Course Offering: The Writing Life

Tuesdays, November 12 and 19, 7-9pm | Garrison Room
Many of us hold a deep dream of wanting to write, but in our busy lives, we don’t make time for it. This fall, over two evenings, Barbara O’Neil will offer participants a chance to write in the company of others inspired by prompts to spur the imagination. We will generate new material, trust what comes and share with others. This is not a critique group, but a place to build our writing muscle. Once you have started, you may want to continue this writing practice long after the class is over. Barbara’s hope is that many of you will be inspired to write a piece for the Lenten booklet; a collection of readings for Lent written by members and friends of First Parish. No writing experience is necessary. All are welcome!

Barbara O’Neil, MEd is a lifelong writer and teacher. She finds writing to be a powerful vehicle for personal expression and creativity and is passionate about guiding others on their path as writers. For ten years, she has led writing groups in the Boston area. She teaches a yearly writing retreat in Taos, NM. In 2017, Barbara was awarded a writing residency at The Mabel Dodge Luhan House in New Mexico. She is a long time member of First Parish and has written many prayers in her role as lay leader.

Upcoming Event: Food for Thought, November 2019

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm | Parish House Auditorium
Food for Thought is our new monthly supper to bring together individuals and families within our church community and the wider community, to share a meal, to learn about important issues in our lives, and to enrich each other with conversation. Please come as you are, and bring your family too. No RSVP needed. We will provide a simple supper including gluten free and children’s options.

Join us for a spirited presentation and dinner discussion with Lincolnite & FPL member Dr. Andy Clark. Andy will cover the Free Range Child movement and the values and benefits that it provides to our youth – especially at a time of record levels of childhood anxiety and depression. There are many parenting books published about hot topics involving the Grit, Resiliency and Self-direction that children need in order to thrive. Come see how these tie in with the Free Range lifestyle! We will discuss strategies that we (parents, grandparents, educators, and community members) have employed and can employ in supporting each other and ultimately our children.

Bio: Dr. Andrew Clark is a Parent, Practitioner and Instructor. His areas of expertise include: Mental Health and Community Psychiatry, Adolescent & Pediatric Psychiatry. We are thrilled and fortunate to have an expert like Dr. Clark covering this topic!

Co-Hosted by the Adult Learning Committee and the Youth Programs Committee
Child care will be provided in the second floor church school space from 6-7:30. Donations at the door encouraged: Adult $10, Children $5, Families max. $25. No RSVP needed – come last minute if that’s your style. Volunteers welcome, especially for clean up!