Great Expectations

Ever notice how people tend to live up to our expectations — for better or for worse? In this next Sanctuary service, Joanna Lubkin will invite us into the spiritual practice of seeing the best in others and acting as if that was all we see.

Come as you are. All are welcome.

First Church in Boston is wheelchair accessible. Worship will be held in the sanctuary on the first floor, which is across the hall from the main level’s accessible entrance. Please email us at thesanctuaryboston [at] gmail [dot] com to request specific accommodations. And if you’ve got dietary restrictions you’d like us to know about as we prepare dinner, please add your name to our communal spreadsheet here: http://thesanctuaryboston.org/about/accessibility/

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Getting Back Up

This is just a moment in time. Step aside and let it happen. ~ Inara, Firefly

As the end of winter approaches and we can finally see the first hints of spring, community member Alexis Capen will reflect on

Getting Back Up

Sometimes, life throws us curve balls. Sometimes, life just piles an avalanche of disaster upon us. How do we continue to be a sanctuary even when buried beneath the minutiae of survival? What can we do as individuals, or as a community, to be present with the daily struggle while still reaching for that light at the end of the tunnel?

First Parish Cambridge is wheelchair accessible, and the Barn Room can be reached via elevator. Please email us at thesanctuaryboston [at] gmail [dot] com to request specific accommodations. And if you’ve got dietary restrictions you’d like us to know about as we prepare dinner, please add your name to our communal spreadsheet here: http://thesanctuaryboston.org/about/accessibility/

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Visions of Sanctuary: A Community Conversation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We’re excited to bring the community together during this off-week gathering to talk about The Sanctuary Boston! It’ll be a great time to share more about who we are, who we want to become, how to get there and how to make it sustainable. Good stuff!! Community members LeLaina Romero and Matt Meyer will be leading us.

We’ll be meeting on the Mezzanine level in the Gallery at First Parish Cambridge, which is accessible via elevator. If you have any questions or would like more information, email us at thesanctuaryboston@gmail.com. In the meantime, stay warm and let us know you’re coming by RSVP at this link.

We can’t wait to see you!!

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Weeping With Rachel

Wednesday, February 18th 6:00p.m.

We are very excited to welcome our friends from The Crossing and Old West Church, who will join us in a time of worship and observance this Ash Wednesday at the Sanctuary Boston! First Church intern, Sam Teitel, will not only invite us into a time of wonder and reflection about this longstanding Christian tradition, but will also share a meaningful recognition of the realities of death and grief as parts of our lives.

Worship will be held in the sanctuary on the first floor, which is across the hall from the main level’s accessible entrance. Please email us atthesanctuaryboston@gmail.com to request specific accommodations. If you have dietary restrictions you’d like us to know about as we prepare dinner, please add your name to our communal spreadsheet here: http://thesanctuaryboston.org/about/accessibility/

Come as you are. All are welcome.

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Wreck This Life!

Join us on Wednesday, January 21st at First Church in Boston as we celebrate a new season of growth and possibility! Gather at 6pm for snacks and fellowship; worship begins at 6:15, with dinner to follow. Mykal Slack will be reflecting on how to

Wreck This Life!

Being home for the holidays reminded me of my strict upbringing and the impact it continues to have on my approach to life. In one way or another, we are all inundated by an encouragement to follow the rules or do things the “right” way. If we’re paying attention, though, there always comes a time when we are invited to shake things up, step outside the box, or do a new thing. As I step into this new season of life and ministry, I am breaking through in some fresh and new ways. What will you do? What can WE do?

Worship will be held in the sanctuary on the first floor, which is across the hall from the main level’s accessible entrance. Please email us at thesanctuaryboston@gmail.com to request specific accommodations. If you have dietary restrictions you’d like us to know about as we prepare dinner, please add your name to our communal spreadsheet here: http://thesanctuaryboston.org/about/accessibility/

Come as you are. All are welcome.

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Both/And

We are excited to begin this new season with all of you on Wednesday, January 7th at 6:00 p.m. at First Parish in Cambridge! Johnny Blazes will be reflecting on
 
Both/And
 
“I’m angry with you right now, but I still love you.”  
“I feel sad about your decision, but I understand why you made it.” 
“I love you, but you’re driving me crazy!”
 
