All Parents, All Programs are invited to learn about the upcoming year, curriculum topics, expectations and building student-parent-teacher relationships. Parents play a critical role in their children’s education.
Toddler, Children House and Lower Elementary
4:30pm Family Welcome, 5-6 pm Classroom Teacher Presentations Upper Elementary and Middle School 5:30pm Family Welcome, 6-7 pm Classroom Teacher Presentations
This evening will provide:
greater understanding of academic work and social development
ways for you to be involved in your child’s education and create consistent expectations and experiences!
Tour of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
with Barbara Sahli and students of Malik Academy
Lunch at café with students of Malik Academy
Meet with Brother David Vryhof from the monastery of the Society of St. John
Eucharist Service, Society of St. John the Evangelist
Last Supper in Harvard Square
My favorite part of the visit to the ISBCC was the call the prayer. The chanting was just extraordinary, and everyone worshipping Allah side by side rang so beautifully of peace and connection.
Today I did something I’ve never done before: go to a Mosque. I studied Islam, but seeing it in practice was enlightening. We started by putting on our hijabs. But putting it on, I suddenly felt part of something larger than myself. Instead of feeling oppressed, I felt connected to those millions of women proudly wearing them all over the world.
It was so great and beautiful to meet with the kids from Malik Academy. I have said that you don’t fully know a religion until you meet with people from the religion, but now I think you can’t fully know a religion until you meet with people of your own age from a religion.
A Story from the Islamic Society of Boston and Cultural Center
When my hijab came undone, Anisa fixed it for me. I made a friend. The end.
It is one of the most amazing feelings in the world to hug a group of people goodbye who you only met that day but already love. I wish we could have spent some more time with the Malik Academy students. They made me feel comfortable, even though I was wearing a hijab and was in a place I did not know. I feel sooooo lucky to have had this experience and I will never forget it. It’s amazing that people from different backgrounds and with different beliefs can have so much fun.
The monastery made me want to try out the monastic lifestyle. There was a welcoming a feeling all throughout the church. All the brothers seemed very happy and kind. Out of everywhere we’ve been, this has been the closest one to my religion.
Call to Prayer at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
The Humanist Hub Discussion Group with Greg Epstein
This morning we had a beautiful experience at the Sri Lakshmi Temple. Raju was our guide, and he was very welcoming. Rama, a volunteer at the temple, also was a part of that welcoming and his salt and sugar story was clever. All around the room were carefully carved shelters for each manifestation of God. It wasn’t so much the shelters that made the beauty, but the statues inside them. Each deity was clothed in silk and shimmering jewelry. Their carved expressions were of glorious victory or serenity.
The tranquility of the Sri Lakshmi Temple was amazing. Rama had a beautiful story that made a lot of sense about how you know that God is there (sort of). If you put sugar in water, it dissolves. Then if you put salt in, it dissolves as well. But, if you taste the water, you can taste the salt and sugar. I like the notion of the mother is God and father is God. It was truly inspiring to hear that.
After lunch we walked to the Harvard Art Museum. It was amazing, overwhelming, but also felt more serene than any museum I’ve ever been to. After looking at many of the different art pieces, I realized the irony that all the images of death and pain looked the most alive, whereas the live people portraits often have a dead look in their eyes.
Finally, we went to the Humanist Hub. I was overwhelmed by the distance our conversation moved. Greg Epstein had filled the place of religion with a different type of community. He spoke with the air of a preacher, but a message of a different side. Our whole conversation was filled with ideas that I had not thought about, and a new perspective from our class that I hadn’t heard.
Line, shape, color
Is the wife grieving?
Or just paint?
Devoted to Devas
Small and large
Doubt, yet search for good
None are perfect.
Morning service at Emmanuel Church
Bach Cantata BWV 225
Lunch on Newberry Street
Common Cathedral – Outdoor service for the homeless
A conversation with the Reverend Pamela Werntz of Emmanuel Church
Speak with Reverend Randall Quackenbush
Speak with Rev. Patrick Ward of Trinity
Compline Service at Trinity Church
At Emmanuel Church, they had such good music. The choir was amazing and the baby was so cute. The music at Emmanuel was so slow and thoughtful. I really had time to think about the service and the lyrics. The wine was much better than the synagogue’s sweet wine.
I felt like I started to understand what they were saying. The giving and receiving of bread and wine is a powerful thing. I thought what Pamela said about what the bread represents was interesting. She said it is up to the receiver and not the giver to decide what it means.
The stark contrast between Emmanuel and Common Cathedral was extreme. What Common Cathedral lacked in charisma, it way more than made up for it spirit, love, and good intention.
Then we went to the service at Anchor Church which was unlike anything else. It has a lot of modern music as opposed to old hymns, which was nice. We also had a discussion. I really enjoyed this. It was my favorite part and the only part I felt I learned something from.
I liked going to Trinity Compline. I was able to do one of my favorite things: sitting in silence. I could feel the silence around me but I didn’t need to fight it; I let it in. The cross glowed above me.
The service at Trinity Church was absolutely amazing… incense curled around the cross in the air. It was easily one of the most beautiful bunch of minutes in my life.
