November 5. Love 2.0: Embracing Micro Moments of Connection
Presenter: Rev. Mary Doane
“Let’s explore together the profound essence of love. We’ll delve into the idea that love isn’t just grand ges- tures, but a collection of small, meaningful interactions that bridge the gap of isolation, allowing us to connect more frequently. Come, experience a fresh perspective on love that promises to enrich your heart and soul.”
November 12. The Five Remembrances
Presenter: Elizabeth (Betty) Crepeau
This Sunday we will discuss the Five Remembrances, one of the important teachings of the Buddha. This teaching reminds us of the impermanence of life and relationships and the importance of our actions. There are a number of translations of this teaching, I will be using the translation by Thich Nhat Hahn which I prefer for its poetic language. The actual presentation will be short, so we have adequate time for contemplation and discussion.
November 19. Thanksgiving Service
Presenters: Members of the program committee
Details will follow.
November 26. Conversations about Death
Presenter: Thomas Pistole
Conversations about Death is derived from a program developed over ten years ago called Death Cafe. “At a Death Cafe people…gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death”. The objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives”. It is a group-directed discussion with no agenda, objectives, or themes—a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Over 17,000 Death Cafes have been held in 85 countries since its inception in England in September 2011.
As noted above, this will not be a traditional service; the focus will be on our shared time discussing death. In the spirit of the basic Death Cafe model, we will drink tea [or coffee or juice] and eat cake while we meet, so this session will be held in the Fellowship Hall rather than in the Sanctuary. Basically, this Conversations about Death gathering provides a safe place to share your thoughts about death and hear the thoughts of others. Feel free to join us even if you don’t wish to speak. Finding a place and people to talk about death can be a challenge; Death Cafes provide a place to do just that.
A look ahead at December:
Bob Pavlik and Sylvia Foster are scheduled to return, and we are planning a return of the Christmas Eve service.
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