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Listed below are audio recordings of selected Sunday 11:00AM services. To hear a service simply click on the red side of the audio player of the one you would like to hear. Alternatively, you can click on the .mp3 link to download the service to your computer or mobile device. Note: Due to limitations with FPC's current audio system, the sound quality for most musical segments was very poor. As such, many of these pieces have not been included. We are working on upgrading the system so that the complete services can be heard. Also, for reasons of privacy, the "Joys and Concerns" segments have been excluded. Should you have difficulty playing these recordings please contact: webadmin@fpc-stow-acton.org An RSS feed of the audio services is available here: Subscribe to FPC of Stow & Acton Services

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

BOTH SERVICES WILL BE HAPPENING TODAY - THERE IS NO SNOW CANCELLATION

“Try not to try,” Zen Buddhism advises its practitioners. When that does not work, Zen suggests: “Quit trying not to try.” When all else fails: “Quit quitting.” But how does not trying square with the will which declares: “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul”? This service will explore the relationship between spirit and will, and the nature of the spiritual experience. Guest minister Rev. Ken Reeves will lead the service.

The Rev. Ken Reeves, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, and has served congregations in Ohio and Delaware. He has also earned a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is currently a clinical psychologist with a therapy practice, and a consulting psychologist with the Center for Career Development and Ministry.

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Taking inspiration from the title of the most successful single Tina Tuner ever had, the sermon explores what love has to do with faith and justice and people like us. Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris will lead the service.

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

GENEROSITY SUNDAY

We celebrate this amazing community we call church and we begin our Stewardship Campaign. Everyone is asked to make a pledge of financial support to FPC for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris will lead the service.

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Chuck Collins grew up in the wealthiest 1 percent and has spent the last 30 years working on issues of racial and economic justice. He has come to appreciate the power of “coming home” and committing to place as an essential ingredient in reducing inequality and the transition to more equal and resilient communities.

Chuck Collins is the Director of IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good where he co-edits Inequality.org. His latest book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green). He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including the report, “Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy” (Next System Project).

Other books include: 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life. His next book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible, will be published in March 2018 by the UK-based Polity Press. He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. This network merged in 2015 with the Patriotic Millionaires.

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Rev. Tracey will lead the service.

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

On this Sunday we honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy in the ongoing struggle for civil rights, for human rights.

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

9 AM service cancelled due to dangerous wind chill temperatures

As this new year begins, Rev. Tracey offers reflections on hope for a shared world and the hospitality we can show one another.

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris will lead the service. Religious freedom is at the heart of Unitarian Universalism. It has deep roots in our history, connecting us to Unitarian King John Sigismund and to the Unitarianism of 16th century Transylvania (now part of Romania). This Sunday's sermon offers up a bit of our history, a trail of connection and explores the 21st century relevance of an edict (issued in 1568) which reads in part, "no one shall be reviled for his religion by anyone… and it is not permitted that anyone should threaten anyone else…"

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

A summertime hike up Katahdin and the 200th anniversary of Thoreau's birth prompt this meditation on the meaning of mountains in our religious life.

Rev. Andrea Greenwood will be our guest minister. Andrea is a UU minister who has served congregations in Atlanta, GA, and Watertown, MA, where she currently lives with her husband, the Rev. Mark Harris. They have produced four sons and one book together, An Introduction to the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions.

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

This service will honor our ancestors with a ritual of remembrance. You are invited to bring a memento of someone you wish to honor. The ritual will include a time to bring mementos forward, light candles, and say aloud the names we honor. Rev. Tracey Robins-Harris will share reflections on that Great Cloud of Witnesses.

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