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10/21 Bohm Dialogue — Political Correctness

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

Our October dialogue will be about “Political Correctness”. From Wikipedia:

The term political correctness (adjectivally: politically correct; commonly abbreviated to PC or P.C.) is used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society. Since the late 1980s, the term has come to refer to avoiding language or behavior that can be seen as excluding, marginalizing, or insulting groups of people considered disadvantaged or discriminated against, especially groups defined by sex or race. In public discourse and the media, it is generally used as a pejorative, implying that these policies are excessive …The contemporary pejorative usage of the term emerged from conservative criticism of the New Left in the late 20th century. … Commentators on the political left contend that conservatives use the concept of political correctness to downplay and divert attention from substantively discriminatory behavior against disadvantaged groups.] They also argue that the political right enforces its own forms of political correctness to suppress criticism of its favored constituencies and ideologies. The term has played a major role in the United States culture war between liberals and conservatives.

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 October 21 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 27 at 6:00 pm

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Earth Centered, 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 25 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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TEACHER seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

The first time I read the ad, I choked and cursed and spat and threw the paper to the floor. Since even this didn’t seem to be quite enough, I snatched it up, marched into the kitchen, and shoved it into the trash. While I was there, I made myself a little breakfast and gave myself some time to cool down. I ate and thought about something else entirely. That’s right.

Then I dug the paper out of the trash and turned back to the Personals section, just to see if the damn thing was still there and just the way I remembered it. It was.

TEACHER seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.

So begins the novel “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit” by Daniel Quinn, chosen by the FPS Spirituality and Personal Development Book Club for our October meeting. Please join us October 20th at 10 am in the Brackett Room for a respectful, thoughtful and spiritual (maybe even enlightening?) group exploration of mind and spirit.

This year we plan to meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Books we have discussed at past meetings:

  • Byron Katie: Loving What Is: Four Questions that Can Change Your Life
  • Anita Moorjani: Dying to Be Me, What if this is Heaven?
  • Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul
  • Dali Lama & Desmond Tutu: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
  • Gary Zukav: The Seat of the Soul
  • Viktor E. Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Kate Braestrup: Here if You Need Me: A True Story

Suggestions for future books include:

  • Jim Rohn: The Art of Exceptional Living
  • Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention, I Can See Clearly Now, Your Erroneous Zones, Being in Balance
  • Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now, A New Earth
  • Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich
  • Christine Northrup: Making Life Easy
  • Brene Brown: Daring Greatly
  • Jen Sincero: You Are a Badass
  • Mel Robbins: The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • Gabrielle Bernstein: The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear into Faith
  • Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos: You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters
  • Deepak Chopra: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
  • Pema Chodron: The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, When Things Fall Apart
  • Rick Warren: The Purpose Driven Life
  • Deepak Chopra: Quantum Healing
  • Matt Kahn: Whatever Arises, Love That
  • Steve Taylor: The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening
  • Mark Nepo: The Book of Awakening
  • Anthony William: Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal
  • Louise Hay: You Can Heal Your Life
  • Dan Harris: 10% Happier
  • Brian Weiss: Many Lives, Many Masters
  • Benjamin Hoff: The Tao of Pooh
  • John O’Leary: On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: No Mud, No Lotus
  • Rick Hanson: Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
  • Elizabeth Lesser: The Seekers Guide
  • Marianne Williamson: A Return to Love
  • Lama Surya Das: Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss and Spiritual Transformation
  • Robert Wright: Why Buddhism Is True
  • Starhawk: Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  • Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman
  • The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Breakfast with the Buddha – Roland Merullo
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

We hope you will join us. Talk to Tom Y, Leslie L, Bridget H, or Pamela S, for more info.

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Homecoming and Community Potluck

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Worship Services

Join us for our regular worship and program year beginning Sunday, September 9 at 10:00am for people of all ages. We welcome visitors! See our website for information about what to expect. www.fpsudbury.org

We will gather for Homecoming Sunday, an intergenerational service, which will feature our Water Ritual and after the service, we will continue the homecoming with our community potluck.

What to bring on September 9?

Yourselves, whole families, friends and neighbors. A tiny bit of water (actual or virtual) from your summer experiences. These can be collected waters from your travels, from your backyard kiddy pool, tears of joy or tears of sadness. They will be blended together with our waters from last year (which contain waters from all the years going back since we began this tradition decades ago!) Our water is used for baby dedications, blessings of marriages, visiting the sick, and other sacred purposes.

A salad, side dish or dessert (homemade or store bought) for the community potluck. Our Community and Hospitality Committee will provide us with grilled burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian burgers and drinks. Your renewed selves back to our community for a new year of worship, fun, celebration, fun, learning, fun, social action, and fun! We are looking forward to seeing you. Any questions, contact Fran Sharp, congregational administrator, in the office 978/443-2043 or

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9/16 Bohm Dialogue — How Do You Talk About Gender Equality?

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

How do you talk with your spouse about gender equality when it starts out as such a potentially emotionally-charged topic, or more generally, with anyone about similarly charged topics?

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 September 16 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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