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Sunday September 29th, 2019 – Creating Justice...

How do the covenants we make to one another extend beyond our immediate community?  At UU Mass Action we center the leadership of those who are directly impacted by injustice and work within coalitions to build the power needed for systemic change in our Commonwealth.  Join Laura Wagner, Executive Director of UUMass Action Network, to learn about what’s happening and how you can get involved.

Sunday October 13th, 2019 – Knowing What is Right...

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.

Sunday October 20th, 2019 – Change: An Act of Courage...

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.

Sunday November 3rd, 2019 – Remembrance: An Act of Love...

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.

Sunday November 10th, 2019 – Why, How, What...

“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 in order to find our HOW and WHAT.

Sunday November 17th, 2019 – Being Grateful: A Spiritual Practice...

As the bounty of Thanksgiving is upon us, a time to give thanks, let’s look at this time and annual tradition in the terms of a spiritual practice. Imagine what our lives might be like if we were able to be grateful for all that we have, be mindful of all that we take for granted, and be open to what may be yet to arrive. What if we practiced being grateful monthly, daily, or in every minute… How might our lives be different? Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in examining the spiritual practice of gratitude.

Sunday December 1st, 2019 – Compassion: A Spiritual Practice...

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.

Sunday December 15th, 2019 – Give Presence for the Holidaze...

Sharing ourselves with others over the holidays may just be the best gift we can give. Instead of shopping, buying, wrapping and giving presents for the holidaze what if we offer our presence to the ones we love. Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in wondering how to make the shift from the consumer based holidaze to a kindler gentler less frenetic way of being.

Sunday December 22nd, 2019 – Is Christmas only for Christians?

No. Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in imagining what Christmas should/could be like in a twenty-first century secular society.

Sunday January 5th, 2020 – Endings and Beginnings...

Each year on the first Sunday in January, we honor the Endings and Beginnings of those who touch our lives. During our Sunday service, the names of people who were born and who died in the previous year are read aloud. All are welcome to participate.

It is time once again to collect the names of loved ones who died and who were born in 2019. Please send the following information to Rev. Marjorie at