Exploring Sacred Spaces
Day Trip to the B. C. Labyrinth and Episcopal Monastery in Cambridge on Sunday, April 28, noon to 5:30 p.m.
Please join us for an afternoon discovering two of the wonderful sacred sites in the Boston area, the labyrinth at Boston College and the monastery of Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge . We will gather at noon, after the morning reception, for a light lunch and introduction to walking the labyrinth, then travel to BC. After walking we will have time to discuss our experiences before driving to Cambridge. The 4 p.m. evening prayer service at the monastery will last between 30 and 40 minutes. Afterward we will have a brief conversation over tea and coffee (in Harvard Square) then return to the church. It is fine to visit one or both sites; directions will be given to those who wish to travel separately.
If you have any questions or comments, please see Kathryn Henderson after worship or write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like to learn more about meditation or practice with a group? We’ll be meeting in Stacy’s office on May 4th and 18th at 10:00 a.m. If you’d like to know more or have any questions, please talk with Kathryn Henderson after church or email her at email@example.com.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
Every Sunday from 8 – 9:00am we gather to study scripture and reflect on how God’s word informs our living today. In January we are beginning a study of the book of Revelation. While we will certainly learn a lot about how people of long ago understood God to be moving in their lives, we will also create a safe and sacred space in which we as people of faith in this time and place, we can hear what it is God may be calling us to in our own life. We are holding Bible study at this time so that there will not be a conflict for those who would like to sing in the choir. So please consider making a morning of it – Bible Study, Choir and then worship! Please see Stacy with your questions/comments.
Living Water Prayer Group
On Wednesday mornings from 7:30 – 8:15 am we gather in the small chapel off the sanctuary for prayer. This time of prayer called “Living Water” is based on the passage in John’s Gospel where Jesus encounters the Samaritan women at the well (John 4:14). It will give us an opportunity to drink in the stillness of the peace and presence of God so that we will be filled and will not thirst as we go into the business of our weeks. After a moment of centering silence, we will briefly offer up to each other what is on our hearts — what we ask the others to hold in prayer for us in the week to come. We will then listen deeply to a brief passage from scripture, listening with our whole selves for the word of God for us this day and then share briefly what we have heard. In closing we will light candles of prayers for celebrations and/or concerns we may have.
The second Tuesday of very month, the Lunch Bunch gathers from 12:00 – 1:30 for a time of conversation and fellowship. Most months we meet at church in the reception room but several times a year we will head out to explore some place new, like our excursion to the Mary Wakefield Estate in Milton pictured here. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy the dessert that is provided.
The book group meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in the parlor for conversation and sharing. Our next meeting will be on April 30th and we will be discussing “Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited” by Vladimir Nabokov. Visit here for more information.
Java Gents is an informal monthly breakfast hour for the men of the UCW congregation. It provides friendly fellowship and mutual support to the men. Java gents meet the third Friday of each month in the church reception room at 7am. Buz Bedford cooks up a full, hot breakfast of sausage, eggs, bagels, fresh fruit salad, and hot coffee. Jay O’Beirne usually hosts the lively discussion of timely topics, and personal goings on among the men. Our next meeting is April 19.
Wellspring Women’s Group
This group meets the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm – 8pm in the Reception Room. We begin with a simple meal of soup and bread, then enter a time of reflection, sharing and prayer.
“Conversations along the Way”
On the first Wednesdayof every month, grab your coffee and curiosity and enter the conversation that was begun over two thousand years ago on that road to Emmaus (Luke 21:13). We will join those two disciples in frank and honest conversation as we engage our questions, our doubts and skepticism about what exactly this Christian faith is all about. We will talk candidly about how and if the ancient story of scripture has relevance for our living today and how we are to understand what it means to walk in the Way of Jesus in this time and place. The agenda for this time is not to try to get each other to believe in a certain way or to try to rid us of our questions. Quite the opposite is true! The agenda for this time which is consistent with the spirit of the Union Church community is to simply welcome all wherever we may be on our spiritual journeys and to engage our questions honestly and openly, without judgment and with love. Drop in to Starbucks in Waban Square between 9 and 10:00 a.m. Stacy will be there enjoying a cup and ready to engage our continued conversations.
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