unitarian Universalist State Action Network. Their mission is to organize and mobilize UUs to confront injustice.

Ms. Wagner’s sermon is titled “Living Our Values”. Join us to learn more.

This Sunday we will “Share the Plate”–half of the collection will go to UU Mass Action.

Founded in 2006, it is a statewide network of congregations, lay members and ministers whose mission is to mobilize our voice in support of Unitarian Universalist values to achieve a just, equitable and compassionate Commonwealth. We are proud to share our collection with this worthy organization this morning.

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Board of Trustee Notes from Dec. 5 meeting

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in General News

The Board of Trustees met on December 5, 2018. Rev. Matty reported that the Pastoral Associates Group, the Worship Associates Group, and the Board will support one another during her sabbatical. Chad Trexler reported that the kickoff for the strategic planning process is planned for sometime in the next two weeks. The final planning is scheduled for March. Mark Trone provided the Board a draft template for the committee goals as requested by the council members. The Board emphasized that the goals for the Board filter down to the committee goals. Deborah Kruskal reported that the design for a sign near the street with removable panels is in process. She also reported that we are waiting for an update on the bids for the kitchen. Dave Andrews reported that he, Aline, and Jim Gish will be monitoring the solar bills for anomalies. The question is whether we are using more energy or are costs going up. The Board discussed the question of  storage and whether all items being stored are still needed. The next Board meeting will be January 9 instead of January 2.

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Insights: “Our Sabbatical”

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in General News, Minister's Column

By the time that you read this article I will be on sabbatical and please believe me when I tell you that I will miss you and my ministry at First Parish more than I can say. A Sabbatical is a time when a settled minister steps back from the day-to-day of their parish to refresh and reflect in order to move forward into, what some might consider, the next phase of one’s ministry. A sabbatical is not just about the minister… it is a time for the members and friends of First Parish to take your relationships, your commitment to Unitarian Universalism and your goal of growing the congregation to the next level. A sabbatical is not just about holding down the fort while the minister is away, it is about being fortified by one another as you engage deeply in your shared ministry.

This is a time to invite friends and neighbors to Sunday services and other events that you will envision and manifest. It is a time to support one another during times of joy and sorrow. It is a time to go deeper into your understanding of what it means to be a member of First Parish and for those of you who have been on the fence about joining… what is holding you back? Join, First Parish needs you! Over the next few months, with the help of the Board of Trustees, you will envision how First Parish might evolve and what role you may want to fill in this process. First Parish is what you make of it because it is yours. It is up to you and your representatives on the Board to be self governing. This is nothing new. We do this governing each and every day and at our annual meeting. The Unitarian Universalist Association, I affectionally refer to our national organizing body as the “mother ship,” explains a bit about the goal of our governance.

Governance is spelled out in the fifth Principle, which calls for “the use of the democratic process within our congregations.” Just as Unitarian Universalists emphasize-in our theology and history-the independence of each congregation rather than our interdependence through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), we emphasize the independence of each person more than our interdependence as members of a congregation. Under congregational polity each congregation is self-governing, choosing its own leadership, handling its own finances, and choosing its own delegates to the (UUA) General Assembly… How we relate to each other as individuals within a congregation mirrors the interrelations among congregations, entailing the same issue: balancing independence with interdependence. Difficult decisions such as actions for social justice, balancing the annual budget or a new location for the congregation spark (ie: new minister) bring the need for congregational polity and the democratic process to the forefront. Too often members of congregations believe that the only model for democratic process is for everyone to gather in one place and make all decisions by consensus. Although consensus may be appropriate for a small fellowship, it restricts both the size and development of the congregation. Rabbi and psychotherapist Edwin Friedman states the case: “[Consensus] tends to value peace over progress and personal relationships over ideas. . . . Emphasis on consensus gives strength to the extremists.” (https://www.uua.org/leadership/learning-center/governance/polity/47009.shtml)

As your settled minister I offer recommendations to the Board of Trustees and to the various committees that I meet with, but ultimately your direction, your goals, your hopes and dreams are yours, together. I am sure that you will learn so much independently and interdependently as you take your shared ministry to new places.

Over the next couple of months my hope is to rest, reflect and begin writing a book that studies the intersection of adoption, DNA and identity. These are all complicated issues taken one at a time, but the complexities and interconnections between these concepts together will be fascinating to unpack. As part of this very personal work I have committed to writing every day as well as journaling. I will hopefully be traveling to France and England at some point over the next few months to do some hands on research. I expect to be delightfully busy working on this passion that I have been only able to spend spare moments on over the last few of years.

I encourage you to reflect over this time as well, work on your credo that we talked about in October, which we will share in June, and endeavor to find your rhythm. You are each amazing people that have so much to share with one another.

Remember that I love you, be safe and I will miss you until we see one another again!

Rev. Marjorie

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