While we understand, as the emotionally complex beings we are, what it feels like to hold two seemingly contradictory emotions or sensations, linguistically we tend to separate them with conjunctions that negate: but, although, yet, however.  There is a lovely complexity in embracing the notion of both/and: I feel anger AND I feel love. I feel disappointment AND excitement. Not only does this notion give room for us to cherish all of our experiences, painful and joyous, but it also creates a mindset that we can apply to our spiritual lives, both personally and in community.
 
First Parish Cambridge is wheelchair accessible, and the Barn Room can be reached via elevator. Please email us at thesanctuaryboston [at] gmail [dot] com to request specific accommodations. And if you’ve got dietary restrictions you’d like us to know about as we prepare dinner, please add your name to our communal spreadsheet here: http://thesanctuaryboston.org/about/accessibility/
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The Present of Presence

We’ll be blessing the Chanukah lights together — if you’d like to BYOM (bring your own menorah) and candles, let’s light up the room together!
We hope you’ll join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17th at First Church Boston as we honor and celebrate the lights of Chanukah, sing carols of the season and reflect on
The Present of Presence
After decades of begrudgingly showing up at holiday functions, speaker Barbara Seidl realized that her false presence was at the heart of her false relationships. In true fairy tale fashion, a magic formula set her free to be joyfully, willingly, and authentically present with those she loves and for the causes that speak to her heart. She is eager to share what she is learning about “The Present of Presence.”
Worship will be held upstairs in the (elevator-accessible) chapel. Please email us at thesanctuaryboston@gmail.com to request specific accommodations. If you have dietary restrictions you’d like us to know about as we prepare dinner, please add your name to our communal spreadsheet here: http://thesanctuaryboston.org/about/accessibility/

Come as you are. All are welcome.
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That Anger

Join us on Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at First Parish in Cambridge as Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen reflects on That Anger.
As a child, Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen was taught that it was ok to be frustrated, sad, confused, but not angry.
Audre Lorde’s words:
“everything can be used

except what is wasteful
(you will need to remember this when you are accused of destruction.)”

Rev. Nguyen reflects on her unfulfilled desire to try kickboxing, anger, and how it might be used.
First Parish Cambridge is wheelchair accessible, and the Barn Room can be reached via elevator. Please email us at thesanctuaryboston [at] gmail [dot] com to request specific accommodations. And if you’ve got dietary restrictions you’d like us to know about as we prepare dinner, please add your name to our communal spreadsheet here:http://thesanctuaryboston.org/about/accessibility/
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New Location!! Better Together

Join us on Wednesday, November 19th at 6:00pm at Arlington Street Church (NOT First Church in Boston) as Matt Meyer reflects on Better Together.
 
What does it mean to create community grounded in covenant and relationship, rather than creed and dogma.  What does a faith grounded in relationship mean for our spiritual care?  What does it mean for the justice work that we do together? The world-as-it-is is not the world-as-we-would-like-it-to-be.  And even in our best efforts, we are not always the people we would like ourselves to be.  But we know that together we can do things that were never possible on our own. Join us on November 19th at Arlington Street Church in downtown Boston for a service of song and silence, of rhythm and reflection, and a celebration of the possibilities of covenantal community. Matt Meyer will be reflecting!
Arlington Street Church is at the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets in downtown Boston on the Green Line. Worship will be held in Hunnewell Chapel, so please enter at 351 Boylston Street. The church is accessible by ramp and lift on the Arlington Street side. Please email us at thesanctuaryboston@gmail.com to request specific accommodations. If you have dietary restrictions you’d like us to know about as we prepare dinner, please add your name to our communal spreadsheet here: http://thesanctuaryboston.org/about/accessibility/ Gather at 6 p.m. for snacks in Hunnewell Chapel, with worship beginning at 6:15 p.m. Dinner to follow!
IT’S THANKSGIVING WEDNESDAYS IN NOVEMBER!! 
To say thanks for all the Sanctuary Boston community has been to us, let’s build up our supply of worship and welcome materials (and to avoid lugging our gear from one location to the next) together! Bring all your extra altar-building paraphernalia to help stock us up for the year!  Things we’re looking for are:
  • Tablecloths & Altar covers (washed, please 😉
  • Baskets
  • Chalice
  • Singing bowl(s)
  • Tea lights (Oh My Goodness, do we need tea lights!!)
  • Votive candles
  • Glass vases for votives
  • Pillar candles (solid & self-standing, large or small)
  • Markers and Pens
 
There will be large bins at worship on November 5th and November 19th for us to store what you bring! Thank you in advance for continuing to share yourselves so beautifully with the community!! 
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