Nov. 2, 2014 SpiritJam Weekly Update

Contemplate the loved ones we have lost as part of the Service of Remembrance plus a time for Kindergarteners – 4th graders with the SpiritJam staff during the middle of the service.

9 and 11 a.m. All children start in the service- Bring a memento, picture or use one of our roses. Please contact Katie, if there are sensitive issues around this topic in your family of which we should be aware.

:15 CircleJam: 
Kindergarteners through 4th Graders are invited to join the SpiritJam staff of Katie, Michael, and Rachel as we read “Badgers Parting Gift” and share our reflections about death with puppets. What do the puppets know about death? What do they think happens? Puppets make a great foil for discussing this sensitive and important aspect of being in a progressive faith community. Older children and youth are invited to stay in the service, but they may always come to the CircleJam.

:40  to the Sanctuary – All ages rejoin as a full community for the remembrance ceremony during which time mementos are placed on our special altar.



9 and 11 a.m. Preschool/Nursery-   the Preschool/Nursery is open. As always, it is your family choice. You may keep your child with you for part or all of the time.  Miss Ari, Early Childhood Music Specialist and Teacher. Fifth graders and older are invited to be a helper at either 9 or 11 a.m. Sign up online.  

7/8th Grade Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) – 8:45 -10:15 a.m. with Scott McCollom and Luis Uribe.

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Adult Discussion Group:  Jack Kornfield Tapes on Buddhist Psycholodgy facilitated  by Judy Feland. Drop In’s Welcome. in the Thoreau Room.

12:30 -2:30 p.m. Adult Discussion Group: World Religions – Catholicism with Jean Nuttall. Thoreau Room.

Playground Monitors:  Stephanie Pache and Sue Mundell, 10 – 11 a.m.  Sign up online for another Sunday or on the bulletin board.

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2015 BVUUF Peace and Justice Day Camp Planning Committee  November 2 at 12:30 in the Pauling room. Be a part of this group that will meet a few times to create content/jams for camp, address some issues that came up this year, and recruit volunteers for next year.  Child care provided. If you’d like to learn more about camp, join the Planning Committee, or volunteer the week of, please talk to Katie Covey or Rachel Setzke,

Name Tag Station: Want a nametag and a lanyard to decorate with beads? Register online  then pick it up at BVUUF on Sundays and choose a shoelace lanyard at the Name Tag Station.

Upcoming Adult Classes:

Sundays, Nov. 2 and on – Tapes on Buddhism 

Judy Feland will facilitate 6 of the 12 Kornfield tapes, and maybe more as interest warrants. Sessions will be a listen and discuss class. Topics of the tapes may include aversion, delusion, compassion, generosity, sympathetic joy, and loving kindness. Time for these sessions will be 9-10:30 on Sundays  Nov 2, 9, 16 with more sessions possible. In the Thoreau Room. Drop-Ins Welcome!
 Sunday Classes on World Religions
  • Sunday, Nov. 2 and 16  Catholicism with Jean Nuttal facilitating a 2 session class Sunday Nov 2 and 16 at 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Thoreau Room.
  • Sunday, Nov. 9 Buddhism presented by Ani Liggett in a 1 session class at 12:30 p.m. in the Thoreau Room.
  • Sunday, Nov. 23 Christianity facilitated by Jean Cannella, a 1 session class at 9-10:30 a.m. in the Thoreau Room.
  • Sunday, Dec. 7  Mormonism presented by Linda Thornton and Laura Murray, a 1 session class from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Thoreau Room.
  • Sunday, Dec. 14  Humanism facilitated by Dave Leonard, a 1 session class from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Thoreau Room.The A-RE committee is still discussing the possibility of presenting other religions such as Islam and Hinduism.
    This is the first time we are having classes in this manner; it should be an adventure. No formal fee is being requested for participation in these classes. Jean Cannella for the A-RE and Life Long Learning

Your School of the Spirit Staff:

  • Emily CongerYouth Coordinator, 
  • Ari Flauta, Early Childhood Teacher,
  • Rachel StevensonSpiritJam Teacher and Religious Education Assistant, 
  • Michael NewmanSpiritJam Teacher,
  • Katie CoveyDirector of the School of the Spirit,