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Community and Stewardship

Mr. Chad Trexler and friends

Our Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chad Trexler, will join other congregants as they ponder Community and Stewardship. Chad will speak, as well as Ashley Taylor, Valerie Tratnyek and Steve Smith.

These “choir of voices” services are always very enriching, so be sure to plan to join us March 10.

(Illustration by Ginny Steel)

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Michael Tyo “One Truth, Many Truths”

Mr. Michael Tyo will lead our Sunday service and will examine the duality of believing in a universal One Truth and also believing in multiple parallel truths that are different.

Michael has been a member of First Parish Sudbury for 10 years, and he currently is a member of the Worship Associates Group. He’s trained as a scientist and an engineer, and has worked in Biotech since its early days. In his spare time, he enjoys nature photography and drone flying. He lives in Marlboro with his family, where he plays ‘grandpa’ to 9 grandkids.

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“Letting go- How does one even do that?” by Ms. Gail Hardenbergh

Gail Hardenbergh, a long time member and spiritual seeker looks forward to sharing her ideas about how one might actually “Let Go.” The sermon will explore the meaning and opportunities inherent in the process.

Sermon textLetting Go, sermon Gail Hardenbergh, Feb. 24, 2019

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Rev. Fred Small preaching Sunday, Feb. 17

We welcome Rev. Fred Small to our pulpit.

“Praise Be the Flood”  Scientists predict that climate change will have dire consequences for humanity and the planet we inhabit.  Can global warming move us to change course and build a new society grounded in justice, equity, and compassion?

A Unitarian Universalist pastor, environmental activist, singer-songwriter, and former environmental lawyer, Rev. Fred Small is Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston. Cited by Bill McKibben as “one of the key figures in the religious environmental surge,” Fred left parish ministry in 2015 to devote his energies to climate advocacy.


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Lessons Learned from Professor Sherman by Rev. Claire Donaldson

Acceptance and tolerance can be found in any arena.  Opportunities for learning can be found in many settings.  It’s not always easy to let go of misinformation and long held beliefs.  Sometimes we can find new lessons in some unexpected places.

Rev. Claire Donaldson is a long time member and Deacon of First Church in Salem, UU. She is a member of the Standing Committee and Pastoral Care Committee. Claire has worked as a chaplain and recreation therapist in a variety of healthcare settings.  She lives in Lynn with her loyal and faithful friend, Sherman.

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Mindfulness Meditation with Laine Gifford and the FPS meditation group

This Sunday, Laine Gifford and the FPS meditation sangha (community of people who gather together and are committed to the practice of meditation) will lead our 10am service. It will include some teaching about meditation and a chance to practice short meditations with the goal of being more mindful.

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