Spiritual Pathways at First Parish in Cambridge supports religious education and exploration that inspires adults. We strive to offer broad and flexible opportunities for spiritual practices in Unitarian Universalism and other faith-based traditions. The Spiritual Pathways Committee is comprised of 5-7 members who meet monthly to discuss the spiritual needs of the adults who attend First Parish. Committee Members are: Grey Lee (chair), Carla Ashton-Cohen (co-chair), Marcia Hams, Chris Scheller, and Eric Wahl.
PATHWAYS AT FIRST PARISH
There are currently many spiritual pathways at First Parish, beyond Sunday Worship services, such as:
New Programs and Pathways This spring, we are actively seeking requests from congregants for program suggestions. If you have ideas for a spiritual or religious education program/practice, please email your suggestions to: pathways [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org
New Facilitators We are actively seeking facilitators for programs. If you, or someone you know, would like to facilitate a program, please complete the facilitator application below and email it to pathways [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org. We will review all submissions and forward them to the Standing Committee for final approval.
In addition to the Fall 2012 offerings, a number of programs are also offered on an ongoing basis.
Adult Choir - Thursdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday morning at 9:00 am
Contact Jonathan Barnhart our Music Director at MusicDir [at] fpcambridge [dot] org
Bliss Dance Meditation - Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Barn Room
Bliss Dance is a moving meditation done to beautiful world music in a circle of community. A typical dance may be as simple as walk, walk, lift, lift, repeat. We set our intention, focus awareness on the candle flame in the center, and lean into the comforting sensation of being held in the circle. Immersed in the music and truly present to the experience, something magical happens -- an energy field is raised within the circle and grace rushes in. Time seems suspended as, step by step, we forge connections to ourselves, to others, to the Divine. Contact Merry Henn-Lecordier at hennster [at] gmail [dot] com.
This quiet service of reflection and meditation is held the 4th Wednesday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm in the Barn Room.
Covenant Groups are comprised of 6 to 11 people who meet for two hours each month sharing their views on selected spiritual issues. Each group will be guided by trained facilitators who support a forum for deepening our spirituality and faith in an intimate and safe setting. Topics that Covenant Groups have discussed included God as a Metaphor, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Endings and Beginnings. In addition, each group will carry out a small service project, giving back to the church community and the wider world.
Patrick Sullivan is the chair of the Covenant Group Committee, contact him at CovenantGroups [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org for more information.
CUUPS (Covenant of UU Pagans)
As a Pagan, Earth-centered group we respect and promote the individual Spiritual practice of each member and our CUUPs meetings/Rituals are created by those who are present and participating! We welcome you and encourage you to attend our next meeting or Ritual. Contact Laura Estan at CUUPS [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org
UU Buddhist Meditation Group - Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
The group meets in the Margaret Fuller Room
This group practices in the Tibetan “bodhicitta” tradition of spiritual awakening through the practice of innate Wisdom and Love, the two wings of enlightenment. Discovering our natural endowment for love and wisdom leads to greater ability to express unconditional love beyond personal preferences. Contact Joel Baehr at meditation [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org
Women’s Sacred Circle
The Women’s Sacred Circle is a group of women who gather monthly in a goddess-centered spiritual practice. It is a group that allows for creative spiritual expression. We often explore the ancient tradition of earth-based spirituality in our gatherings. Our activities aim to promote personal spirituality and well-being and a sense of sisterhood and love among the participants. New members (and those curious about joining) are welcome during our annual open circle the 2nd Saturday in October). After the October meeting the monthly meetings are closed to new members. Contact Holly Williams at WomensCircle [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org
To register for any of the Fall 2012 Spiritual Pathways offerings, please contact the facilitator directly. For more information you can contact the Spiritual Pathways Committee at pathways [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org
If you are interested in helping to coordinate program like these, please contact pathways [at] firstparishcambridge [dot] org
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