The Adult Religious Education Committee (ARE) plans and presents courses and events that promote the spiritual life of the participants, increase knowledge of our own and other religions, bring together members and friends of the parish and people from the wider community, and support and pass on the traditions of the Society of King's Chapel.
We welcome your suggestions!
Upcoming Events: August:
Recent Adult Programs:
Historic Sermons Series | Delivered Every Sunday in August
August 7: "A Sermon upon the Occasion of the Death of Our Late Most Gracious Sovereign King George II" (1662 Liturgy) | Holy Communion 11 AM The Reverend Henry Caner, January 1, 1761
August 14: “A Sermon on American Independence, Political Discourse and Unity” | Morning Prayer 11 AM The Reverend James Freeman, July 4, 1796
August 21: “A Sermon on the Death of President Abraham Lincoln” | Morning Prayer 11 AM The Reverend Henry Foote, April 19, 1865
August 28: “A Sermon in Memory of Charles Sumner” | Morning Prayer 11 AM The Reverend Henry Foote, March 22, 1874
July: Hymn Sing! | Wednesday, July 20 | 7 PM Join us for a special Theology on Tap Hymn Sing! We will be joined by Music Director Heinrich Christensen. Bring copies of your favorite hymn. We will have copies of the Pilgrim Hymnal. We will gather at our Parish House 64 Beacon Street. We will provide light appetizers. All are invited to bring refreshments to share. R.S.V.P. to Shawn@kings-chapel.org
Labyrinth Walk and Potluck Lunch at the Perkinses | Saturday, July 9 | 10 AM - 1 PM Come for practice in mindfulness, a meditative walk in the Labyrinth that Cynthia and Dick Perkins have built on their beautiful property in Stow, about 45 minutes from King's Chapel. Labyrinths are ancient contemplative settings, and unlike a maze, you cannot get lost. Rather, the object is to consciously follow the one path, which always leads to the center, where you may find an answer or leave a worry behind. RSVP with Cynthia Perkins email@example.com. Let her know what you'd like to bring for lunch, and whether you can offer a ride or need one. We'll arrange carpools. Thank you, Cynthia and Dick!
Special Presentation Lecture: "James Freeman and the Origins of American Unitarianism" | Sunday, July 10 | 12:15 PM Join us on Sunday, July 10th following Morning Prayer for a special presentation on the life and ministry of the Reverend James Freeman. After the American Revolution, Freeman was hired as a young seminarian to read the service of Morning Prayer. Freeman grew increasingly uncomfortable with certain aspects of our Anglican liturgy; mainly the Athanasian Creed and references to the Trinity. After some time had passed, Freeman requested they be removed from the liturgy. The congregation heard Freeman's arguments, discussed, and voted to amend the Book of Common Prayer. This set off a fire storm between King's Chapel, the Episcopal Church, and other churches in the region. These actions made King's Chapel the first Unitarian Church in the nation. The presentation on July 10th will be given by Samuel Learner. Learner received his undergraduate education from Bates College. His senior honor thesis was entitled, The Origins of American Unitarianism Reconsidered: Theophilus Lindsey, James Freeman, and the English Episcopal Reform Origins of American Unitarianism. April/May:
Minns Lectures, at First Church. Rev. Stephen Kendrick. Kosmos: Remembering a Future for Unitarian Universalism.
Lenten Study: Voices from the Gospel of Luke | Wednesdays at 7 PM at the Church, March 2, 9, 16. Includes a Light Supper Have you ever wanted an overview of the whole life of Jesus - a summary, so you could get the gist? Here's your opportunity. On three Wednesdays, we will read the Gospel of Luke, the lectionary text that King's Chapel will be following throughout the year. We'll read from a simple play script written by a colleague of mine, using voices of men and women from Luke. Participants can "read" a voice from the Gospel script, or just listen. Each reading will be followed by a discussion led by the Rev. Joy Fallon. No preparation is required; scripts will be provided. You may choose to worship at the 6 PM service beforehand, or not; all are welcome. We'll serve a light dinner of soup.
