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Sea Change: What can we learn from the 1960s? (newsletter)

We welcome the Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson to our pulpit. She writes that “the 1960s introduced many cultural changes that still influence us today, as we continue to struggle with issues of freedom, equality, peace, and love. What can we learn from this era about the challenges of creating a culture based on Unitarian Universalist values and principles?”

The Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson is a semi-retired Unitarian Universalist minister, who has served both in the parish and community. Her recent ministry includes coordinating the UU Rainbow History Project, to document how UUs became welcoming to LGBTQ folks and co-founding of UU Class Conversations, to inspire UU congregations to become more class-inclusive and diverse. Her memoir, Sea Change: the unfinished agenda of the 1960s, will be available for purchase after the service. Her previous books include: Called to Community: New Directions in UU Ministry; Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform 1776-1936; and the curriculum Becoming Women of Wisdom: Marking the Passage into the Crone Years.

 

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Religious Exploration March 24th

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Religious Exploration– Last Sunday the children had popcorn theology class to begin exploring, in a contemporary way, the stories found in the Bible. Our study of Catholicism this weeks will be all about the myths and legends of a faith. We will hear about: The Creation myth, Noah’s Ark, Adam & Eve, Joseph’s Coat, David & Goliath, and Jonah in the belly of the fish. The children will see how things like Joseph’s story, or the story of Passover are shared among the religions we’ve learned about and how they tie together as well as how they relate to our own UU principles. As we head towards Easter/Passover, we are working on a special crossover event between our own Religious Exploration classes and those at Beth El. I hope to see you all Sunday!
Please Note – Religious Exploration at First Parish is in need of adult volunteers to lead and assist in spirit play and nursery! Please contact us at if you are able to volunteer!
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Community Dinner Saturday, March 16 at 6pm

Come one and all to our community dinner on Saturday, March 16 at 6:00pm.  This is an opportunity to better understand “Gratitude, Urgency, and Hope” for our future.  Members will have received a mailing this week and this is a perfect opportunity to bring your questions and have a chance to hear about the “state of the union” while enjoying dinner provided by the Board of Trustees.  Come to hear about planning for next year, including budgeting plans to continue our congregation’s mission.  Extra pledge cards will be available should you need one.  New members and friends are welcome too!

Food–there will be options for all diets and beverages soft and hard. This is not a potluck–show up empty-handed but open-minded (and open-hearted).

Childcare–can be available if you contact the office ( or 978/443-2043 x3) by Thursday March 14 at noon.

Entertainment–Music will accompany appetizers and dinner!  Ms. Berit Strong, classical guitarist, will play that evening (She has played at our summer services).

 

 

 

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Matt Meyer “Lessons for Future Ancestors” (newsletter)

10:00am Mr. Matt Meyer returns to our pulpit for service and music called “Lessons for Future Ancestors” – Join us for a reflection of heavy suitcases, surprise turning points, and attending to the complexity of our times with love and resilience.

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Women’s Alliance Meeting and Potluck March 18 6:30pm

Our regular monthly potluck dinner and meeting, Monday March 18, 6:30 p.m. will be in the Commons. A true potluck—bring whatever you like, homemade or store-bought is fine. We are very pleased to offer a speaker, Jade Sylvan, a Harvard Divinity School intern at the Unitarian Universalist Association in charge of LGBTQ+ issues and a member of TRUUsT, or Trans Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together. Jade can help us understand the ever-evolving world of gender identity diversity as it relates to our denomination.

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Downsizing? Don’t know what to do with it all?

This from Aline K:

People who are downsizing or planning to downsize often have trouble figuring out what to do with all their stuff, particularly furniture. Here’s a way to “Kondo-ize” your home and help others at the same time. Fresh Start Furniture Bank will take your furniture and household good and provide it free of charge to qualified Massachusetts residents in need. This year, FSFB expects to provide 24,000 items to as many as 800 families.

FSFB is currently seeking the following items, most of which are too big or bulky to donate to the Women’s Alliance Rummage Sale:

  • Sofas/love seats
  • Coffee tables
  • Small bookcases
  • Small storage cabinets
  • Lamps
  • Kitchen tables
  • Full- and queen-size beds
  • Basic appliances (except coffee makers)
  • Twin-size blankets
  • King-size comforters
  • Drinking glasses

All donations are tax deductible. FSFB accepts items in good, clean condition only. You can drop off items at 16 Brent Drive in Hudson during business hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to noon and Saturdays from 9 am to noon. To arrange for limited pickups of larger items, call 508-485-2080.

https://www.freshstartfurniturebank.org/

 

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