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Spirituality Book Group Saturday Jan. 19, 10am – Blavatsky!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

All who are interested are welcome to come on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10am the Spirituality Book Group is meeting to discuss “Madame Blavatsky : the mother of modern spirituality” by Gary Lachman.

“A thoughtful biography of one of the most polarizing pioneers of alternative spirituality, the occult-mystic Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

Pioneer. Visionary. Provocateur. Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky—mystic, occult writer, child of Russian aristocrats, spiritual seeker who traveled five continents, and founder (with Henry Steel Olcott) of the Theosophical Society—is still being hailed as an icon and scorned as a fraud more than 120 years after her death. But despite perennial interest in her life, writings, and philosophy, no single biography has examined the controversy and legacy of this influential thinker who helped define modern alternative spirituality—until now.

Gary Lachman, the acclaimed spiritual biographer behind volumes such as Rudolf Steiner and Jung the Mystic, brings us an in-depth look at Blavatsky, objectively exploring her unique and singular contributions toward introducing Eastern and esoteric spiritual ideas to the West during the nineteenth century, as well as the controversies that continue to color the discussions of her life and work.”

Interestingly, Lachman was an original member of the rock band Blondie.

We hope to see you Jan. 19, in the Brackett room at 10am.

For more information, contact Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe.

 

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Religious Exploration in January 2019!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration- Welcome everyone to a brand new year! 2019 brings with it new themes in learning and exploration for the children of First Parish. January heralds in a month of Grace, but what exactly is Grace? Defined, it is to do honor or credit to something by your presence, it is free and unmerited favor or the simple elegance or refinement of one’s movement. This month we will begin to explore the concepts of Judaism in preparation for a Neighboring Faith’s visit later in the Spring. The children will be learning about this monotheistic religion during the month of Grace, gaining a better understanding of this Abrahamic religion with the Torah as it’s foundational text. Our exploration will include the philosophy, religion, language, and culture of the Jewish people. Later months in 2019 will include lessons in Islam, and Catholicism as well as trips to meet groups of their peers from our neighboring places of gathering. If your children are interested in participating in the visit portion of Neighboring Faiths in the Spring must attend at least Two Sunday’s of learning to prepare for the visit. If for some reason they are unable to meet this requirement please contact Michele Barkhauer, Director of Religious Education at First Parish of Sudbury to make alternate arrangements for learning opportunities!
Spirit Play This Week: Will be led by Taryn Trexler in the commons.
We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE!
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Home for the Holidays…

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

 

Come join us this Sunday to sing carols, share stories and to wonder about what is needed to create a sense of “home” no matter where you are during the holidays.

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Home for the Holidays (newsletter)

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

 

Come join us this Sunday to sing carols, share stories and to wonder about what is needed to create a sense of “home” no matter where you are during the holidays.

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New on the Bulletin Board (Parish Hall) as of January 11

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in General News

Check out these new postings about upcoming community events other other items of interest, on the Parish Hall bulletin board:

  • Senior Co-housing meeting “An approach to Aging in Place”. Meeting Saturday January 26 2:00-4:00pm at First Parish of Stow&Acton, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA.
  • Protecting Our Immigrant Neighbors: A conversation with legislators. Tues. Feb. 26 at First Parish in Wayland.

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Guidebook to Community Life is ready!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in General News

Guidebook to Community Life at First Parish Sudbury

There is an updated version of the Guidebook to Community Life for the 2018-19 year.  If you didn’t get a copy yet, you can pick one up from the Community and Hospitality table at Social Hour.

This Guidebook contains information about Adult Exploration opportunities, groups and committees and how to be involved, and it even has a Quick Reference Guide with who to contact for more information. One long-timer at FPS said that the Guidebook has information she never knew!

Pick yours up now.

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Auction Sermon: Nature (newsletter)

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

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”, and 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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