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Endings and Beginnings Service Sunday, Jan. 6

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

Each year on the first Sunday in January, we honor the Endings and Beginnings of the lives of people who touch our lives. During our Sunday service, the names of people who were born and who died in the previous year are read aloud, and we stand as the names are read. It is a very moving ritual. All are welcome to participate.

It is time once again to collect the names of loved ones who died and who were born in 2008. Please send the following information to Rev. Marjorie at

  1. full name (and how to pronounce it if needed)
  2. whether the person was born or died
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Auction Sermon: Nature

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in General News, Uncategorized, Worship Services

In ancient times… during the dark days of winter, at the birth of spring, thru the abundance of summer and the harvest humankind has sought deeper meaning, entities to blame and allies for our journey. The mother, Goddess who gave birth and meaning to life, the father, God who worked the land and the people towards achievement. Throughout history meaning has been imagined and shared through ritual, legend and folklore. The stars and heavens held the truth. The pagan faith, the beliefs of our ancestors before organized religion was a thing, is what our discussion this week is all about. Join the Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she meanders through traditional beliefs and and folklore that has endured in the face of persecution and orthodoxy.

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Love Thy Nature…film and discussion January 10 at 6:30pm

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

Co-sponsored by Sudbury Extended Day and First Parish, you are invited and encouraged to see this award-winning film. Filmmaker Sylvie Rokab examines the beauty and intimacy of humankind’s relationship with the natural world.

Love Thy Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson, shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy Nature shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well being, but also to solving our environmental and climate crises. 

This will be shown in the Commons at First Parish of Sudbury, but seating is limited. Please sign up with Cate Dill, an environmental educator working with Sierra Club who will lead the discussion. Click on this link to sign up:

The film will be shown at 7:00pm. A discussion will follow the film, and light refreshments will be served at 6:30.

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From Loss to Gratitude…

Posted by on Nov 4, 2018 in General News, Uncategorized, Worship Services

How does one face loss and grief only to convert them into gratitude? Join the Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty this week as she wonders at the possibilities inherent in the practice of loving kindness and gratitude and what it takes to change a mind. During the service we will create an altar of photos and small mementos of ancestors, so bring yours in. Also this Sunday please join us in celebration for the thirty year anniversary of our Director of Music, Debra Morris-Bennett.

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“Breathing Together: An Interfaith Diversity Workshop”

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

Engage with People of different religious backgrounds to share our stories, beliefs and rituals…

Sunday, Oct 14 & 28:
2pm – 4:30pm
Congregation Beth El, 105 Hudson Rd., Sudbury

Facilitators for activities and exercises will be:

Asima Silva [founder of and interfaith activist]
Raphael Woods [past president of MICAH: MetroWest Interfaith Congregations Acting on Hope].

The workshop is designed to be TWO short, stimulating afternoon sessions, and is free and open to the public.

To sign up for either OCT 14 or 28 or BOTH days, please email .

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9/16 Bohm Dialogue — How Do You Talk About Gender Equality? (for Facebook)

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

How do you talk with your spouse about gender equality when it starts out as such a potentially emotionally-charged topic, or more generally, with anyone about similarly charged topics?

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 September 16 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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