First Parish Church of Ashby, Massachusetts
Unitarian Universalist

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Calendar of Events
January 2018
Sun 7 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "You and I" by Rev. Colin Bossen

During the month of January Rev. Bossen will be leading two services on how we come to know the self through the other. The first service examines how salvation, whatever it might be, is a social, rather than individual, proposition.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service
Sun 14 10:00 AM
Visiting the Harvard UU Church – "#TheResistance" by Rev. Jill Cowie & Daniel Payne

Once a month during snow season, we attend a worship service at a nearby UU church.

The Resistance movement forms from the histories and lessons of the leaders, organizers and participants that came before us. This sermon will explore how the resistance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X continues to inform faithful resistance today. Come to this Whole Congregation worship service to explore our heritage of resistance and how a few participants of the Fall Anti-Racism workshop are making resistance real in their lives.

Carpools leave Ashby Common at 9:15 am for the service beginning at 10:00 am.

Sun 21 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Two Hearts, One Body" by Rev. Colin Bossen

In the second of two services on coming to know the self through the other we will explore the religious dimensions of friendship.

hospitality: Liz Strong

12:00 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
Sun 28 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Conversations Before the Crisis" by Rev. John Pastor, UU Society of Gardner

Death will come to all of us. We don't know when we will die so we need to be prepared, financially, legally, and spiritually. This worship service will address how to prepare for a good death by having conversations with our loved-ones about our end-of-life wishes.

hospitality: Martha Morgan

February 2018
Sat 3 5:00 PM
Pizza & Board Games

Join us for a mid-winter evening making pizza and playing board games.

We'll begin the evening assembling pizzas – bring the fixin's you like best, and we'll provide the dough and sauce. Then, as the pizzas bake, we'll set up the board games you bring and begin an evening of fun together. Feel free to sneak in a plate of cookies or other goodies.

Sun 4 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Intangible Dreams" by Rev. Colin Bossen

Unitarian Universalist congregations a place where we are free to imagine how the future might be different from the present. What shall we dream? What must we do to make those dreams a reality?

Sun 11 10:00 AM
Visiting First Church UU of Leominster

Once a month during snow season, we attend a worship service at a nearby UU church.

Carpools leave Ashby Common at 9:15 am for the service beginning at 10:00 am.

at: First Church UU of Leominster in Leominster, MA

Sun 18 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "A Black Christ" by Rev. Colin Bossen

Does God have a color? Would it matter if she did? This service for Black History month will consider it would mean if Christ and other images of the divine were imagined as black.

Sun 25 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "The Concept of Namasté" by Wil Darcangelo, First Parish Church UU of Fitchburg

Namasté is a choice to read between the lines. To listen honestly. To engage with another human on the basis of an assumption that they are a remarkable and utterly divine being before they even open their mouth. And holding on to that belief once they have. It's a faith that everything they say is pure divinity, filtered through the difficulty of being human. But still very much divine.

Parish Committee Martha Morgan
Property Mark Haines
Collector Cedwyn Morgan
Treasurer Bill Arnold
Clerk Stephan Arsenault
Trustees Nancy Haines
Music Stephan Arsenault
Pastoral Care Martha Morgan
Social Justice Kathy Becker
Communication Liz Strong
Community Council Nancy Haines
Membership Ward & Barnabas
Minister Rev. Colin N. Bossen