Do you enjoy a good story, especially a true one told live?

The North Parish Fundraising Committee is organizing a live story-telling slam similar to the long-running and popular Moth Radio Hour on Friday evening, October 20.
We’ll feature six storytellers who will deliver their yarn extemporaneously in six minutes or less. Let us know if you’d like to tell your story on stage.

If you’d like to help get this new North Parish event off the ground, please contact North Parish Fundraising Chair Caroline Louise Cole at CarolineLCole06@gmail.com or at 978-946-1256.

North Parish Knitting Circle – Tuesday, September 26, 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.

First of the Month Food Communion – Sunday, October 1

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, Oct 1, 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. 

Family Mental Health Group, October 8, 11:30 – 12:30, Orange Room

This informal support group meets monthly on the second Sunday after service in the Orange Room.  All are welcome.  Facilitated by NP member Ben Tittler.

Second Sundays- Moving Meditation, 9:10 – 9:45, Starting Oct. 8th, 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 – Oct. 10th, 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.

Book and Movie Group, October 11, 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., October 12, 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!

Becoming An Ally Anti-Racism Training Workshop, October 14, 8:30 to 3 pm, at North Parish

Facilitated by the Lawrence Dream Network. “The purpose of this workshop is to join together two adjacent communities in the struggle for equity, equality and parity in all communities with the expected result of political action that promotes change. Ultimately, the goal is to use collective power to highlight injustices and abolish the practice of systemic oppression.” Contact caramarshall@comcast.net

Crossroads Music Series, Saturday, October 14, Parish Hall

Featuring Alice and the Groove Diggers, doors open at 7:30pm, showtime is 8pm. tickets $20, NP Parish Hall. For tickets and info visit crossroadsmusicseries.org

Brown Bag Lunch, Tuesday October 17, 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.

Vegetarian Potluck and Weir Hill Hike, following service, Sunday October 22

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.

The Impact of Climate Change on Your Health– Sunday, October 29, 4- 6 pm, Parish Hall

Regina LaRorcque, MD, MPH presenting. Sponsored by the Climate Justice Task Force.

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.

Red Bow Fair Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Crafter Applications

All applications must be received by September 1, 2017
Letter to Prospective Crafters (click here)
Crafter Application (click here)

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.