Listening Over Lunch, Palm Sunday | March 20, 2016 | Immediately after the Palm Sunday Service
What are your beliefs? Or what are your questions about beliefs, if you don't think you have any? Every Sunday at Morning Prayer, the Reverend Fallon welcomes all, including doubters and skeptics. In that spirit of inclusion, the Adult Religious Education Committee invites you to the second in our series "Listening Over Lunch," immediately following the Palm Sunday service and Passion Play on March 20th. Join other churchgoers in an exploration of our diversities and commonalities over a light lunch at the Parish House. We will sit at small round tables, each with a discussion host and focus questions to help us begin. RSVP not required but much appreciated. (Contact Gretchen Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org).
January: Retreat at Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, Massachusetts, January 15-17.Hymns: Experience and Reflection.
In the peaceful setting of this benedictine Abbey, Rev. Shawn Fiedler and Heinrich Christensen (King’s Music Director) led explorations of the the theology, history and spirituality of Christian hymnody. The group discussed and reflected on classic hymns, and of course, sang!
December: Wednesdays December 2, 9, and 16, 7 pm at King’s Chapel Preparing for Christmas
Book discussion, based on the Richard Rohr’s book of the same name, a series of reflections. Copies are available in the Parish House library. Come to any or all of these gatherings.
November: Sunday, November 1st at the Parish House, 64 Beacon Street. Seeker or Skeptic: Listening to Each Other Over Lunch
Round table, small group discussion over a simple hot lunch. Discovering our wonderful diversities and commonalities in beliefs and backgrounds. A few parishioners have already shared a statement of belief. Click here to see those statements. Others are uncertain but eager to learn from others; some of us find our understandings changing over time.
Wednesday, November 11, at 7:15 p.m at the Parish House Ready or Not…Starting "The Conversation" on end-of-life wishes
A discussion of advance health care directives. led by Joyce Gallagher, RN, BSN, MSEd, Director of Nurses, Good Shepherd Community Care. She will explain the importance of documenting your end-of-life choices and suggest ways to start the conversation about end-of-life choices with family and friends. September: A Conversation with Rev. John Buehrens: King’s Chapel and Its Role in the UUA. John was a member of King’s Chapel while he served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1993-2001. He is co-author of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and author of Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People’s History. He is now Sr. Minister of the UU congregation in San Francisco.
July: Free Walking Tour of Transcendentalist Sites by The Rev. Jenny Rankin
June: Sunday Forums: The Independent Religion of King’s Chapel Today
March: Book discussions, in preparation for the forums.The first focused on King’s Chapel’s first century and the transition to unitarianism, drawing from Journey Towards Independence, by Carl Scovel, Minister Emeritus, and Charles Forman; and King's Chapel The First Century: 1686-1787, by Andre Mayer. The second reviewed the development of European Unitarianism, drawing on For Faith and Freedom: A Short History of Unitarianism in Europe, by Charles Howe. These books are hard to find but copies are available through the Parish House.
January: Winter Retreat, Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham MA
2014: November: The Minns Lectures: "Men, Women Children: Loving One Another in a Complicated World" Three lectures from the Rev. Kate Braestrup is chaplain to the Maine Warden Service and author of best-selling Here if You Need Me.
October/November: Your Spiritual Journey. Led by our Senior Minister, the Rev. Joy Fallon, 8 sessions
October: Some UU Perspectives. Rev. Mark Caggiano, minister of the First Church in Chestnut Hill. Caregiving as a Spiritual Journey, interactive workshop led by Rev. Dr. Jade Angelica, author of Where Two Worlds Touch: A Spiritual Journey Through Alzheimer's Disease.
September: Field trip to New Haven to see the hand-written St. John's Bible. Joint Program with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry and Islamic Society of Boston. Labyrinth Walk and Potluck Lunch, hosted by Cynthia and Dick Perkins.
July: Poetry in the Garden at the Parish House, led by Ciael Hills.