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Summer Services 2018

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in General News, Worship Services


Summer Sunday services take place in our air-conditioned, hearing assisted Commons. Nibbles are available at 9:30am and the service begins at 10:00am.

Come hear a wide range of worship topics offered by our lay leaders. All are welcome, but no childcare is offered in the summer.

Click here for a table of host, music, and nibbles volunteer assignments and open slots.

Sunday Leader Subject
17-Jun Dave Andrews The Drunkard’s Walk
24-Jun Carole McNamee Worship Sharing: A Quaker Practice
1-Jul Aline Kaplan Seven Services to Humanity
8-Jul Robert Burkhardt 1968 and All That, In Three Parts
15-Jul June Hopkins Simple Living and Minimalism
22-Jul Leslie Bryant Perspective Taking
29-Jul Earth Centered Group Lughnasadh (Lammas)
5-Aug Valerie Tratnyek Me and My Bees
12-Aug Oliver Willett What can we really know?
26-Aug Group led Poetry jam

This post will be updated by the Summer Services coordinators as the spaces are filled.


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5/20 Bohm Dialogue — Soul

Posted by on May 5, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Anima Mundi. The Breath, the Life, the Spirit, the Soul of the World.

“…This world is indeed a living being, endowed with soul and intelligence…” – Plato, Timeus.

‘Soul’ can mean many things:
the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come:  arguing the immortality of the soul. …

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4/15 Bohm Dialogue — The Self

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

The Self is self-luminous without darkness and light, and is the reality which is self-manifest. Therefore, one should not think of it as this or as that. The very thought of thinking will end in bondage. – Ramana Maharshi

What is “The Self”? Does it include body, brain, memories, personality, soul, spirit? Take away those things one by one, when does it stop being a Self? Is the Self, as some say, just an illusion?

As always, no outside research is expected of anyone, but if you like, these are some suggestions from Jon Woodward:

Here is the article that got me started on my inquiry into the nature of the “Self”. It discusses some studies done using psilocybin which is an active ingredient in “Magic Mushrooms”.

Here is a TED talk from a brain scientist that had a stroke. She had experiences that sounded to me as similar to the subjects of the psilocybin studies.

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Auction Coming – Sat. April 7 !!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in General News

Planning your bidding strategy for the First Parish Auction?

Here’s a preview of “coming attractions” to help you . . .

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3/18 Bohm Dialogue — Free Will

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Fate vs free will – Thomas Hawkins

Is our path laid out before us,
or is it something that we choose?
Are we guaranteed a victory,
is success just ours to lose?

How much free will do we have,
if any after all,
it seems when things are on the up,

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