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May 2018
Sun 6 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Zhuangzi and the Butterfly" by Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

In the middle of spring, we'll pause for a service on the transitory and illusory nature of life. Zhuangzi could never quite tell if he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man or a man dreaming he was a butterfly. What about you?

musician: Stephan Arsenault

reader: Ward Clark

hospitality: Livvy Tarleton

Sun 13
Mother's Day (USA)
10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Making It Better" by Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton UU

A look at the story behind the story of Mother's Day holiday and one woman's efforts to make things better for women and children, for families divided by war, and for communities struggling to reunite after the fighting has stopped.

Rev. Robinson-Harris is currently serving as the Interim Minister with The First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

reader: Liz Strong

hospitality: Tiffany Call

Sun 20 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "The Most Notorious Liar in the Country" by Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

That's what the head of the FBI called the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was assassinated 50 years ago. He preached a message of radical love that is as challenging to the worldly powers and principalities today as it was in when he was killed.

What would it mean for us as Unitarian Universalists to engage fully with the radical King rather than the whitewashed version so often celebrated by conservatives and liberals alike?

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

reader: Tiffany Call

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service
Sun 27 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Community Memorial Day Observance by Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Strong, Minister Emerita, Ashby First Parish UU and Pastor Ken Johnson, Ashby Congregational Church

First Parish Church and the Ashby Congregational Church join for this community worship service.

at: Ashby Congregational Church in Ashby, MA

June 2018
Sun 3 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Feed More Sheep" by Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

Several years ago, I heard a Christian minister describe how he grew his congregation from a group of a few dozen to several hundred by adopting the phrase "Feed More Sheep" as the congregation's mission statement. Despite an adverse reaction to it on my part, the phrase has stuck with me as a catchy summary of that congregation's theology.

In this service we will welcome new members to First Parish Church and consider the question: What is our mission as Unitarian Universalists in the twenty-first century? It certainly isn't to feed sheep. But, is it possible for us to distill it into a simple phrase?

reader: Christine Anderson

12:00 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
Sun 10 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Dr. Michelle Walsh

reader: Martha Morgan

Sun 17
Father's Day (USA)
10:00 AM
Worship Service: "This Refulgent Summer" by Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

Our annual flower communion comes at the start of summer and the end of the program year. We will celebrate the arrival of the brighest months by sharing some of the earth's bounty and embracing the beauty of the earth.

12:00 PM
Church Picnic following the service

Join us for our annual end-of-church-year, almost-Summer potluck picnic. Bring lawn chairs, musical instruments, lawn games, and something to share for the picnic meal.

at: Ashby Common in Ashby, MA

Thu 21 6:07 AM
Summer Solstice
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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