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Religious Exploration – April 22nd

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration


Religious Exploration – Important Note: Parents please note this Sunday, music Sunday, the children of RE will not be beginning their morning in the sanctuary. Spirit Play children will be upstairs in the commons and nursery and explorers will be downstairs in SED/Brackett room. 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 – This week in Spirit Play, the children will be hearing the Indigo Promise Story about insisting on freedom and justice for all! After the story, they will be doing a special art activity about the story and will also have an opportunity to take part in other craft activities as time allows.


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


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Religious Exploration – April 9th

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


Religious Exploration – April 9th –  April at First Parish brings with it a new month of education and exploration for our children and youth! This month’s theme is that of humility, and this week’s lesson is all about humble origins. From the tiny seed to the human cell, all things begin as a sort of “seed of life” or sacred geometry. This is considered the stage that comes before the flower of life, which produces the fruit of life, thought to be the blueprint of the universe containing every atom and form of life! Using our scientific minds the children will explore the humble origins of all things in their first and tiniest form, beginning from a single seed. During the lesson, each child will be provided planting supplies to help begin their own first sprouts of life and spring.


Spirit Play – This week in Spirit Play, the children will be hearing the Green Promise Story! This is a story about growing by exploring what is true and right in life. Afterward, they will do a fun nature-themed activity to help them learn about the green promise and celebrate the fact that Spring is coming! (Despite the cold weather hanging around!)


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


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4/15 Bohm Dialogue — The Self

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

The Self is self-luminous without darkness and light, and is the reality which is self-manifest. Therefore, one should not think of it as this or as that. The very thought of thinking will end in bondage. – Ramana Maharshi

What is “The Self”? Does it include body, brain, memories, personality, soul, spirit? Take away those things one by one, when does it stop being a Self? Is the Self, as some say, just an illusion?

As always, no outside research is expected of anyone, but if you like, these are some suggestions from Jon Woodward:

Here is the article that got me started on my inquiry into the nature of the “Self”. It discusses some studies done using psilocybin which is an active ingredient in “Magic Mushrooms”.

Here is a TED talk from a brain scientist that had a stroke. She had experiences that sounded to me as similar to the subjects of the psilocybin studies.

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Coming Up in Religious Exploration – April 2018

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration


Coming up in RE for April 2018 – This month in religious exploration, the children of First Parish will be focusing on the idea that humility is not thinking less of yourself but instead is thinking of yourself less. Affirming the inherent worth and dignity of all people is one of our core principles because as UUs we recognize that there is nothing noble about considering yourself to be above your fellow man. Using a mix of discussion, arts and inquiry, science, popcorn theology and more, the children of FPS will have a chance to explore humble origins and personal growth. From the tiniest seed or cell to the largest of beings, all the world is worthy of consideration and appreciation!


Please note that the weekend of April 8th, the explorers class ages 8-16 will not be held. If children attending wish to go to RE this Sunday they may leave and join the other children’s activities in Spirit play with Bailey & Luka!


If you are interested in signing up to volunteer with the children and youth of First Parish please email the DRE Michele Barkhauer at the following address:

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Religious Exploration – Easter Sunday

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

“Easter…the only time of the year it’s a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket!”

The children of RE are asking for your help! Sunday, April 1st, 2018 – marks Easter Sunday at First Parish.These next two weeks leading up to Easter there will be a donation box located just outside Parish Hall for people to donate canned dog or cat food for Buddy Dog rescue in Sudbury. Food may be of any brand or quantity, but must be canned/sealed. 


Easter Egg Hunt – During our usual coffee hour on Easter, all children who attend First Parish are invited to take part in the egg hunt hosted by RE. Three hundred eggs filled with treats will be hidden outside of FPS in the memorial garden as well as around the playground, and children will be allowed to start the hunt after a quick briefing on the rules! A special area will be roped off for our littlest UU’s from the Nursery so that they can have a fun and safe experience as well. Children may bring their own egg hunting baskets, but a table with colorful bags and art supplies will be provided for any child who needs a bag or would like to decorate a bag.  


Please Note: Not all treats are suitable for children with allergies and may contain nuts, dairy, etc. Be mindful of what they find in the eggs if your child has food allergies. 


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Religious Exploration March 18th

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration


Spirit Play: TBA

Explorers:  This week our UU explorers will be working on a creative writing project centered within our monthly theme of transformation. They’ll get a chance to use their imaginations as well as take part in a discussion continued from last week on the hidden changes we can’t necessarily see within the world and ourselves. This project will continue to unfold in the coming weeks as part of our free to be me wall collaboration.

Nursery care: Our littlest UUs will have their class as usual in the SED room on the first floor.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Helping shape the lives of our younger members is important, and as a community we are tasked with that shaping. Each person who takes part in planning activities, hosting classes, or providing care and direction to our children and youth, plays an integral role in each child’s life here at FPS. RE is always in need of volunteers within Nursery, Spirit Play, and Explorers. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, or would like to sign up, please email the Director of Religious Exploration, Michele Barkhauer at:   


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