Almost heaven… We’re on our way!

We’re on our way… Tomorrow morning at 5:30…

I’m hoping we have this song memorized by the time we get back.

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The Age of Reason by Mary Jo Salter

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“When can we have cake?” she wants to know.
And patiently we explain: when dinner’s finished.
Someone wants seconds; and wouldn’t she like to try,
while she’s waiting, a healthful lettuce leaf?
The birthday girl can’t hide her grief-

worse, everybody laughs. That makes her sink
two rabbity, gapped teeth, acquired this year,
into a quivering lip, which puts an end
to tears but not the tedium she’ll take
in life before she’s given cake:

“When I turned seven, now,” her grandpa says,
“the priest told me I’d reached the age of reason.
That means you’re old enough to tell what’s right
from wrong. Make decisions on your own.”
Her big eyes brighten. “So you mean

I can decide to open presents first?”
Laughter again (she joins it) as the reward
of devil’s food is brought in on a tray.
“You know why we were taught that?” asks my father.
“No.” I light a candle, then another

in a chain. “-So we wouldn’t burn in Hell.”
A balloon pops in the other room; distracted,
she innocently misses talk of nuns’
severities I never knew at seven.
By then, we were Unitarian

and marched off weekly, dutifully, to hear
nothing in particular. “Ready!”
I call, and we huddle close to sing
something akin, you’d have to say, to prayer.
Good God, her hair-

one beribboned pigtail has swung low
as she leans to trade the year in for a wish;
before she blows it out, the camera’s flash
captures a mother’s hand, all hope, no blame,
saving her from the flame.

“The Age of Reason” by Mary Jo Salter, from Sunday Skaters.

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The Guest House ~ Rumi ~ (The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~ Rumi ~   (The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)

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Nothing forced works… by Kay Ryan

Nothing forced works.
The Gordian knot just worsens
if it’s jerked at by a person.
One of the main stations
of the cross is patience.
Another, of course, is impatience.
There is such a thing as
too much tolerance
for unpleasant situations,
a time when the gentle
teasing out of threads
ceases to be pleasing
to a woman born for conquest.
Instead she must assault
the knot or alp or everest
with something sharp
and take upon herself
the moral warp of sudden progress.

(Kay Ryan, 1945 – )

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Peace by Nicholas Gordon

Peace is not the product of despair.
An army’s most invincible least used.
Strength engenders weakness when abused,
Serving best by merely being there.
One conquers in the end by being just,
Vanquishing the conscience with the right.
Each child that’s passed over in the night
Restores just one-half bullet’s worth of trust.
(Nicholas Gordon, 1940 – )

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The Buddha’s Last Instruction by Mary Oliver

The Buddha’s Last Instruction

“Make of yourself a light,”
said the Buddha,
before he died.
I think of this every morning
as the east begins
to tear off its many clouds
of darkness, to send up the first
signal – a white fan
streaked with pink and violet,
even green.
An old man, he lay down
between two sala trees,
and he might have said anything,
knowing it was his final hour.
The light burns upward,
it thickens and settles over the fields.
Around him, the villagers gathered
and stretched forward to listen.
Even before the sun itself
hangs, disattached, in the blue air,
I am touched everywhere
by its ocean of yellow waves.
No doubt he thought of everything
that had happened in his difficult life.
And then I feel the sun itself
as it blazes over the hills,
like a million flowers on fire –
clearly I’m not needed,
yet I feel myself turning
into something of inexplicable value.
Slowly, beneath the branches,
he raised his head.
He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.

~ Mary Oliver ~  (House of Light)

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R.E. NOTES November 18, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

Holidays… it used to mean Holy Days… and even if one had no sense of the sacred, it used to mean fun…

Since before Halloween, I’ve been hearing the word, “holidays”, followed immediately by groans growls and grumbling… Some of the grumbling has come from me…

Last year, for the first time we decided to cut down on the planning and stress by doing a spontaneous, voluntary, Nativity tableau  instead of a scripted, casted and rehearsed pageant. It worked wonderfully…

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This year, we’ll do that again, on Sunday, December 21st.

