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.
If you are involved in any committees or projects relating to the church building or grounds, or lifespan faith development, please join us to create synergy and build on shared goals.
An alternative worship service featuring songs and chants accompanied by a small group of live musicians, brief readings, silence, and candle-lighting.
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!
We'll explore some of the wonderful paths behind the church. We’ll plan to gather in the Parlor about 12:15 and hike on the trails behind the church. Bring something to eat if you’d like. You can see the Capitol dome on one side and Mt. Monadnock on the other. Rain date will be the following week, May 1st.
Good food, good conversation and the celebration UU-style of a Jewish tradition which tells the ancient story of freedom. Children are welcome - in fact, they are encouraged to be part of the Seder! Dinner includes several courses from soup to desserts. Tickets are $15/adults and $5/child. Tickets will be sold after services in the Parlor every Sunday in April. You can also reserve a seat, and pay at the door, by calling the church office or CJ Landsman at home, as we will need a head count no later than THURSDAY 4/21.
Join a contingent from our congregation at the Sunrise Easter Service organized by Rev. Virginia Fryer of Bow Mills United Methodist Church. 6:15 am at Dimond Hill Farm, 314 Hopkinton Road, Concord.
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!
All are welcome to help select Community Plate recipients for the following month.
All invited to a discussion of environmental sustainability, facilitated by Peter Flora. Usually every Sunday at 9:15am.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member, please join us for this three session class, starting April 24 and May 1. The third and final sessions will be in the fall. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
"This Changes Everything", a film based on Naomi Klein's book of the same title. Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein's narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. The event is free and all are welcome. Arrive 6:45PM for greetings and sweets.
Our thanks to our event cosponsors: Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service NE, NH AFSC, NH Peace Action, Concord UU Church, NextGen Climate, League of Conservation Voters, & UCC Spirituality and Earth Stewardship Mission Group.
“Life Calls Us On," Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger, After loss there is grief, and with grief we often face anger and pain, and depression and sadness. Yet eventually there is also the promise of resurrection, the resurrection of hope and faith and love, for life, however much changed, calls us on. Easter celebrates the resurrection of hope, faith, and love. Easter is the story of life calling us on.
The popular class has been extended for two more weeks.
Cancelled for the Easter holiday.
Those who attend the sunrise service at Dimond Hill are welcome to join Lyn Marshall at church for coffee and pastry in Room 6. Please use the entrance near the chapel to avoid disturbing our Family Promise guests.
If you can only make one Sunday this month, let it be this one! All congregation photo inside the sanctuary at the end of worship. A bouncy house in the courtyard before and after the service. Free lunch for all. Prizes for participation. Musical entertainment. Spring cleanup. Great people!
All welcome! Free!
This month Games and Chocolate falls on April Fools’ Day. But we're not fooling when we say I hope you’ll come and join the fun. What else would you want to do on All kinds of games for all ages!! Chocolate in various forms. Yum! Bring your favorites! It might even be warm, dry and light enough to play a quick game of croquet if anyone brings a set????
Submit your articles for our monthly newsletter to email@example.com. If you are publicizing an event, please make sure you've had it added to our calendar BEFORE you submit your article!
Free Hugs or (Hershey) Kisses. Meet at church at 5:30, then head downtown for Hugs or (Hershey) Kisses, followed by frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf.
“R.E.S.P.E.C.T – Find Out What It Means To Me," Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger & Congregants. We all long to be respected for who we are, and the way we like that respect to be expressed is particular to the identity/identities we hold. The Golden Rule is a good starting place yet the Platinum Rule (do unto others as THEY want done unto themselves) ought to be our goal. Come listen to congregants from across the lifespan reflect on “R.E.S.P.E.C.T - Find Out What It Means To Me”. If you have a story to share, please let Michael know.
Our first Sunday drop-in covenant group will focus on April’s theme of respect at 12:15 pm. All are invited to participate.
“The Breakdown of Civility," Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger. The breakdown of civility in our public, private, and, increasingly, our anonymous discourse with each other is pervasive and subversive. The democratic process is grounded in the idea that people can and should disagree with each other. Yet, the democratic process works best if those disagreements are expressed with respect for the perspectives, feelings, and opinions of others. We are all called to model such civility, for the sake of our children, our culture, and our spiritual health.
“Reflect, Respect, & Connect,” Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger. Each Sunday we repeat: “Let this be our covenant: To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.” What an inspiring promise, what a hard promise, what a rewarding promise - if taken seriously. Be a part of this special Sunday morning as we call “all hands on deck” and (re)commit ourselves to what our covenant -and our church community - means to us.
“Tending the Garden: Cultivating Respect," Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger. Respect for the earth, for our elders and youth, respect for “the other,” our bodies, our souls. What if we planted the seeds of respect with the same care and delight as the tending of our favorite garden (assuming you like gardens J)? Tending that garden takes patience and effort so the plants can flourish – just like cultivating respect.
Members of the Sabbatical Leadership Team and other church members will participate in this two-session webinar. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to join.
Office closed today. Feel free to email Lea Smith at email@example.com for assistance. Church members with access to a church directory may also call Lea on her cell phone.
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.