Life Learning: adult programs
2017 – 2018
In harmony with Unitarian Universalist principles and sources of inspiration, learning opportunities at Old Ship serve our community by encouraging spiritual growth and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
We gather in the parlor of the Parish House unless otherwise noted. Older youth are encouraged to attend. We ask participants to contribute $35 for the first class they attend each year (sliding scale according to need). There are no fees for drop-in or ongoing groups. Watch the newsletter and this web site for schedule changes. Click here to see this year's brochure
Watch the Old Ship newsletter and web site for notices of these Sunday noon forums, including newcomers’ orientations, social justice forums, sermon discussions, and more.
Spring Poetry in the Fall Elizabeth Torrey and Ken Read-Brown
Four Wednesdays, Sept. 20 – Oct. 11, 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Postponed from this past spring, we will be exploring poetry that strengthens our love of the natural world and that addresses indi- rectly or directly environmental issues, including climate change. For information, contact Elizabeth or Ken.
Storytelling Pat Bianco
Four Tuesdays, Oct. 3 – Oct. 24, Fellowship Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Pat, retired theatre professor, University of Pittsburgh, studied Moth Radio Hour storytelling and will follow Moth precepts and boundaries. Partici- pants will learn how to integrate story elements and time limits, and have fun! Careful, positive feedback will be offered. For information, contact Pat.
Building Your Own Theology Diane Elliott and Ken Read-Brown
Five Wednesdays, Oct. 18 – Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m.
Everyone is their own theologian, and in this spirit this UU adult education program invites participants to develop their own personal credos and to grow in their ability to understand and articulate their own beliefs and values. For information, contact Diane or Ken
Chinese Philosophy Ken Read-Brown
Five Wednesdays, Jan. 10– Feb. 7, 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Beneath layers of communism and capitalism, the philosophies of Confucius, Mencius, Lao-Tzu and other ancient Chinese philosophers are still woven into the fabric of China. There is wisdom for us as well in their writings. For information, contact Ken.
Facing Death with Life Rich Elliott and Ken Read-Brown
Six Wednesdays, Feb. 21 – March 28, 7:00 p.m.
Despite the constant presence of death, dying, and grief in our lives, we most- ly avoid speaking of it openly and directly. This class will facilitate a process of personal reflection, learning, and spiritual growth focused on topics relat- ing to death and dying. We will invite participants to experience death and dying as a healthy part of life. For information, contact Ken or Rich.
What If? Gwen Morgan
One Saturday workshop, March 10, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The What If? workbook is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to help get your affairs together in one convenient location. By filling out the workbook, you provide your loved ones with the necessary information they need should anything happen to you. The workshop will be led by the creator of the workbook, Gwen Morgan.
Self-Discovery through Genealogy Ralph Brown
Five Tuesdays, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 13, March 20, 7:00 p.m.
Genealogy allows us to see ourselves as part of something larger than us – our multigenerational family. Genealogy is the study of all the families connected to each of us. As such, it is part of the Unitarian Universalist free and respon- sible search for truth and meaning. For information, contact Ralph.
Spring Poetry Elizabeth Torrey and Ken Read-Brown
Five Wednesdays, April 4 – May 2, 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Our annual spring poetry class, held during National Poetry month, will will explore the work and life of a poet as yet to be chosen. For information, contact Elizabeth or Ken.
Seasonal Groups and Gatherings – 2017-2018
Crossing Time Poetry Circles
At the turning of each season; see newsletter for dates
We begin our 21st year! Bring and read or speak a favorite poem – an opportunity to share and perhaps deepen our appreciation of poetry, and reinforce our connection with the natural cycles of life. For information, contact Elizabeth.
So You Want to Meditate Ken Read-Brown
Fall, winter, spring Saturdays, 3:00-5:00, Oct. 28, Jan. 20, May 13
Whether you are a long time meditator or wish to begin, these three gatherings will offer basic instruction in mindfulness meditation and in Eknath Easwaran’s passage meditation. There will be time for questions and conversation, and time to meditate. For information, contact Ken.
Ongoing Groups and Gatherings – 2017-2018
The Tao of Family Life: Wise Practices and Practicalities
Third Thursday of the month, 7pm, Parlor
Te Tao Te Ching was written more than 2,500 years ago, but its wisdom is as fresh and
practical as anything contemporary. Imagine your close relationships going like this: In
dealing with others, be gentle and kind. In speech, be true. In ruling, be just. No fght. No
blame. Let's see what Lao Tzu can teach us about how to be in better relationship with
those closest to us. For information, contact Beverly .
The Way of the Bodhisattva
First and third Sunday mornings, 8:30 a.m.
Half an hour of sitting meditation, followed by an hour of conversation based on an ancient or contemporary Buddhist text. As grounding for our conversation, we are currently using the book When Things Fall Apart by the American Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron. Newcomers warmly welcomed to our gatherings – no previous experience with Buddhism needed. For information, contact Ken.
Second Sunday mornings, 8:30 a.m., except for July and August.
An ongoing opportunity for men to get together in a safe, nurturing environment where we can speak freely and listen deeply to each other. We do this as a form of spiritual practice. We also seek to have fun together and rekindle our playful souls. For information, contact Ralph Brown or Rich Elliott.
Fourth Sunday mornings, 8:30 a.m., except for July and August.
An opportunity for Old Ship women to get to know each other in an informal setting. Everyone has a chance to "check in" (perhaps focusing on some spiritual matters), followed by general conversation. Join the camaraderie! Coffee will be available. For information, contact Janice McPhillips or Ivy Butterworth.
Monday evenings, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
All are welcome to this weekly gathering to practice Buddhist meditation in community. Each evening includes sitting and walking meditation, with a few chants. For information contact Eric Cornetta.
Living By Heart
First Monday evenings, 7:00 p.m., at Elizabeth Torrey’s, 34 Ship St., Hingham.
A group that uses the memorization of poetry as a form of meditation. Poetry, good company, laughter too – powerfully good medicine! For information, contact Elizabeth. The current group is full, but speak to Elizabeth if interested.
First Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m.
Sharing of songs, stories, poems, and an old-fashioned good time. Bring an instrument if you have one or just bring yourself to listen and maybe sing along.
Old Ship Sewing Circle
Every other Wednesday afternoon, 1:00 p.m.
We hope you will join us for the newly revised sewing circle, coordinated by Diane Elliott. We are sewing, knitting and crocheting unusual crafts to sell at Old Ship’s December Merrie Market. Join us in community, as we gather every other week in the Parish House Parlor. No experience necessary. For information, contact Diane.
Thursday mornings, 5:30 – 6:30 a.m.
Sitting and walking meditation, along with a few chants, for early risers. For information, contact Eric Cornetta.
Sacred Texts Meditation Group
Led by Ken Read-Brown
Second and fourth Thursday afternoons, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Each gathering includes time for meditation and conversation based on ancient scriptures. Most recently the group has read the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita; in the coming year the focus will be on the early Buddhist text, the Dhammapada as translated by Eknath Easwaran; with another Easwaran book, an anthology of sacred texts titled God Makes the Rivers to Flow, as a secondary resource. Newcomers are warmly welcomed. For more information, contact Ken.
Have an idea?
Have an idea for a class, workshop, or gathering you’d like to see or lead at Old Ship? Contact the office or a member of the Life Learning Committee: Ralph Brown, Rich Elliott, Claire Petrie, Elizabeth Torrey , Ken Read-Brown, and Beverly Tricco, and we will help you make it happen!
How to contact leaders
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