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1/19 Bohm Dialogue — The Need For Community

Posted by on Jan 5, 2020 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Bohm Dialogue is a freely-flowing group conversation in which participants attempt to reach a common understanding, experiencing everyone’s point of view fully, equally and nonjudgementally. This can lead to new and deeper understanding.

For January our topic-phrase is “The need for community”.

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 19 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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This Week in Religious Exploration

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

  • Religious Exploration for children and youth on Sunday, January 5th, 2020:

Chalice Children class (ages 0-5): Nursery care is available during worship this weekend!

Flames class (grades K-3): This week, our younger students will meet for a Moral Tales lesson about forgiveness.  In this class, they will learn about forgiveness as an act of compassion.  They will hear a story about friends who forgive one another after an argument, and then they will participate in exercises that allow them to practice letting go of held resentments and remembering acts of kindness.

Explorers class (grades 4-8):  The older students in our program will meet this Sunday for a Toolbox of Faith lesson about flexibility.  They will hear and discuss a story that imagines life without choices or flexibility, play a game that encourages them to adapt to change, and create works of art that symbolize the importance of being flexible and open-minded in their everyday lives.



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Spirituality Book Group Saturday Feb 15, 10am – A Significant Life

Posted by on Dec 26, 2019 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

All who are interested are welcome to come on Saturday, February 15 at 10am when the Spirituality Book Group is meeting to discuss A Significant Life by Todd May, suggested to Tom by Oliver WIllett.

“In A Significant Life, May has produced a tour de force. It is a thoughtful, subtle, beautifully written discussion of what it takes to live a meaningful life. A careful study of this book will tell you what it takes to make life worth living. It is refreshing to encounter someone worrying about such a big question in the small-minded times we live in, and an absolute joy to discover that he may actually have provided an answer.”
(Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less)

On 12/21 Leslie, Bridget, Fran and Tom had a good discussion of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. We then chose A Significant Life as our next book and decided to switch the group from an every month schedule to a two month schedule to give people more time to obtain and read the book. So we will skip January and hope to see you Saturday Feb 15, at 10am, in the Brackett room.

For more information, contact Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe.

To see some of our past readings click here.


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This Week in Religious Exploration

Posted by on Dec 23, 2019 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

We hope that you can join us for our Christmas Eve Family Worship Service at 5pm on 12/24!  The service will feature a fun, interactive pageant and lots of beautiful Christmas carols!


There will be no RE classes this Sunday, December 29th.  Classes will resume on Sunday, January 5th.

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Is Christmas only for Christians?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

The answer to this question is an emphatic, No! How can we find deeper meaning in the truth of the season? Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in imagining what Christmas should/could be like in a twenty-first century secular society.

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This Week in Religious Exploration

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

This Week in Religious Exploration:

  • Nursery care for children ages 0-5:

Nursery care is available during worship this weekend!

  • Religious Exploration for children and youth in grades K-8:

This Sunday, December 22, our students will participate in our third Arts Sunday of the year!  June Hopkins will lead our students in a fun and festive children’s choir lesson, and we will be rehearsing the songs that we will perform during the family worship service at 5pm on Christmas Eve!


Christmas Eve Family Worship Service and Pageant:

Our annual Family Christmas Eve Worship Service and Pageant will take place at 5pm on December 24, and our RE students are all invited to participate in the FPS Children’s Choir that evening!

We still have pageant roles available!  If you have a child in middle school, high school or college who would be interested in a reading role for the pageant, please let me know!  This pageant is a lot of fun, and readers do not need to memorize their lines!

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