First Parish Church of Ashby, Massachusetts
Unitarian Universalist

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Calendar of Events
March 2018
Sun 4 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "For What We Have, For What We Give" by Rev. Colin Bossen

Robert Walsh writes, "We are the feeders, and we are those who are fed." In this sermon on stewardship, we'll consider how giving and receiving gifts is a spiritual practice.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

hospitality: Martha Morgan

Sun 11 2:00 AM
Spring Forward or you'll arrive at church for coffee hour
10:00 AM
Worship Service: "On St. David's Day, a little late" by Cedwyn Morgan

The ascetic, vegetarian St. David, or Dewi to the Welsh, is the patron saint of Wales, a real historical person with an mythological presence, to whom miracles both wondrous and mundane are ascribed.

March 1, the date of Dewi's death ca. 589, was St. David's day, but the pulpit was booked. So we'll do a retrospective. This service will focus on David's life and legend, with a Universalist theological excursion or two, and tidbits about other Welsh saints and history.

Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd!

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

hospitality: Catherine Dart

Sun 18 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "10,000 Fireflies" by Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray and Catherine Dart, reader

"You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies" is more than just an amazing title for a piece of artwork. This large scale installation by contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama's has been described as "the closest a person can come to experiencing infinity." Using the art installation as a metaphor for the kind of life that is rooted in love and justice, Rev. Frederick-Gray will examine what it means to have a faith that makes an impact.

if you are interested in learning more about "You Who Are Getting Oblitertated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies," you can read all about it at Phoenix Art Museum site.

Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray is the husband of the newly elected President of the Unitarian Universalist Association the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray. Brian is an ordained Disciples of Christ pastor who has served progressive Christian congregations in Tennessee, Ohio, and Arizona. Upon Susan's election as UUA President, their family moved to Cambridge, MA where Brian has stepped down from the pulpit in order to be a stay-at-home father to their 11-year-old Henry.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service

Our monthly potluck lunch is a belated celebration of Pi Day (3.14) because our Pi/Pie Day event was snowed out on March 14. Although some dishes may not be conducive to being made into a pie, we can made it an interesting pot luck by bringing as many Pi dishes as possible.

Tue 20 12:15 PM
Spring Equinox
Sat 24 11:00 AM -
12:00 PM
March For Our Lives Rally

On March 24, the Social Justice Working Group at Ashby First Parish UU Church is hosting a rally on Ashby Common in solidarity with March For Our Lives marches & rallies across the US. This is our time to call for an end to gun violence and mass shootings.

Please RSVP so we'll know you'll be joining us on the 24th at 11:00 am.

Sun 25 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Our Foremothers' Blessings" by Rev. Colin Bossen and Martha Morgan, reader

Margaret Fuller is one of our most famous Unitarian ancestors. A transcendentalist, writer, and brilliant conversationalist, she had a spiritual practice that has much to teach about what it means to live a life intentionally devoted to beauty and justice.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

hospitality: Livvy Tarleton

April 2018
Sun 1 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Colin Bossen

hospitality: Liz Strong

Sun 8 10:00 AM
Worship Service
Sun 15 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "In Search of Rational Discourse" by Rev. Inanna Arthen, UU Church of Winchendon

Both in and out of Congress, the United States is a nation of tireless talkers. In recent years, our arguments seem to be "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." We're addicted to logical fallacies and rationalizations, and we speak and act from our emotions, rather than our heads. Is this part of our national DNA? Can we ever move past polarized debate toward a meeting of minds?

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service
Sun 22 10:00 AM
Worship Service
Sun 29 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Colin Bossen
12:00 PM
Annual Meeting
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