October 2018 – “Sanctuary – Finding sacred space within and ensuring welcoming space for all.”

“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” Irish Proverb
“Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.” Rumi
These two quotes sum up the paradox that sanctuary can seem to be. Sanctuary is internal, singular, solitary, and integral to the identity of each individual. Yet, sanctuary depends upon the presence of others – family, community, home, the earth – where we find and create sanctuary. In reality, there is no division, no conflict in these ideas. All is wholeness, one sustains the other. Sanctuary is an imperative that we must work at for ourselves and for others.

Here at FCU we do work in large and small ways at creating sanctuary for all – our children, our families, our friends and neighbors, in the community and around the world. Join us.

Vicki Merriam, Director of Religious Education

7 “KidSpace”: Indigenous Peoples Day – We will honor the original people of the Northeast Woodlands with activities celebrating the source of all our needs, our sanctuary the earth.

14 “KidSpace”: What’s your special place? – Inspired by the notion that all people have a special place, we will explore the possibilities of what this place might be. Children should bring a favorite blanket, quilt, or similar item.

21 “KidSpace”: Sanctuaries Large and Small” – Some can be large enough to contain us all and some are small enough for a bug or a special treasure.

28 – “The Sanctuary of Memory” a whole-congregation worship service. Bring a memento or relic of a person or animal dear to you who has died to place on the altar we will create.
Sunday Social follows – We’ll celebrate Halloween with treats and fun. Wear costumes; children will Trick or Treat for UNICEF.

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