A tableau (for those who may not know) is a dramatic scene in which the players are both silent and motionless. The players move into a pose and then stay in that position during the reading.  Ken will do the reading.

The only “pre-casting” we will need to do will be Mary and Joseph, as they will have to make an entrance and stay still the longest; not to mention be costumed before the start of the service. All other parts will be casted and costumed during the reading.  All parts will be un-limited in number, and available to children and adults alike.

To that end, please let me know if you or your child wants to be Mary or Joseph… If you have magnificent props or costumes to lend (we do have a good number already)… Or if you would like to be part of the Costuming “Pit-crew” at the back of the sanctuary…

 Many hands make light work…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education 

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R.E. NOTES October 22, 2014  

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Dear Old Ship,

Coffee hour… Second hour… That “hour” by any other name, will still cause controversies… and anxieties… and perhaps even a few resentments…

But I’m here to tell you that Coffee Hour is the most important forty minutes (or so) of my ministry week…

I know that there are those adults who I may have cut off or cut short during a coffee hour (for which I apologize)… But let me tell you a story about this past Sunday, that may justify my determination to be wholly available primarily to children and Youth on Sunday mornings…

So, this Sunday one of our young people (and his mother) grabbed me and made it clear that they had something to DISCUSS…  I stopped my buzzing around and became present… rooted…

It seems that The Doctor had told someone that there is no heaven… that it is/was just a product of human superstition… Now… because I am a Whovian, (a deeply devoted fan of the BBC TV series, Doctor Who) I knew that this was a serious question being brought to me… A moment fraught with import… Perhaps a crisis of faith…  At the very least, an excuse to dismiss and bail out of our Neighboring Faiths class…

We talked, this boy and me, for a good fifteen minutes… Comparing our most favorite incarnations of the Doctor… and our least favorite companions…

He urged me to give the newest Doctor a fair try… (I’ve been grudging) He told me that Clara is not as chilly as she used to be…

And I told him that it’s very likely that many of our concepts of god and the afterlife are indeed products of our very human hopes and fears… but that doesn’t mean we don’t need them…  And I encouraged him to read Joseph Campbell’s “Myth’s To Live By”… that it changed my life…

I went home and watched the first episode of the new Doctor Who… He was much cooler than I expected… and Clara was much warmer… And I heard the exchange our young man was referring to…

It turns out The Doctor said, “There is no promised land… etc etc…”

I think there’s a big difference between “Heaven” and “The promised land”… But that discussion can wait ‘til next Sunday’s coffee hour…

 Bright blessings and warm trust in one another…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

Spiritual / Inspirational things said on “Doctor Who” :

Miracles  – “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 12

Books are the Best Weapons – “You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” — The Doctor, Season 2, Episode 2

Better Than You Think – “When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.” — Elton Pope, Season 2, Episode 10.

Good and Bad – “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 10

Important – “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”
– The Doctor, Season 6, Christmas Special

A Hand to Hold – “There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.” — The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6

Optimist – “I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” — The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6

Some Days Are Special – “Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives.”  — River Song, Season 6, Episode 13

We’re All Stories – “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 13

Be Alive – “Letting it get to you. You know what that’s called? Being alive. Best thing there is. Being alive right now is all that counts.” — The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 4

Don’t Give Up – “You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.” — Rose Tyler, Season 1, Episode 13

 

 

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R.E. NOTES 9/24/14

R.E. NOTES
September 24, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

I’ve been busily preparing for the start-up of Sunday school… Trying to make things as organized and easy for the volunteer teachers as possible… This past week I was concentrating on the Spirit Play classroom and materials.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Spirit Play, here is the official description:
A Unitarian Universalist religious education method and ministry based on Montessori philosophy and Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play. Currently being used in Unitarian Universalist and other liberal churches across the continent, it incorporates multiple styles of learning, hands-on materials, and an atmosphere of the classroom as a sacred space.

As I was re-typing materials that had been lost in old dead computers and printing up signage for the room, I found myself falling into the soothing rhythm and blessed mind-set that Spirit Play evokes… Me? I think it’s the reason we come to church… Or come together at all…

Here is how we begin every Spirit Play class:
I offer you peace.
I offer you friendship.
I offer you love.

