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!
Featuring name-your-price rummage sale items, with something for everyone. A wide selection of books. A gorgeous assortment of perennial plants, herbs and annuals. Come for a morning snack or light lunch. One day ONLY! Sorry, no early birds.
We’ll meet at the NH Audubon parking lot at 9:30 am. Audubon is on Silk Farm Road next to the SPCA. They have several trails we can choose from of varying lengths. Being outdoors with friends is a great way to spend a Saturday morning in spring!
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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!
Come celebrate this very special event as we, the members of the UU Church of Concord, exercise our unique congregational authority to ordain Lyn Marshall as a minister for life. (Ordination is a once in a lifetime ritual not to be confused with being called or installed.) Come welcome a host of interfaith and UU clergy from around New Hampshire and beyond. The choir will sing. A reception will follow the service.
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.
All invited to a discussion of environmental sustainability, facilitated by Peter Flora. Usually every Sunday at 9:15am.
Please join members of UU Friends of Refugees for a discussion of City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp, by Ben Rawlence. This book will open your eyes to the horror of life for those stranded in huge refugee camps. Dadaab, in eastern Kenya, was opened by the U.N. in the aftermath of the collapse of the Somali government in 1992. Built to shelter 90,000, today it holds over a half million people in deplorable conditions.
We share the city of Concord with people who spent many years of their lives in Dadaab, as well as other enormous camps in Africa. Honore Murenzi, the Executive Director of New American Africans, will join us for this discussion. He will help us understand the lasting trauma for people who languish, often for more than a decade, in similar circumstances. The book and discussion might help to frame an understanding of the conversation about slowing down the process of resettlement for Syrians stuck in equally dysfunctional camps.
City of Thorns will be available in our library as well as in the Concord Public Library.
The Gender Spectrum: Honoring Self, Lyn Marshall
It's not all about marriage equality. As some states affirm the rights of gender queer and transgender citizens, others are passing legislation attempting to control who uses which bathrooms and actively restrict the rights of transgender people. Come hear the story of a red crayon, and learn about what one 11-year-old Unitarian Universalist did in response to an anti-transgender video. What is our responsibility? What does our conscience tell us?
Our primary Budget Forum will be on Sunday, May 8 after church. However, as some interested members will inevitably not be able to attend that date, we are offering this additional short Forum.
"Why? Because!" Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger
Each moral decision is grounded in our responses to the question why? Each time we answer, our conscience guides us to a deeper, more fundamental level of the moral truths we hold – until we can no longer explain our response. Eventually all that is left to say is "Because!" What does that mean for us as moral beings, for ethics as the reflection on morality, for our ability to change our minds with a clear conscience?
Our first Sunday drop-in covenant group will focus on May’s theme of conscience at 12:15 pm. All are invited to participate.
"Unwelcoming Congregations," Rev. Kate Braestrup
Renowned UU minister (chaplain for the Maine Warden Service) and NY Times bestselling author ("Here If You Need Me," "Marriage and Other Acts of Charity," "Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life") is returning to our pulpit by popular demand. Don’t miss Kate’s provocative message about who is being excluded from our congregations - a challenge to our conscience as religious liberals.
"Peace One Day at a Time," Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger & Rik Yeames
“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” The lyrics from this popular song remind us that world peace, impossible to accomplish by any one person nonetheless depends on the contributions we each choose to make right where we are. Come find out what pieces of pizza and peace have in common (this year’s auction sermon challenge). The service will also include a child dedication.
Luncheon for special ordination guests. Also ministers' robing room.
“Close Encounters with the Unknown,” Senior Youth Group
Join our Senior Youth Group as they reflect on their experience offering free hugs to strangers and other moments of overcoming fear of the unknown. As a “Time for All Ages,” the youth will present their version of “Green Eggs and Ham,” and they will share their personal credos in their own unique way.
The service will also recognize our long-term members and will be followed by our annual meeting.
The children will all start in the Sanctuary this Sunday. They will be sung out after the Child Dedication to go to the Chapel. After our Chapel service we will head to Fellowship Hall or the playground (depending on the weather) to have our “Farewell Till Fall” party.