The mission of the Adult Religious Education (ARE) Committee is to deepen our religious understanding and spiritual development, to cultivate and develop friendships, and to support and pass on the traditions of the Society of King’s Chapel. Adult religious education takes a variety of formats, led by the minister, guests, or parishioners. Some events are for one evening or after church, some are classes with several sessions, and one is the annual weekend retreat at Glastonbury Abbey. Participants are asked to sign up for all events, as class size may be limited.
The Search for Meaning: Thursday Night Gatherings
In the fall of 2018, ARE introduced a monthly Thursday Night Gatherings series at the Parish House. It features speakers from the congregation and the ministry sharing meaningful aspects of their life’s work and experiences. Open to our Beacon Hill neighbors and the public, the gatherings consist of a presentation followed by opportunities for discussion with light refreshments. This season’s topics include the architecture of sacred spaces, a minister’s trip to the Holy Land, a poetry reading, craftmanship and wisdom, music, calligraphy, and the science of meditation.
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Glastonbury Abbey Retreat
Each year, a group of parishioners spends two nights at Glastonbury Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Hingham, MA. The program is flexible and allows participants time to enjoy the guest house, to join the monks in the liturgies of the hours, and to participate in a program planned for the occasion. There is a fee for the retreat, with a discount available. Past retreat topics have included: Hymns & Spirituality, Prayer, Spiritual Autobiographies.
In the spring of 2015, three Sunday Forums explored how King's Chapel became an independent, religiously tolerant church with strong Anglican and Christian Unitarian roots and continues these traditions in its fourth century. Distinguished speakers spoke about the religious evolution of King's Chapel from the colonial to the modern era, offering commentary on the relevance of this legacy to contemporary religious life and spiritual authenticity. To watch or listen to the lectures, click here.
The senior minister leads a weekly meeting Thursdays during the day to practice Lectio Divina, a practice of reflection on Bible passages.
Tuesday Morning Meditation
An early Tuesday Morning Meditation group meets weekly in our beautiful Little Chapel at 64 Beacon St. to practice meditation. All welcome.
Theology on Tap
Our assistant minister leads a lively, informal discussion on the third Wednesday of each month on timely religious topics.
First Wednesdays First Wednesdays takes place at the main chapel following communion service on the first Wednesday of each month. The series includes book and film discussions on religious, spiritual, and social topics. There are also other topics of interest such as the inner workings of King’s Chapel’s historic C.B. Fisk organ. The series is led by the ministers and extended to meet weekly during the seasons of Advent and Lent.
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Minns Lecture Series
A joint committee composed of representatives from King's Chapel and the First Church of Boston oversees the Minns Lectureship each year. Acting on a bequest from Susan Minns, who attended King's Chapel, in memory of her brother, Thomas, who was a member of First Church, the Minns Lectureship Committee calls for, discusses, selects and helps make public scholarly proposals from UU ministers for a series of lectures to be delivered each year. See minnslectures.org for more information.
Architecture Recap: King's Chapel in History
Long-time church leader and architect Todd Lee gave a talk after Morning Prayer about the architecture of King's Chapel. Todd described the architectural history, its famous architect Benjamin Harris, and the question of how some space comes to feel sacred. For a link to this excellent talk, CLICK HERE.
Islam: Beyond the Stereotypes
This program was offered to interested neighbors as well as the King's Chapel community to present an informed view of Islam that avoids stereotypes and acknowledges the wide variety of cultural, social and political contexts that characterize the world's second largest faith.
Watch October 4th's Lecture: "Discerning Islam: Living Faith, Localized Customs, Political Ideologies" by James W. Morris, Professor of Theology, Boston CollegeHERE and read along with the Lecture Notes.
Watch October 13th's Lecture: "Contemporary Muslim Women: Challenges and Opportunities" by Natana J. Delong-Bas, Professor of Theology, Boston College HERE.
The video of the lecture on October 27, 2016 is available by request. "The Challenges of Young Muslims in America" by Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University.