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Religious Exploration January 21st

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

 

 

Spirit Play: This Week in Spirit Play the children will be hearing the story of The Stone Cutter, which is a story about greed.  After hearing the story they will have a discussion about it and make rock pets as an activity.

Explorers:  Grab your popcorn! This week’s popcorn theology all about the plight of the house-elves and social inequality! Our Explorers will get a chance to discuss the living and working conditions of J.K. Rowling’s creatures of servitude while applying those thoughts to the world around us.

Nursery care: Will be held in the SED classroom as usual, now combined with Spirit Play –

 

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1/21 Bohm Dialogue — I-Thou and I-It

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Early in the 20th century, troubled by trends of modern life, Martin Buber wrote an odd little book of philosophy with an enduring impact that continues today. It is called in German “Ich und Du” later translated into English as “I and Thou”. In it Buber described two ways of engaging people and things of the world: I-it and I-thou (or I-you). With I-it you are looking at a thing or person as something to be utilized, analyzed, dissected, exploited, etc. I-thou is a way of authentically relating to a person or thing, here and now, person to person/thing, recognizing their whole being, ’embracing them’ so to speak.

While both ways are needed, Buber saw that civilization was increasingly relying solely on the I-it mode, and less and less on the I-thou mode. This results in an increasing alienation from our world and its inhabitants. It also makes it far easier to abuse and ignore them.

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 January 21st at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Coming Up in Religious Exploration

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Coming Up in RE: January is Social Justice Month!

Our exploration of themes and concepts will continue into the new year with a visit to Hogwarts, thanks to our children’s suggestions of looking at a unit on Harry Potter (and social justice and action!)

The children have been sorted into their respective houses,  along with some of the parents, and will earn or lose house points all month long leading up to their special “end of year feast:”. Parents take note! They can earn and lose points at home as well for being particularly helpful so shoot me an email and let me know! As part of our social justice project aside from the wonderful wizarding world, the children will be participating in a fundraiser to help build a water well in a community without access to clean water. We’ll be exploring themes of social inequality through the plight of the house elves, as well as people right here in our own neighborhoods, all while studying runes, creating magical slime, and putting together keepsakes so they can always remember the magical world of JK Rowling’s creation.

 

Coming Up:

 

A class on ancient runes/ Create a Quill Project

Magical Slime Creation & Discussion of the plight of the House Elves

Popcorn Theology: Harry Potter/ Fighting the Horcrux of Poverty

Quidditch Match: Team building Exercise among the “Houses”

….and much more! See you all on Sunday!

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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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Religious Exploration December 17th

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Important Notice for all Religious Exploration Classes: This Sunday, December 17th, we will be working on the children’s Nativity Play. This includes costume planning/fitting, and discussing lines/rehearsal. If your children are in the Nativity Play or would like to be (we still have roles to fill) please don’t miss this Sunday! There will be a spirit play and explorers activity for those children who will not be attending the Christmas Eve service/Nativity Play.

Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by our volunteers in the upper level SED classroom For those planning to be in the Nativity Play Please come this Sunday for the children’s costume fitting. For those of you interested in volunteering in the Nursery, please note that all sermons can be heard from this room, which means you’ll never have to miss one! Please contact the IDRE at if you wish to sign up!

 

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Coming Up in Religious Exploration

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Coming Up in Religious Exploration for December 2017 –

This month our groups will be continuing on with their lessons on faith, patience, and trust, leading into a discussion about the idea of hope because after all, the only time we truly see the stars is in the dark. Aside from new themes and continuing to build our “Free to Be Me” wall in our First Parish Commons, we will be gearing up for our Christmas Eve Nativity Play and family service. Any families who have children wishing to participate in the Nativity play should contact Michele Barkhauer at to register. We still have plenty of space for those wishing to participate! Please note that main rehearsal for the play will take place during RE class time on Sunday December 17th to give the children a chance to become comfortable with their parts as well as fit costumes. If your children are planning to be in the Nativity play please don’t miss Sunday 12/7’s rehearsal!

 

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