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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, January 26th, 2020

Cece Braun, Speaker
Cece Braun has been through a lot of grief in her life. Battles with infertility, pregnancy loss, beloved pet loss, loss of her father, and the biggest so far, the loss of her infant daughter. She often says, "If the only take away I have from these experiences is to help people be better at supporting each other in these times, I've done something." Admittedly Cece is a self-proclaimed relentless optimist - but watching people pull away when someone is hurting is hard. We need to understand as a culture that walking away from those in pain is not the solution. It causes more grief and adds isolation to the grief. Cece will talk about how to lean into and help a grieving friend, and how to ask for help yourself. And know that it's ok to not be ok.
 
There will be a video in the beginning of the service that talks about loss pretty bluntly - the words baby death, violence crime, accidents, suicides and natural disaster occur in the first 15 seconds. Cece and Cindy have reviewed it and feel that it is a message that's ok for all ages - but contact Cece if you'd like to preview it before the service. 
Cece Braun 617-669-2729 ceceruth@comcast.net

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum
For Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Rev. Cindy will take a look at the prison system in America and the way it perpetuates racial bias and injustice. 

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum 
The poet Rilke wrote, "I want to unfold.  I don't want to stay
folded anywhere, because where I am folded, there I am a lie."
This service will explore honesty, integrity, and how we stay true to that "iron string" that our hearts vibrate to.

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum
This service will explore the connections between art and spirituality, from creating art yourself to experiencing the art of others.

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

ONE SERVICE AT 10AM in the Sanctuary

Dr. Ken Langer, guest speaker

(no RE this Sunday)

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

With a new movie coming out of Little Women this Christmas, it’s a time to look back at one of the most beloved of writers, Transcendentalist Unitarian author, Louisa May Alcott, and how her life and works continue to influence us. Rev. Cindy will lead the service.

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

ONE SERVICE AT 10AM in the Sanctuary

World AIDS Day
"Communities that Make a Difference"  
Joleen Trotta and Dr. Mike Pfitzer
This service will bring awareness to the HIV & AIDS pandemic and honor those who we have lost.

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

2 Services in the Sanctuary at 9am and 11am
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum We'll break bread together in our traditional Thanksgiving services and celebrate and celebrate gratitude and thankfulness in our lives.

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

2 Services in the Sanctuary at 9am and 11am
NEW MEMBER SUNDAY

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and November 23 is National Adoption Day. On this Sunday we’ll celebrate that our community welcomes families of all shapes and sizes and configurations.

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

2 Services in the Sanctuary at 9am and 11am

Ken Wagner, Speaker

How can I live with courage and integrity when the culture provides unearned benefits to me in my identities as white, male, heterosexual, able-bodied and middle class? How do I navigate the moral ambiguity if I live with some dominant identities and some targeted identities? Is it possible to find spiritual wholeness when those with those advantaged identities have perpetrated so much pain and suffering? How does one navigate the denial and guilt that attaches to those identities in order to stand in solidarity with those targeted for oppression?

Explore these questions as Ken Wagner shares part of his journey in grappling with these questions in a sermon entitled, “Resisting White Supremacy – What is in it for White People.” You may be surprised at the potential for spiritual wholeness and liberation on a very personal level.

Ken Wagner is former president of the Clara Barton District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. He currently serves on the UUA’s Nominating Committee and was one of the founding members of the New England Region’s Antiracism/Anti-oppression/Multicultural Transformation team called GRACE. He has also served for the last nine years on the Executive Steering Committee of the Allies for Racial Equity and just completed a two year term as president of that organization. Ken frequently speaks at church and community events across the country with a focus on the examination of race and the impact of white supremacy on our lives. Since 2014, he has been facilitating 8-week workshops focused on resistance to white supremacy at more than twenty congregations and community groups across New England.

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