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Meaning Making

Coming Into Connection
3 all-participant sessions, Sundays 12:30-2:30 pm Feb. 10 and June 16, 2019 and Wednesday evening, Feb. 20, plus 5 one-on-one sessions to be determined by you and your partner
Facilitated by Rev. Kim Wildszewski and Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Explore deep questions as you connect with an assigned partner, build relationships and deepen your UU identity. Created by Rev. Kim and Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Coming Into Connection was inspired by our beloved Coming of Age (COA) curriculum offered to our youth every other year.

Partnerships are created between new and longtime members or between members of different ages who will get to know each other by exploring deep questions, including: theology, death, UU history, spiritual practice, and more. Readings, resources, and reflection questions are provided supporting each topic and help in conversation.

Owning Your Religious Past
Sundays: 4 sessions, Feb. 24- March 17, 12:30- 2:30 pm
Facilitated by Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

We’ll take a look at the people, schools, clubs and religious institutions that had a shaping influence on our spirituality. Through personal reflection and small group discussions, we’ll examine what we might decide to leave behind, what to re-define and who we hope to become as Unitarian Universalists.


Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, Part 1
Mondays: March 25 – April 29
Facilitated by Terry Caton and Clare Doyle

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, part 1 is a woman-honoring curriculum that examines pre-Judeo Christian cultures that may have worshipped the female as divine. The concepts of equality and reverence for the female in a religious setting are eye opening to many participants. This class examines important elements of today’s women’s lives; personal, interpersonal and societal and how our culture has been influenced by Judeo Christian values. The primary question raised is: How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female?

Contemplative Reading
4 Tuesdays, 1/15, 1/29, 2/5, 2/19, 7 PM- 8:30 PM
Facilitated by Nina Todor

Contemplative Reading is a form that encourages a closer look at the deeper meaning of any writing. The workshop is based on Lectio Divina practices, but it will not be restricted to scripture. We encourage the use of current or ancient writings from any culture, gender or race. We will have a short informational discussion about its history, traditional use and current practice. The participants will be asked to bring short readings or poetry that is meaningful to them. We will then discuss the pieces using the Lectio Divina format. Maximum of 8 people.

Moving Beyond Loss
Sundays, 8 sessions, 1/20- 3/10, 12:30-2:30 PM
Facilitated by Caryl Tipton

Moving Beyond Loss is an 8-week structured program to teach emotional skills to heal your heart and enhance your life if you are having trouble getting back to living fully after a loss. The group provides a safe environment for support and to look at old beliefs about dealing with loss of any kind; to look at what losses have affected your life; and to take new actions that lead to completion of the pain attached to one of those losses. There are many losses which can produce the range of emotion we call grief. This list includes: Death; Divorce/End of a relationship; Loss of Health; Moving; Retirement/Loss of Purpose; Loss of Innocence (child/sexual abuse). Commitment to attendance is essential.

Our Democracy: Problems and Fixes
Mondays, 6 sessions, 1/21- 2/25, 7:30-9:00 PM
Facilitated by Michael Wilson

The class will consider five different perspectives on the problems facing our democracy and five different solutions – one is a UU solution.The sources of the perspectives are: Healing American Democracy: Going Local (Hais, Ross & Morley), Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want (Lappe & Eichen), The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger & How to Save It (Mounk), How Democracies Die (Levitsky & Ziblat), The People’s Power: Making Our Republic More Democratic (Wilson).

Outlines have been prepared for each of the books so there is no need to read the books unless you want to. Each book has a different perspective and set of solutions for what is wrong with our democracy and how we can fix it. The People’s Power presents a solution that is consistent with UU Principles.

