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Religious Education – Easter Sunday

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

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Don’t forgot to bring in your canned goods on Easter Sunday! We are conducting a food drive for Easter Sunday, that will be donated to Open Table Food Pantry of Concord and Maynard.

After beginning in the Sanctuary, Religious Education Sunday will move all together to the Commons for Children’s Chapel with an Easter message and then, instead of the traditional egg hunt, the children will have the opportunity to look for the canned goods (outside weather permitting) and then all will be brought to the Food Pantry.

Please bring the cans in by 10am Easter Sunday and leave them in the boxes in the hallway outside the Sanctuary before the service.

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Bring in your canned goods for Easter Food Drive and RE “Egg” Hunt

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

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“The egg of the happiness, touch that egg and make a wish” in front of a shop, Sofia, Bulgaria. By Apostoloff (Self-photographed) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Don’t forgot to bring in your canned goods either this Sunday or by the start of services on Easter Sunday! We are conducting our annual food drive for Easter Sunday, that will be donated to Open Table Food Pantry of Concord and Maynard.

Next Sunday on Easter, we will place all the canned goods outdoors in the yard right at 10am (or in the lower level classrooms in case of rain). During Religious Education we will move all together to the Commons for an Easter message and then, instead of the traditional egg hunt, the children will have the opportunity to look for the canned goods and then all will be brought to the Food Pantry.

Please bring the cans either this Sunday or by 10am Easter Sunday and leave them in the box in the hallway outside the Sanctuary before the service. Open Table offers some suggested items here, but all non-perishable food items are accepted.

 

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Religious Education April 9th

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

IMG_0279 IMG_0281This week we will gather all classes together to celebrate the return of spring by making fairy houses! We had so much fun with this last year — we thought about what it would be like to relate to the natural world if we were really REALLY tiny — precisely the size of a fairy! We then used collected natural objects, such as twigs, moss, sea shells, pine cones, and small rocks, to build little habitats and houses for the fairies. What sort of fairies do you think would like our houses? It is interesting to look at the natural world from a different perspective, to celebrate all things green and outdoors with the return of spring, and to think about nature as a place to call home…

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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4/23 Bohm Dialogue — A Sustainable World and Human Nature

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What would it take to live sustainably on planet Earth and are humans capable of it? Humans obviously have to reduce pollution and consumption of resources to sustainable levels and give Earth’s ecosystems, oceans and atmosphere space and time to recover. But that’s not enough – any improvements can be quickly overtaken by population growth.

The road forward should be  rational and obvious. The knowledge and technology exists. Why don’t we just do it? What’s stopping us? Lack of agreement on the problem and the solution is a big stopper.

Is there a flaw in human nature? Or is the flaw in a civilization structured to be dependent on continual expansion? In 1943 Abraham Maslow proposed a useful map of human instinct called The Hierarchy of Needs. Psychologists quibble over the details but there is general agreement that it is basically valid. The basic idea is that lower survival and security needs must be met before the higher needs like Love, Esteem and Self Actualization become active, the very needs we need in order to care about each other and this planet. Hmm … we know that our hunter-gather ancestors were egalitarian and sharing – is there something about civilized life that tends to keep us down and so from agreeing on the ‘obvious and rational course’?

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 April 23rd at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Religious Education April 2nd

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia

This Sunday all RE classes are invited to hear the First Parish Youth Group lead the worship service in the sanctuary! This year their chosen theme is on Unity and we will hear 4 different perspectives as the youth share their thinking on this important subject.

Nursery Care will be provided, as well as a space for older kids who would prefer not to stay for the whole of the youth-led service.

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Religious Education March 26th

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons

Spirit Play heard the story of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark last Sunday. It is a story that ends with a Covenant. As the rains ended God spoke a blessing, and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky. “This rainbow,” God said, “is a sign that never again will the world be destroyed by flood; and in times to come when I cloud the sky with rain, afterward you will see a rainbow, and you will remember my promise, a promise made to you and to every living creature in the world.”

UU Explorers will continue to explore tools and objects as metaphors for “tools” of our faith. This Sunday we’ll use a mirror as a symbol to teach about reflection as a tool we find in our Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about using reflection when we have difficult questions and need to think about the answers. And, we’ll talk about when, where, and how we take the time to listen inside ourselves for a still, small voice.

The children will learn that we often think of our own “still, small voice” as our conscience and that some people think of it as the voice of God. The group will hear the story, adapted from Hebrew scripture (I Kings 19:11-12), of the prophet Elijah and his experience hearing a “still, small voice.”

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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