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Religious Education November is All About Gratitude!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration & Spirit Play – The month of November brings with it giving thanks and being grateful as we explore the Thanksgiving season. Inspiring one person to change can change the world, and it is these small changes that we strive for every day. I often find it amazing that when people speak about the butterfly effect they believe that the single flap of a butterfly’s wings can ripple through time and change the future, but in the present, they don’t see that even their small, individual actions can have amazing and long-lasting effects. Each one of us has places, times, and people that have changed us on our journeys, and this November the children of Religious Exploration will be delving deeper into what it means to be grateful and show gratitude for all of those in a time that seems to value instant-gratification and materialism. We will be discussing how we change others, how they, in turn, change us. We will be creating a collaborative art piece, working on our reflection journals and free to be me wall, and engaging in activities designed to foster discussion about what it means to truly give thanks for something. I hope that you will all be there to join us!
This coming Sunday, November 11, 2018 all children will be starting in Sanctuary where we will have a Story for all ages and intergenerational milestones before leaving for Religious Exploration class I hope to see everyone there!
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Religious Education November 4th

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration & Spirit Play – This week’s religious exploration class is for everyone! We will meet in the SED classroom to participate in an exciting activity: role reversal day! At the beginning of the year when we all sat down together to write out our covenant for the 2018-2019 year, the children expressed a desire to have a day where they got the chance to flex their creative muscles and teach us all something. This week Zach, Molly, Lily, & Sarah will have their opportunity to shine! It should be an exciting and fun experience for all of us.
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11/18 Bohm Dialogue — The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Inspired by world events and our mid term elections, our November dialogue topic will be “The Crisis of Liberal Democracy”. From Wikipedia:

Liberal democracy is a liberal political ideology and a form of government in which representative democracy operates under the principles of classical liberalism. Also called Western democracy, it is characterized by elections between multiple distinct political parties, a separation of powers into different branches of government, the rule of law in everyday life as part of an open society, a market economy with private property, and the equal protection of human rights, civil rights, civil liberties and political freedoms for all people. To define the system in practice, liberal democracies often draw upon a constitution, either formally written or uncodified, to delineate the powers of government and enshrine the social contract. After a period of sustained expansion throughout the 20th century, liberal democracy became the predominant political system in the world.

There is much more at wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy

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 18 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Religious Education October 28th

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration & Spirit Play – This week’s religious exploration class is for everyone! We will meet in the SED classroom to do a UU principle formation activity involving familiarizing ourselves with the UU principles as well as forming our own individual principles and creating a collaborative, all ages art project to add to our Free to be Me wall! This Sunday also marks the beginning of sign-ups for our Children & Families Christmas Eve service for any children interested in participating in the Christmas Eve activities.
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Spirituality Book Group Saturday Nov. 17, 10am

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

All who are interested are welcome to come on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10am the Spirituality Book Group is meeting to discuss “Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery” by Starhawk. Starhawk is a peace activist and leader in feminist/Goddess spirituality.

The book is described as being “An examination of the nature of power that offers creative alternatives for positive change in our personal lives, our communities, and our world.”

We hope to see you Nov. 17, in the Brackett room at 10am.

For more information, contact Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe.

 

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Religious Education October 21st

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration: This week in religious exploration brings the children’s first roundtable discussion. Last week, they got a chance to take part in popcorn theology and this week they will be applying what they watched to our theme of formation while discussing the formation of self, self-identity, and forging your own path in the world.
Spirit Play: This week our Spirit Play children will be joined by Taryn & Jan for a fantastic story and activity she has chosen specifically for them: The Empty Pot! As always if you are interested in participating with any RE class please reach out we would love to have you.
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