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Religious Exploration November 19th, 2017

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

The word “TRUST” written in vintage wooden letterpress type

Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play, we will be hearing the story of the Woman and the Vinegar Bottle, leading us into Thanksgiving. Afterwards our spirit play class will participate in some special Thanksgiving activities and will learn what this amazing holiday is really all about.

-Bailey-

UU Explorers: This month’s theme of “Faith” goes hand-in-hand with trust, so this week our Explorers will be taking part in an exercise meant to build trust with each other! Last week we spent time getting to know one another on a deeper level, and this week they’ll be putting trust into action. We will be building robots thanks to a fantastic suggestion by one of our kids! The catch? They’ll each have to build one for someone else! Working together and trusting in each other is no small task, but this might be a fun and engaging way to start!

Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by our volunteers in the upper level SED classroom. 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!

Youth Group: Our Youth group has decided to extend an invitation to the members of First Parish : A Parent’s Night Out will be hosted December 2nd, from 4pm until 8:20pm here at FPS. Please contact Michele Barkhauer at if you’d like to sign up.

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Religious Exploration November 12th, 2017

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

 

Spirit Play: TBA

-Bailey-

UU Explorers: This week, our Explorers group will be moving full steam ahead into November’s theme of Faith, and as an extension of that, trust. These two concepts work hand in hand, and what better way to demonstrate this than to allow them the opportunity to experience faith and trust building first hand. Through a series of discussions and games we’ll begin to more deeply get to know others around us, and we’ll start to forge the bonds that allow us to trust in one another and to grow together as our year moves forward. For those who have expressed a desire to bring some creativity and “technical engineering” into the mix, we have a special activity planned! You won’t want to miss this!

Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by our volunteers in the upper level SED classroom. 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!

Youth Group: Our Youth group has decided to extend an invitation to the members of First Parish : A Parent’s Night Out will be hosted December 2nd, from 4pm until 8:20pm here at FPS. Sign up will begin this week, so be sure to grab your kids a spot and don’t forget to invite your friends! Activities will include snacks, movies, Christmas Card workshops and crafts, and possibly gingerbread house building!

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Coming Up In Religious Exploration

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

As November begins, and Religious Exploration turns to this month’s theme of Faith, our focus shifts forward but we’re not leaving hospitality behind us! Here’s what’s coming up in RE –

Youth – Youth Group Hosting Parent’s Night Out; Sign Up in November!

The Youth Group has decided to extend an invitation to the families of First Parish. On December 2nd, 2017, First Parish Youth will be hosting a parent’s night out from 4:00pm to 8:30pm. in parish hall. Families are asked to drop children off no later than 4:15pm on Saturday the 2nd, and to pick them up anytime between then and 8:30pm. This event will be led by youth and volunteers, and will include activities such as movies, arts and crafts, games, and snacks. This event is free of charge; sign-up will begin the second week of November and spaces are limited so sign up early! 

 

Explorers- Our Explorers are hard at work building their “Free to be Me” wall in the commons,  photos will be up this week on our new RE boards in Parish Hall so come take a look! We are also starting to gear up for the coming holidays, and our Explorers have agreed to take part in the Christmas Eve Nativity service. There will be sign-ups for parts in the pageant in the coming weeks, so we can begin our rehearsals! If you know your family will not be able to attend the service, please let the IDRE know in advance so that we are able to fill parts with those attending.

 

Recently, some updates have been made to our Safe Congregation policy. This policy safeguards our children, staff, and volunteers, and the updates will require some paperwork to be completed by those working with children at First Parish. Please see the IDRE as soon as possible if you’d like to volunteer, or to continue volunteering with our children and youth!

 

The Nursery still has a need for volunteers on Sunday Mornings – contact the IDRE at if you would like to sign up!

 

I would also like to extend a huge thank you to all of you, who on a weekly basis offer their time and care to the children here at First Parish; you are all amazing! Also, a special thank you to our amazing REC: Mark Trone, Diahanne Lucan, Sally Sweitzer, Susan Rosenblum, Taryn Trexler, and Sheri Grusheski, for all of your hard work and dedication.

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Religious Exploration October 29th

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

 

Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play our group will hear the Sources story, and  will learn about the six UU sources and the importance of each one. Afterwards, we have an activity planned in which the kids will have the chance to pick a source- whichever they think is the most important- and then take part in a coloring activity. Once they’re all finished, as usual, we will do our regular spirit play individual activities.

-Bailey-

UU Explorers: This week, our Explorers group will be closing out this month’s theme of hospitality by looking at ways in which we can bridge the divide between ourselves, and those who may be different from us. Popcorn Theology has proven to be an amazing guideline with which to explore such themes, so this week we’ll tackle “The Hunger Games”, giving our amazing explorers the opportunity to discuss themes like economic disparity and inclusion beyond origin. They are learning that every day we each have the opportunity to reach out and invite someone new into our fold, to potentially make a new friend, and to spread loving kindness out into our world. Don’t forget, as always, there will be popcorn!

Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by our volunteers in the upper level SED classroom. 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!

Youth Group: Our youth group is off to an amazing start this year! They’ve decided that they want to do more volunteer work right here at FPS, because as we’ve realized, hospitality truly starts at home. If you see them around lending a helping hand don’t forget to say hello, and they have a special surprise coming up this December for our RE parents…sign up will begin soon so keep an eye out!

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Religious Exploration October 22nd

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

 

Spirit Play: This week in Spirit Play we will hear the Yellow Promise story all about Small Fry, a fish journeying into the unknown.  Afterwards, the children will have a chance to practice being a leader- just like Small Fry was in the story- through a series of games and then individual activities!

-Bailey-

UU Explorers: Last week, our explorers continued building their free to be me wall, and discussed kindness as an extension of hospitality. Building upon our theme this week, we’ll be discussing the story of the pet sack, focusing on those things within ourselves that we can cultivate in order to spread loving kindness out into the world. Hospitality starts at home and within the self, so we’ll also be looking at self-care, and how to be kind to “you”, after all, whenever you speak, you are listening!

Nursery care: This week the youngest among us will be joined by our volunteers Rose & Mikayla in the upper level SED classroom. 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!

Youth Group: Our youth group is off to an amazing start this year! They’ve decided that they want to do more volunteer work right here at FPS, because as we’ve realized, hospitality truly starts at home. If you see them around lending a helping hand don’t forget to say hello, and they have a special surprise coming up this December for our RE parents…sign up will begin soon so keep an eye out!

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10/15 Bohm Dialogue — How do people find meaning?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

In September we asked what takes the place of God in a secular society. But we never exactly got to what Paul wanted to dialogue on which was “How do we as individuals find or make meaning for ourselves in this modern world”. To answer that we of course have to figure out what we mean by meaning – so what is the meaning of meaning?

Wikipedia: The meaning of life, or the answer to the question “What is the meaning of life?”, pertains to the significance of living or existence in general. Many other related questions include “Why are we here?”, “What is life all about?”, or “What is the purpose of existence?”

Joseph Campbell said: “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

Shall we “waste” some time together? 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 October 15th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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