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For 157 years, our congregation has ministered to the people of Meriden and its surrounding communities.  We welcome you to join your voice with ours.
Summer Services Begin at 10:00 AM
During the summer months our Sunday worship services begin at 10:00 AM with a less formal religious education program for younger children in a "one room schoolhouse" format.

Older children are welcome to join their parents and caregivers in the sanctuary for our service.
Worship Services now through Labor Day
July 2 - 10:00 am “Awakening to Impermanence”
Worship Leaders: Chaucey Perreault, Pam Mulready

The concept of impermanence in Buddhist teachings and practice will be explained. We will focus on impermanence as a stark and often painful reality to be reckoned with throughout one’s lifetime. We will also explore how the backdrop of impermanence helps bring into sharper focus life’s many profound moments of beauty, joy, and connection.
Similar to previous “Friends on the Path” services, we will engage in meditation, prayers, and chanting.
July 9 - 10:00 AM - “Guru Purnima Kitan”
Worship Leaders:  John Sepples


Guru Purnima is a festival in India and Nepal that honors spiritual teachers.  It is celebrated on the first full moon following the summer solstice.  Guru Purnima falls on this Sunday.  We will honor our spiritual teachers through the bhakti yoga practice of kirtan (call and response chanting).
July 16 - 10:00 AM - “Some Like It Hot”
Worship Leader: Jeff May
Worship Associate: Lynne Grobsky

It’s summer - warm days and long evenings, afternoons by the pool, at the beach, or in your favorite park.  For some of us this is our favorite season; others prefer the freshness of spring, autumn’s color, or the snow-covered hills in winter.   If you were to close your eyes and transport yourself to that ideal place in that ideal season, a place where you feel totally at peace, completely at ease, connected to the source of your being - where would that be?  What would it feel like?  Why is this true for you?  Let’s go there this morning.
July 23 - 10:00 AM -  “Midsummer Daydreams”
Worship Leader:  Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull

Remember those summer days that stretched into the outer limits of your imagination, your penchant for adventure, and the distance that you could still hear your name hollered from an open window or a front porch?  That is, if you were a kid who was healthy and blessed with a capacity to run and leap and explore.  What is the stuff of your daydreams now-in this summer that may still hold enough rest and relaxation for renewal, even as it also holds ample grist for anxiety in the maelstrom of realities that impact each of us?  How can our dreams drive our actions and vice versa?
July 30 - 10:00 am - “Lammas the First Harvest”
Worship Leader: Barbara Kline

On the contemplation of the upcoming first harvest, we will look at the sacredness of receiving.  There is a rhythm in life and the earth of giving and receiving.   Let's explore what I have begun to see as the sacredness of receiving from each other and the Earth.
August 6 - 10:00 AM - “Gong Meditation”
Worship Leaders:  Peg Kirkpatrick, denis picard 

The Gong is one of the most powerful and oldest transformational and therapeutic instruments. Come experience a meditative worship experience, in which gong meditation will be the focal point. 
August 13 - 10:00 AM -  “Looking at Both Sides”
Worship Leaders: Deirdre and Cori Theriault

It is so easy in today's busy world to get caught up in making snap judgments: "This person is rude." "This idea is bad." "This person's beliefs are silly."  In this worship service, we'll dive into the danger of looking at people, ideas, and experiences too one dimensionally and will invite you to have a deeper understanding of the "other side.”
August 20 - 10:00 AM -  “Organic”
Worship Leaders:  Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull with Diane Szymaszek

Late summer brings a harvest of heirloom tomatoes and peppers and greens and berries onto our tables.  Organic is an adjective many of us look for in growing them or purchasing them.  Let’s consider these organic edibles as a metaphor for what it can mean to live organically--that is, in covenant with the whole of life as a system in which we are mindfully interdependent with each other and the organisms that comprise the complex life system of which we are a part.  We’ll count on post-service refreshments being an organic non-metaphor!
August 27 - 10:00 AM -  “In Our Own Time and Place: American Poetry of Our Lifetime”
Worship Leader:  Steve Volpini

Come join us as members of our community read poetry that brings us home, either our own verses or those that inspire us.
September 3 - 10:00 AM -  “Lines of Work”
Worship Leader:  Rob Reutenauer

“The lines of work are as numberless as the hooks in the sea,” declares essayist Lewis Lapham, before reminding us they “divide broadly into employments bent to one’s own purpose and those bound to a purpose other than one’s own.” Most of us experience or at least understand both artisanal joy and piece-by-piece dread; sun-up to sundown and bankers hours; hellish eternal toils and winning tickets of heavenly grace; canaries in the coal mine and breezy leaves of grass, too. “How,” Lapham’s labor history asks on the last weekend of summer, “do we accommodate both the dignified worker and the alienated beast under the beach umbrella of the American Dream?”