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December 2018
Sun 2 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Enter The Stillness" by Rev. Ian White Maher

Our addiction to the overbooked calendar, to the clock, to being busy, I believe, is intertwined with our spiritual relationship to God. We have been taught to avoid the darkness, to steer away from the experience of sinking into the unknown, to maintain control. We have been told that this phase of God is frightening and so we turn to the illusion of time management and discipline. In the process we have lost the ability to savor.

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

hospitality: Tiffany Call

12:00 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
4:00 PM
Tree Lighting on Ashby Common followed by a free Community Dinner

Following the tree lighting ceremony, a free community dinner, with both beef and vegetarian stew, is hosted by First Parish Church.

Ashby First Parish Church members and friends are encouraged to contribute stew or cookies for this event.

Sun 9 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "From Star-maps to Star-fish: Initiating into the Beauty, Love, and Power of Creation." by Mary Trainor-Brigham

For the longest while, Scientific endeavor has studied the Universe in an impersonal, objective manner. But the lineage of Paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin, "Geologian"/Cultural Historian Thomas Berry, and Cosmologist Brian Swimme, invite us into our truly intimate participation in Creation. When we combine their teachings with the Initiatory Wisdom of Indigenous Cultures, we can be restored to awe, wonder, and empowerment.

Mary Trainor-Brigham, M.A. has fond memories of preaching as a Pulpit Guest in Ashby when she was the Colleague-in-the-Ministry in the Northborough and Westborough UU Churches. Her spiritual foci include Sacred Ecology and Sacred Cosmology as well as the Initiatory rites of Indigenous Cultures worldwide. For her years as a Film Columnist, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Distinguished Criticism. Mary has preached, lectured, and conducted workshops on these topics nationally and internationally, bringing together teachings in her book, DEEP CINEMA, Film as Shamanic Initiation. She continues to preach in UU Churches throughout New England."

musician: Cindy Schilling

hospitality: Martha Morgan

Sun 16 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Holiday Carol Sing by Alex Cleaves, leader & pianist

hospitality: Alice & Phil

Fri 21 5:23 PM
Winter Solstice
Sun 23 10:00 AM
Visiting a Nearby UU Church (to be announced)

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.

Mon 24 7:00 PM
Christmas: Christmas Eve Service – "Giving Birth to God" by Rev. Ian White Maher

Our annual Christmas Eve service, featuring a variety of holiday music. A candlelight circle closes our time together.

For Unitarian Universalists, revelation is continuous. We are part of the mystic tradition that understands the importance of the birth of a child named Jesus not for his historical relevance, but rather as an opportunity to understand the Christ as it became flesh. It is an opportunity to see, to witness, to fall in love with the Christ that is all around us, that is in us. The world is not profane. Nothing is merely natural. All of it is sacred.

Tue 25
Christmas Day
Sun 30 10:00 AM
Casual Sunday theme: "What's Ahead?"

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 day.

Hospitality (coffee, tea & snacks) is potluck.

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.

January 2019
Sun 6 10:00 AM
Worship Service
Sun 13 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Transcendence by Rev. Ian White Maher

musician: Cindy Schilling

Sun 20 11:00 AM -
2:00 PM
Women's March 2019 – Boston
Sun 27 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Ian White Maher
Parish Committee Martha Morgan
Property Mark Haines
Collector Cedwyn Morgan
Treasurer Bill Arnold
Clerk Stephan Arsenault
Trustees Nancy Haines
Music Cedwyn Morgan
Pastoral Care Martha Morgan
Social Justice Kathy Becker
Hospitality Liz Strong
Community Council Nancy Haines
Membership Ward & Barnabas
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