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12/17 Bohm Dialogue — What is War For?

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors. – Robert E. Lee

Is war sometimes necessary? Is it ever ‘good’?

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. – Niccolo Machiavelli

There was never a good war, or a bad peace. – Benjamin Franklin

What are the roots of war? Who does it benefit? Was there a time without wars?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday December 17th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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12/17 Bohm Dialogue — What is War For?

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors. – Robert E. Lee

Is war sometimes necessary? Is it ever ‘good’?

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. – Niccolo Machiavelli

There was never a good war, or a bad peace. – Benjamin Franklin

What are the roots of war? Who does it benefit? Was there a time without wars?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday December 17th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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Yule – Winter Solstice Ritual and Feast – Sat. 12/23, 6:30pm

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in General News

winter solsticePlease join us for the Earth Center traditions group’s annual Winter Solstice Ritual.  We will celebrate the Shortest Day of the year on Sat, Dec 23 at 6:30pm.  We turn the wheel of the year and bring back the sun, a chance to leave things in the old year and gather others for the new.  The ritual will be followed by a pot luck feast and carols in the Parish Hall.

The ceremony is appropriate for those approximately 12 years and up – use your own judgment. Childcare is available if requested by Thursday before the event (12/21). The children are welcome to join the adults for the feast.

If you are interested in helping in any way ( reading, singing, drumming, setting up, clean up), see Tom Yelton.

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11/19 Bohm Dialogue — Changing Minds

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Think of the last time you tried to change someone’s mind. You probably failed. Same with someone changing your mind or even you changing your own mind – probably pretty rare. For something so basic and commonly attempted why is it so hard to accomplish? How do people get so set in certain ways of thinking and certain beliefs? What can loosen that logjam?

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those of us brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.

When the facts change I change my mind. What do you do, sir? – John Maynard Keynes

Let’s see if we can change our minds about something. Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday November 19th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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Samhain (Halloween) Sat. Oct 28 at 6:00 pm

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in General News

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Welcome Winter, waning season;
Now with night the New Year comes.
All who honor elder kinsfolk
Dance the dead to earthly drums.
Souls respected safeguard living
House we’ll hold and hallow hearth;
Blessings be on those who bide here,
Blessings be on those who bide here
And indeed on all the Earth.

~
by Leigh Ann Hussey

Samhain (pronounced Sow-inn) is the ancient Celtic New Year, the Last Harvest Festival and the onset of Winter, the Time the Veil between the Worlds is thinnest, whose traditions are echoed in our Halloween and All Souls’ Day.

We will celebrate the Celtic New Year by enacting a ritual inspired by Celtic myth. Myths are poetic statements of the life process. When we enact the myths in ritual, we enact our own growth and development, our passages. Children 12 and up are welcome at the ritual. Please reserve a spot for your younger children for childcare by Thursday, Oct 26 at noon. Please bring your favorite dish to share for the feast after the ritual. Costumes are socially correct.

Contacts Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe (or contact the FPS office 978/443-2043) – for rides and about the childcare.

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