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9/24 Bohm Dialogue — What Replaces God in Secular Society?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

In May we asked what is your ultimate concern, your ultimate question and answer, the center of your being? But we didn’t get to the second part: some version of God has been central through human history — what takes the place of God in a secular society? If not God then what?

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 24th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Religious Exploration September 24th

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play we will read the story of The Earth on the Turtle’s Back, a Native American creation story.  The story will be a good introduction to the year as it is a creation story the kids haven’t heard before, and it touches upon some values that UU’s hold.  After reading the story the children will have a chance to play games and explain how they believe the earth was created and why.

-Bailey

UU Explorers: This Sunday, we will be exploring the empowerment of inner beauty.  Explorers will begin building their “Free to be Me” wall in the commons, a place where they will be collecting positive messages, images, and thoughts in a living collage that will grow with them as we delve into the places where beauty can be found beyond the mirror. Explorers will also learn, through interactive games, how beauty is perceived differently in varying cultures from around the globe, from the far corners of Africa and Myanmar, to right here at home in America.

 

Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by Brie Patch & Makayla Boisvert, a big thank you to you both!

Please Note: The Nursery will be held in classroom one on the lower level, where they will have full access to all of the age appropriate toys and accommodations that this wonderful SED classroom has to offer! Beginning next week, our 0-3 group will begin their own RE stories, games, and crafts as their year kicks off under the Hospitality theme!

 

Youth Group: Our Youth Group meeting will take place at 7pm in the Brackett Room after the Morris Dancer’s meeting. Dinner will be provided.

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9/24 Bohm Dialogue — What Replaces God in Secular Society?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

In May we asked what is your ultimate concern, your ultimate question and answer, the center of your being? But we didn’t get to the second part: some version of God has been central through human history — what takes the place of God in a secular society? If not God then what?

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 24th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Religious Exploration this year for kids and youth

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration

News from R.E. (Religious Education)

Welcome back to RE at First Parish! We are very excited about the coming year in RE. Over the summer Chris and RE volunteers worked on organizing and creating a storage space. In the process we found many treasures and were able to purchase what we needed to finalize a fabulous complement of materials to continue bringing you and your children rich and exciting RE programming for all age groups in the coming year.

We will all miss Chris, but are happy to report that through his leadership and continued support we have a robust volunteer group ready to staff the nursery, and are fully staffed with volunteers to teach Spirit Play. Among the treasures we found this summer were many more of the lovely Montessori-based storytelling kits that we use for our Spirit Play curriculum. These handmade kits bring stories alive with beautiful settings and interesting characters which engage the children during the story and are then available for them to play with, taking the ideas sparked by the story and using their imaginations to expand and explore, encouraged and guided by their teachers.

Our UU Explorers group for children from 4th to 7th grade will be enjoying a wonderful curriculum that Chris researched and vetted with the RE committee last year. All of us are really excited about the “Popcorn Theology” curriculum which appeals to this age group through using short, selected excerpts from popular films to launch discussions about spiritual ideas, pertinent social issues, diversity and tolerance and more, as the children develop increasing awareness of self and other on their journey to define their own theology and understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. Follow this link to learn more about this dynamic new curriculum. http://shancarpublications.com/Popcorn_Theology.html

Our youth group, is ready to start exploring themselves both as individuals and as UUs this year in a deeper and more meaningful way. We all look forward to seeing our teens in action at the youth-led service in the spring, where each of them will have the opportunity to share their hopes, dreams and ideas with the congregation in one of the many coming-of-age opportunities for this age group!

Please stop by our table in the lobby and Parish Hall this Sunday September 10th to find out more about the program and register your child for this year’s RE classes. One of the commitments we have made as a group this year is to be more of a presence in the sanctuary and give more frequent updates to the congregation about our activities, so you will be seeing more of the REC  (Religious Education Committee) in the coming year – stay tuned!!

Warmest wishes for a great year ahead for you and your children.

~ The REC

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Religious Exploration June 11th

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Flower Rangoli — a sacred celebration, Public Domain, Wikimedia

This Sunday all the Religious Education classes will stay in the sanctuary and join the end-of-year intergenerational celebration with our annual flower communion. We’ll also be honoring our graduating seniors in the “bridging” ceremony, and thanking them and the other youth RE guides for their dedication and commitment in teaching Religious Exploration this year. Religious Education will start back up September 10th. Have a wonderful summer!

Please bring your own flowers, one stem for each person in the family, for the flower communion, and a side dish to share for the outdoor cookout if you can.

Nursery care will be provided.

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Religious Exploration June 4th

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Clem Rutter, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

This Sunday is our final gathering in Religious Exploration class for the year, as next Sunday on June 11th we will stay in the sanctuary and join in the multi-generational flower communion and celebration Sunday.

Thus, this Sunday we will have an all-RE gathering to reflect on and close out the year together, and to celebrate and appreciate our community of seekers and learners together.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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