Theology on Tap, Tuesday, January 22, 7 – 8:30 pm, Caffè Nero, 77 Main St, Andover

Israel Buffardi, our Ministerial Intern, has teemed up with the assistant minister at South Church, UCC in Andover to offer the first of a Theology on Tap series to all of you!  We’ll meet together over drinks (non-alcoholic this time) with folks from South Church, for informal interfaith conversations about theology, philosophy, and of course, a healthy dose of UU-infused mystery! 

For our first discussion, we will be engaging in some God talk.  But, no fear, all theologies are welcome!  We’ll be discussing our views and perspectives on the existence, non-existence, and nature of God.  We’ll also learn a bit about process theology, which offers the possibility that God just might not be the all-knowing and all-powerful lord some of us were told about. 

Rather, it asks us to consider what God might look like as a creative force of possibilities that moves, changes, and grows alongside us.  If this sounds interesting, or confusing, or crazy, or full of possibilities to you, I encourage you to join me, for some cross-parish God Talk! 

Knitting Circle, Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Blue Room

Knitters of all levels and ages are welcome.  Drop in and knit a square or begin a prayer shawl.  Yarn, needles and treats will be available.  Hosted by Prayer Shawl Coordinator Phila Slade (philaslade1@gmail.com) and the Caring Team.

Bible Study with Israel Buffardi, Thursday, January 24, 7:30 pm, Parlor 

In this session we will continue to look at stories and perspectives of women and other marginalized identities in the bible.  Anyone is welcome to join.  It is NOT necessary to have attended previous sessions!  RSVP to Israel at northparishintern@gmail.com

Art and Wine, Saturday, February 23   4 – 6 pm, Parish Hall

North Parish Art Show & Wine Tasting Fundraiser.  Artists who are interested in exhibiting should contact Carol Carbonell (carolcarbonell@gmail.com) by January 25th.


Vegetarian Potluck, Monday, TBA

Sponsored by the Climate Justice Task Force. If you are new to vegetarian cooking or don’t have time to cook, there is always an abundance of food so please come anyway. We organize these potlucks in an effort to highlight the adverse effect the meat and cheese industry has on climate change and in the hopes that more and more of us will take the Meatless Monday pledge.

North Parish Knitting Circle – Tuesday, TBD, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Blue Room

Knitters of all levels are welcome. Drop in and knit a square or begin a prayer shawl. Yarn, needles and treats will be available. Hosted by Prayer Shawl Coordinator Phila Slade and the Caring Team.

Bread & Roses Food Prep, Fourth Saturday of the month, NP Kitchen

Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence that serves daily meals to those in need. For many years, North Parish has prepared a dinner meal for them to be served on 4th Saturday of each month. We pick up the ingredients and prepare a meal of Shepherd’s Pie in the Parish Hall kitchen that we deliver to them that afternoon. The commitment is only for a couple of hours on a Saturday (from 1-3pm) and is a very worthwhile service project that is becoming more important in these tough economic times. I am continuing to create a list of people who would want to participate in the future. Please contact Carolyn Murphy at csmerac@aol.com.  You will be assisting people who need a helping hand and feel better for doing it!

Morning Meditation for Everyone – Fridays, 8:30-9:15 am

Great Pond Sangha offers a “secular mindfulness style” silent sitting meditation plus short walking meditation (outside labyrinth in good weather). Drop in. Newcomers & beginners welcome. Free. Meditation cushions and chairs are available. For info contact Coordinator Grace Durfee at grace@balancewithgrace.com.

Buddhist Meditation – Wednesdays, 7:30- 9 pm, Chapel

Each Wednesday the Great Pond Sangha offers guided meditation and discussion in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, guest teachers, Dharma talks. Drop in. Newcomers/Beginners welcome. Free. Meditation cushions and chairs are available. For more info contact Mark Lemire or Susan Malloy at greatpondsangha@gmail.com.  

Glorious Gardeners – Tuesdays, 9:00 am

Join us in the North Parish gardens for chatting and relaxed yard work. Getting to know each other and pooling our knowledge are important aspects of what we do.  Weather dependent, we will gather.  Come when you can.  To add your name to our contact list, email Debb Putnam at deborahputnam@gmail.com.

 

The North Parish office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  It is recommended to call ahead to confirm that someone is in the office.  Thank you.