We sat in silence during Compline. The incense rose in thick clouds engulfing the cross in smoky respect. I sat in silence, speaking for the first time in a God I don’t believe in.
Morning Shabbat and Bar Mitzvah at Temple Ohabei Shalom
Lunch in Coolidge Corner
Thousand Buddha Temple
Dinner at Eataly food court
The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence by Step Afrika Dance Co.
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
Today was the first day I ever went to a Bar Mitzvah. It was a long and harmonious service for a boy named Zach. Throughout it, I could feel the love, stillness, and calmness of “a young patawan growing into a promised Jew.” I now feel very attached to the idea that the celebration of a Bar Mitzvah is the Jewish “everyone has the chance for enlightenment.”
[The Thousand Buddha Temple] a lot more alive than the other Buddhist temples we visited because people were visiting and practicing. I kind of felt bored during the slow walk meditation but it was fun to do the fast walk meditation. I felt so relaxed during the breathing meditation. I liked how the chant was so simple but powerful.
Our last stop of the day was going to a step Afro performance. I thought it was a beautiful example of dance theater that triggered an emotional response from both Alabama and our odyssey in Boston. The performer’s truth flowed toward the audience in kinetic, electric waves. Using humans as a living, breathing, and malleable art form created such depth and perspective.
The class walked to a dance musical called The Migration. It was so energetic and everyone acting was so talented. It reminded me of what somebody said at The Crossing that connecting and participating in a rhythm can bring everybody together.
Haiku-ish by Solomon
Drums, bright lights
The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
Dinner in Coolidge Corner
Conversation with Reb Moshe Waldoks of Temple Beth Zion
Kabbalat Shabbat at Temple Beth Zion
At The RamakrishnaVedanta Society I had a feeling of peacefulness right when I entered the building. I was struck by the smell of incense, then was welcomed by a friendly monk who I really liked by the end of the visit.
After our conversation with Reb Moshe, we had Shabbat. I was looking forward to it because I had hoped it would be like home. It was nice, but it was very different from what I do at home. It was hard for me to keep up with the prayers and songs. It must have been crazy for all the others. Even though it wasn’t what I was used to, there was something powerful about the words. After the service, I felt lighter.
At the Pluralism Project we were able to laugh at topics usually frowned upon. This is what the world needs to get through disagreement. We need to be able to sit down and have a conversation and share stories, concerns, hopes, and then be open to all.
The drum and the pure force of [Reb Moshe’s] voice brought meaning to words I had no meaning for. I especially liked when we stood in a circle around the alter. I felt so connected, so alive, so clueless and vulnerable, ready to accept anything that came wholeheartedly. As we walked on the streets on the way home, I began to notice the sheer diversity of Boston. Hijab’s blended in with Yarmulkes and t-shirts. I sat and ate red bean paste filled buns at a table less than a foot off the ground, the sound of laughing and rapid fire Chinese filling my ears.
It feels so nice to go to all these places and feel myself and the class becoming a part of the culture and community there. I feel that we are helping to create ties of friendship and community spirit that can last for a long time. Everyone has been so welcoming and opening. I have not figured out if there is a religion that I prefer, but I have been very pleasantly surprised by the kindness shown by all the people we have visited with.
Wat Boston Buddha Vararam (Thai Buddhist Temple)
Lesson, chant, and meditation with monk from Theravada tradition. (questions)
Friendly Crossways Hostel
Drop off luggage and get tour.
Head into Boston
The Crossing – Cathedral Church of St. Paul.
Dinner, service, and conversation with Reverend Marsha Hoecker
Return to Friendly Crossways – journal, sleep
The place that really spoke to me today was the Buddhist temple. I think the very reason I felt closer to this place was because the monk was speaking a different language. I can’t quite explain it but it was as if his words flowed over me. I felt his teachings rather than hearing them.
..But nothing really compared to The Crossing. I really enjoyed the connection I felt. This may be because Christianity is familiar, I don’t really know. I felt super engaged throughout the entire service. It was very welcoming and not as strict as what Im used to. The way they gave a time for people to do their own thing reflected how their community works, letting people come and go, welcoming anyone who is willing to listen.
I think that there is a sense of wholeness and completeness from singing, especially about God. The sense of trust and faith that everyone at The Crossing had was a feeling that I noticed.
I have found that, so far, the two biggest messages or parts of the places of worship has been rhythm/music and social action. At The Peace Pagoda they have their peace walks, and many of the people at The Crossing were involved in social action and one even said that you can not be Christian without social action. On the rhythm/music front, The Peace Pagoda had the drum and gong. At the Thai Buddhist Temple, the chant had a certain melody to it. And The Crossing had a huge focus on music and some said music helped them feel closer to God.
Extra thoughts from Hazel:
1.) The cross as a symbol for the intersection of God and human
2.) Religion is an art, not a science.
3.) The term “stranger danger” and many other western culture thinking reflects on one of the major differences with Buddhist thinking.
Just a few days now until the Middle School heads to the greater Boston area on their River of Spirit Odyssey. During their seven day journey students will participate and observe 15 different spiritual services as they try to understand the nature of spirit and how it is integral in so many people’s lives. Just one more piece in the driving question of what it means to be human.