Adult Faith Engagement Classes
ADULT CLASSES – FALL 2020 (All classes are virtual)
Lectio Divina: Reading Prayerfully
October 5th, 7pm – 8:30pm
Facilitated by Rev. Kim Wildszewski
Join Rev. Kim for an exploration and invitation into the practice of Lectio Divina, reading prayerfully. Participants will be asked to listen to and/or read brief introductory material before joining the conversation.
Coming Into Connection
Two Sundays, Oct. 4, 2020 at 10:00am and Feb. 7, 2021, 11:30am – 12:30pm, plus six 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.
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.
Comments from past participants:
“I may be new to UU, but I have thought about a lot of these issues. This program brought home what UU is all about. My long-term member partner helped me to learn.”
“I am a long-term member and after this class, I am more grounded in my UU faith and have new goals about how I can be a better member of UUCWC, enrich my life, and make a better world.”
“We didn’t have all of the answers but we didn’t have them together. I just scratched the surface discussing these questions, I want to learn more.”
Faith Forward is a fifty-minute program that is offered every Tuesday night at 7 PM beginning in September for every single participant (visitor, member, friend), that aims to integrate members; facilitate growth, faith development and leadership development.
Eight different sessions run consecutively on topics such as: Worship, Social Action & Community Service; UU History, Principles and Sources; Faith Development for Children and Adults, Membership 101, Meet the Minister, 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. No registration required, email email@example.com for the Zoom link.
Racial Justice Classes
Beloved Conversations Virtual: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity
Registration closes September 20
Beloved Conversations is a program for Unitarian Universalists seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. This year, Within, the first of 3 phases of the curriculum, is offered. By the end of the Within class, you will be clearer about your own racial identity and personal history in relationship to racial justice. Additionally, you will learn tools and strategies to continue to deepen your learning and your commitment to racial justice. Personal work is an essential precursor to systemic work. It is also a worthy and needed focus in its own right. Racial justice work is the work of our lifetime, and we engage it in different ways. This class is for individual virtual participation through the Fahs Collaborative (not through UUCWC). For more information see: https://www.uucwc.org/learning/adult-learning-classes/beloved-conversations-meditations-race-ethnicity/
Living the 8th Principle
2nd Tuesdays, 8 sessions, October – May, 7-8:45 pm
Prerequisite: Beloved Conversations class, a Racial Justice Initiative anti-racism training, reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, or equivalent life experience or other reading.
Facilitated by Denny Rodgers and David Thomas
Monthly meeting that explore participant’s personal journey with racism and help to move them towards developing an anti-racist identity. We will explore our biases and the ways we have been impacted by racism and privilege by reflecting on videos and readings that center people of color. The premise is that before change can happen to dismantle racism one has to understand one’s own participation in the existing white supremacist system. Readings will start with Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King.
Racial Justice as Spiritual Practice
1st Mondays, 7:30pm – 9pm
Pre-Requisite: Beloved Conversations or Living the 8th Principle class
Monthly discussion group that explores transforming racism from the inside out. We explore our biases, the ways in which we have been impacted by racism and privilege, and the ways in which we can take action in our daily lives to start to dismantle racism and white supremacy.
Chalice Circles is a small group curriculum that uses questions and spiritual exercises based on the monthly theme to encourage participants to reflect more deeply on the theme, their deeper selves and the world. Each person speaks uninterrupted around the circle as the rest of the group practices deep listening.
Chalice circle participants have said:
“When I hear others, I see my own experience in a new way. I feel alive and less alone, more connected. Because people are speaking with authenticity in a safe space.”
“There is freedom to express your authentic self in a safe space. “
“The gift of being seen is that I see myself better.”
Open rolling enrollment, register for four months at a time.
Group A meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10am – 12pm
Facilitated by Robin Pugh
Group B meets 1st and 3rd Mondays, 12:30 – 2:30pm
Facilitated by Eileen Spedding and Bay Waltman
Group C meets 3rd Tuesday evenings
Facilitated by Robin Pugh
Another group will be formed if there is interest.
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
1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings 10am – 12noon
Facilitated by Kathy Frey
This is the prerequisite for all other years of UU Wellspring. The Sources 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 Deep Questions
Wednesday evenings, 7 – 9pm
Prerequisite: Wellspring Sources
Facilitators: Heather Edwards and Michele Zechner
The Deep Questions curriculum alternates between sessions on: The eight principles of Unitarian Universalism and the deep questions of our lives, including human nature, forgiveness, accountability and our relationship to the planet.
2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12noon
Facilitated by Kathy Frey and Michelle Hunt
Prerequisite all 4 Wellspring classes: Sources, Spiritual Practices, Deep Questions, and Faithful Actions
Wellspring Alumni combine the Soul Matters’ packet and the five elements of Wellspring to strengthen their UU identity and justice work.
Path to Membership Series
Curious about UUCWC?
Faith Forward is a great way to discover more about the UUCWC community. See class description above under Meaning Making” on this page.
Three times per year
Facilitated by Rev Kim Wildszewski
The Membership Class is held in three sessions and requires some at-home study and reflection. Together with the class, you will consider UU history and theology, covenantal and congregational faith, what liberation means as a Unitarian Universalist, and the participants’ personal spiritual journeys.