Passover, a major holiday in Judaism, is celebrated as a victory of the Jewish people’s elevation by God to be the chosen ones. By retelling the story of the Jewish people enslaved by the Egyptians, their fight for freedom and the establishment of Jewish identity as the chosen people, we lift up the following Unitarian Universalist Sources;
Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
The traditional Passover story is seeped in justice issues and ritual. It is a powerful story though no real evidence exists that indicates the Jewish people were actually enslaved in Egypt. And the ancient wondrous pyramids were built about one hundred years after the story was established.
But, Moses is the one person in Judaism whose relationship with God is more than a personal one. Moses is charged with bringing the Jewish people into a new life, a new covenant with God as the individual tribes come together and agree to accept the Ten Commandments as the way to be together.
We continue to retell the story to honor both the ancestors and as a means to experience the ideas of freedom, responsibility and justice.
You are invited to join us on Sunday, April 28th in the sanctuary for worship followed by a Passover Seder Lunch in the Religious Education Building Great Room at Noon. We ask that each person bring something to share. We will provide the traditional ritual foods for the Seder ceremony.
Register by email or in person; sign-ups will be posted in the Great Room through April. Susan Freudenthal, email@example.com or Naoma STaley firstname.lastname@example.org
April’s theme is Wholeness, discover where you fit and who you are!
- In the Children’s Program this month we retell the stories of Jesus, Moses and the earth reborn into spring.
- We will practice becoming whole through meditation, art and STEM Eggsperiments.
- Our annual Easter Scavenger Hunt will be held on Easter Sunday following the second service.
See you all on Sunday!
Adult Faith Formation Program
Faith formation is a team effort. Lead by staff, members and friends of the congregation, our mission is to help people grow by offering experiences that further the congregation’s mission. In the coming months there will be a variety of things to participate in and should you feel the call to offer something yourself, please let me know.
Register for classes by email: email@example.com or to schedule a conversation!
What Is A Buddhist? Facilitated by Reba Montera beginning in April. This class will attempt to answer questions about what it means to be a Buddhist. What do they believe? What do they do? How does their tradition fit in with our Unitarian Universalist tradition? Discussion will center around a text entitled Benefits of the Buddha’s Way of Life, which will be provided free of charge. Other materials will be provided as needed.
Meditation: A meditation group is now meeting every Thursday afternoon at 4 pm in the east parlor of E Building at Good Samaritan. It is open to all Unitarian Universalists and their friends of whatever level. It serves as an opportunity to take a break from a busy routine to re-center one’s self. It begins with a brief check in, followed by a 20-minute period of quiet seated meditation, a brief period of walking meditation, and another 20-minute period of quiet seated meditation. No sign up is necessary. It operates strictly on a come-and-go-when-you-want basis. Any questions, contact Reba Montera firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Study: Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving. Carla Campbell and Jane Asche will facilitate the last discussion based on reading this book at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday morning – April 27.
First Wednesdays Discussion Group: meet us in the Library for a lively conversation using materials from the Soul Matters program. I can promise that we will veer off topic at least once! Bring your lunch. Facilitated by Susan Freudenthal in the Library at Noon-1:00 PM March 6th. Bring your lunch!
Have you a great idea? A Passion or skill to share? Contact Susan Freudenthal and let’s talk about what you might do in Adult Faith Formation.
Adult Exploration depends on you! What interests you? Are you willing to lead or co-lead a book study? A conversation? A class? Fill out a request/proposal and I’ll help you make it happen.