Sarah’s Circle

Sarah’s Circle

“We are dancing Sarah’s Circle, sisters, brothers, all.

Here we seek and find our story, sisters, brothers, all.

We will all do our own naming, sisters, brothers, all.

Every round a generation, sisters, brothers, all.

On and on the circle’s moving, sisters, brothers, all.”

(to the tune of “We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”)

 

What is Sarah’s Circle?
Sarah’s Circle is a non-denominational women’s only book club to read and discuss books about spirituality, with a focus on feminine spirituality. Our Spiritual Book Club is a little more than the average book club. If you are seeking the support of other women in your spiritual journey or are looking for an interesting and deeper book club to join, then this is the group for you! It is open to all women in the community, not just members of PACC. We’re always delighted to welcome newcomers!  And if you’ve been on our list, but haven’t really attended in a while, why don’t you come to see the fun you’re missing!
When does it meet?
Sarah’s Circle is planned as a monthly meeting, in the Fellowship Room at PACC, on a Saturday morning.  Our club explores Spirituality through novels, science, philosophy and theology.  If you would like to join the Circle, or would like more information, please contact the church office by calling  781-643-8680 or via email.
What are we doing next?
Our next meeting is Saturday, November 12, 2016 from  12 noon – till 2 PM.  Our book is: An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by the Dalai Lama.  Here is a link to the book on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Open-Heart-Practicing-Compassion-Everyday/dp/0316930938/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476981582&sr=8-1&keywords=An+Open+Heart%3A+Practicing+Compassion+in+Everyday+Life+by+the+Dalai+Lama

Here is what Amazon has to say about this book:
Compassion-sympathy for the suffering of others and the desire to free them from it-is wrestled with in all spiritual traditions. Yet how does one actually become a compassionate person? What are the mechanisms by which a selfish heart is transformed into a generous heart? In this acclaimed bestseller, His Holiness the Dalai Lama writes simply and powerfully about the everyday Buddhist practice of compassion, offering a clear, practical, inspiring introduction to the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

In the summer of 1999, the Dalai Lama addressed an audience of over 40,000 in Central Park on how to live a better life. Open Heart is derived from this and other popular lectures given in New York. Here, the Dalai Lama progresses beyond his bestsellers The Art of Happiness and Ethics for the New Millennium by introducing specific practices that can engender happiness. Spiritual practice, according to the Dalai Lama, is a matter of taming unwanted emotions, which means becoming aware of how the mind works. Through the methods of analytical and settled meditation, the Dalai Lama shows how we can cultivate helpful states of mind and eliminate harmful states, leading us to develop compassion for others and happiness for ourselves. But there is no preaching of a single, right method. This revered but humble monk merely invites the reader to understand the causes of one’s suffering and consider how best to alleviate it. Open Heart should draw crowds to the bookstores and lead us all to more satisfactory living.

For more information, please contact the church office by calling  781-643-8680 or contact Merrith Sabo-Jones via email.

 

What topics/books are coming up next?
Sometimes, for more broad subject topics, we choose a single topic to read about, allowing members to choose their own book on that topic.  As a “free choice” month – it’s up to you whether you chose to read a large, scholarly tome, or a shorter, more-accessible paperback.  We return to everyone reading the same book for more narrow-focused topics. Whenever we choose a topic instead of a specific book, we will also discuss which books address the topic as well as which books might be found in our current book list.  So, here is an ongoing list of topics that we would like to pursue; if you have additional suggestions, please bring them to the next meeting!Communicating with spirits/angels
Different Religions (e.g. Hindu, Confucianism, Catholicism, etc.)
Spiritual People
Angels
Mother Earth/Goddess/Gaia Spirituality and Religions
Greek Myths
Native American Spirituality
Island Culture Spirituality (e.g. Hawaii, Bali, Cambodia)
Celtic Spirituality
Kabbalah
Serendipity/Synchronicity
The Celestine Prophecies
Expressions of Spirituality via the Arts
Zen
Everyday Spirituality
Inclusivity/Exclusivity within Groups
Community Making
What books are being considered for possible future discussion?
Click here to see our current book list. These books include books that the Circle has read, as well as books suggested by members, and books that some of the members have read previously.