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.
Theology on Tap
Believer. Non-believer. Confident. Curious. Join us for a lively discussion of big questions at a local pub or bar. This group meets on the third Wednesdays of each month at 7 PM to discuss theology and spirituality. The conversations are led by the Rev. Shawn Fiedler. No homework or previous knowledge required.
Past topics have included: Sin, Who is Jesus?, The Trinity (or lack thereof!), Resurrection, What happens after death? Miracles: Fact of Fiction? What exactly is Holy Communion?
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.
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 2017, our retreat theme will focus on prayer. To learn more, click here.
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.
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.