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Compassion: A Spiritual Practice…

Posted by on Nov 17, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

Kuan Yin (Guanyin) was a Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion. (S)he was known as the Goddess of Mercy by Jesuit missionaries in China. (S)he has the supernatural power of assuming any form required to relieve suffering. In many of the world’s religions there are those whom personify compassion such as Jesus in Christianity. The Dalai Lama explained that, “My religion is kindness.” Confucius was the first person to formulate what has become known as the Golden Rule. Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in understanding the importance of compassion and how we can build upon gratitude to extend our practice to contain compassion.

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Why, How, What…

Posted by on Nov 10, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

“Very few people can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. WHY is all about your purpose, cause of belief. WHY do you get out of the bed in the morning? And WHY should anyone care?” These words written by Golden Circle guru Simon Sinek a man who in one Ted Talk helped people to realize that understanding the WHY of what we do is the most important insight that we might have to help us find our inspiration and aspiration. How do we apply the WHY of our lives search for truth and meaning, happiness and love? Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in understanding and defining our WHY, otherwise known as mission in order to find our HOW we are going to get there and WHAT we are going to do when we arrive.

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Remembrance: An Act of Love…

Posted by on Nov 3, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

This is All Souls Sunday a time to remember our ancestors with the building of an altar of remembrance and the reciting of a `Presente` a part of the liturgy when the names of our lost and deceased are shared. During this time of year many believe that the veil between the worlds of the living and dead is at it thinnest. A time to remember, to honor, to call upon those who have been important in our lives. Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in this largely ritual-based service of Love.

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Change: An Act of Courage…

Posted by on Oct 20, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

This Sunday is part of “An Act of Courage/Love” series where we investigate the skills that we will need to uncover and embrace courage in our lives. Change is ever present what do we do and how do we cope with the constant shifting of the sands? What is courage and how can it help us to endure and what kinds of skills do we need to cultivate to live a happy and healthy life in times such as these? Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in realizing that an act of courage may be required and at hand in everything that we encounter.

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Knowing What is Right…

Posted by on Oct 13, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

It feels pretty easy to understand what is wrong and what is right in any given situation. Yet it can be confusing when we receive missed messages from a consumer society that is trying to steer and manipulate us to always want more. To seek the perfect <insert your own compulsion> that will just make our lives so much better. Is it the newest piece of technology, education, clothes, friends, home, car… the possible list goes on and on. Knowing when enough is enough may be knowing what is right but knowing what is right may also go beyond the accumulation and glorification of stuff. Knowing what is right may be sorted around what to say, how to behave, how to relate to others, who to accept and embrace and who to avoid. Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in defining and claiming what is exactly right.

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Walking the Road to Justice…

Posted by on Oct 6, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

Indigenous People’s Day – Let us take this Sunday to understand how the short- comings of our ancestors displaced the people who inhabited Massachusetts before immigrants arrived. Columbus wasn’t a good guy, in his wake befell trauma, tragedy and destruction. The indigenous people who lived here were decimated by disease, murder and warfare. How do we move forward from our history based on acquisition and greed? Is there a way to heal the divide that still exists in our relationships with our native brothers, sisters and two-spirit? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she endeavors to grow beyond the ways of the ancestors to define another way of being together outside of the broken paradigm of conquest and empire.

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