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Sun. 15 Jun, 2014 - Sat. 21 Jun, 2014

Sun. 15 Jun, 2014

The Spiritual Practice of Play (Sun. 15 Jun, 2014 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

I wonder if this month’s theme has stirred you to ask: “what constitutes play in my own life?” Do you play? Are you playful? And, maybe most importantly, how has play changed across the years of your life?

In this month’s New Horizons, I included Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan’s “properties of beneficial play,” from their book Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Are there moments in your life when you undertake activities that include these properties?

  • Apparently Purposeless – done for its own sake
  • Voluntary – not done for duty or obligation
  • Inherent Attraction – fun, exciting, the opposite of boredom
  • Freedom from Time – causes you to lose track of the passage of time
  • Diminished Consciousness of Self – forget outer self, be in the now
  • Improvisational Potential – invites serendipity and novelty
  • Continuation Desire – reluctance to disengage from the fun
  • For most of us, I’m guessing that it’s rare. So, how do we bring more play into our lives? How can we understand the playful aspects of our lives, even as our definition of play has likely changed as we’ve gotten older? How can we embrace play, even when we’re not feeling particularly playful? I ask, and will ask again on Sunday, because play can be a significant part of a spiritually fulfilling life, opening us to creativity, to joy, and to life itself.

    I’m looking forward to another playful Sunday, and hope you are, too.

    In faith and love,
    Shawn

Mon. 16 Jun, 2014

An Afternoon at the Movies: As You Like It (Mon. 16 Jun, 2014 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

“All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players.”

June is the month for Play, and what better way to honour this theme than watching Shakespeare's As You Like It. This 2006 film of the play, set in Japan, was directed by Kenneth Branagh.

At First in the Library. Closed captions.

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Tue. 17 Jun, 2014

Pagan Grove (Tue. 17 Jun, 2014 7:31 pm - 9:31 pm)

Pagan Grove meets the third Tuesday of each month.

Please arrive early if you can. All welcome.

Wed. 18 Jun, 2014

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 19 Jun, 2014

Choir Practice (Thu. 19 Jun, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Practices take place weekly in Shaw Hall.

You are welcome to join us.

Learn more.

Fri. 20 Jun, 2014

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 21 Jun, 2014

Feldenkrais Workshop (Sat. 21 Jun, 2014 9:30 am - 12:00 pm)

The Feldenkrais Method helps people of all ages learn to move more easily. By “listening” to your body and observing how you move, you notice unnecessary tension and improve your overall coordination and flexibility. Participants lie on the floor, (bring a mat and small pillow if needed for comfort), and are verbally guided through small, gentle incremental movements, helping to ease painful backs, necks, shoulders.and chronic discomfort Learn the value of doing these movements with “playful” intention!

$5.00 or pay what you can.

For information contact Margo Holland by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fixty-Somethings (Sat. 21 Jun, 2014 10:30 am - 1:00 pm)

A supportive group for discussing the life impacts, choices and opportunities that being in our fifties and sixties brings. In pre and early-retirement, some options open up, others close down. Many of us can anticipate another few decades of life, but they’ll likely be quite different from what we’ve known til now. Aging is now personal and real. Let’s talk about it.

We meet on the third Saturday of most months; for information, please contact Janine Gliener by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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