Adult Education & Faith Development

Adult Education & Faith Development

We Are Fierce! (Monthly Women’s Group)

We Are Fierce!

A Monthly Gathering of Women

When I look around our church, I see women who are working hard to build careers, lives and families. I see women who are hungry for connection to something deeper, a spiritual awakening—that doesn’t require reading a book or learning a new way to do anything. (Who has time for that?) I see women caught between caring for parents and families. I see women who are already FIERCE.

Starting October 16, 2019, a group of us women will meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. We’ll gather to claim our strength, vulnerability, sisterhood. We’ll laugh, share, have snacks and maybe some coffee or wine, and breathe deeply—together.

At each meeting, I’ll play a short video about a different FIERCE woman of the Bible—women you might never have heard of, but who are not that different from you. We’ll share their lives (and ours) in a safe place—a no judgement place.

Hosted by Pastor Pam in the Buxton room.

“It’s become trendy to use the word “fierce” when describing women at the top of their game, but women have been fiercely changing the world for thousands of years.

Speaker Series-Climate Change

Sponsored by the Environmental Justice and Adult Ed. Teams

This is a Big deal. The big deal is climate change. Our UCC synod believes that it is not only important that scientists line up to talk about it, but people of faith must join the conversation. According to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University, the most important thing we can do is to talk about it. Watch Ms. Hayhoe’s TED talk on the topic below:

All three talks will be after church in the Buxton Room. Grab your coffee and a snack and head in for some great information and discussion!

September 29, 2019 @ 11:30: Dr. Raymond Bradley, Climatologist

Dr. Raymond Bradley, research director of the Climate System Research Center at UMASS will speak on his own and the climate center’s research on climate change. His work indicates that the warming of the earth’s climate system in the twentieth century cannot be explained by natural mechanisms.

Dr. Raymond Bradley is a climatologist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Bradley is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the world’s leaders in climate study and has written thirteen books on climate change.

Storytelling on the Green

How can people from different backgrounds and frames of mind interact with each other compassionately? What better way than through storytelling?

“Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others.” – Peter Forbes

Storytelling on the Green is a series of storytelling concerts featuring nationally known storytellers.

Concerts will be held on the third Saturday of each month at 7 pm in the Buxton Room on the first floor.

There will be a time when anyone who wants to can tell a 5 minute story.

Doug Lipman will be our M.C.

All concerts are free and open to adults and children over age 12. Refreshments will be served.

Our storytellers (more will be announced as the series progresses):

Weekly Bible Study

**Bible Study will now meet online through Zoom (instructions below).  We hope you will join us!**

Weekly Bible study takes place on Thursdays at 10:00 am in the Buxton Room on the first floor (online for now), and is led by Pastor Pam.

In Jewish tradition, students don’t typically study the Torah (the Hebrew Bible) alone, but with a partner: “If you wave a sword around in the air, it never grows sharper. But if you strike it against another sword, both are sharpened.”

It’s great to hear the pastors interpret the Bible for you on Sunday mornings. But it’s only half the experience the Bible can provide. The other half is when you study it with others and sharpen everyone’s minds.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to experience this grappling with the Bible texts: come to Bible study! Bible study is exciting, inspiring — and creates stronger connections among those who come. How? Three ways!

1. The First Way: Learning the Background

Rev. Pam will lead as we look at the places, people and culture within the Bible texts to be preached the following Sunday.

We’ll walk through the scripture, context, translations, parallel stories, and meanings that might have been understood in the past.…

Contemplative Prayer

Gather with others for Weekly Prayer in practices of Silence and Meditation on Scripture

**Contemplative Prayer will now meet online twice a week, through Zoom (instructions below).  We hope you will join us!**

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm and Thursdays at 6:00 pm, online for now in the 2nd Floor Study

An opportunity each week for contemplation, or the practicing of silence. All are welcome to attend.

This gathering offers an opportunity for Christian contemplative prayer practices, including the silent practice of Centering Prayer as taught by Fr. Thomas Keating, and Lectio Divina, an ancient monastic practice for meditating on scripture passages. There is time for sharing what we experience during our time together.

No prior experience necessary – all are welcome!

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