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MUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE – August 31

MUSIC & MEDITATION IN THE MEETINGHOUSE (MMM) featuring meditation leader Brian King with cellist Kristen Miller, August 31st, 2014 in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse 

BASICS: Candle‐lit setting Meetinghouse, home of the Meditation and Music
August 31st, 2014 at 7:30pm in Gloucester’s 1806
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Corner of Middle and Church Streets, on the green
Free‐Will Offering, Fully Accessible, and Everyone is Welcome with Light Refreshments, gloucesteruu@earthlink.net, (978‐283‐3410)
Social Gathering Afterwards     Church Contact: Karen Rembert

EVENT DESCRIPTION: The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the next event of its monthly series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique combination of beautiful music and relaxing meditation.

Each MMM event offers the participants an opportunity to enjoy a different combination of peaceful self‐awareness through various kinds of meditation enhanced by the musical offerings. The MMM experience is intended to be comforting, entertaining and spiritual but it is emphatically not a church service. It is held in the candle‐lit sanctuary of the grand Meetinghouse, a place of gathering and welcoming for the entire Gloucester community for over 200 years. The Meetinghouse, whose lantern tower with a Paul Revere bell has guided generations of mariners safely into our harbor, is on the National Register of  Historic Places. It is the oldest surviving church building on Cape Ann.

The August event will feature meditation leader Brian King with cellist Kristen Miller.  There will be a collation with light refreshments afterwards in the Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.

The Sanctuary is accessible with facilities for persons with disabilities via the side entrance at 10 Church Street. A free‐will offering of $10 is requested but no one will be turned away and everyone is welcome regardless of financial capability.

Find your way Sunday evening to the green at the corner of Middle and Church Streets to discover an hour of peace, enjoyment and contemplation in Gloucester’s historic 1806 Meetinghouse.

MEDITATION LEADER: Brian King is a singer, songwriter, and performer. Since a young age, he has cultivated his passion for spirituality, religion, and mythology by studying multiple traditions from Buddhism, Neo‐Shamanism, and Theosophy to Tarot, Jungian psychology and world mythology. Brian has been greatly influenced by the works and teachings of Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, and Pema Chodron. He has practiced various forms of meditation and contemplation throughout his life, and has found the chakra system to be a beautiful way to balance the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

For a decade, Brian worked in public health as director of Prism LGBT Health. He fronts the local band neo‐cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?

MUSICIAN: Cellist Kristen Miller is a one‐woman ensemble. She connects her antique cello to a live digital recorder to stack layers of lush cello, spoken word and singing to create a style that

Billboard writer Bobby Borg calls “romantically, hauntingly, charmingly, brilliant.” As a solo artist, Kristen has released three CD’s, all of which charted on college and community radio nationwide. Kristen is the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including Jam Magazine’s Female Artist of the Year, and the Zara Nelsova Cellist Award for excellence in performance. In addition to solo performing and film scoring, Kristen also enjoys work as a session cellist. She has appeared on records for artists as diverse and varied as Vance Gilbert, Assembly of Dust, and Grammy Award winner Irma Thomas. When she is not performing, Kristen shares the joy of cello and singing with students of all ages. She is also a practicing Shaman, trained in the Unani tradition from Malaysia.

Kristen can be found on  iTunes, CD baby, Facebook, and her official website, ic.com and her personal website http://www.KristenMillerMusic.com

Back by Popular Demand – July Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM)

SUNDAY EVENING, JULY 28, 2013 at 7:30pm
@ GLOUCESTER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

Corner of Middle and Church Streets
Open to the Public with Free-Will Offering
Social Gathering Afterwards with Refreshments

photo by S. McKain

photo by S. McKain

Detailed Information:

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the second in a series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique and varied experience of beautiful music and relaxing meditation in the Gloucester’s oldest standing church.  It is held in the candle-lit, early-evening setting of the church’s 1806 Sanctuary with golden light beaming through the stained glass windows.  Lanesville’s Mindfulness Meditation practitioner Dr. Michael Bresnan will team up with the Dorymates, Tony Hilliard and Janet Ruth Young, presenting a combination of meditation and heartfelt music for guitar and voice.

Following the event there is a collation with light refreshments in the church’s Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.  The Sanctuary is accessible for persons with disabilities via the Church Street Entrance.   A free-will offering will be received and everyone is welcome. 

Meditation Description:

Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditative practice, and involves bringing one’s attention to subjective present moment experience without judgment – without deciding whether it is “good” or “bad.” It means coming out of the world of conceptual thought in which we tend to spend most of our lives and connecting once again with the actuality of our life in the moment. By opening to experience just as it is, we create the space for life to unfold in a very different way.  This practice has been the focus of a tremendous amount of scholarly research in recent years, with numerous studies demonstrating profound improvements in physiological and psychological health, even over short periods of practice.

Dr. Bresnan, whose practice is newly established in Lanesville, will lead the group through an introductory experience in mindfulness meditation. The mindfulness meditation will serve as an invitation for attendees to connect in a more vivid way to the musical portion of the program.

The Dorymates:

Singer and guitarist Tony Hilliard and his wife Janet Ruth Young perform duets of ballads and soulful music in haunting harmonies.  Their love for each other and for humanity is evident in the lyrics and songs they present.   Tony works as an EMT with persons in assisted living and Janet is an author and speaker on chronic depression and related psychological impairments.  They are active in social justice issues on the North Shore and are members of the Gloucester UU Church.

For more Information  KAREN REMBERT, Church Administrator
Hours Available:  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (9 am – noon)
Call (978) 283-3410

Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse – June 23 @ 7:30pm

Music,Meditiation,Mindfulness

SUNDAY EVENING, JUNE 23, 2013 at 7:30pm in the GLOUCESTER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

Corner of Middle and Church Streets
Open to the Public with Free-Will Offering
Social Gathering Afterwards with Refreshments

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the first in a series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that will offer Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique and varied experience of beautiful music and relaxing meditation in the Gloucester’s oldest standing church.  It will be held in the candle-lit, early-evening setting of the church’s 1806 Sanctuary with golden light beaming through the stained glass windows.  Lanesville’s Mindfulness Meditation practitioner Dr. Michael Bresnan will team up with the Dorymates, Tony Hilliard and Janet Ruth Young, presenting a combination of meditation and heartfelt music for guitar and voice.

Following the event there will be a collation with light refreshments in the church’s Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.  The Sanctuary is accessible for persons with disabilities via the Church Street Entrance.   A free-will offering will be received and everyone is welcome.

 Meditation Description:

Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditative practice, and involves bringing one’s attention to subjective present moment experience without judgment – coming out of the world of conceptual thought in which we tend to spend most of our lives and connecting once again with the actuality of our life in the moment. By opening to experience just as it is, we create the space for life to unfold in a very different way. This practice has been the focus of a tremendous amount of scholarly research in recent years, with numerous studies demonstrating profound improvements in physiological and psychological health, even over short periods of practice.

Dr. Bresnan, whose practice is newly established in Lanesville, will lead the group through an introductory experience in mindfulness meditation, which will serve as an invitation for attendees to connect in a more vivid way to the musical portions of the program.