If you had been a fly on the wall at the Northeastern Correctional Center any Thursday night over the last 15 years, you would have seen FUSN volunteers and incarcerated men busy with pieces of paper, colored pencils, stencils and glitter glue. Come to share some of the men's art and find out what it's like to enter a different world where people aren't so different.
What can we learn from artists about how to create a fulfilling life, and how to find hope in our darkest moments? Three FUSN artists - a painter, a musician and a sculptor - will describe the nature of art and what it brings to their lives. Come and consider the artistic facets of your life, and indeed, explore the possibility that our own lives ARE our our ART!
Most FUSN families have diverse religious backgrounds. What passions are generated by the religions we grew up with? How do we create vibrant families that honor diverse passions? Em Mueller, a rabbi who has conducted many interfaith marriages, will discuss the enthusiasms of Judaism and her experience with interfaith relationships. Bring thoughts about multifaith reckonings in your own life.
What is it like to feel old? What mix of joy, sorrow, worry, relief, awareness, loss and such do we newly feel as we near the end of life? Through words, poetry, and music we’ll look inside ourselves. Time will be set aside for congregant sharing.
Jimmy Tingle renowned Boston comedian, will share thoughts on humor and humanity.
Studies show that people who practice gratitude enjoy greater happiness, improved ability to deal with adversity and stronger relationships. Come to hear friends’ stories of thankfulness and ideas for building more gratitude into your life.
Many consider Beethoven one of the visionaries who significantly shaped our sense of ourselves as “Human” - beings, endowed with a rich and complex inner life, capable of reflection as well as action in the world. In learning about, and listening to one of Beethoven's last piano sonatas, his Op. 110, we will look at the nature of a musical process that rises to a metaphor for our own consciousness.
Drawing on recent experiences in Israel, Mandy Beal will explore the theme of religious symbol and rituals. Mandy is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry, and the Ministerial Intern at the First Parish in Lincoln. Mandy is also FUSN's former Youth Program Coordinator, and FUSN is Mandy’s congregational sponsor.