Adult Religious Education

Summer 2017 Adult Religious Education - Common Read

Summer Read with Messiah Baptist - Next Meeting 7 pm Thursday, July 27th

Please join us for the Summer Read with members of Messiah Baptist in Brockton.   We'll be meeting at Messiah, 80 Legion Parkway, Brockton.  Rev. Walker – with whom we’ve had a close relationship over many years – is retiring at the beginning of October, so this will be one of our last chances to experience his enthusiasm and his wonderful smiles.  Rev. Walker and I will be co-facilitating a discussion of What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution by Gar Alperowitz. 

Here's a description of the book:

Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new movement demanding change are forming.

But just what is this thing called a new economy, and how might it take shape in America? In What Then Must We Do? Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about where we find ourselves in history, why the time is right for a new-economy movement to coalesce, what it means to build a new system to replace the crumbling one, and how we might begin. He also suggests what the next system might look like—and where we can see its outlines, like an image slowly emerging in the developing trays of a photographer's darkroom, already taking shape.

He proposes a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else entirely—and something entirely American.

Alperovitz calls for an evolution, not a revolution, out of the old system and into the new. That new system would democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.

For the growing group of Americans pacing at the edge of confidence in the old system, or already among its detractors, What Then Must We Do? offers an elegant solution for moving from anger to strategy.

We’ll be meeting at Messiah (80 Legion Parkway in Brockton) on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays in July and August starting on July 13th.  Many of us participated in a similar shared read of Brian Stevenson’s Just Mercy last spring; our gatherings this summer will be equally lively, provocative, and enlightening. 

We’ll be reading the first three Parts of the book up to p. 71 for our second gathering on July 27th

Here are some Discussion Questions for the first and second sessions -- next meeting on July 27th.

Here's more information about the book at Amazon:  What Then Must We Do?

Please let me know if you have any questions:


FALL ADULT RE -- CONNECTIONS:  Small Group Ministry at First Parish

 We'll be resuming our Connections group on September 18th, 2017, meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  EVERYONE is welcome to sign up for this group.  We gather once each month to explore the monthly themes used for our worship services and our Relegious Education program more deeply, to explore our respective spiritual journeys, and to come to know one another better in an environment in which each person's voice will be heard.


•  Spiritual Seeking.  To deepen our spiritual lives and build on the benefits we receive from our regular worship services.

•  Community Building.  To foster positive connections among all members and friends, and to help new people connect with us.

•  Ministry.  To extend the ministry at First Parish by caring for and ministering to one another.

•  Intellectual Exploration.  To expand our understanding of the world and ways to demonstrate our UU principles in our lives, focusing on the monthly themes being used in Sunday Services and Religious Education.

•  Living Our Values.  To engage in service projects to benefit the First Parish community, the neighborhood, or the larger society.

The purpose of Connections Groups is to establish an intentional practice to help us better realize our mission as a religious community, to deepen our connection to the spiritual, intellectual, caring, and service aspects of our Unitarian Universalist movement and our own congregation.  Connections Groups are based on the Small Group Ministry model that has been used with profit in many other Unitarian Universalist churches; the structures we have chosen draw from experience at many other UU other churches.

To Sign Up or ask Questions:  Contact Rev. Paul at or 781 774-0086

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