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.
Join us for board games and sweet treats on the first Friday of each month. All ages! Bring a treat to share!
UU Worship at Havenwood Retirement Community
“Daily Acts of Generosity,” Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger I like to think of Unitarian Universalists as “Athletes of the Heart.” And just like any athlete, our health and success depend on a solid warm-up preparing us to be our best, our compassionate best - a warm-up greatly enhanced by stretching our tendons of generosity and loosening our muscles of giving with joy. Calling all “Athletes of the Heart” to practice daily acts of generosity.
The choir warms up at 9:30 on each Sunday that it is scheduled to sing during worship. The choir on/off days are accurate on the church calendar through Dec. 2017.
Open discussion on environmental sustainability, led by a church member.