It is suggested that each week should include, as well as the regular elements outlined in Meeting Formats, a focus on one specific theme. There is a multitude of potential themes. What follows are some suggestions. They could be timetabled in conjunction with the Pantheist Calendar.
Bring something along
These would be fun sessions, especially for kids, which would also explore the concrete reality of natural objects and living things and our techniques for exploring and recording them.
1. Bring a crystal.
2. Bring a pebble or rock.
3. Bring a shell.
4. Bring a fossil.
5. Bring bark from a dead branch.
6. Bring a fungus.
7. Bring a pet.
8. Bring a houseplant.
9. Bring a photo or drawing
10. Bring a microscope.
Playing with the elements
These would also be fun sessions focussed on the properties of some key elements of the human habitat.
11. Fire & energy
14. Music & sound.
These need not be spectacular: they could most often be to a member’s garden or a local park. Each outing would include careful study of the phenomena, plus time for direct communion with nature, tree-hugging, meditation and so on.
15. Sunrise at solstices and equinoxes.
16. Full moon at specific times: eg, first after spring solstice
17. Starwatching parties at shooting star peaks in August and December.
18. Planet viewing parties at close conjunctions.
20. Bird & animal migration (check for dates).
21. Birds breeding.
22. Insects – ants, termites, bees, butterflies.
23. Microscopic creatures.
27. Harvest: food plants.
29. Rain: get wet.
30. Wind: Fly a kite.
33. Rocks and fossils
Local variants (depending on location)
34. Snow & ice.
40. Ocean & tides
These sessions would explore our ways of relating to each other in families and society, our ways of living in harmony with the earth, with our bodies and with each other.
44. Ancestors & natural death.
These meetings would be indoor meetings with a talk, slides, discussion, pitched at an accessible level that an intelligent child would understand, focussed as much on the wonder and the beauty as on the science.
a. Milky way.
b. Other galaxies.
55. Atoms and below.
57. Gaia: earth as a unitary system.
60. Self-organization in physical systems.