New UU Series is this November

November 5, 12, & 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Chapel

A three part series for people who want to learn more about North Parish and Unitarian Universalism. The class is a great way to meet other newcomers and find ways to become more involved in the congregation.
Child care provided. Register with Rebecca at  rebeccaatnorthparish@gmail.com



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New UU Series in November – November 5, 12, & 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Chapel

A three part series for people who want to learn more about North Parish and Unitarian Universalism. The class is a great way to meet other newcomers and find ways to become more involved in the congregation.
Child care provided. Register with Rebecca at  rebeccaatnorthparish@gmail.com

Climate Justice Task Force Book Discussion, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7pm, Parlor

CFTF will be discussing the books Climate of Hope by Bloomberg and Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Hawken. Read either one or both and join us for a discussion.

Brown Bag Lunch, Tuesday November 21, at Noon in the Parlor

Bring your bag lunch and join in the conversation. We always meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. All are welcome.

First of the Month Food Communion – Sunday, December 3

The Social Action Council of North Parish sponsors a First of the Month Food Collection to benefit the Peoples Pantry. Please remember to bring non-perishable Soup, salad dressing and boxed cereal. Please feel free to donate as much or as little as you would like.

UU Support Group for Families and Friends of Alcoholics and Addicts, December 3, 11:30, Orange Room

1st Sunday of the month ongoing, following service at 11:30am.  UU Support Circle for Family Members of those living with addiction. All welcome. 

Crossroads Music Series, Saturday, December 9, Parish Hall

Featuring The Bobby Keyes Trio, doors open at 7:30pm, showtime is 8pm. tickets $20, NP Parish Hall. For tickets and info visit crossroadsmusicseries.org

Family Mental Health Support Group, December 10, 11:30 – 12:30, Orange Room

This group was formed as a forum for church members who have experienced mental health problems within their own families. It provides an opportunity to share experiences, helpful ideas and encouragement. Ben Tittler acts as facilitator..

Second Sundays- Moving Meditation, 9:10 – 9:45, December 10 with Nancy Adrian, Chapel

Come in and nurture your body as well as your spirit! On the second Sunday of the month this year, NP members will be offering gentle and accessible yoga, walking meditation or other movement-based meditation practices prior to the service. Meet in the Chapel and wear comfortable clothing; all are welcome- especially the curious who want to try something new in a safe place. Sessions will begin at 9:15 so plan to arrive by 9:10 to settle in and find a space. Children and youth who are able to quiet their bodies and voices and follow along for half an hour are welcome; child care is available in the Nursery for the little ones. Thank you to all of our wonderful, trained yoga and meditation teachers for offering us their teaching and wisdom!

New this year! Circle Dance Meditation – December 12, 7:30 – 8:30pm, Chapel

2nd Tuesdays in the Chapel. Led by Helen Cymbala. 7:30 – 8:30 with a short break in the middle.
If you can walk, you can dance! Circle Dance is a moving meditation that, like all dance, has been shown to refresh the spirit. It is also a gentle source of exercise for mind and body, enjoying diverse music from around the world. Dances are easy and non-strenuous – it’s the repetition of the pattern than engages the mind and spirit, but the patterns are very simple.
Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages. You may have heard about the New England Journal of Medicine report on the effects of dance on mental acuity. Today’s “Global Circle Dance” movement also brings forth the opportunity to blend our energies with the intent of aiding World Peace.
This class is not a series – come once or whenever you can! No experience, partners, or fee necessary. All ages / all genders / all mobility levels / all sun signs welcome.

Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long Multi-Generational Potluck, Wednesday, December 13, 5-7pm, Parish Hall

Bring a dish and join in to sing all your holiday favorites! Barry Low will lead the singing along with members of the Music Committee. All are invited to this popular fun annual event.

Book and Movie Group,  December 13, 7:30 – 9pm, Parlor

Join us as we discuss a movie or book (we have read or viewed in advance) each month. All are welcome. Click here for current book and movie list.

Second Thursday meet-ups at El Taller, 275 Essex Street Lawrence – Thurs., December 14, 6 – 8 pm

These monthly gatherings are meant to be an opportunity for fellowship, discussion and planning around multicultural and racial justice issues. If you haven’t yet been to El Taller, summer is the perfect time to find out what you’ve been missing – great coffee, milkshakes, beer & wine, and a menu of delicious food, including breakfast burritos for dinner! Anyone is welcome – grab a bite and join the discussion. The evening often brings surprising conversations and intersections!

Vegetarian Potluck, Monday, TBD

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, 6:30-8:30pm, 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 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 deborahputnam@gmail.com.

The North Parish office is open Monday through Thursday, 9:30a.m. to 5:00pm. It is recommended to call ahead to confirm someone is in the office.
Thank you.