UU History Focus Preview

UU History Focus 2010-2011: Preview of Events

  • The
 Children’s
 RE 
Pillar for 
the 
fall 
term
 is 
Unitarian 
Universalism. 

Grades 
1 
through 
6 will 
be 
discussing 
the 
seven 
principles, 
the 
six 
sources 
and 
learning 
about 
famous 
UUs
  • Intergenerational
 Field
 Trips: Throughout
 the
 year 
we’ll
 lead
 field trips 
for 
all
 ages 
to
 Concord,
 Boston and
 Fruitlands.
    • The 
Old 
Manse
 and
 Old
 North 
Bridge
 Field
 Trip : 





The Old Manse
 at 
the 
Old 
North
 Bridge 
in
 Concord
 has
 long
 been 
known 
as
 the
 house
 that
 witnessed
 the
 American
 Revolution.

 It
 also
 bore
 witness
 to
 the
 intellectual,
 religious,
 industrial
 and
 literary
 revolutions
 of
 the
 18th and
 19th
 centuries
 that
 spawned
 the
 New
 England 
Transcendentalists.

 We 
invite 
families
 to
 join
 us
 on
 Sunday,
 September
 26th after
 the
 morning
 service
 for
 this
 intergenerational
 field
 trip,
 where
 we
 will
 step
 into
 American
 and
 UU
 History
 together.
    • Boston
 UU
 Walking Tour: Sunday,
 November
 21
 and Sunday, 
April
 3
; 
Join 
us 
on 
a 
tour 
of 
downtown 
Boston, 
the 
heart 
of 
Unitarian 
and 
Universalist
 activity
 in
 the
 19th century.
 Learn
 about
 the
 many
 prominent
 Unitarian
 and
 Universalist 
ministers, 
social
 activists,
 educators,
 writers 
and 
artists
 who
 lived 
in
 the
 city
 at
 that
 time.
 We’ll start
 at
 the
 UUA
 Headquarters 
on
 Beacon
 Hill 
and
 visit
 houses, 
memorials
 and 
meeting
 places, 
as
 well
 as
 stopping 
at 
three 
of 
the 
UU
 churches 
in
 the
 area. 
Meet
 at
 Alewife
 at
 1pm; 
the
 tour 
will
 last 
three 
hours. 
More
 details 
to 
come!
    • Fruitlands
 Museum 
Field
 Trip




: We’ll
 round
 out
 the
 year
 with
 a
 intergenerational
 field trip
 to
 Fruitlands
 Museum
 in 
Harvard,
 MA on Sunday, 
May
 22
. 
Picnic,
 games,
 hiking
 trails,
 and 
an 
introduction
 to
 the
 historic
 museums
 including
 the
 Native
 American
 Gallery
 and
 Fruitlands
 Farmhouse
 where 
Bronson
 Alcott 
and 
the 
Transcendentalists 
gathered
 in 
1843 
to
 create
 their
 utopian
 community.
  • History
 Sermons: David
 has
 multiple
 sermons
 planned about
 such
 topics
 as
 Ralph
 Waldo Emerson,
 Theodore
 Parker, 
social activists,
 and
 the
 Iowa
 Sisterhood
–female 
UU 
ministers
 in
 the
 1800s
 in Iowa
  • The
 First
 Church
 Book 
Group will
 ‘bookend’
 the 
year 
with 
UU
History:
    • Wednesday
, Sept. 
22: Being
 a 
Liberal 
in 
an 
Illiberal 
Age: 
Why 
I 
am 
a Unitarian 
Universalist by 
Jack
 Mendelsohn
    • Wednesday,
 May
 25: The 
Peabody
 Sisters by
 Megan
 Marshall
  • Watch
 for
 UU
 Minutes in
 upcoming newsletters
 and
 worship
 services
–quickie
 bits
 of
 historical
 information designed
 to
 give
 all
 ages
 an appreciation for 
the
 roots
 of
 our 
faith, for
 the
 men
 and
 women
 who
 risked themselves 
to
 promote
 it,
 and
 for 
the ongoing
 efforts
 of 
UU 
individuals
 and groups
 to
 make
 a
 difference
 in
 the world
  • Pulpit
 Swap: Watch
 for
 announcements about
 a
 guest
 minister
 in the
 spring
 who
 is
 an
 expert on
 Transcendentalism
  • The 
First
 Church 
Women’s
 Retreat: April 8‐10;
 This
 year’s
 theme
 will
 be Wild
 UU 
Women 
of
 History
  • Coming
 of 
Age: The 
9th grade
 Coming
 of
 Age 
program 
will
 explore
 UU 
history
 in
 a 
participatory fashion 
this
 year.

 Together
 as
 a 
group, 
we 
will 
travel 
to 
Concord 
as 
part 
of 
the intergenerational
 field 
trip 
on 
September 
26.
 
As 
the 
fall 
progresses, 
the 
group will 
gain 
a 
grasp 
of 
the 
timeline 
of 
events 
that 
led 
to 
the 
merger 
of 
the 
Unitarian and
 Universalist
 churches
 in
 1961,
 taking
 part
 in
 a
 UU
 History
 walk
 around Boston 
on 
November 
21. 

