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Sun. 13 Jan, 2019 - Sat. 19 Jan, 2019

Sun. 13 Jan, 2019

World's Slowest Roller Coaster (Sun. 13 Jan, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

Change is the most basic fact of life. As the words on the Queen Street Bridge poignantly put it: “The river I step in is not the river I stand in.” Or, as Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher, worded it long ago: “change alone is unchanging.”

This week we launch a six-week series on change. Over the coming weeks, we will engage with many aspects of change through a variety of contexts. This Sunday, I’ll be reflecting in my sermon on how we determine the conditions when change can be undertaken with intention and purpose—and how to manage when change is completely out of our control, and we simply have to go with the flow. During the services in this series, we will offer a new ritual—an opportunity to drop pebbles in water and consider, with the ripples that radiate out, how our lives are changing from week to week.

This Sunday (following the service), I will begin a two-month break, as I step away from the day-to-day life of the congregation, to replenish my own well, make progress on some pressing goals in my academic work, and prepare for some projects related to First Unitarian, including the launch of the podcast I’m working on with Tracey Erin Smith. I deeply appreciate this opportunity to attend to my spirit and well-being, and am excited about the ways this time away will help me to nourish the life of First on my return. I will be back to lead services on two Sundays in February. In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful winter!

In faith and love,
Shawn

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The Compassionate Listening Project (Sun. 13 Jan, 2019 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

“What if you could help create peace without saying a word?”

Tracey Erin Smith returns to First to lead her workshop that builds on her recent experiences as a delegate with the Compassionate Listening Project in Israel and Palestine and weaves together creative exercises from her work with SOULO Theatre.

Participants will learn compassionate listening techniques, and work to put them into practice in their personal and professional lives.

To register This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 10th.

Peace and Quiet (Sun. 13 Jan, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Mon. 14 Jan, 2019

The Meditation Group (Mon. 14 Jan, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Meditation

The Meditation Group will be meeting in Room 301 for meditation and readings.

Please feel free to bring a reading to share with the group.

Everyone is welcome.

Tue. 15 Jan, 2019

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 15 Jan, 2019 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

We Agnostics is a program like Alcoholics Anonynmous in which participants are not asked to believe in anything except that recovery is possible.

Wed. 16 Jan, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 17 Jan, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Fri. 18 Jan, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 19 Jan, 2019

There are no events on this day.

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