Metro NY UU Christian Fellowship News
from Rev. Kelly Murphy Mason, Community Minister in affiliation with Community UU, White Plains.
For the 2015-2016 program year, the Metro NY Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship has two special events scheduled, one during the Advent season, the other during Lent. Both will be held on Thursday evenings at the Community Church of New York, from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Community Church is conveniently located in midtown Manhattan between the Metro North lines at Grand Central and the NJ Transit and LIRR trains at Penn Station; it is also near to subway lines from the outer boroughs.
Our 2015 Advent event will take place on Thu Dec 10, and will be a highly experiential workshop on the contemplative practice of Centering Prayer. Below is a link to a PDF outlining the essential elements of this spiritual practice, courtesy of the Center for Contemplative Outreach, headed by Fr. Thomas Keating; he’s also authored a number of wonderful books on the Christian contemplative tradition, if you’re interested to learn more about his approach to centering prayer. You will also find below a link to another PDF illustrating the “family tree” of contemplative practices across various world religions, courtesy of the Metta Institute.
Our 2016 Lenten event will be a Maundy Thursday Chapel and Communion Service, to be held on Thu Mar 24. More information about that will be available closer to time. Do let me know about any questions, suggestions, or comments you might have regarding our Metro NY UUCF chapter. Folks from a variety if congregations throughout the tri-state area have attended in recent years, so thank you all for your generous support of UUCF within this district.
You are heartily encouraged to pass on word of our UUCF programs to those in your UU congregations. At the national level, UUCF has its own rich store of resources available at its website and invites lively dialogue about alternative Christian communities and various “heresies” within the larger church, all online at www.uuchristian.org. Feel free to copy, post, forward or otherwise distribute any & all of the attached PDFs to anyone anywhere who might be interested in our local UUCF programs.
I do hope to see some of you at Community Church for one or both of our 2015-2016 events. Please remember that this UUCF chapter is always kept open to the public; the invitation to join us at the Metro NY fellowship remains a standing one, year after year…
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF CENTERING PRAYER
FAMILY TREE OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES