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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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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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Ken Wagner — Resisting White Supremacy – What’s In It for White People?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2020 in General News, Worship Services

Sunday Feb 2nd, our worship service will be led by Ken Wagner, who will give a sermon titled “Resisting White Supremacy – What’s In It for White People?”  Following the service, please join Mr. Wagner and the Faith in Action committee as they host a workshop discussion focused on the structural foundation of racism and how it exists almost independently of individual people.

Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty is on a winter study and solitude retreat. 

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Leslie Bryant — Leadership and Community

Posted by on Jan 26, 2020 in General News, Worship Services

Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty is on a winter study and solitude retreat. This is an annual time for all of First Parish to take the time to reflect and begin again. Join our guest speaker, Leslie Bryant as she shares her thoughts about leadership and community.

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