Date: Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Canton
1508 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021
As Unitarian Universalists, we commit to living our deepest values every day wherever we are. When the world around us does not reflect our values, this can be especially challenging.
We are each called to live our values in particular ways. Some raise money or consciousness, some advocate, some take direct action, some provide service, and some do it all. Some of us work together on congregational or cluster teams, some work independently. We choose different levels of risk and focus in different spheres: extended family, church, service organizations, the public square.
However we are called to live our values, we need community to support us. At their best, congregations provide inspiration, encouragement, and insight that allow us to grow our souls, conscience and courage as we act on the commitments of our faith.
In this interactive workshop, we will explore together some concrete ways our congregations and the cluster might do that more creatively, intentionally and joyfully.
Our facilitator is Meck Groot, Congregational Consultant/Justice Ministries Lead for the New England Region UUA. has worked for many years at the intersection of faith and social change. As Justice Ministries Lead for the region, she inspires and supports congregational leaders for vital, faith-centered justice ministry within and beyond the congregation through spiritual leadership practice.
Please register online (http://whoozin.com/KXN-KDV-P3JQ) to let us know which congregation you are part of, whether you can join us for lunch, and if you need childcare. We are asking for $5 to cover the cost of materials and lunch; please bring or send your donation to the First Parish office (preferably cash, but we'll take checks), clearly marked for the Cluster Workshop.
The Five Points Cluster Community Closet was hosted in March by the Foxborough Universalist Church. Volunteers saw a heavy turnout in the morning, then a more relaxing afternoon spent sorting donations in the storeroom. Since then, lightweight items have replaced winter apparel. Whether or not warmer weather occurs in April, WE ARE NEXT.
Saturday, April 14, is Stoughton's day to volunteer. There is a sign-up sheet above the donation bin downstairs, across from Fellowship Hall. We need volunteers to help from 9:15-noon, and from noon-2:15. Our church's core team representative, Debbie Allen, will be there on April 14 to show you how the Closet is organized. Several other members of the core team will be there, too, in case you need extra information as the day moves along.
There are several jobs available:
If you need more information, or have questions, please contact Debbie Allen at 508-574-2220.
"All Muslims aren't terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim." - "The Quran is inherently violent." - "Sharia law is coming to take over our country." - "We need to keep out Muslims to stop terrorism." Too many of us have heard these and similar statements not just in the media, but from friends, co-workers, or even family members.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR, www.cair.com) is hosting this workshop, which will examine some of the most common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, and work with participants to develop concrete strategies for responding to them using research-based messaging. The goal is to be able to counter this negative messaging on the local and human level, and to change hearts and minds about Islam. This workshop is open to both Muslims and allies, with people of all backgrounds extremely welcome!
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 2-4 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120)
View the Facebook event, and please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 BOLA will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. The dinner menu will include roast pork with oven-roasted vegetables and a vegetarian option of eggplant parmesan.
The BOLA dinner tickets are $12 per adult and $6 per child aged 12 and under. Please see Brenda Martin to sign up after church beginning on March 4. You can also call the church office at 781-344-6800 and leave a message, or email the church at email@example.com. The deadline to sign up for the BOLA dinner is Tuesday, April 3.
For the BOLA raffle, we are seeking donations of gifts. Your donation should have a minimum value of $10. ANY donation is welcome - cash, gift cards, gift baskets, you name it - we would love it! Please see Linda Stephansky after church beginning on March 4 to let her know what you will donate to the BOLA raffle. All donations/gifts need to be at the church no later than Sunday, April 1.
We are also looking for donations to the BOLA dinner to help keep the cost down. Items we are looking for are:
Thank you in advance for your contributions and donations to this year's BOLA. We hope to see you all on April 7!
The Board of Trustees and Finance Committee
Wednesday, April 4 - 6:30 p.m. - First Parish Lawn
April 4, 2018 marks 50 years since the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Stoughton Clergy Association will host a gathering and vigil on the First Parish lawn to remember his life and his ministry and to speak out against gun violence.
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., has invited congregations around the world to toll their bells 39 times to honor King's age at his death and to pay homage to his work and his legacy.
Join us in front of First Parish at 6:30 p.m. for a few words of reflection and prayer before we toll our bells at 7:05 p.m., marking the time when the nation learned the news of his assassination. Invite your friends and neighbors! Come together with your community to remember the prophetic vision of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and to remind us all that we will not Know Justice until we all Know Peace, and with No Justice, there is No Peace.
WHEN: Sunday, March 18, 2018
TIME: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Fellowship Hall
COST: $25.00 per person
Join us as an experienced artist guides us step-by-step through creating a beautiful Hot Air Balloon painting! Open to high school age and up. Registration is limited to 15.
If you are interested, please contact the church office at 781-344-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form to be emailed or sent by US Mail.
The deadline to sign up is Sunday, March 11. Please make checks payable to FPUC, note "Paint Night" in the memo line, and mail to P.O. Box 284, Stoughton, MA 02072. Payment is due on or before March 14.
Do you have a favorite Girl Scout cookie? Good, because you'll be able to buy a box during social hour on Sunday, March 11! First Parish is proud to host Brownie Troop #82679 twice per month; this newly-formed troop is comprised of second graders who attend different elementary schools across Stoughton. This year the troop will learn about money management, the community around them, the Girl Scout ways and traditions, how to be a friend, healthy snacks, pets and their care, and how to run their own (cookie) business. They will also put their learning to good use while performing various service projects (including ones for First Parish!).
The cookies are $5.00 a box. At the end of the cookie selling season, the girls will also receive prizes for their cookie sales. Bring your checkbook or cash on March 4 to stock up on Thin Mints, Shortbread, and Caramel deLites!
You can find a full list of cookie flavors here:
Everyone is invited to Save the Date for the next Five Points Cluster social event! We are having an intergenerational Game Night on Saturday, February 24, organized by the Foxborough Universalist Church and hosted here at First Parish in Stoughton! Bring a dish to share and games to play.
Our Thirsty Theology gatherings have been a wonderful way for us to get to know one another, talk about interesting topics and church programs, and get out into the wider community.
Save the date for the third Tuesday of every month, starting at 6:00 pm at the House of Brews. We encourage discussions about the different Soul Matters themes to deepen our conversations and connect it to our church experiences; or February we'll be talking about the theme of "Perseverance." This month's gathering will be February 20 at 6 p.m. ALL are welcome. See you there!
Our next Five Points Cluster collective worship service will be held on February 18 at the Unitarian Church of Sharon. First Parish Stoughton will be closed and we will NOT be holding services. Instead, we encourage everyone from Stoughton to attend worship with our Five Points Cluster neighbors and to meet friends, new and old. Worship will be at 10:30 a.m. at 4 North Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067. If you are interested in attending and would like to carpool, contact the office and we will try to arrange a ride.
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