Women and the Early Jesus Movement
Wednesdays, 3 sessions, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 1-2:30 pm
Facilitated by Rev. Sue Goodwin

This class will examine the following women in the early Jesus movement:

  1. Jesus’ Female Disciples: The New Evidence. Joan Taylor and Helen Bond, professors from the UK, have used historical and archeological methods to create a compelling case for women as disciples within the Early Jesus Movement.
  2. Mary the Magdalene: The word “Magdalene” means “tower”. Was Mary the Magdalene the strong tower on whom Jesus could depend? What was her role in the early church and what can we learn by examining the remaining pages of the Gospel of Mary?
  3. Thecla, Salome, Joanna, Susanna, Cerula and Phoebe: Exploring the “named” women of the movement.
  4. Veneration of the Virgin: What does the role of the Virgin Mother mean for Christianity? For humanity? For our views of sexuality?

Spiritual Deepening

Chalice Circles
1st and 3rd Thursday mornings 10 am-12 pm. Open rolling enrollment.
Facilitated by Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education and Bay Waltman

A small group that meets twice per month for reflection, sharing and connection. The group draws on questions and exercises based on the monthly theme to explore the theme, their deeper selves and the world in more depth. Each person speaks uninterrupted around the circle as the rest of the group practices deep listening. Similar to Soul Matters Sharing Circles but because it meets twice per month, there is more time to explore the theme and to connect with the group.

Faith Forward
Faith Forward is a fifty-minute program that is offered every single Sunday for every single participant (visitor, member, friend), during Middle Hour that aims to integrate members; facilitate growth, faith development and leadership development.

Eight different sessions run consecutively on topics such as: Worship and the Liturgical year, Social Action & Community Service; UU History, Principles and Sources; Faith Development for Children and Adults, Membership 101 and Pastoral care. This is a time, not only to learn more about how we do church, but also to spend time with members who are leading these ministries or committees.

The series is ongoing and free, so you are welcome to participate in the sessions in any order, as you’re able.

Quarterly on 3rd Wednesdays from 7:00- 9:00 PM. The next Roots is on Feb. 20, 2019

Roots is an introduction to Unitarian Universalist ideas and history, and is required to be taken before signing the membership book. Join Rev. Kim as we dive into our Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist roots!

Quarterly on 3rd Wednesdays from 7:00- 9:00 PM. The next Wings is on March 20, 2019

Discuss the expectations and benefits of Membership with Rev. Kim, build relationship with others who are considering this commitment, and be given the opportunity to formalize a relationship with UUCWC and Unitarian Universalism. Wings is required to be taken before signing the membership book.

One-year classes already in session

Living the 8th Principle
2nd Mondays, 8 sessions, October – May, 7-8:45 pm
Prerequisite: Beloved Conversations or a Racial Justice Initiative all day anti-racism training.
Facilitated by Nathalie Edmond and Chris Marietti

Monthly meeting to explore transforming racism from the inside out. We will explore our biases, the ways we have been impacted by racism and privilege, and ways we can take action in our daily life to start to dismantle racism and white supremacy.

UU Wellspring
UU Wellspring offers a ten-month program to deepen your spiritual life within a UU context.Each curriculum incorporates five elements: 1) A commitment to daily spiritual practice; 2) Participation in a small-group community; 3) Individual work with a spiritual director; 4) Readings and resources for knowledge and reflection; 5) Reflection and commitment to living our values in the world.

Wellspring 1: Sources
Sources Section A: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 1-3 pm (Sept-June)
Sources Section B: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7-9 pm (Sept- June)

This is the prerequisite for all other UU Wellspring courses. The goals of “Sources” are to ground participants in Unitarian Universalism and to develop a practice of deep listening and commitment to spiritual practice and spiritual direction. The curriculum provides information and opportunity for reflection around two key areas: Unitarian Universalist history and theology and the “big questions” that are central to our Unitarian Universalist faith, including human nature, death, joy, and forgiveness.

Wellspring 2: Deep Questions
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 10 am-12 pm
Prerequisite: Wellspring 1

Deep Questions explores the connection between the seven Unitarian Universalist principles and the deep questions of our lives, including human nature, forgiveness, accountability and our relationship to the planet.