The "Clapping Registers" meditation group sits in silent meditation for a period of 20-30 minutes. We then have a reading from a variety of books on meditation, typically Buddhist. A discussion on the evening's reading follows. We then sit for another 15-20 minutes of silent meditation. All are welcome. There are some cushions in the chapel and benches and chairs are also available. We would suggest wearing comfortable clothing and bring a cushion or zafu if you like.
This group is open to all who are experiencing the joys and struggles of caring for an aging relative or loved one. We provide each other with a safe, confidential place to share our stories and support one another.
We are a self-led group of practitioners of mindfulness meditation. We offer an inspiring range of mindfulness activities with some group members voluntarily rotating as facilitators. Everyone is welcome to join us, beginners and experienced meditators alike! This is our group intention: "Grounded in Mindfulness Practices taught in the course Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, we come together in community with the intention to cultivate open heartedness in a safe, trusting environment and to be friends with and IN the present moment. We encourage you to mindfully experience the wide variety of practices that our member facilitators share."
This is a covenant group for older parents who have teens. We will focus on spiritual growth, using our experiences as older parents with teens as a central part of the conversation.
We are a self-led group of practitioners of mindfulness meditation. Most of us have taken a course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and share a desire to gather regularly in a group setting in support of our personal practices. However, anyone is welcome to join us to give meditation a try. We have several group members who rotate as facilitators. Typically we meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month.
Visiting Voices is a ministry of music that we have been bringing to the Merrimack County Nursing home once per month since October 2014.We sing tunes that bring back memories to the residents which brings them so much joy. The songs are very easy to sing-we usually sing in unison, unless you would like to add a harmony voice. People of all abilities are welcome to join us and add your voice and smiles to our new friends.
We meet on the second Saturday of each month at 9AM at the home of the Annicchiarico's, to warm up and go over any new tunes that we might have added. We get to MCNH at 10 and sing for approximately 40 minutes and then return home. It is a morning that will bring you great joy-something you will not soon forget.
The Dances of Universal Peace is a community meditation practice of mantra and movement. We sing and dance creating harmony in body, mind and spirit. Quiet reflection time is offered between the dances. Poems or prayers may be shared as well. This evening is a time to fall into a loving space, supported by musicians and leaders of the dances. Elements of the dance practice include: Breath, Feelings, Listening, Moving together, Silence and the Sacred phrase. The Dances of Universal Peace calls to those who wish to explore the practice of mantra and movement. We gather in a circle to dance, supported by three wonderful musicians, led by experienced dance leaders who teach the song and movements. Expect nothing, gain joy!
Our monthly volunteer morning at OutFITters is on the third Monday. We work from 10am to noon helping with the clothing donations - sizing, hanging, barbing or stocking the store. We never know what we’ll be doing until we get there, but besides helping the wonderful organization, Families in Transition, it’s a great way to socialize with other members of our church. No sign-up is necessary, just come as you are.
The Healing Circle is a symbol of oneness and wholeness. We express love, kindness, and compassion through listening and speaking. It teaches us the sacredness of life through Ceremony. We open by smudging with sage, and herb sacred to Native Americans, to remove negativity, preparing us for healing. The Circles are wonderful to enhance our Spirit connections, open our hearts for healing, and facilitate the changes we are making in our lives. All people are welcome!
This community covenant group is now closed to new folks. Please notify Lyn Marshall if you'd like to be notified of new Covenant Group opportunities as they arise.
An alternative worship service featuring songs and chants accompanied by a small group of live musicians, brief readings, silence, and candle-lighting.
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Join us for board games and sweet treats on the first Friday of each month. All ages! Bring a treat to share!
The Vernal Equinox is upon us. Join the ECSG as we gather in honor of Eostre, the ancestors, the spirits of the land and the divinities. Together we will greet the Spring as the year turns from equal portions of light and dark, toward the times of light and growth. This ritual will be centered around healing and regeneration, gathering energy and messages/information for moving into the action filled months of Summer. Please engage with us in our devotion and fellowship to follow. Please bring a snack food to share if you are so inclined. There is no cost to attend, donations are welcomed to maintain these public offerings.
"Two Fiddles" featuring Dudley Laufman will call a dance for all ages.
