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Religious Exploration February 2018

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

The Season of love is upon us, and with it comes another shift in focus for the children and youth of First Parish. As the exploration of self and world continues, this month’s theme will allow us to discuss ways in which we might each spread loving kindness out into the world. While our younger UU’s continue on their journey through story and play, our older members in the Explorers class will be discussing what love means to them, and the ways in which they might express it each and every day. We will talk about how things like choice, self-awareness, and sacrifice can help to manifest our intentions in amazing and sometimes unexpected ways. There will be a Valentine’s Day workshop Sunday, February 11th during class. This would be a great opportunity for the children to work on their Valentines, so feel free to provide a list if you are so inclined! As always, any child who expresses an idea or project they would like to undertake during RE classes is free to make suggestions! Parent feel free to email any thoughts or ideas to the DRE.


Please Note: RE is in need of adult volunteers! Our RE classes are a great time of learning and growth for the children of First Parish, and our children benefit greatly from the amazing support and instruction provided by our volunteers. If you are available either to lead or assist in Nursery or Spirit Play, please contact the DRE:

Spirit Play: This week Sunday, February 11th, our spirit play class will be led by Luka! The children will hear the frog lesson and dive into the science source.  Afterwards, the children will have a chance to learn more about frogs and do fun, individual projects.

Explorers:  This Sunday our Explorers will be discussing the six kinds of love, and the places they may see some of them in their everyday lives. During this class, the children will be taking part in our Valentine Workshop, a chance for them to let the creative juices flow!

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


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Religious Exploration February 4th

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Spirit Play: This week in spirit play the children will hear the story of “Grand Dad’s Prayer for the Earth”, a story about prayer and nature.  Afterwards, we will learn how to meditate and pray for ourselves. The class will be held in the commons upstairs.

Explorers:  Moving into our February theme of “Love” our last weekend of Harry Potter will feature popcorn theology – During this Sunday our explorers will be watching select clips from the Harry Potter films and discussing the different types of love, as well as how things such  as choice, sacrifice and inclusion can play into the types of love that evolve in the world.

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


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Religious Exploration January 28th

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Spirit Play: This Week in Spirit Play the children will listen to the story of the lazy bear, which is a story about making and keeping promises.  Afterwards, we will discuss important promises that we make and do a special promise craft activity.

Explorers:  This week our Explorers will continue their discussion and activities around social inequality, and social justice in action! Ask them about their water well project! As a fun activity based in our Harry Potter theme of the month, we will also be hosting a very special game of Quidditch between the houses; this promises to be a fun and exciting RE! See you all Sunday –

Nursery care: Will be held in the SED classroom, as usual, now combined with Spirit Play


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Religious Exploration January 21st

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



Spirit Play: This Week in Spirit Play the children will be hearing the story of The Stone Cutter, which is a story about greed.  After hearing the story they will have a discussion about it and make rock pets as an activity.

Explorers:  Grab your popcorn! This week’s popcorn theology all about the plight of the house-elves and social inequality! Our Explorers will get a chance to discuss the living and working conditions of J.K. Rowling’s creatures of servitude while applying those thoughts to the world around us.

Nursery care: Will be held in the SED classroom as usual, now combined with Spirit Play –


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1/21 Bohm Dialogue — I-Thou and I-It

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Early in the 20th century, troubled by trends of modern life, Martin Buber wrote an odd little book of philosophy with an enduring impact that continues today. It is called in German “Ich und Du” later translated into English as “I and Thou”. In it Buber described two ways of engaging people and things of the world: I-it and I-thou (or I-you). With I-it you are looking at a thing or person as something to be utilized, analyzed, dissected, exploited, etc. I-thou is a way of authentically relating to a person or thing, here and now, person to person/thing, recognizing their whole being, ’embracing them’ so to speak.

While both ways are needed, Buber saw that civilization was increasingly relying solely on the I-it mode, and less and less on the I-thou mode. This results in an increasing alienation from our world and its inhabitants. It also makes it far easier to abuse and ignore them.

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 January 21st at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Coming Up in Religious Exploration

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

Coming Up in RE: January is Social Justice Month!

Our exploration of themes and concepts will continue into the new year with a visit to Hogwarts, thanks to our children’s suggestions of looking at a unit on Harry Potter (and social justice and action!)

The children have been sorted into their respective houses,  along with some of the parents, and will earn or lose house points all month long leading up to their special “end of year feast:”. Parents take note! They can earn and lose points at home as well for being particularly helpful so shoot me an email and let me know! As part of our social justice project aside from the wonderful wizarding world, the children will be participating in a fundraiser to help build a water well in a community without access to clean water. We’ll be exploring themes of social inequality through the plight of the house elves, as well as people right here in our own neighborhoods, all while studying runes, creating magical slime, and putting together keepsakes so they can always remember the magical world of JK Rowling’s creation.


Coming Up:


A class on ancient runes/ Create a Quill Project

Magical Slime Creation & Discussion of the plight of the House Elves

Popcorn Theology: Harry Potter/ Fighting the Horcrux of Poverty

Quidditch Match: Team building Exercise among the “Houses”

….and much more! See you all on Sunday!

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