Faith & Life Groups: Spring 2018


Led by First Church members, Faith and Life Groups are designed to encourage meaningful connections through shared interests, whether exploring a spiritual practice, opening our eyes to the beauty around us, delving into a challenging social issue, or attending to significant life stages (parenting, ageing, job transitions, etc.) Faith and Life Groups involve making a short-term commitment (a single session to several weeks, depending on the group) to something that might be delightful, deep, or even transformational, and at the same time get to know First Church friends who share your interest.

This April and May we have four talented leaders, each of whom is passionate about sharing their interests and commitments with others at First Church. Won’t you consider participating? Sign up below.


Please provide the best number for a group facilitator to reach you.


Raising White Kids

As parents, educators, and community members, raising white kids to be racially aware and responsive in age-appropriate and affirming ways can be daunting. Yet it’s critical work. During our time together, we will move through the new book by Christian Ethicist Dr. Jennifer Harvey, Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. It’s a fantastic book that digs into important questions so many conscientious parents, caregivers, and anyone working with kids have. If you have time to read it during our series, excellent. If you don’t, we’ll provide summaries so everyone can still join discussions. Looking forward to it!

Leader: Julie Mavity-Maddalena
Meeting Times: TBD. Julie will consult with interested participants before making a final decision about when to offer this. Parents especially welcome!


Creating a Personal Climate Action Plan

This group will meet to create personal climate action plans. We will cover the basic science of climate change and what the motivation is for creating a climate action plan. We will examine the spiritual, financial, and ethical motives for creating an action plan. We will take an inventory of our current climate footprints to create greater awareness of our actions. Then we will create plans to change our climate footprints and/or those of our wider community.

Leader: Madeleine Youngs-Morgan
Meeting Times: TBD


Life with Flowers

A time to gather and learn some fundamentals of flower design while making a lovely arrangement to take home.  It is my hope that this group will grow into a team of folks who are interested in designing flowers for weekly worship and/or helping recycle flowers for those who could use some beauty in their life and/or any other ideas you have about how to get more flowers into the world! A voluntary contribution of $10 to cover the cost of materials is welcome. Your enthusiasm is as important as the finances, so please don’t let this be a deterrent if you would like to participate but are feeling pinched.

Leader: Nancy Brigham Cyr
Meeting Times: The first meeting will be on Wednesday, May 9th from 7 to 9. Enrollment is limited to 10.  If there are more folks who would like to participate, sessions will be repeated until everyone has had a chance to participate. If people would like to continue meeting after the first session, a continuing group can be organized.


Revelations: Walking, Looking, Reading, Writing, Talking

We will go outside for a short walk, during which we will observe whatever there is to see in the natural world around us, with a different focus each week.  There will be a bit of instruction about the natural phenomena we see. We’ll share a brief reading, and then spend a few minutes writing (on our clipboards!) our reflections upon words and nature as we have experienced them on our walk.  Returning to First Church for a snack, we’ll share our writing and experience and consider where they lead, show, or reveal to us our faith life.

Leader: Hilary Hopkins
Meeting Times: 6 Tuesdays, beginning April 17 (Probably 1:30-3:00 p.m.)


Birding for All

Welcome Spring! Join avid birdwatcher Marianne Jensen for a chance to spend time attuning yourself to your natural surroundings right here in Cambridge—and getting to know your avian neighbors! We’ll take some early morning bird walks at Mount Auburn Cemetery, one of the most well-known spots for the colorful migrant birds passing through. Bring yourself, your curiosity, enthusiasm, and binoculars if you have some!

Leader: Marianne Jensen  

Meeting Times: 7-9 am either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Three meetings, beginning the last week of April, with two additional walks to be schedule in May. Participation in all three sessions is not required.



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