Please provide feedback on United Parish Summer programming ideas!

Dear United Parish Friends,

Adult Deepening is interested in your feedback on summer programming ideas for this July and August. Adult Bible Study takes a break in the summer, but we have some other programming in the works that may interest you. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to answer a short survey about Sacred Strolls and Prayer Hikes, Summer Book Groups, and opportunities for Meditation, Prayer and Spiritual Practices.

SACRED STROLLS & HIKES were launched last summer, with a focus on being together COVID-safely. Strolls are more leisurely, on even ground in interesting natural or cultural places. The hikes are on trails in public woodlands around greater Boston, and require more physical effort and agility. Both involve some outdoor worship.

Are you interested in Summer Sacred Strolls and Hikes, and do you have any suggestions for locations to walk or hike?

[  ] Hikes Yes       [  ] Strolls Yes          [  ]  No        [  ] Maybe

Suggested Locales: _____________________________________________


SUMMER BOOK GROUPS were regularly a part of summer adult programming before the pandemic, usually with one book for July and another for August. One book typically focused on modern Christian writers addressing the Bible or their faith journeys; the second focused on social change and justice issues. This year, we plan to offer both online and in person opportunities to discuss each book. We will schedule once we get a sense of who's interested.  

For July, Deb Hall and Mark Jones will engage us in discussion of Inspired – Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans. Inspired invites readers on a journey of rediscovery of the Bible in new ways that honor the past and enlighten the present. Drawing upon recent scholarship and literary analysis, Evans creatively retells our favorite Bible stories, explaining their contexts and possible interpretations, and then connects these ancient stories to our present-day ones. See more information on Inspired at the end of this page. 

For August, there are several excellent books under consideration that address racial justice, with varying focus on the Church, the Bible and broader social & political context. We need your input so we can select a book that you would like to read and discuss in August. Some of these books are longer, and would benefit from several sessions, so we could start in August and extend into September. Summaries are at the end of this page. 

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson

Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope

by Esau McCaulley

The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community

by Stephanie Spellers

Are you interested in Summer Book Groups?

 [  ] Yes July   [   ] Yes August    [  ]  No    [  ] Maybe

What books on the list interest you most for August?


Are there other books you recommend instead?


I prefer:   [  ] online programming   [  ] in person programming consistent with United Parish guidelines.     [  ] Both work for me.


MEDITATION, PRAYER, SPIRITUAL PRACTICES – Adam Sutton’s Thursday 8 AM meditation group has had a solid following this year, and may continue part of the summer, but we’re also open to finding out what you need this summer from your United Parish family, and if you can offer to help organize or lead a group in prayer or other spiritual practices.

What I need  _______________________________________________________________

What I can offer _______________________________________________________________

 I prefer:   [  ] online programming   [  ] in person programming consistent with United Parish guidelines.     [  ] Both work for me.


Thank you so much for your ideas and preferences,

United Parish Adult Deepening Team – Debra Hall, Mark Jones, Adam Sutton