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Unity: An Act of Courage…

Posted by on Sep 22, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

“The People United Will Never Be Divided/Defeated” has been a battle cry for those who have fought for social justice around the world. It takes an act of courage to work towards unity in a world filled with privilege based on difference or does it? How do we imagine ways to work, live and play together based on a system that inherently excludes or includes based on one’s identity? Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish of Sudbury in better revealing, understanding and dismantling systems of oppression and privilege.

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Speak your Truth in Love…

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

In a country where hateful rhetoric is being flung back and forth on social media one has to wonder where is the “high ground?” How can we speak our minds and share our beliefs in meaningful ways that are not offensive or aimed to exclude rather than include? This Sunday join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty in finding ways to share our beliefs in patient and peaceful ways.

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Ingathering: Water is Change…

Posted by on Sep 8, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

Water is Change – Water is an important part of our lives. The human body is comprised of at least 60% water. We need it to sustain our lives, to bathe, wash everything and to cool or warm us on occasion. We float on water for recreation or travel. Water flows and wears surfaces and seeps into and around obstacles, it is flexible like no other material. At First Parish of Sudbury, we honor water at the time of our fall ingathering, September 8th. We encourage you to bring a small amount of water with you to worship, as an acknowledgment of its importance, from a special place that you visited this summer. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher taught that “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” Let us take stock as we begin again on September 8thhow we have been changed over this year and yet how we stay connected by what remains the same.

 

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Our Annual Poetry Jam

Posted by on Aug 25, 2019 in Worship Services

The First Parish Annual Poetry Jam is coming up on Sunday, August 25th!

Each year we end our summer services with a morning of poetry reading. All poems are welcome. They might be funny or profound. They could be classics that you memorized years ago or free verse you saw on the internet yesterday. Unknown poets join with those whose names are virtually synonymous with poetry. If you write poetry, we’d love to have you share your own work.

If you wake up Sunday morning and realize you forgot to find a poem, don’t worry. We’ll have a variety of poetry books available to choose from. And if you don’t feel like reading, come and listen to what is always a wide ranging, fun, and meaningful morning of poetry.

Nibbles are served at 9:30 and the service starts at 10:00. Hope to see you there!

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God of Dirt: A Meditation on Intimacy with Nature — Lane Williamson

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Worship Services

As children we feasted on lying in the grass watching ants carry big loads, on the swing going higher and higher in anticipation of actually touching those clouds; we carried endless curiosity into exploring the way the frog zipped his tongue out – so fast – and caught the fly; and we passionately cared when the blue robin’s egg fell from the nest, or the baby squirrels lost their home because a tree was cut down.

What happened to us? We grew up – and away – from intimacy with nature. Our loss.
Retrieve some of that curiosity and passion of childhood; spend time exploring how you might recapture that intimacy.

Lane Williamson is a painter and a teacher.

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What Is It About Guns – Seth Kaplan

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in Worship Services

Seth will be talking about why guns occupy the position they do in our society, how this is evidenced in the level of gun violence in America, and what this boils down to in his life.

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