Murray UU Church
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Murray-Unitarian-Universalist Church
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-North Main St, Attleboro, MA 02703
 Phone: 508-222-0505
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December, 2017

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December 10, 2017   "This I Believe" by Rev. Gretchen E Weis

Ours is a “big tent” filled with differing personal beliefs.  This diversity is one of our greatest strengths, celebrated in the phrase: “many beliefs, one faith.”  Come celebrate the diversity of belief here at Murray Church, as we hear from some new voices sharing their personal statements of faith, modeled after the “This I Believe” format heard on National Public Radio.



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December 3, 2017   "We Need a Little Christmas Now" by Rev. Gretchen E Weis

It's been a challenging year, filled with stories of pain, suffering, violence and hate. Our hearts might be feeling raw and tender. I don't know about you, but I could sure use a little of the Christmas spirit right about now. Come gather as we connect to the deeper values of the season - hope, love, peace and joy.



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November 26, 2017   "Through the Valley" Guest Speaker David Egan

David will share some of his experiences from this past summer working as a hospital chaplin, and what it means to walk with people who are near death and the theologica and existential questions that arise.

David Egan is the ministerial intern at the Old Ship Church in Hingham. He is a Masters of Divinity student at Andover Newton Theological School and hopes to go into parish ministry after graduation.

 



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November 19, 2017   "The Power of Thanksgiving" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Join us for our traditional Thanksgiving service, where we explore the power of living in gratitude – Thanksliving – as we acknowledge the abundance and many blessings of our lives.  Our traditional cornbread and cider communion will be served for this all-important multigenerational family service.

 



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November 12, 2017   "Pilgrim's Progress" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

We talk about our lives as spiritual journeys, but what, exactly do we mean by that?  Some faiths provide a clear, set path of beliefs, that steer towards a specific spiritual goal.  Our faith encourages us to wonder, as we wander. We are invited to be our own trailblazers.  The way forward may be neither straightforward nor clear.  So, where are you in your setting out, your wondering, your wandering, and how does your path lead back home?

 



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November 5, 2017   "To Want What We Have" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

It’s human nature to notice the things others have and want the same things for ourselves.  When we see the world through the lens of scarcity, we play right into the hand of our consumer culture that pressures us to buy and own more, more, and more stuff. When we view our lives through the lens of abundance and gratitude, are we willing to let go of envy, let go of having what we want, perhaps even let go of some of our stuff, and open ourselves to wanting what we have?

 



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October 29, 2017   "One Brave Whistle Blower" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of a young monk named Martin Luther who nailed his criticisms and complaints against the all-powerful Catholic Church to the cathedral door in Wittenburg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, and gave birth to the Protestant Reformation.

 



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October 22, 2017   "Exploring Diwali: Let there be Light" with Kavita Vansant & Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere.  It is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, and includes millions of lights and lamps shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings.  Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Kavita Vansant, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, helps co-lead this multi-generational worship as we explore some spiritual and cultural diversity, together.

 



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October 15, 2017   "Living in Anxious Times" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Life is full of uncertainty.  The rate of change in our digital world continues to increase.   Today’s news can feel overwhelming.  Life often feels beyond our control.   We are living in anxious times.  What can we do in the face of today’s challenges, to take good care of ourselves, and of our children -- to find our way back to center when life feels chaotic?

 



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October 8, 2017   "Columbus, Colonialism, and Compassion" by Guest Minister Rev. Ann Fox

Many Native Americans, who arrived in North America 13,000 years before Columbus, question why we bother to name a special day for him. They say it is an insult to them. After all, he mistreated and enslaved the inhabitants of all the lands he found. They say that we should rename the day Indigenous People's Day. What do you think? Let's explore.

Rev. Ann Fox is Minister Emerita of Unitarian Memorial Church, Fairhaven, MA. She retired from full-time ministry in 2014.

 



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October 1, 2017   "The Forgiveness Project" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Crime, violence and wartime horrors can shatter and change lives forever.  Journalist Marina Cantacuzino began to collect personal stories from around the world from people who have experienced unimaginable loss and pain, and their respective paths towards ultimate forgiveness and reconciliation. Exploring forgiveness as an alternative to resentment or revenge, Cantacuzino created The Forgiveness Project, a collection of testimonies that demonstrate the power and grace forgiveness can play, transforming both victims and perpetrators alike. Let's explore a few of these extraordinary stories, to see how they might speak to us.

 



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September, 24, 2017  "Come, Let us Be Faithful Fools, Together" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Ours is a faith built on doubting, questioning, passing beliefs through the fire of our own experience and reason before defining our deepest truths. While some doubts are healthy, other doubts can keep us small. What do you take on faith? What possibilities call to you? What edges do you find yourself perched upon, that invite you to step off, in the hopes that you may just sprout wings? What does it mean to live a faithful life? How does your faith call you to action, to help create a better world? 

 



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September, 17, 2017  "Opening Our Doors, Wide" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

Changes in technology and culture are opening up new opportunities for churches in the 21st Century.  What lessons can the online world teach today’s churches about reaching out, encouraging engagement and building community?  We are a thriving, vital beloved faith community.  And we have a lot to offer those who are seeking a kinder, gentler, more loving and just seeking place for themselves and for their children — especially for families of color, as the hate-filled voices of the KKK and other neo-hazi right wing groups are on the rise.  How can we help others discover our church and share in the spirit of love, acceptance and inclusion here?  Let us be intentional and swing our doors open wide to invite in the many seeking what we have to offer. 

 



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September 10, 2017  "Ingathering. Water Communion" by Rev. Gretchen E. Weis

We gather once more to begin a new church year together. Please bring a water sample, a symbol of how you spent your summer, to add to our shared water communal bowl. It doesn't matter where your water sample comes from - half a world, or a state or two away, or from the kitchen sink, or the garden hose in your own back yard. As we gather, let us celebrate It is good to be together once again. nd, special thanks to the wonderful folks from the Religious Services Committee who provided such rich, thoughtful and inspiring Worship all summer long!

 



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