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The Portland New Church Is An Interfaith Community

The PNC is like a gathering place of many rivers. 

We are fortunate to have a number of individuals and groups using the PNC building as a place of gathering.  Though they are independently run and attended, the energy and love these people put into their offerings adds to making this a wonderfully diversified place of usefulness, creativity, and sacred community.  Find below information on these offerings and visit our Calendar to see daily activities.

Portland New Church Services

Ongingly, our new first Sunday service, beginning on June 2nd 9:30-10:30 AM, will be led by Rev Harvard MacFarlane offering a Spiritual Recovery series.

 All are welcome to attend Harvard's "Higher Power Hour"

On the 2nd Sunday of every month 9:30 - 10:30, our Portland New Church Service is led by Pastor Lorraine Kardash, consisting of music, prayer, reflection, and free-spirited communion.

All are welcome.  Fellowship follows.

The Book Service, focusing on AIM-the workbook by Peter S. Rhodes, where we spend some time reading aloud, balanced by discussion and personal interpretation, will be held on the 5th Sunday in May, 9:30-11:00 AM, before moving to 3rd Sundays on June 16th. 

On the 4th Sunday of the month, we have an Art oriented gathering from 9:30~11:30. All materials supplied. No art experience necessary. Currently, we're focusing on an archetype figure series. These projects help to explore our inner selves, and appreciate the creative soul.

For more information, contact Lorraine by email: 

maineportlandnewchurch@gmail.com

The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME) is a community of compassionate learning and service.

 

With 20 years of experience educating and ordaining interfaith leaders in New England and beyond, ChIME is an institution dedicated to serving communities by offering a opportunities for individuals to explore what it means to live with Integrity, Spiritual Presence and Prophetic Voice.

 

During a 2-3 year program of study, service, and community, the Interfaith Ministry program educates and ordains Interfaith Ministers, also known as community chaplains. The Clinical Pastoral Training Program (CPTCSM) provides spiritual care providers with opportunities for further developing chaplaincy skills. In addition to these core programs, ChIME offers a variety of workshops, Open Houses, and Interfaith Gatherings to invite the public to join us in exploring and connecting with the world in a deep and meaningful way.

For more information, visit https://www.chimeofmaine.org/ or email 

Thursday, June 20, 2024 7:00 - 8:30PM

Sacred Transitions - A Summer Solstice Gathering

with Interspiritual Minister Rev. Devin Green

(Rev. Dev)

This year, Summer Solstice is technically on June 20th at 4:51PM est. We will gather that evening to celebrate Midsummer, Litha, our longest day of the year. As with all of Rev. Dev's Sacred Transition Rituals that occur on each Solstice and Equinox, these gatherings offer a spiritual opportunity to harness the power of these moments of Sacred Transition that the earth and each of us experience in the cycle of each year. 

In this gathering at Portland New Church (indoor or outdoor, weather dependent), we will honor the expansiveness of Midsummer as our ancestors from around the world have for more than 5000 years. There will be time for celebrating the light within and around us, for honoring what we have experienced in the last three months, and setting intentions for the months ahead, especially leaning into the light, bounty and fertility of the season ahead.

The gathering will include insights, music and opportunities for personal reflection. Devin offers a sliding scale of $11.11 - $33.33. You can sign up here

Rev. Devin Green is an Ordained Interspiritual/Interfaith Minister (One Spirit Class of 2022). She is the founder of 

The Connected Way™, helping others to connect more to Self, Others, Spirit, and All that Is. She is fascinated by spiritual experiences and religious overlaps, loves meeting new people, and is committed to creating safe environments for people to feel seen, heard, understood and valued as they explore their own paths. In addition to community offerings, Rev. Dev offers support and custom rituals for all of life's transitions (the ups and the downs), spiritual counseling and support for individuals and couples, conflict transformation, Soulpreneur Synthesis for connection-oriented entrepreneurs to clearly see their work and connect more with those they're meant to support. She is an enthusiastic visiting minister, keynote speaker, podcast guest and workshop facilitator. You can learn more about Devin and The Connected Way™ at www.theconnectedway.com

This workshop will introduce ChIME students, spiritual caregivers, and the spiritually curious to the essential concepts and practices of Rev. Matthew Fox's Creation Spirituality. Prepare to integrate knowledge with embodiment practices; we provide information along with spiritual practices and storytelling to present a fuller picture of what CS is all about. You will be invited into movement as you are able. We will present the ceremony ‘The Cosmic Mass’ in the afternoon portion of the workshop. 

Namory Keita, Master Village Drummer

Drum Class / All levels

5:30-6:30 Monday evenings

Portland New Church

info@namorydrum.com

603 831 9609

Namory Keita, Master Drummer, is a sought after teacher and performer with a unique style and a wealth of traditional knowledge very rare to find outside the villages of Guinea. His resources include not only his wonderful ability to engage any audience but also his relationships with dancers and drummers locally and around the world.

Visit his site:

https://www.namorydrum.com/

KMC Boston – Portland, Maine Branch

 

The Maine branch of Kadampa Meditation Center Boston aims to make meditation classes as accessible as possible, holding weekly classes on meditation and modern Buddhism that are open to everyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or faith. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to learn how to meditate or to benefit from it. We wish to inspire and empower people to reach their full spiritual potential, in order to be of greatest benefit to their family and friends and, by developing inner peace, be active contributors to world peace. 

 

We hold weekly, drop-in meditation classes at Portland New Church on Wednesdays at 6:15pm with our Portland-based teacher Clare Morin, and workshops on Saturdays, often with our resident teacher from Boston, Gen Kelsang Khedrub. Everyone is welcome! More info: www.MeditationInMaine.org

Marita Kennedy-Castro - Movement & Dance

 

Free *Your* Movement, Private Individualized Movement Lessons with Marita Kennedy-Castro. 

