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Nov 302019

*Tai Chi Classes are taking a break until mid-January 2020*

Please note: there is NO Rumi celebration on December 17th.  That listing in the local paper was in error. 

December 17th is the anniversary of Rumi’s death; however, our  celebration was held on December 8th.  We’re sorry for any confusion.

Entheogens Discussion Group, Sunday, Dec. 1 at 11:45 – 1 pm
Some of us were very inspired by reading Michael Pollan’s new book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Up about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.”  Though we’re done with the book, we’re continuing the conversation. Join us on Sunday as we watch and discuss a short video on Holotropic Breathwork, explore bring a breathwork person to Springfield and discuss other resources for our mutual learning.  Facilitated by Rev. Mellen.

12/6 Film Cancelled -will be rescheduled in the future.

Got Hope?  Come See this Film!!

“Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: 5 Stories of the New Transition”
Special Screening with Executive Producer of the film, Chris Wood
First Friday Film, December 6, 7 pm

“When today’s stories of crushing greed and endless growth have come to an end, what,
then, will be the new stories?”
This documentary portrays “five remarkable stories of people and places transforming the world.” Narrated by Penobscot elder, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset), “we are introduced to the Penobscot mythology of the cannibal giant: a creature awakened by the destruction of mother earth. The film is told through the lens of this powerful prophecy: only if people can awaken to their own destruction, and the need for change, will the cannibal giant be put back to sleep.” The film includes groups from Vermont and upstate New York among the New Stories for the Great Transition.

“The way that we are living in the world right now is disconnected from the source of our survival .. This is not the time to wallow in despair and fear, this is not the time to waste our energies pointing fingers and casting blame. This is a time for us to organize, it’s a time for us to galvanize our efforts, and to unify in ways that we never have before, to protect what is sacred and precious to us.” – Sherri Mitchell

Rev. Mellen saw the film at a showing where she lives in Lincoln and met the Executive Producer of the film,  Chris Wood of BALE (Building a Local Economy) in South Royalton. Mellen was so inspired by the film that she asked Chris to come show it in Springfield.  Chris will join us for a discussion after the film. Free admission and popcorn.


“Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude” 11:45-1:00 pm, Small Group Discussion facilitated by Rev. Mellen – part of the Gratitude Challenge – See:

Rumi Night with Poetry and Dancing

Sunday, December 8, 4-5:30 pm followed by reception

A participatory evening of Poetry, Meditation & Sufi dancing here at the  Meetinghouse. Live music with The Dances of Universal Peace. Sarah-Elizabeth Anderson, David Khalid Willis,  Wahaba Babb, Alim LaBrie and Mellen Kennedy will  lead us. December 17 is the 746th anniversary of the passing of Jalaluddin Rumi, the great Persian mystic and poet.
Around the world, fans of Rumi meet in December to recite his poetry and remember his inspiring life. Join us for our own local celebration.  No admission fee; donations accepted.

Coffee House: Josh Hall, Saturday, December 14, 7 pm

New Hampshire native, Joshua Hall started playing guitar at age 14. His relationship with music has found him embracing, composing, and performing in an unusually wide variety of musical styles.  Classically trained, he earned his bachelors degree in music education from Ithaca College. In 1997, he began teaching music at the Frances C. Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH, where he continues to direct several choruses, jazz and concert bands, general music, and the guitar program.

Joshua married his high school sweetheart, Angie, and regularly accompanies her Yoga classes at various yoga studios in the area. His two daughters, Isabella and Ellessia, provided constant inspiration and reminders of how free we are as children. Whether he is writing music for solo guitar, yoga classes, or Extraneous Solutions, Joshua draws inspiration from all areas of his life.

In his most recent release, Simple Life, Joshua explores regular life with all of its complex emotions. Feelings of joy and melancholy entwine throughout. Just as each day has its peaks and valleys of emotion, these songs each occupy their own emotional space. Struggles with sobriety, the joy of a happy marriage, the sadness of leaving your first house, and the tenacity of will to stay present in the moment all find a voice on this album.

Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. You’ll be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.  All welcome!

Souper Sunday, December 15 –  After the Service

 The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on December 15th. This is a   time to gather after the Service and share soup and bread as well as conversation.   Soup and bread will be $4 (no charge for visitors). Join us!  We’ll decorate the tree after lunch.

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