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Religious Education February 26th

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Last Sunday all RE classes gathered together for a special look at homelessness as we thought about our call to help one another. We learned about what the experience is like to be homeless and the many challenges with lack of money and a house, a shower, clean socks, and access to a bathroom. We used cardboard to build temporary shelters and used those to advertise the Walk to End Homelessness through Family Promise on April 8th. Will you join us in this family friendly event? This Sunday Spirit Play will return to their study of creation myths from around the world.

UU Explorers will examine the promises the Blake covenant offers us as a whole — that we “dwell together in peace, seek the truth in love and help one another”— in the context of their own ties with family members, friends, and people in their congregation and wider communities. Participants will acknowledge their role in our faith heritage: We are active creators of our faith, inheritors of a tradition even as we shape a new heritage to pass along to others.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

Each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint … discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. — Oprah Winfrey

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Religious Education February 19th

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

This Sunday we will gather the Spirit Play and UU Explorers classes together for a special look at homelessness as we think about our call to help one another. We’ll learn about what the experience is like from someone who works with the homeless, and hear about a girl who participates with Unitarian Universalists from across the Central Midwest District in No More Turning Away, a program to raise awareness about homelessness and assist homeless people in their local communities. We’ll brainstorm about things we can do to help and discuss participating in the Walk to End Homelessness through Family Promise on April 8th . Will you join us in this family friendly event?

We’ll also do several experiential, cooperative activities that explore what it means to help one another, and embody the “tied together” theme as we navigate a course while all tied to one another.

Breakfast Club will still be available in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. — George Bernard Shaw

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Religious Education February 12th

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Spirit Play learned the wonderful story of the Yin and Yang and the Dwarf P’an Ku last Sunday: Before the beginning of day—before the earth or the sky was formed—there was Tao, the Great Original Cause.  All things came from Tao and on Tao all depend. Tao reached everywhere. Tao was smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest.  In Tao was the power to change all things. So it came about that Tao brought into being the two great elements, the Yang and the Yin, each the opposite of the other. As the Yin and Yang flowed round and round and mingled together the specks of life in each of them joined and became one life and this new life began to grow. A shell like the shell of an egg formed around the life. After ages of time, so long, no one can imagine how long it was, this kernel of life grew and grew within the world egg until it became strong. Then the sound of hammering inside the great shell began.

As a young chick pecks its way through its shell, P’an Ku, a shaggy dwarf, began breaking his way through the shell of the world egg. He had two horns on his head and two tusks bent outward from his bearded jaws. His body was covered with fur like a bear. In his left hand was a hammer and in his right hand he held a chisel. P’an Ku began arranging Yin and Yang in many forms to form the earth and sky and everything in it. And that is how the world was made. This week the class will continue to learn Creation Stories from around the world.

UU Explorers: This Sunday the class will turn to the phrase in the Blake covenant which encourages us to “help one another.” Through the story of 19th-century Unitarian Elizabeth Blackwell, who became a physician in order to help others heal, we will discover our faith heritage of perseverance, hope, and giving. Blackwell became the first woman doctor in the United States—one of the pioneering Unitarians and Universalists who heeded a calling to help others despite societal obstacles and personal hardships.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Religious Education Committee Lunch, February 12th

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

 

This Sunday the Religious Education Committee is hosting an open lunch meeting from 11:45am – 1pm in the Brackett Room. This is a wonderful opportunity for members and friends of First Parish to learn how they can help out behind the scenes to run our wonderful religious education program. Lunch will be provided and all are welcome to attend! Childcare will also be provided upon request to Chris () by Thursday (Feb 9th).

Among other things, we’ll be discussing what to include in a survey to the congregation about RE goals, ie. what we want our children to be learning in Religious Education and any evaluation of the program as it is going now. Another question for the meeting is whether we’d like to all do the walk-a-thon for Family Promise this year together, which is April 8th, as a multigenerational “living our faith” activity: http://walk.familypromisemetrowest.org/

We’d also like to plan another multigenerational (family oriented) living-our-faith activity to do together before the end of the church year — and would love your input and ideas.
Hope you can join us!

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Religious Education February 5th

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Pawyi Lee – Phra That Phanom chedi, Amphoe That Phanom, Nakhon Phanom Province, Thailand., Public Domain, Wikimedia

Last week we gathered all our classes together again for a special lesson exploring the theme of searching for truth with love. While the week previous was more on “standing up for” truth, this week was more about the “searching” and the different perspectives that people have. Participants were told the story of the blind men and the elephant (which the picture depicts here) — in which a number of blind men came to an elephant. Somebody told them that it was an elephant. The blind men asked, ‘What is the elephant like?’ and they began to touch its body. One of them said: ‘It is like a pillar.’ This blind man had only touched its leg. Another man said, ‘The elephant is like a husking basket.’ This person had only touched its ears. Similarly, he who touched its trunk or its belly talked of it differently.

We talked about how Reality looks different to different people, especially when it comes to matters of religion, and it is good to keep in mind that while it is important to honor our perspective, it is also important to honor that of others. Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Pagans, Jews, Christians….they all see part of the Truth, like the blind men and the elephant. Let us not limit our understanding of the Great Mystery, and let us not be too quick to judge others.

This week we’ll go back to our regular classrooms. Spirit Play will continue learning about Creation stories from around the world. UU Explorers will continue with the Blake Covenant, this week learning about our heritage of service through the story of 19th-century Unitarian Elizabeth Blackwell, who became a physician in order to help others heal. We will discover our faith heritage of perseverance, hope, and giving. Blackwell became the first woman doctor in the United States—one of the pioneering Unitarians and Universalists who heeded a calling to help others despite societal obstacles and personal hardships.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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