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 email@example.com.
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The season of Lent is an ideal time to find new and creative ways to grow in faith and one’s relationship with God and others. This Lent, we are delving into what it means to cultivate “the fruits of the Spirit,” (inspired by Galatians 5:22-23). Each week we will choose one of these Christian spiritual virtues and explore what it means to practice humility, gentleness, gratitude, generosity and service, patience, self-control. In Holy Week, we will look at love (Maundy Thursday), compassion (Good Friday) and joy (Easter).
This year, we hope you will make time to join these Lenten Adult Deepening activities:
Small Group Study: During Lent, United Parish worship services will be exploring Christian virtues such as humility, love, patience, joy, gratitude, self-control - the “Fruits of the Spirit” discussed in Galatians 5:22-23. Weekly Small Groups will explore how we can cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit in ourselves and as a church community.
Monday evenings, 7:30pm on Zoom, Contact: Deb Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday afternoon, 20/30s Group at their regular time on Zoom 12:45-2:15pm. Contact: Katharine Henry (email@example.com)
Sunday morning: our regular Drop-In Bible Study, 10-10:45am on Zoom. No prep necessary. Contact: Deb W. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lenten Study Archives
February 21: Humility
February 28: Gentleness
March 7: Gratitude
March 14: Generosity and Service
March 21: Patience
March 28: Self-Control
Mini-Prayer Retreat: "Leaning into Lent: Deepening Your Personal Prayer Practice": A virtual mini-prayer retreat for the United Parish community. Sunday, February 21 from 4-6pm on Zoom. Please join us for a Lenten mini-prayer retreat, “Leaning into Lent; Deepening your personal prayer practice” via Zoom on Sunday, February 21 from 4-6pm. We will look at our own personal relationship to prayer, applying a spacious and inclusive definition of prayer in all of its beautiful and sacred manifestations. We will explore together how we might deepen our own personal prayer and contemplative practices during Lent, moving towards a more hope-full and inspired Easter. Lightly facilitated by Adam Sutton, United Parish member and ordained interfaith minister and coach. Gathering will be limited to no more than 15 participants, to allow for more intimate sharing and community-building.
Prayer Partners for Lent: One of the best ways to help us strengthen spiritually as a community and to ward off some loneliness during this continued pandemic is to have a prayer/conversation buddy. We strongly encourage you to try this. Please contact email@example.com if you would like a Prayer Partner for Lent. We’ll pair you up with someone, or you can choose someone you know. Make a covenant with your Prayer Partner to connect at least 15 minutes each week of Lent by phone or in person. The Adult Deepening team will also provide Prayer Partners with a brief guide for ways you might get to know each other, and ways to try praying together or individually on behalf of the other.
Tuesday Lenten Dinner Church: 7pm-7:45pm on Zoom — February 23-March 23
During Lent, we invite you to join us on Tuesday evenings from February 23 through March 23 at 7pm for Lenten midweek worship on Zoom. Prepare your own meal at home and sit down with us for a worship service of prayer, contemplation and song. Dinner church is a postmodern return to an ancient worship model, just like what the early Christians did in their own homes. (This will replace the regular Tuesday Evening Prayers.) For more information, contact Seminarian Katharine Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Pastor Amy Norton at email@example.com.
Morning Midweek Meditation - Thursdays from 8-8:30am via Zoom
If you are looking for a calming, caring congregational connection in the middle of your chaotic week, join Adam Sutton on Thursday mornings on Zoom. We 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. Sign up by contacting Adam Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or find the Zoom information in the weekly newsletter.
Lenten Dinner Church
Music and worship over a sacred meal on Zoom
Tuesdays, February 23-March 23
7pm on Zoom
Sunday, March 28
11am Worship on YouTube
Thursday, April 1
6:45pm Guided Foot and Hand Washing Ritual on Zoom
7pm Worship and Communion on Zoom
Friday, April 2
7pm Tenebrae Worship on YouTube
Sunday, April 4
11am Festival Worship on YouTube
1-3pm Easter Flowers Available for Pick-Up on the Front Lawn
Sunday mornings on Zoom at 10am. Get a sneak peek at the scripture for the day in a small group discussion. No prep needed, no commitment; true drop-in (come when you can – no guilt when you can’t). Meet friends, make community, get a heads-up on the sermon. Newcomers welcome. Hope to see you soon! Check your email for the Zoom details or contact Deb W. at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRED SUMMER STROLLS
Join us for a Simply Sacred Summer Stroll:
Sunday, August 30 from 4:30-6pm at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline (rescheduled from August 16 & 23). 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 Kent at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for the Zoom details. BIBLE STUDY WILL NOT MEET IN AUGUST AND WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER.
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