Tuesday Spiritual Studies

April 27; May 11, 25; June 8 and 15 
7-8:15 PM on Zoom

During these weeks, we will examine the complex, multidimensional, inspiring, humorous and tragic lives of several of the women presented in the Hebrew Scriptures. From flawed heroes like Ruth and Rahab to warriors like Deborah and Jael, we will discuss what these foremothers of our spiritual tradition have to say to us in our time and place.

Each session will be independent enough that you need not be concerned about not participating because you cannot attend all of them.

As always, you will continue to receive details on times and how to participate in all our offerings from the Church Office either on the day of or day before each gathering.

Links to recorded versions of Prayer and Mediation, Bible Study and Spiritual Studies can be found in the emails sent on how to participate in each program. You can also contact the Church Office for a direct link.

Prayer and Meditation

Wednesday Prayer and Meditation in May will take place on May 5 and 19th from 7-7:45pm via Zoom.

Bible Study

Thursday- Bible Study sessions, also continuing on Zoom at 4 PM. Participation in this has significantly increased since going online, another sign of how many of our community are using this time of necessary distancing wisely and well for the benefit of their spiritual lives. To join us with your computer, tablet, smart phone or phone contact office.fpchurch@gmail.com for details.

For May, Bible Study will take place from 4-5:15 on: Thursday, May 6, 13, 20 and 27

 

Still Speaking Seminar: 

The Still Speaking Seminar meets on the first and third Mondays of each month from 7:30 to 9 pm via Zoom.  Its purpose is to look at a variety of modern intellectuals’ thinking on issues of faith, morals and justice as they relate to our spiritual tradition.  Topics rotate in response to the interests of the group.  In recent weeks we have spent time with topics such as Harvard Philosophy Professor Michael Sandel’s exploration of the ethics of

meritocracy; twentieth century Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s work on social ethics in relation to economic inequality and warfare; Catholic Social Teaching and

Christian Democracy movement; Pope Francis’ recent encyclicals on the environment and immigration:  The Fourth Turning by demographers William Strauss and Neil Howe; and spiritual experiences in eastern traditions.

The name Still Speaking Seminar is a play on the UCC’s slogan “God is Still Speaking” and is intended to  highlight our view that faith is constantly renewing itself and presenting fresh insights in the present moment.  We will continue to use our  format of a video

exploration of some aspect of  modern thought from an authoritative source, followed by discussion.  No preparation is required; additional background material will be available for those interested in deeper explorations of the ideas under consideration.  The group is

coordinated by Richard Smith and Steve Carhart.  If you are not already on our email list and would like to receive regular notifications of topics and Zoom invitations, contact us at 978-590-7497 (Dick) or 978-407-8454 (Steve).