United Church of Christ announced Wednesday, June 13 the opening of Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health, and Harmony in Saxonville.
"Open Spirit is a new multi-faith center for the wider community," said Rev. Debbie Clark. "It is intended as a place to strengthen our connectedness, to promote healing and wholeness, and to experience spiritual nourishment."
Located on the campus of Edwards Church, "Open Spirit is an effort to address the deeper spiritual yearnings of the wider community by offering a variety of ways to experience the sacred," said Clark.
"It also reflects a desire to build stronger connections with people of many faith traditions," added Clark.
Open Spirit will offer programs and experiences rooted in different faith and philosophical traditions. "Rather than ignoring or minimizing those roots, Open Spirit will embrace them—honoring the particular gifts of different traditions while celebrating common themes," said Clark.
While in the early stages of development, Open Spirit already has a number of on-going programs.
- On alternate Sundays at 4 p.m., trained facilitators will offer a Oneness Blessing, an experience of awakening and peace rooted in the Hindu tradition.
- Monday nights at 6, Open Spirit hosts a free yoga class for veterans, offered in conjunction with There and Back Again (a veteran service organization) and
- On alternate Tuesday evenings at 7, monks from the New England Buddhist Vihara will lead Buddhist Meditation.
- Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., there is an open yoga class for all ages and levels of experience.
On Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m., Rabbi Katy Allen will offer a nature memories workshop.
Whenever possible, Open Spirit seeks to offer its programs “by donation,” asking participants to give as they are able to support the program leaders and the center, said Clark.
Open Spirit is looking for program ideas and program leaders, and for people interested in helping to shape the development of this new community center.
For more information or questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.