Spotlight Event

  • October Theme: Deep Listening

    tree growing from stump

    What Does It Mean To Be
    A People of Deep Listening

    Forget everything you've ever done.
    Make no comparisons. Simply listen.
    Listen with your eyes, as if the story
    you are hearing is happening right now.
    Listen without blinking, as if a move
    might frighten the truth away forever...
    Your whole life might depend on what you hear.
    Joyce Sutphen

    Our services this month will be based on the theme of deep listening: The Practice of Discernment on Oct 4, the justice work of UUMAss Action on Oct 18th, and Racism as Embodied Trauma on October 25th.

    We will also be celebrating the Ordination of our intern minister Jennifer Johnson with the Franklin UU Church on October 11th.

  • Toward Right Relations with Native Peoples 11/13-15

    Autumn forest scene

    Toward Right Relations with Native Peoples
    A Weekend of Online Events November 13 -15
    Hosted by the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton
    in combination with the Friends Peace Team

     

    On November 15th @ 10am our worship committee and Rev. Ellen have decided to join in with “The Land Remembers” led by Paula Palmer

    Many Native people say the land remembers. We invite non-Native people to think about the places on this continent that they know and love, and then ask: What does this land remember? Who loved this land before my family came to know it? What happened to them? How am I connected to them through the land? How could this connection grow into relationship?

    No Registration needed: Sunday worship is free and open to all.
    Find link for the service at: https://fpc-stow-acton.org/services.

    There are 2 other events listed below which some of you may be interested in and may register yourselves to attend if you wish.

    Acting upon the 2020 UUA Action of Immediate Witness calling on UUs to “Address 400 Years of White Supremacist Colonialism” and the Friends Peace Team goal to “build relationships among Native and non-Native communities based on truth, respect, justice and our shared humanity.” We join together to learn, challenge, and support the work of right relationships that address more than 400 years of genocide, colonization, and forced assimilation of Native peoples with these weekend- long offerings. All events are suitable for high school teens and adults.

    Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change”
    with Paula Palmer and Rev. Nikira Hernandez-Evans Friday Evening Workshop, November 13th 7-9pm

    Through an experiential exercise, we trace the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples.

    Registration: Suggested donation $20.00 per family; BIPOC people attend for free. Register for Friday night for the zoom link at https://rightrelationshipworkshop.bpt.me

    “Two Rivers”
    facilitated by the Rev. Nikira Hernandez-Evans Saturday Afternoon Film and Discussion, November 14th 3-4:30pm

    This 1-hour documentary film tells the story of a rural community in Washington state that undertook some significant actions toward reconciliation with the area’s Indigenous peoples. Following the film a facilitated discussion will focus on: what would right relationship look like with Native Peoples in our community.

    Registration: Suggested donation $10.00 per family, BIPOC people attend for free. Register for the Saturday movie for the zoom link at https://rightrelationshipmovie.bpt.me

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  • Transgender Day of Remembrance 11/14/20

    TDOR lit candles

     

    On Saturday, November 14, 6:30 PM
    Our annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) vigil honors those killed as a result of transphobia during the past year. We do this as a way to bear witness to the heavy price the transgender community pays for people's ignorance and discomfort with those who are different. Because only by shining a light on the deaths can we help to drive the ignorance, discomfort, and fear away.

    We will be holding TDOR virtually this year due to COVID.  We will update this site as we finalize our plans for this year's observance

  • Zoom Café 10/20 12:30pm

    Cup of Coffee

    Rev. Ellen upcoming  Zoom Café's are  Tuesday October 20th 12:30pm. Come join for us to say hi and see some friendly faces.


    Rev Ellen will send email reminders via our Events list the day before with the Zoom Link. You may also email her, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you would like her to send you the link. In order to protect against “Zoom bombing”, you will be first directed to a waiting room where Jennifer or Rev Ellen can admit you to the meeting. Thank you for your patience and sorry we have to take these precautions.

    If you are not on the events list, you can sign up here:

    http://lists.uuchelmsford.org/listinfo.cgi/events-uuchelmsford.org