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Building Your Own Theology….

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in General News, Minister's Column, Religious Exploration

Where do our beliefs fit in the construct of world religions? What do we each individually believe and how are we able to articulate our beliefs with one another? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty in a 10-week course that endeavors to unpack what might be our most important understanding of our theological legacy. The author of this Adult Religious Exploration course, Richard Gilbert shares: “The quest for ‘spirituality,’ however differently it is defined, has become a major influence in our Unitarian Universalist world…” Quoting DH Lawrence “Whatever the queer little word ‘god’ means, it means something we can none of us quite get away from, or at; something connected with our deepest explosions.’ I believe that religious exploration is a life-span process of building our own theology and harnessing those ‘deepest explosions… If you have ever wondered why bad things happen to good people, if creation is a ‘cosmic fluke’ or how Unitarian Universalists can behave virtuously without heaven and hell, then you are in danger of falling into theology. Somehow we have it in our heads that it is ‘unUnitarian Universalist’ to ‘do theology,’ because that is what the orthodox do; and we are, if truth be known, heretics. Heresy, while commonly understood as a deviation from orthodox belief, originally meant choice–the heretic is one who both dissents and chooses… UUs are very definitely happy Heretics. We choose to do ‘theology’ in a liberal religious mode. But if we are living, breathing, hurting, laughing. crying, questing human beings, it impossible not to be theologians. How do UUs do theology? I submit it is a different ‘doing’ from conventional methods. We do theology, not to become divine, as someone suggested, but to become more human.”

The course starts on Saturday, February 8th at 5:00 pm in the First Parish of Sudbury Commons. I have included your agenda for more information:

Gathering Activity
Getting Acquainted
Orientation and Ground Rules
Meal and Discussion
Contract Building
Homework and Prep for Session 2
**There will be food as part of this gathering please bring what you might like to share. If you would like the reading ahead of time please email me directly.**
See you there,
Rev. Marjorie
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Religious Exploration February 9th, 2020

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

Chalice Children class (ages 0-5): Nursery care is available during worship this weekend!

All-Ages RE class (grades K-8):  This Sunday, our students will enjoy a special visit from Valerie Tratnyek, who will lead the class in creating a Valentine’s Day project!  We will also read a beautiful story about the power of kindness, and think together about the many ways in which we can all spread love and brighten the days of those around us!

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Ken Wagner — Resisting White Supremacy – What’s In It for White People?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2020 in General News, Worship Services

Sunday Feb 2nd, our worship service will be led by Ken Wagner, who will give a sermon titled “Resisting White Supremacy – What’s In It for White People?”  Following the service, please join Mr. Wagner and the Faith in Action committee as they host a workshop discussion focused on the structural foundation of racism and how it exists almost independently of individual people.

Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty is on a winter study and solitude retreat. 

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Religious Exploration February 2, 2020

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

Chalice Children class (ages 0-5):  Nursery care is available during worship this weekend!

Flames class (grades K-3):  This week, our younger students will meet for a Moral Tales lesson about generosity.  In this class, they will learn about what it means to be generous, and connect this idea with the second principle of Unitarian Universalism.  They will hear a true story about a leader’s extremely generous act to help his people, and then they will practice generosity by making gifts for others.

Explorers class (grades 4-8):  The older students in our program will meet this Sunday for a Toolbox of Faith lesson about flexibility.  They will hear and discuss a story that imagines life without choices or flexibility, play a game that encourages them to adapt to change, and create works of art that symbolize the importance of being flexible and open-minded in their everyday lives.

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2/16 Bohm Dialogue — Inequality

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Bohm Dialogue is a freely-flowing group conversation in which participants attempt to reach a common understanding, experiencing everyone’s point of view fully, equally and nonjudgementally. This can lead to new and deeper understanding.

For February our topic is “Inequality”.
“It is the way of heaven to take from what has in excess in order to make good what is deficient. The way of man is otherwise. It takes from those who are in want in order to offer this to those who already have more than enough.” – Lao Tzu

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 February 16 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Spirituality Book Group Saturday Feb 15, 10am – A Significant Life

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

All who are interested are welcome to come on Saturday, February 15 at 10am when the Spirituality Book Group is meeting to discuss A Significant Life by Todd May, suggested to Tom by Oliver WIllett.

“In A Significant Life, May has produced a tour de force. It is a thoughtful, subtle, beautifully written discussion of what it takes to live a meaningful life. A careful study of this book will tell you what it takes to make life worth living. It is refreshing to encounter someone worrying about such a big question in the small-minded times we live in, and an absolute joy to discover that he may actually have provided an answer.”
(Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less)

On 12/21 Leslie, Bridget, Fran and Tom had a good discussion of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. We then chose A Significant Life as our next book and decided to switch the group from an every month schedule to a two month schedule to give people more time to obtain and read the book. So we will skip January and hope to see you Saturday Feb 15, at 10am, in the Brackett room.

For more information, contact Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe.

To see some of our past readings click here.


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Leslie Bryant — Leadership and Community

Posted by on Jan 26, 2020 in General News, Worship Services

Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty is on a winter study and solitude retreat. This is an annual time for all of First Parish to take the time to reflect and begin again. Join our guest speaker, Leslie Bryant as she shares her thoughts about leadership and community.

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