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7/22 Bohm Dialogue — Morality

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue



A man of highest virtue Will not display it as his own;
His virtue then is real.
Low virtue makes one miss no chance To show his virtue off;
His virtue then is nought.
High virtue is at rest; It knows no need to act.
Low virtue is a busyness Pretending to accomplishment.

Truly, once the Way is lost, There comes then virtue;
Virtue lost, comes then compassion;
After that morality;
And when that’s lost, there’s etiquette,
The husk of all good faith,
The rising point of anarchy.

— Tao de Ching, Blakley trans., chapter 38

Lao Tzu seems to say that morals are an attempt to codify in rules what should come naturally from within, from the very Way itself. If you have to think about it you are already far gone.

But Lao Tzu thought too, and expressed his thoughts in words. Maybe by thinking together we can rediscover the roots of our own morality, get back to the original essence that all the confusing rules came from.

Jan suggests the following for those who wish to think ahead:

Seven Moral Rules Found All Around the World

In this longer collection.

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday July 22 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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Picnic on our Lawn: Annual July 4th Parade Grill at First Parish Sudbury

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in General News

For the best view of the Sudbury Parade and the best Food, come picnic on our First Parish lawn. There will be hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sausage with peppers and onions, veggie burgers, cold watermelon, cold drinks, popcorn, snacks and more. Come on down!


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Sudbury family in need of car

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in General News

Bethany Hadvab, the Sudbury town social worker, has put out this request:

“Do you know of anyone in your congregations who is looking to donate a used car to a family in need? I am working with a family who had their car die recently and they cannot afford another car at this time.”

If you have a car to give, or know someone who might, please contact:

Bethany Hadvab, LICSW

Board of Health Social Worker

Town of Sudbury



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“Families Belong Together” rally on FPS lawn at noon this Saturday June 30

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in General News




You and your friends and family are invited to gather on the lawn of FPS on Saturday the 30th at 12 to Stand on the Side of Love and against separation of families. 

“Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families.
But we won’t allow it to continue. On June 30, we’re rallying in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents!
Trump and his administration have been systematically criminalizing immigration and immigrants, from revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to ramping up intimidating ICE tactics.
Join us on June 30 to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: Families Belong Together!”

Check out the link:


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Hogwarts: Magic & Science Camp (cancelled–sorry)

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in General News

First Parish of Sudbury Summer Camp 2018

We aren’t able to offer this camp this year. So sorry!



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Summer Services 2018

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in General News, Worship Services


Summer Sunday services take place in our air-conditioned, hearing assisted Commons. Nibbles are available at 9:30am and the service begins at 10:00am.

Come hear a wide range of worship topics offered by our lay leaders. All are welcome, but no childcare is offered in the summer.

Click here for a table of host, music, and nibbles volunteer assignments and open slots.

Sunday Leader Subject
17-Jun Dave Andrews The Drunkard’s Walk
24-Jun Carole McNamee Worship Sharing: A Quaker Practice
1-Jul Aline Kaplan Seven Services to Humanity
8-Jul Robert Burkhardt 1968 and All That, In Three Parts
15-Jul June Hopkins Simple Living and Minimalism
22-Jul Leslie Bryant Perspective Taking
29-Jul Earth Centered Group Lughnasadh (Lammas)
5-Aug Valerie Tratnyek Me and My Bees
12-Aug Oliver Willett What can we really know?
26-Aug Group led Poetry jam

This post will be updated by the Summer Services coordinators as the spaces are filled.


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