I see your beauty.
I hear your needs.
I feel your feelings.

My wisdom comes from a higher source.
I honor that source in you.
Let us work together.

And here is how we end:
We are going out now
into the world…
But remember that wherever you go,
Here, you will find the hands of friends.

Nice, huh?

Finding the “spirit play” in all of us…
Beverly Tricco
Director of Religious Education

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OLD SHIP R.E. Calendar 2014 – 2015 (8/13/14 2nd draft)

September 7, Sun 10:30-11:40 Water Communion – Whole community worship Nursery care only
September 7, Sun 4pm-6pm COA – Orientation (Parlor)
September 14, Sun Sunday school begins, ALL groups (TERM 9/14–12/14)
September 19 Fri 6:30 – 9:30 Youth Group – Council Fire Planning Night
September 21, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
September 28, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
September 28, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
September CREC – schedule Teacher Training “Think Tanks”

October 5, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
October 12,Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
October 17, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
October 17th 6pm-ish – 19st am-ish COA -Retreat- Cedar Hill Retreat Ctr. – Duxbury
October 19, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
October 26, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
October 26, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

November 2, Sun 10:30-11:40 Service of Remembrance/Dias de los Muertos
November 2, Sunday Bikes Not Bombs – Bike drive/fundraiser
November 9, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
November 16, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
November 19, Wed 7pm Interfaith Thanksgiving service – (5 p.m. rehearse)
November 21, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
November 23, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
November 23, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL – groups
November 26, Wed 6:30 p.m. Vespers
November 30, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
November 30, Sun 8:30-10:00 5th Sunday Children’s Chapel (Nursery)
Tuesday/Veterans’ day/November 11, Fri 2:00 – 5:00 Day-off/Day-in – Jr. & Sr. High Youth?

December 3, Wed 6:30 p.m. Vespers
December 6, Sat – 9 am-2 pm Merrie Market
December 7, Sun 10:30-11:40 Pancakes & Pajamas
December 9, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
December 10, Wed 6:30 p.m. Vespers
December 13, Sat 4:00 – 6:00 Gingerbreadhousemaking–ALL ages
December 14, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
December 17, Wed 6:30 p.m. Vespers
December 21, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
December 19, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
December 20, Sat 10:30-Noon Pageant rehearsal
December 21, Sun 10:30-11:40 Holiday Pageant – Whole-community Worship
December 28, Sun 10:30-11:45 “Readings” service in Fellowship Hall- No R.E. programming

January 4, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
January 11, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
January 16, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
January 18, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
January 25, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
January 25, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

February 1, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
February 8, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
February 15, Sun 10:30 -11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
February 20, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
February 22, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
February 22, Sun 10:30 -11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

March 1, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
March 8, Sun 10:30-11:40 Union Sunday at Scituate…No programming at Old Ship…
March 15, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
March 20, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
March 22, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
March 29, Sun 10:30-11:40 PASSOVER SEDER – ALL groups
March 29, Sun 8:30-10:00 5th Sunday Children’s Chapel (Nursery)

April 5, Sun 10:30-11:40 EASTER – ALL groups
April 12, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
April 17, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
April 19, Sun 10:30-11:40 Annual meeting/Sun school, ALL groups
April 26, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
April 26, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

May 2, Saturday – all day May Breakfast and Plant sale
May 2, Saturday – all day Jr. High Youth Con – Old Ship** date tbd
May 3, Sun 9:00 a.m. Graduating Seniors, Breakfast with Ken and Beverly
May 3, Sun 10:30-11:40 Religious Growth and Learning Sunday – All ages worship
May 10, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups/ Mother’s day/Mostly Music Sunday in Fellowship Hall
May 15, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
May 17, Sun 10:30-11:40 Annual Meeting
May 24, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
May 24, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
May 31, Sun 8:30-10:00 5th Sunday Children’s Chapel (Nursery)
May 31, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

June 7, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
June 14, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups/ New Members Sunday (per Ken)
June 21, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
June 21, Sun 10:30-11:40 Flower Communion – Last day Kids Quidditch on the front lawn

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