Screening of the Documentary, Human Flow, Friday, May 18, 6 pm, Chapel

Please join CJTF and MCTF in the chapel for a screening of the documentary, “Human Flow.” “More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II.  Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.  Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Ai Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.”  We will gather at 6 pm and start the movie at 6:30 pm.

Knitting Circle, Tuesday, May 22, 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 and needles will be available. Hosted by Prayer Shawl Coordinator Phila Slade and the Caring Team. Contact Phila at rpslade@verizon.net, with any questions.

Death Café, Wednesday May 31, 7 – 8:30 pm, Parlor

It’s the one thing we all share. Got thoughts about mortality? Please join host Denise VanVooren for a warm, open, engaging and lively conversation about what is often a taboo subject. All are welcome.

The objective of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death to help make the most of our (finite) lives. It is not intended as a bereavement, support, grief counseling or therapy group. There is no intention of leading participants toward any theology, product or conclusion. There is no agenda, but there definitely will be cake!

Each Death Café is an independent event – this is not a series.  

Sponsored by the North Parish Caring Team. RSVP required to the North Parish Caring Team at NPCaringTeam@googlegroups.com.  This is a free event, and a voluntary contribution to defray costs of refreshments is welcome.

New Monthly Green Tara Practice Group, Friday, June 1, 6 – 7:30 pm, Chapel

Together we will practice meditation, mantra and visualization of the Enlightened Feminine Archetype in the form of the fearless buddha Green Tara, also known as a nature goddess, wisdom mother, saviouress and protector.   All are welcome.  For more info or future dates, contact Laura Howell.

North Parish Book/Movie Group – Fences, June 13, 7:30 pm, Blue Room

Working as a trash collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson struggles to raise his family while trying to transcend the bitter experience of being a talented baseball player denied the opportunity to play in the majors because of his race. Viola Davis won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.  Denzel Washington who wrote the screenplay and produced and directed the film was nominated for Best Actor and the film was nominated for Best Picture.

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 is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is recommended to call ahead to confirm someone is in the office. Thank you.