Summer 2016 — Lay-Led Services
All services will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Supervised childcare is provided.
June 19 — Rob Kinslow
My Father’s Hat
Seven years after his father died, Rob continues to learn from his dad. Intentional or not, these lessons impart a larger one: that our most important relationships continue to grow and change, even if those relationships are no longer in the physical world — yet another dimension of the interdependent web. A magician as well as writer, Rob will share three lessons he’s learned from his father in these past few years, using a little magic to illustrate.
Rob Kinslow is a seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School, where he is pursuing an M.Div. By day he is vice president for life sciences at KHJ Brand Activation, a Boston marketing firm. He lives in Arlington with his wife, Janice Zazinski (our church administrator), son, Dan and dog, Daisy.
June 26 — Karsten Küppenbender and Siobhan O’Neill
Marriage as a Spiritual Path
How do we learn about each other and our desires? What about the inseparable nature of love and aggression? What kind of an answer is marriage, and how could it be a spiritual path?
July 3 — Jess Hicks
Mindful Movement, Gentle Yoga
Experience the healing power and embodied wisdom that already exists within you. Jess will give a brief talk on both the history of yoga and more modern scientific findings on what makes yoga such a wonderful practice for people of all ages, ability, and body types. The talk will be short so that we will have time to practice! Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat and a twin-sized blanket if you have them.
July 10 — Catherine Stalberg and Ken Stalberg
Meet Me at My Garden Bench
Guided Imagery and Live Music
July 17 — Edwin Taylor
Miracles, Myths, and Magical Thinking
The first UU principle is the worth and dignity of every person. We should extend this principle to historical figures as well. For most of history, a charismatic leader could confirm his (occasionally her) uniqueness by performing miracles. To apply our scientific standards to these ancients flattens them and robs them of the richness of character seen by their contemporaries.
Let them be! They owe us nothing; instead, it is our task to understand them in their natural habitats.
July 24 — Alice Trexler and Downing Cless
Air, Earth, Fire, and Water
Hymns, poetry, stories, images, and reflections on these essential elements of our environment.
July 31 — Charlotte Lehmann
It’s A Party Line!
Regardless of where we, as individuals, ground our beliefs about ultimacy and meaning; regardless of whether or not we, as individuals, use traditional religious or spiritual language, all of us at one time or another makes use of prayer or petition to express our hopes or desires for change and growth in our own lives and the interconnected existence in which we all share. The historical roots of Unitarian Universalism held in balance the individual and communal activities and responsibilities of religious people.
In this service, we contemplate the value of unmediated prayer and experience the power of communal meditation, through which we may feel emotional connection and renewal.
August 7 — Livia Racz and Lynn Read
Reflections from the 2016 Partner Church trip to Désfalva
Reflections, thoughts, things learned, etc. by some of those who visited Désfalva, our sister congregation in Transylvania, Romania this summer. We’ll have a few photos from the trip and some of the music performed there as well.
August 14 — Eleanor Hobbs
The Heavenly Messengers
How contemplation of what Buddhists call “The Heavenly Messengers” can promote spiritual growth and bring greater awareness and joy into your everyday life. The service will include a short guided meditation, readings and a teaching about the heavenly messengers.
August 21 — Jen Deaderick
All Men Would Be Tyrants
The religious roots of women’s exclusion and participation in the public sphere.
August 28 — Valentin Frank
A Study in the Paraguayan Art of Unwinding
September 4 — Bruce Kozuma
Faking It: Forging a life when you feel like you just may be, occasionally, out of your depth
In my daily work, I often have no idea of what others are talking about as their job is to push the bounds of what is known and possible as fast as possible. As I’ve figured out how to deal with that reality, I thought some of what I’ve learned might also be applicable to other aspects of life and just maybe to others as well.