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 will be a minimally-instructed opportunity for silent practice in community. There will be a schedule of alternating sitting and walking practice marked by bells, and a lovely shared silent lunch.
All ages welcome to help spruce up the grounds. We'll do whatever is seasonally appropriate: raking, weeding, etc. Bring tools if you have them.
Forgiveness – Escaping our Prisons,” Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger
There is a story of two ex-prisoners of war meeting for the first time after many years. When one asks the other whether he had forgiven his captors yet, the second one is clear: “No, never.” “Well then,” the first prisoner replies, “they still have you in prison.” The practice of forgiveness can be a long process, a path guided by generosity and repetition, a path out of the prisons of our own suffering.
Open discussion on environmental sustainability, led by a church member.