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Spirituality Book Group Saturday Dec. 15, 10am

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Spirituality Book Club

This has been postponed till Jan 19 due to the Nancy Moore memorial service.

All who are interested are welcome to come on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10am the Spirituality Book Group is meeting to discuss “Madame Blavatsky : the mother of modern spirituality” by Gary Lachman.

“A thoughtful biography of one of the most polarizing pioneers of alternative spirituality, the occult-mystic Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.

Pioneer. Visionary. Provocateur. Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky—mystic, occult writer, child of Russian aristocrats, spiritual seeker who traveled five continents, and founder (with Henry Steel Olcott) of the Theosophical Society—is still being hailed as an icon and scorned as a fraud more than 120 years after her death. But despite perennial interest in her life, writings, and philosophy, no single biography has examined the controversy and legacy of this influential thinker who helped define modern alternative spirituality—until now.

Gary Lachman, the acclaimed spiritual biographer behind volumes such as Rudolf Steiner and Jung the Mystic, brings us an in-depth look at Blavatsky, objectively exploring her unique and singular contributions toward introducing Eastern and esoteric spiritual ideas to the West during the nineteenth century, as well as the controversies that continue to color the discussions of her life and work.”

We hope to see you Dec. 15, in the Brackett room at 10am.

For more information, contact Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe.

 

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Religious Exploration December 2nd

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration & Spirit Play – This week is revels! All of our Spirit Play and Explorers children will be joining the congregation in the sanctuary for this fun and festive intergenerational service. The nursery will be offered downstairs in SED room one as usual for parents of children under 4 years of age; if you wish to utilize the nursery please be sure to drop children off before heading into the sanctuary! Have a wonderful week and we will see you all on Sunday morning.
We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE!
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Religious Education November is All About Gratitude!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration & Spirit Play – The month of November brings with it giving thanks and being grateful as we explore the Thanksgiving season. Inspiring one person to change can change the world, and it is these small changes that we strive for every day. I often find it amazing that when people speak about the butterfly effect they believe that the single flap of a butterfly’s wings can ripple through time and change the future, but in the present, they don’t see that even their small, individual actions can have amazing and long-lasting effects. Each one of us has places, times, and people that have changed us on our journeys, and this November the children of Religious Exploration will be delving deeper into what it means to be grateful and show gratitude for all of those in a time that seems to value instant-gratification and materialism. We will be discussing how we change others, how they, in turn, change us. We will be creating a collaborative art piece, working on our reflection journals and free to be me wall, and engaging in activities designed to foster discussion about what it means to truly give thanks for something. I hope that you will all be there to join us!
This coming Sunday, November 11, 2018 all children will be starting in Sanctuary where we will have a Story for all ages and intergenerational milestones before leaving for Religious Exploration class I hope to see everyone there!
We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE!
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Religious Education November 4th

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration & Spirit Play – This week’s religious exploration class is for everyone! We will meet in the SED classroom to participate in an exciting activity: role reversal day! At the beginning of the year when we all sat down together to write out our covenant for the 2018-2019 year, the children expressed a desire to have a day where they got the chance to flex their creative muscles and teach us all something. This week Zach, Molly, Lily, & Sarah will have their opportunity to shine! It should be an exciting and fun experience for all of us.
We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE!
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11/18 Bohm Dialogue — The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Inspired by world events and our mid term elections, our November dialogue topic will be “The Crisis of Liberal Democracy”. From Wikipedia:

Liberal democracy is a liberal political ideology and a form of government in which representative democracy operates under the principles of classical liberalism. Also called Western democracy, it is characterized by elections between multiple distinct political parties, a separation of powers into different branches of government, the rule of law in everyday life as part of an open society, a market economy with private property, and the equal protection of human rights, civil rights, civil liberties and political freedoms for all people. To define the system in practice, liberal democracies often draw upon a constitution, either formally written or uncodified, to delineate the powers of government and enshrine the social contract. After a period of sustained expansion throughout the 20th century, liberal democracy became the predominant political system in the world.

There is much more at wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy

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 November 18 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Religious Education October 28th

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

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Religious Exploration & Spirit Play – This week’s religious exploration class is for everyone! We will meet in the SED classroom to do a UU principle formation activity involving familiarizing ourselves with the UU principles as well as forming our own individual principles and creating a collaborative, all ages art project to add to our Free to be Me wall! This Sunday also marks the beginning of sign-ups for our Children & Families Christmas Eve service for any children interested in participating in the Christmas Eve activities.
We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE!
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Nursery:
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