Contemplative practices are a deep wellspring for our community. In addition to the ongoing groups listed below, the Contemplative Practices Group organizes a number of programs each year; typically a silent retreat day and a teacher-led retreat day each fall, and our signature silent mindfulness meditation retreat each winter/spring. To get involved with the Contemplative Practices Group, contact Jeanne Ann.
Satipatthana Retreat Series
January 19, March 9 & April 20, 2019
Offered by Concord Insight and led by Doreen Schweizer, this series focuses on the Satipatthana Sutta’s foundational teachings on mindfulness meditation, based on the work of the Venerable Bikkhu Ananlayo, a German Buddhist Scholar/practitioner monk. This is a very special opportunity to explore this profound and comprehensive work with Doreen, who has been studying with the Ven. Analayo for several years. Please note that this program is not actually part of the UU Church’s programs, so for more information or to register, please contact Sarah Melasecca. Register for 1/19/2019 by 1/10/2019
Radical Inclusion: The Practice of Leaving Nothing Out
(Fifth Annual Weekend Retreat)
Friday March 22 to Sunday March 24, 2019
Our Fifth Annual Weekend Retreat, led by Margaret Fletcher, Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger, and Jeanne Ann Whittington. The retreat begins on Friday night and concludes with the Sunday service, and includes instruction, sitting, walking, mindful movement, contemplative music, time for questions, delicious meals, and a rich sense of community as we spend the weekend practicing together and sharing our practice with the congregation on Sunday morning. Our theme this year will be Radical Inclusion: The Practice of Leaving Nothing Out. [More information and registration]
Spring Half-day Retreat
Saturday April 27, 2019, 9 AM to Noon
We will offer a half day retreat—both as a follow up to the March weekend retreat, but also appropriate for beginners and those not in attendance at the weekend. The theme, leader and other information to be announced.
Mindfulness Practice Group
Meets the Second & Fourth Monday, in the Chapel
6 – 7:30 PM
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! Please contact Craig with any questions.
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.”
The Clapping Registers Meditation Group
Meets every Tuesday, in the Chapel
7 – 8:30 PM
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. For more info contact, Matt Cahillane
Insight Meditation Sangha
Meets the Third Friday, in the Chapel
4 – 6 PM
Rae Houseman, from the Vermont Insight Meditation Center in Brattleboro, VT, provides Buddhist teaching and guidance in the insight meditation/Vipassana tradition. See the VIMS website for more detail about this tradition.
The sangha includes guidance that leads into meditation, a meditation period, and then a discussion that is generally a reflection on the sitting practice. The group is appropriate for beginning and experienced meditators alike. The Insight Sangha is now officially affiliated with the UU Church. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Doris with any questions.
Second Hour – Contemplative Practice Track
Offered the Second & Third Sunday (September to May), in the Chapel
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Our Second Hour (adult learning, service & practice) offerings include a contemplative practice track. A range of practices are being offered depending on the group leader of the day. Please check out the church calendar for details of upcoming sessions. Offerings so far have included: Mindfulness, Zazen, and Loving Kindness Meditation; Gentle and Restorative Yoga; and Dances of Universal Peace. The Second Hour activities are followed by a free Community Luncheon in Fellowship Hall.
Held the Second Sunday (October through April), in the Sanctuary
7 – 8 PM
These services offer a time for meditation, reflection, and renewal through music, brief words, and silence. [more]
Dances of Universal Peace
Meets Third Sunday, in the Chapel
7 – 8:30 PM
The Dances of Universal Peace is a community practice of meditation with mantra and movement. We sing and dance creating harmony in body, mind and spirit. [more]
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