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9/16 Bohm Dialogue — How Do You Talk About Gender Equality? (for Facebook)

Posted by on Sep 13, 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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Religious Exploration September 16th

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration – This week marks the official start of our Religious Exploration year! The children will take part in our opening ice-breakers, play an amazing game of crazy hoops to promote teamwork and getting to know each other, and finally write their yearly covenant for the 2018-2019 RE year. A donut breakfast will be provided and all children in spirit play and explorers will be together in one class.

 

Nursery: This week the youngest among us will be joined in the Nursery by FPS volunteers.

 

 

 

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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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Religious Exploration : Welcome Back!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration – 2018 looks to be an amazing year for all of our children here at First Parish. Join us on September 9th for signups in preparation for an exciting and explorative curriculum! September 16th will mark our icebreaker day where all of our children will get a chance to get acquainted, where we will say hello to those among us who are new, and where we will welcome everyone else back. As always our year will be filled with art, cinema, activities, social activism, and self-realization!

On the docket for the upcoming RE year:

Popcorn Theology – The children of First Parish RE will get a chance to discuss real-world issues and ideas using popular culture movies as points of reference. Last year we discussed the plight of the house elves in Harry Potter as a way to discuss social change and economic inequality. This year we will be focusing on films like the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and the Divergent series to discuss relevant topics and to allow the children to form their own ideas and analysis of the world around them. We love our critical thinkers!

Neighboring Faiths – This year we will be embarking on a new venture, exploring faiths outside of Unitarian Universalism. The children of RE will get a chance to learn about and discuss different faiths, and will have the opportunity to visit a few places such as an Islamic Center, a Catholic Church, and a Jewish Temple, and will meet and speak with children from these other places of worship to foster a sense of understanding and community. This will be a multi-part curriculum and will require that any child wishing to participate in the field-trip portions of neighboring faiths be present during the study and discussion portions beforehand.

UU and You/ Mentoring – Many of our children this year will be focusing time on what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and will be taking part in mentoring. If you are an adult of First Parish and are interested in volunteering as a mentor please join us and sign up on September 9th! Parent’s of children entering mentoring there will be an additional sign up available at coffee hour.

Harvest Fair – As the members of First Parish gear up to reimagine the annual harvest fair we want to hear from you! Ideas for children’s and families activities that you or your friends may be able to help pull together are always welcome. Maybe you have a knack for painting and want to try your hand at face painting, or maybe you know someone who is great at hosting games and activities. Let us know!

Children’s & Families Christmas Eve Service- As with last year, we will be planning a children and families Christmas Eve services; any children interested in special sign-ups please let the Re Director know.

 

Volunteers – We are so looking forward to an amazing year and as always we are looking for class volunteers to make it all happen. If you are available on a Sunday to volunteer please check the sign-ups and let’s get those slots filled in!

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094fa5a82aa0ff2-201820191   NURSERY

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094fa5a82aa0ff2-20182019     SPIRIT PLAY

 

I can’t wait to see you all on Sunday!

Michele Barkhauer

DRE, FPS

 

 

 

 

 

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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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