June 11 – “My Vietnam – 50 years later” Betsy Leavitt recounts life-altering experiences at the battlefront in Vietnam and invites us to consider how that war shaped each of our lives.
June 18 – “Mistaken First Impressions” Kate Carney will lead a story service in which FUSN members share times when they judged a book by its cover . . . and wished they hadn’t. Bring your own version of this story
June 25 – “Carson Cooman plays Sacred Organ Music” Carson Cooman, FUSN’s cherished organist/composer will perform sacred organ pieces from various traditions, accompanied by appropriate readings. Join us for this special service when we will all sit in the chancel and feel the organ pipes thunder and leap.
No Service July 2
July 9 – “A Meditative Exploration of 23rd Psalm” FUSN singers perform Bobby McFerrin’s renditions of the 23rd Psalm as an invitation to meditate on this timeless spiritual text.
July 16 – “Unitarian Values & Human Engineering” Curt Lamb will introduce an important ethical issue of the near future – how to think about changing human beings into something different through human engineering and artificial intelligence. Can the Seven Principles of Unitarianism guide us in this, or will our great grandchildren need new principles the type of spiritual practice this group has found relevant to their lives.
July 23 – “Haiku for All” Jeannie Martin, a skilled Haiku poet and workshop leader, will lead us in understanding and participating in a form of human expression that heightens our senses and reveals nature in new ways.
July 30 – “Inclusivity at FUSN” Our Welcoming Congregation Implementation Team will help us understand inclusivity and consider how we, as individuals and in congregation, can foster a welcoming acceptance of diversity.
August 6 – “Bridging The Connections Between…” We are delighted to welcome Reverend Dr. Sandras Barnes who will deliver the sermon at a summer service at FUSN on Sunday, August 6. Reverend Barnes is the Director of the Seminarians in the City Program at City Mission in Boston and has a background in education, as both a teacher and teacher educator focusing on racism in education. Dr. Barnes earned a Bachelor’s degree in Black Studies/Psychology from UMass/Boston, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from Lesley College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Lesley University. She was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia in May 2009 and graduated from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton, MA. in May 2013 with a Master of Divinity. Service organizers: Judy Friedman, Jacki Rohan and Josie Greene for the Multicultural Ministry Initiative
August 13 – “Ethics and the Political Life” Ted Hess Mahan will share stories from his 15-year experience as a Newton Alderman and reflect on the splendors and pitfalls of the politician’s practical ethics.
August 20 – “Facing Divorce: It’s Hidden Opportunities and Blessings” Lois Shapiro will lead today’s service. “My ongoing journey through a divorce has been surprisingly rich with blessings, as I find formerly unexplored internal resources that have helped affirm my fundamental resilience. Through poetry and music, let’s share strategies that have helped us transform loss into gifts of new possibilities and even, dare I say it? – JOY!”
August 27 – “New Ways to Church” Matt Meyer, a founding member of Sanctuary, a Unitarian-based spiritual community recently launched in Cambridge, will introduce us to the type of spiritual practice this group has found relevant to their lives. “In a radically changing world it is appropriate, perhaps even necessary, that we entertain new forms of spiritual community.”
No Service September 3