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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.

“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” Book Discussion Group
June 5, 12 and 19. 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Facilitated by Heather Edwards and Regina Podhorin Zilinski

Save the date and start reading! Please complete the book before the class begins.

Examine and discuss the ideas Robin DiAngelo presents in her book: “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.“ “White Fragility” explores the defensive moves made by white people when challenged racially and how these reactions are counterproductive, preventing meaningful cross-racial dialogue from taking place. DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. This class invites participants into the work of learning skills to disrupt racism as a Unitarian Universalist faith commitment and practice. Participants will have the opportunity to find, in their own stories and experiences, ways in which they have upheld and reinforced the culture of white supremacy. They will then learn new practices and new ways of being that act to disrupt white supremacy-based culture


Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, Part 2

Mondays, 6 sessions, May 13- June 17, 7pm- 9pm
Facilitated by Terry Caton and Clare Doyle
Prerequisite: Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, Part 1

“Cakes for the Queen of Heaven,” part 2 explores female images and voices in Judaism and Christianity, as well as the oppression of women in other patriarchal religions.This workshop series will discuss global silencing and brutalization of women that accompanied the rise of patriarchal religion and society. Our journey will conclude with the exciting new world-view and theology that has emerged in our time and explore the personal and social changes that may be suggested by that new worldview. We will continue the complex process of telling a new story.

Liberation Theology
Tuesdays, 3 sessions, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 7pm – 8:30pm
Facilitated by Hannah Gallo

Liberation theology began in Latin America, arising out of a growing chasm between the teachings of the Catholic Church and the needs of the impoverished communities served in Brazil, Peru, and Uruguay. On the heels of the Protestant social gospel movement, which sought to bring a Christian ethic to the world, incorporating justice into the language of religious leaders and faith communities, liberation theology has come to mean a re-interpretation of religious doctrine that centers the most oppressed. It tries to find liberation and salvation in Scripture that had previously been used to shame or ignore the material problems facing Christian congregations the world over. Applied to the Black experience, the Black female experience, the Asian experience, the Queer experience, the Native American experience–liberation theology has taken the power of Christian teachings and put it in the hands of those Jesus was actually preaching to and about. Over the course of 3 classes, we will read a few of the most important works of liberation theology and discuss their application in our lives and our work as Unitarian Universalists.

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.

Hearing your Inner Wisdom Through Collage

April 27, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Facilitated by Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

The Collage process opens the channel of communication between you and your soul. In a fun and playful atmosphere we will create a series of collages – each one on a card. Our spontaneous imagery bypasses our rational mind, revealing what our deeper self wants to express in our lives.

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.

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.

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.