Guided, embodied-movement lessons assist you in accessing greater connection to your own authentic movement exploration, somatic awareness practice and freedom of physical expression. 

For details & appointment contact Marita: https://embodytherhythm.com 

 

Traditional Dance of Guinea, West Africa with Marita Kennedy-Castro.

Learn foundational movements, cultural and historical context, style and choreography of Guinean traditional dance in this upbeat dance class for Beginners, honoring the source and original teachers of this form. Fridays 9:00-10:15am 

Details: https://embodytherhythm.com 

Art Sharing

 

Saturday February 17th, 2:00-4:00 

Saturday March 16 2:00-4:00

Sunday April 21, 2:00-4:00

Sunday May 19, 2:00-4:00

Sunday June 16, 2:00-4:00

Sunday July 21, 2:00-4:00

Come share something of your art with others in the spirit of enthusiastic appreciation.

For more information contact Chris:

chrisrfineart@gmail.com

or Francis:

edgewoodstudio@proton.me

Donations welcome to cover expenses

WholeHeart Yoga Center 

 

Mindful and gentle yoga honoring the heart and wholeness of yoga. Our studio is mostly online now, with our Monday morning class both online and in PNC space. We also hold outdoor yoga events in spring and fall.

Find more at https://wholeheartyoga.com

Circe Moss MacDonald’s business is Ritual Lab: Ceremonies for People and Planet, offering ceremonies and rituals to support spiritual well-being in the community; all ages and backgrounds welcome. We sing, express gratitude, play, reflect, grieve, and transform together. Ritual Lab is for folks who yearn for more connection in their lives.

 

An Eco-Chaplain, Water Priestess, and Ceremonialist, Circe regularly conducts seasonal ceremonies at The Portland New Church, the University of Southern Maine, and around the Mid Coast region to celebrate nature and help people metabolize grief about climate change, based on teachings of the StarHouse and the work of Joanna Macy and Matthew Fox. 

Having earned two ordinations; the first as a Transdenominational Minister at The StarHouse in Boulder, Colorado in 2003; the second as an Interfaith Chaplain from The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine in 2019, Circe has been conducting wedding ceremonies, memorial services, and rites for passage for 20+ years. Contact Circe here.

Circe is also a massage therapist, offering bodywork at Arcana in downtown Portland, and a puppeteer in the Mayo Street Arts community.

Maine Sacred Harp Singing Group

 

The Maine Sacred Harp singing group meets at PNC on the 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons most months, from 2-5pm. We gather to sing in 4-part harmony from traditional shape-note tunebooks. Since this is a system of music notation originally created to teach the musically illiterate to sight-read music, it is perfect for beginners as well as experienced singers, and we welcome all. It is participatory rather than performance-based, and anyone who is curious is encouraged to come, listen, and try it out. Any questions? Email us at: sksandberg@gmail.com

Rev. Todd Glacy - Sacred Sound and Living 

 

My primary passion is the exploration of music and sound as a medium for inner and outer spiritual work, creative expression, and community building. 

 

As a facilitator I have offered a variety of events and workshops at PNC including: Gong Journeywork, Community Kirtan, Ocean of Om, Ecstatic Dance, Community Drum Circles and Electronic Multi-Media immersions (to name but a few). 

 

Rev.Todd Glacy

207-229-9965

www.sacredsoundandliving.com

Supporting LIfe's Journey

Open Studio session runs on Fridays from 1 pm - 3 pm. For those with previous experience in a medium of choice and would like the freedom of working on your own project while receiving one-on-one supportive feedback and demos as needed. Perhaps you want to fine-tune a particular aspect of a landscape painting or break new territory with an abstract  composition. This class will open new doors in developing your unique creative path.

 

Each class will begin with a short meditation for heightening awareness while minimizing inhibitions associated with the creative process. 

 

For further info., including all group classes in oil, watercolor, pastel, and charcoal, and inquiries about future classes at The New Church, please visit: 

https://www.christopherdreed.com/group-classes

 

Private drawing and painting lessons are also available for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. For more info. to book a time at The New Church, please visit: 

https://www.christopherdreed.com/private-lessons

 

Maine Pagan & Alternative Spiritual Alliance

 

FMI email: janinemarie333@gmail.com

Gurdjieff Movements in Maine is a group of seekers who practice the Movements, a series of sacred dances, dynamic postures, gestures and other physical actions developed by George Gurdjieff, the spiritual teacher who in the early 20th century developed the Work, or Fourth Way, system of spiritual inquiry. The Work includes a broad variety of practices — meditation and contemplation exercises, reading and communal study, inner tasks and attention efforts in daily life — but the Movements are central to its understanding and transmission.

 

The Movements were developed out of Gurdjieff’s extensive travels in central Asia, India, Tibet and northern Africa, where for millennia a broad variety of sacred dances have enjoyed profound refinement in the Sufi, Buddhist and other traditions. These are employed as experiential engagement with universal truths as well as tools for individual development, self-observation and self-understanding.

 

For these sessions at the Portland New Church, we will practice several Movements, accompanied as always by live music which was composed by Gurdjieff and the Ukraine-born composer Thomas de Hartmann, his close companion. The Movements reveal infinite levels of subtlety and insight as one continues to practice them, however these sessions are designed to be accessible to all, and first-time practitioners are welcome. 

The meetings will be Mondays at 11:30-1:30  from May 6th--July 8th, then shifting to Wednesdays at 6:30-8:30 PM from July 17th--August 28th

For more info contact: forbes.larry@gmail.com

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