Open discussion group about sustainability issues.
Children join their age-appropriate class in Rooms 1, 3, and 5 for religious education classes.
All high school youth welcome! Open to 9th-12th graders (or 8th graders who have completed OWL.)
What could be more fun and important than giving away other people’s money? If you join the Community Service Committee (CSC), that’s what we do. We work within guidelines, which promote the mission of our church, to choose where each Sunday morning collection will be sent. Meetings are monthly, usually on the last Sunday of the month. We review the requests from church staff and members, and from outside our church. We try to match the requests with sermon topics . Also, the CSC welcomes suggestions for community plates. You can fill out a blue request form available outside the office.
The choir warms up before each service during which it is scheduled to sing. The choir on/off schedule published on the web calendar is accurate through June 11, 2017.
8 week class
UU Worship at Havenwood Retirement Community
We will explore the gentle movement of breath, body and self in the practice of yoga. While intentionally keeping the style gentle, participants are free to modify their own practice. Please bring a yoga mat and your inner smile. Guided by Judith Abbe.
During our worship service, children ages 3 to 12 are welcome to join their parents in worship, or go to our Children's Village for a time of fun and learning.
Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers during the Lifespan Faith Development hour, starting at 9:30, and during Worship, starting at 10:30.
Friday Family Fun Night is a fundraiser to support the work of New American Africans. Come to hear excellent African drumming, eat ice cream and meat pies, watch NAA’s youth dance troupe and get up and join the dancing. The suggested donation is $10 / person or $20 / family. These events are the most fun when there are lots of people in the audience. Our church is widely regarded as the best spot for an African dance party, both because so many UU’s come out to the event, and so many are willing to get up and dance. Please bring your family and friends.
After 8 pm, NAA is trying something new. NAA's youth coordinator regularly holds discussions with other young adults from both the Nepali and the American communities. They have decided that if their communities are ever going to work effectively together, they need to have common experiences of fun. One of our church's young adults from the Nepali community suggested an all-out dance party. Dance performances welcome, from any cultural tradition! After that, the music will be eclectic, and the dancing will be open to all. We hope that more than youth and young adults will want to stay to dance, or at least watch young people dance. The dance party will go from 8 – 10 pm.
Cosponsored by UU Friends of Refugees and our UU Youth Group
"Growing Old Ain't for Sissies: One Person's Perspective," Tom Herbert. A look at one person’s reflections on growing old in our society and confronting some of the challenges…both expected and unexpected…as he pushes past 70.
8 week class
"UU Convictions Take Practice," Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger
If you were accused of being a Unitarian Universalist, would you be convicted? Let's hope so. Let's hope that being a UU has had a clear impact on your life, an impact that you can feel within, and an impact that those around you have noticed. After all, that's the point of being a part of a religious community. Yet what else in your life could use practice so that you would be convicted even more often and more easily? Yes, UU convictions take practice, regular practice.
Transformed by My Practice, Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger
Many of us have been involved in regular (spiritual) practices that have transformed who we are, how we relate to those around us, and how we are able to contribute to the world. Come hear stories of how practices have shaped the lives of people in our faith community. If you have a story to share, please let Michael know.
Aspirations of Our Practices, Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger
What ought to inspire us to be involved in a regular practice? We are not a soccer team or a community choir. We long to create a world of peace and love, of kindness and balance, of justice and compassion. Aspirations that require more than talk. Aspirations that depend on our willingness to hone our skills again and again. Aspirations that depend on a clear vision of what it is that our practices hope to accomplish. A process, of course, not unlike that required of a soccer player or a singer or anyone else hoping to learn what it takes to succeed.
Sustaining the Practice, Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger
Starting a practice is great, but sustaining the practice is what really matters. Sustaining the practice is one reason why we practice in community, a community that can hold us accountable, a community that can inspire us to go deeper and reach further. We will - and should - only practice if we notice an impact yet it can take time for the results to show. How do we know when to trust the process? How do we know when to commit for the long haul?
The choir warms up before each service during which it is scheduled to sing. The choir on/off schedule published on the web calendar is accurate through May 2017.
This on-going group meets every week on Tuesday evenings for one hour of meditation including a reading. Come, sit, listen, and meditate with us.