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October 2017
Sun 1 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "The Lamp Beside the Golden Door" by Rev. Inanna Arthen, UU Church of Winchendon

Of all the "hot topics" dividing us as a nation, none seem to evoke as much anger, fear and confusion as immigration. Columbus Day reminds us that we are a nation of immigrants—even First Nations peoples migrated here from someplace else.

Historically, most Americans have been eager and willing to open their hearts to those from other countries who wanted a better life. Now we're talking about deporting and banning people from other countries. What's going on, and what can we as UUs do to confront and change these attitudes?

musician: Stephan Arsenault

hospitality: Katherine Stanwood

Sun 8 10:00 AM
Casual Sunday theme: Highlights from UUA General Assembly 2017

A "Casual Sunday" is a quiet morning of fellowship and reflection, with no formal church service. We gather in the Parish Hall to share stories, readings, poetry, music and videos on the theme of the service.

Our focus this Sunday will be watching and discussing videos from UUA General Assembly 2017, which was held in New Orleans from June 21 through June 25.

hospitality: Catherine Dart

Sun 15 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Abolition Democracy" by Rev. Colin Bossen, minister

W. E. B. DuBois posited that the United States faced a choice between abolition democracy and white supremacy. As part of the UUA-wide teaching on white supremacy, we'll explore how the quest for abolition democracy is connected to our religious journeys as Unitarian Universalists.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

hospitality: Liz Strong

Sun 22 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Autumn Reflections" by Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Strong, Minister Emerita, Ashby First Parish UU

The cycles of the seasons and of life are intertwined in affirming ways. As we move deeper into the autumn we come to understand the more powerful messages that are there for us as we move through the seasons of our lives. Through poetry and story, I will share with you what this season means to me.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

hospitality: Catherine Dart

Sun 29 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "You Say You Want a Revolution" by Rev. Colin Bossen, minister

This month marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Wittenberg theses and the start of the Protestant Reformation. Just how radical was the Reformation? And what does it mean to be radically religious in these times?

musician: Stephan Arsenault

hospitality: Martha Morgan

November 2017
Sun 5 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Through All the Tumult and the Strife" by Rev. Colin Bossen, minister

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of Rev. Colin Bossen's ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. In this sermon, he'll reflect on the lessons for religious life he's learned as a clergyman thus far.

12:00 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
Sun 12 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Rest in Peace" by Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar, UU Congregation in Milford

Our memories are powerful things, often flawed or incomplete, sometimes painful, often sweet and nourishing. On this Sunday we'll reflect on how we hold the stories of our lives, particularly the memories and stories of loved ones now gone.

Sun 19 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Community Thanksgiving Service by Rev. Colin Bossen, Ashby First Parish Church UU and Pastor Ken Johnson, Ashby Congregational Church

Every year, we join with the Ashby Congregational Church in a worship service on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Rev. Colin Bossen and Pastor Ken Johnson will lead the service together.

at: Ashby Congregational Church in Ashby, MA

Sun 26 10:00 AM
Casual Sunday theme: (to be announced)

A "Casual Sunday" is a quiet morning of fellowship and reflection, with no formal church service. We gather in the Parish Hall to share stories, readings, poetry, music and videos on the theme of the service.

Video note: Since we have no Internet connection at the church, send a link to YouTube or other videos to Ward several days before the service.

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
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