Finally 
in 
the 
spring
, 
the 
youth 
will 
share 
their 
credo statements
 at 
our 
COA 
Ceremony 
on 
May 
22 
and 
celebrate
 afterwards 
with 
a picnic 
lunch
 at
 Fruitlands,
 during 
the 
last 
of
 our 
intergenerational 
field 
trips.
  • Brown
 Bag
 Sunday
 Lunch
 Talks
 Series: In
 the
 planning 
stages! 
We’ll 
cover 
the basics
 of
 UU
 History,
 the
 history
 of FCB,
 and
 such
 topics
 as
 racial
 justice within 
the 
UUA
  • October 
Brown
 Bag
 Lunch
 Talk: Bring
 your
 lunch
 and
 join
 our resident
 UU
 historian,
 Jim Landfried 
for 
a 
fresh 
stroll 
through our 
Unitarian 
Universalist 
roots 
on Sunday,
 October
 24,
 12:30pm
 in the
 Parlor
  • The
 theme
 of 
the
 March
 Intergenerational 
Service will
 be
 exploring 
UU 
history and
 its
 relevance
 to
 our
 spiritual
 journeys
 today

The Lifespan RE Team hopes that this smorgasbord of  events will tempt you to explore our Unitarian Universalist history and heritage and deepen your understanding of what it means to belong to our faith tradition.

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To
help
find
the
answers
the
Lifespan
Religious
Education
team
is
planning
a
yearlong
focus
on
Unitarian
Universalism
history.

We’ll
have
multiple
events
throughout
the
coming
church
year
that
will
look
at
various
aspects
of
UU
history.

Some
events
will
be
targeted
for
a
particular
age
group
and
some
will
be
intergenerational.













Join us in learning about













Unitarian Universalist History













this year at FCB during our UU History focus
for all ages!













The
Old
Manse
and
Old
North
Bridge
Field
Trip
Sunday,
September
26

























The
Old
Manse
at
the
Old
North
Bridge
in
Concord
has
long
been
known
as
the
house
 that
 witnessed
 the
 American
 Revolution.

 It
 also
 bore
 witness
 to
 the
intellectual,
 religious,
 industrial
 and
 literary
 revolutions
 of
 the
 18













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and
 19













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centuries
that
spawned
the
New
England
Transcendentalists.

We
invite
families
to
 join
 us
 on
 Sunday,
 September
 26













th













after
 the
 morning
 service
 for
 this
intergenerational
 field
 trip,
 where
 we
 will
 step
 into
 American
 and
 UU
 History
together.













Fruitlands
Museum
Field
Trip
Sunday,
May
22
We’ll
 round
 out
 the
 year
 with
 a
 intergenerational
 fieldtrip
 to
 Fruitlands
Museum
in
Harvard,
MA.
Picnic,
games,
hiking
trails,
and
an
introduction
to
the
historic
 museums
 including
 the
 Native
 American
 Gallery
 and
 Fruitlands
Farmhouse
where
Bronson
Alcott
and
the
Transcendentalists
gathered
in
1843
to
create
 their
 utopian
 community.
 Watch
 The
 Unitarian for
 details
 as
 the
 date
approaches!
Boston
UU
Walking
Tour
Sunday,
November
21
Sunday,
April
3
Join
us
on
a
tour
of
downtown
Boston,
the
heart
of
Unitarian
and
Universalist
activity
 in
 the
 19













th













century.
 Learn
 about
 the
 many
 prominent
 Unitarian
 and
Universalist
ministers,
social
activists,
educators,
writers
and
artists
who
lived
in
the
city
at
that
time.
We’ll
start
at
the
UUA
Headquarters
on
Beacon
Hill
and
visit
houses,
memorials
and
meeting
places,
as
well
as
stopping
at
three
of
the
UU
churches
in
the
area.
Meet
at
Alewife
at
1pm;
the
tour
will
last
three
hours.
More
details
to
come!
Quick,
how
many
of
these
questions
can
you
answer?

























Which
faith
tradition
is
older:

Universalism
or
Unitarianism?

























Who
was
the
first
ruler
to
mandate
religious
tolerance?

























When
did
Universalism
and
Unitarianism
merge?

























How
were
the
Transcendentalists
related
to
UUism?

























Why
are
so
many
UU
churches
the
“First
Parish”
or
“First
Church”
in
their
town?

























What
contributions
to
Unitarian
Universalism
have
FCB
members
made?













Fruitlands
Museum,
Harvard,
MA
The
Old
Manse,
Concord,
MA
UUA
Headquarters,
Boston,
MA













The
Children’s
RE
Pillar for
the
fall
term
is
Unitarian
Universalism.

Grades
1
through
6
will
be
discussing
the
seven
principles,
the
six
sources
and
learning
about
famous
UUs.

The Lifespan RE Team hopes that
this smorgasbord of events will
tempt you to explore our Unitarian
Universalist history and heritage and
deepen your understanding of what it
means to belong to our faith
tradition.