In each of our denominations, the Bible is a touchstone and foundation for how we understand God and the workings of God in our world. We are committed to becoming more intimately connected to the Good Book: understanding both the context in which it was written as well as its meaning for our lives and our journey today. As Pastor John Robinson declared upon leaving for the New World nearly 400 years ago, we understand that “there is yet more light and truth to break forth from God’s Word.” Each time we approach the text, we not only bring new understandings to what we encounter, but we leave with new eyes to see this world and our sisters and brothers. All of our Bible Studies welcome both veterans of biblical study and those cracking the binding for the first time.
Adult Drop-In Bible Study
During the School year, on Sunday mornings, in the Deepening Room from 10:00 - 10:45 am, join us as we gather to focus on the text that will be used in the worship service that day. No commitments, no contracts, no long term agreements, no switching fee, no hook-up fee. Drop-in whenever you want. Get a sneak peek on the scripture of the day and the sermon topic. It is free, fun and at your convenience. What can be better than this? Bibles provided. Learning optional. No charge for sharing or using what you do learn. All are welcome! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Responding to requests for more opportunities to simply recharge and connect, both virtually and in person, this summer United Parish will be offering a variety of small group opportunities for adults to feed your body, mind and spirit. Some of us are ready to venture outdoors for some socially-distant small group conversation and shared spiritual practices in nature; others will prefer to engage in discussion of a book or podcast from our homes or patios via Zoom or just joining by calling in by your good ol' cell phone.
The first round of July Simply Sacred Summer events are summarized below and we will also keep them on the calendar at upbrookline.org. These intimate sharing and learning gatherings will offer the opportunity to get to know others in a small group setting, to dive deeper into our Christian faith together, and to exchange hopes, concerns and support strategies for remaining resilient and connected through the summer and beyond!
We welcome your ideas for spiritual practices/programs that could be scheduled later in July or in August. If you would be excited about a shared facilitating experience, please contact Deb H. or Adam S. at email@example.com.
SACRED SUMMER STROLLS
Join us for a Simply Sacred Summer Stroll:
Sunday, August 16 from 4:30-6pm at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. We will meet near the Cupola next to the pond. The park is bounded by Goddard Ave and Newton Street and the parking on the site is accessed on the Goddard Street side. The pond is on the side of the park near the intersection of Goddard & Newton. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic dinner if they want to stay for a socially distant outdoor dinner when the program is over at 6pm, but may not share food. Please RSVP to Deb H. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 9 at 4pm at the Arnold Arboretum, meet at the main entrance at 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain.
Saturday, August 1, at 10am at Hall's Pond Sanctuary in Amory Woods, at Amory & Freeman Streets in Brookline.
Saturday, July 25 on the Riverway. We enjoyed the beauty of God's creation, the art installation and expressed our own creativity through art and haikus.
Saturday, July 18 at 10am at Griggs Park. We took time reflecting and doing lectio divina on the Psalm and Gospel texts for the day.
Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 AM at the Boston College labyrinth. Holly V., who teaches at Boston College, joined us as we took turns walking the labyrinth and enjoying some time in small groups – while keeping our distance.
Saturday, July 4 at 10 AM at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. Since there are many abolitionists buried at Forest Hills, we read Frederick Douglass’ famous Independence Day speech: “What to the American Slave is Your 4th of July?”
MORNING MIDWEEK MEDITATION
Wednesdays in July and August from 8:00-8:30 AM, via Zoom, starting July 8
If you are looking for a calming, caring congregational connection in the middle of your chaotic week, join Adam Sutton on Wednesday mornings in July and August via Zoom. Adam will hold space for some simple prayer sharing and will offer a relaxing and centering guided meditation that will leave you relaxed and renewed, ready to move into the rest of your week.
See the Zoom info in your weekly all-parish email or contact email@example.com by the night before and we will send you the Zoom information to connect by phone or online.
SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE STUDY
During July, you can join Bible Study on Sundays at 10:30am. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom details. BIBLE STUDY WILL NOT MEET IN AUGUST AND WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER.
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Whether you're a newcomer or long-timer, the United Parish Adult Deepening Ministry Team hopes you will come to a dinner meeting on Monday, September 16 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Parlor to brainstorm and prioritize programming ideas for 2019-2020.
Fall Adult programming is already getting started: the weekly Sunday 10 AM Bible Study begins September 8.
Over the summer we have gathered many great ideas for one-time or multi-session programming. Here is a sampling of the possibilities suggested for programming that we will discuss, distill and augment with your ideas on September 16:
- Quarterly "Prayer Retreats" in the Saturday morning format launched last year or other timeframes
- Focused Bible studies on the Old Testament, Jesus' Parables, and gender/sexuality issues in scripture
- Perspectives on God and faith traditions in films, podcasts and fiction (such as short fiction anthologies like Listening for God, God Stories and Faith Stories)
- Science and faith themes in books like Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science and The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job and the Scale of Creation.
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, and other "stretching into justice" themed books on diversity, inclusion, segregation and greening issues
- Interactive art and activism projects like The UNITY Project
- Advent devotional writing workshops
On September 16, let's enjoy a meal together and be realistic, creative and focused about how best to help United Parish adults deepen in faith and spirituality this year! Please RSVP to email@example.com if you can attend or speak with Debra H., Adult Deepening team convener or Pastor Amy Norton if you have additional ideas and interests.
Did you know that attending Adult Drop-in Bible Study makes you smarter than the average bear? That's because you get a sneak peek at the scripture for the day and you will have a heads-up on the sermon. What could be better than that? So why not join us on Sunday mornings, beginning September 8, at 10:00am in the Deepening Room. No prep needed, no cost, no commitment. Come whenever you can. Meet your friends, learn something, and build your faith. Hope to see you soon. Contact Betty Gray or Deb Wald at firstname.lastname@example.org.