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7/22 Bohm Dialogue — Morality

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

 

 

A man of highest virtue Will not display it as his own;
His virtue then is real.
Low virtue makes one miss no chance To show his virtue off;
His virtue then is nought.
High virtue is at rest; It knows no need to act.
Low virtue is a busyness Pretending to accomplishment.

Truly, once the Way is lost, There comes then virtue;
Virtue lost, comes then compassion;
After that morality;
And when that’s lost, there’s etiquette,
The husk of all good faith,
The rising point of anarchy.

— Tao de Ching, Blakley trans., chapter 38

Lao Tzu seems to say that morals are an attempt to codify in rules what should come naturally from within, from the very Way itself. If you have to think about it you are already far gone.

But Lao Tzu thought too, and expressed his thoughts in words. Maybe by thinking together we can rediscover the roots of our own morality, get back to the original essence that all the confusing rules came from.

Jan suggests the following for those who wish to think ahead:

Seven Moral Rules Found All Around the World
evolution-institute.org/the-seven-moral-rules-found-all-around-the-world

In this longer collection.
evolution-institute.org/new.evolution-institute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tvol-morality-publication-web2018-7.pdf

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 July 22 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Religious Exploration May 20th

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration – Since Mother’s Day fell on Last Sunday’s class, the children took part in different activities than listed. This week they will return to their regularly scheduled class. Reflection is an important process for self-discovery and learning. This year our Explorers have discussed and taken part in many activities that surround a wide variety of themes. This Sunday will be a time where they will take a moment to reflect, journal, and discuss all we have talked about this year. They will also be taking the time to finish up the previous three week craft of planting, re-potting, and growing their own seedlings for transplant, as a part of our understanding for the interdependent web of all things. 

 

Spirit Play – This week in spirit play, the children will get the chance to listen to the story of One Grain of Rice and discuss how it relates to their UU principles.  Afterwards, they will work together on a fun math related craft to connect to our science source.

 

Nursery – Our littlest UU’s will be downstairs in the SED classroom on the first floor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Religious Exploration May 13th

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

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Religious Exploration – Reflection is an important process for self-discovery and learning. This year our Explorers have discussed and taken part in many activities that surround a wide variety of themes. This Sunday will be a time where they will take a moment to reflect, journal, and discuss all we have talked about this year. They will also be taking the time to finish up the previous three week craft of planting, re-potting, and growing their own seedlings for transplant, as a part of our understanding for the interdependent web of all things. 

 

Spirit Play – TBA

 

Nursery – Our littlest UU’s will be downstairs in the SED classroom on the first floor.

 

 

 

 

 

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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:
1.
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.
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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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Religious Exploration & Youth Sunday

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration – This Sunday is Youth Sunday at First Parish. All normal RE classes will be suspended and the children will be invited to attend in the sanctuary during this intergenerational service led by Lucy Manlick and Bailey Prince. At the end of the service they will be receiving a special gift for their hard work and participation throughout the year.

 

Please Email the DRE @ if you would like your child’s name to appear a certain way on their awards-

 

 

 

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Religious Exploration – April 29th

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

 

Religious Exploration – Due to Music Sunday last weekend, the lesson for the week was moved to this Sunday the 29th! Explorers this week will be continuing our lesson from last week’s humble beginnings. We are taking the time to explore the cell and the seed, some of the tiniest origins of life, and this week’s leg of the journey takes us deep into the seas that cover the earth and some of its inhabitants. Our focus this month is the first and seventh UU principles, with a special emphasis on the interdependent web and our place within our own ecosystems.

 

Spirit Play – TBA

 

Nursery – Our littlest UUs will be taking part in the planting of spring activity with the Explorer’s class 

 

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