Adult Faith Engagement Classes
ADULT CLASSES – FALL 2021 (All classes are virtual)
Racial Justice Classes
UUA Common Read Class: Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry
3 Thursdays: October 21, November 4, and November 18; 7:00-8:30 pm
Facilitators: Sallie Dunner and Denny Rodgers
Each year, the UU Association recommends a book as a Common Read for all congregations. This year, the book is Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry, who is an interdisciplinary scholar of race, law, literature, and African-American studies at Princeton. It is a deeply lyrical and heartfelt reflection to her two sons about the history and reality of being Black in America. The book is divided into three parts and participants read one section before each class.
Beloved Conversations Virtual: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity
Beloved Conversations Virtual 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/ and https://www.meadville.edu/fahs-collaborative/beloved-conversations/. The fall class has begun; the next class will be offered in the spring.
A Chalice Circle is a small group of 8 people that offers spiritual deepening and connections among its members through reflection, personal sharing, and deep listening. Each Circle follows a consistent format, using 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.
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.”
“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. Groups meet monthly for 2 hours in the evening, or twice a month during the day. With nine Chalice Circles currently running and more forming, these small groups are a core component of our Faith Engagement ministry. Contact Robin Pugh at email@example.com for information and a schedule.
Creativity Matters Studio
3rd Mondays, 7:30-9:30pm, October 18-March 21
Facilitator: Susan Colket
Limited to 9 participants
Everyone’s creative…agree…disagree? What’s your relationship with creativity? Are you close…distant…not in touch? Wherever you are, you’re invited to join a small group in the virtual Creativity Matters Studio. Explore where UUCWC’s theme of the month and creativity intersect in your life. This is for anyone who is curious, is willing to show up, and take small risks in a safe place. You needn’t be an artist.
At the start of each month, you’ll receive a Creativity Matters packet with ideas, projects, and resources. This packet will be our jumping-off place to explore the month’s theme and our relationship to creativity in whatever form it takes in your life. Our virtual studio time will include centering and checking in, a creative warm-up, a journal and project share inspired from the packet. Reading the packet and spending time with a question, a prompt and a project before the studio is the way to explore how creativity matters for you.
UU Wellspring: Spiritual Deepening for the UU Soul
UU Wellspring is a ten-month spiritual deepening class for Unitarian Universalists. Each curriculum incorporates five elements: 1) Daily spiritual practice; 2) Small-group connections; 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 Wednesday evenings, 7-9 pm
Facilitators: Heather Edwards and Michelle Zechner
This is the prerequisite for all other years of UU Wellspring. Sources offers participants an 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
1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings, 10 am-12 pm
Prerequisite: Wellspring 1: Sources
Facilitators: Kathy Frey and Jackie Thomas
The Deep Questions curriculum is designed to expand participants’ understanding of the eight Unitarian Universalist principles and their meaning in our lives. It explores the connection between the principles and powerful life questions, including human nature, forgiveness, accountability, and our relationship to the planet. It calls us to action based on our deeply held UU beliefs.
Wellspring: Sacred Arts
2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings, 10 am-12 pm
Facilitated by Kathy Frey and Michelle Hunt
Prerequisite: Wellspring 1: Sources
Wellspring Sacred Arts offers spiritual deepening through the arts. The connection between spirituality and creativity will be explored through an examination of various art forms, our own acts of art-making, and reflections on what art has to teach us about theology and faith. Previous artistic activity is not a requirement. Participants will be encouraged to take up or continue with a creative practice.
Path to Membership Series
3 Mondays: September 27, October 18, and November 8; 7-9 pm
Facilitator: Rev. Kim Wildszewski
Pathways is our path to membership class, created by Rev. Kim last year. It explores what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist today. Together with the class, you will consider UU history and theology, covenantal and congregational faith, what liberation means as a Unitarian Universalist, and your personal spiritual journey. This class requires some at-home study and reflection (less than an hour per week). It is required if you are considering joining UUCWC, but it is not for only those seeking membership. Long time UU’s are invited to learn how our faith has evolved in the past decade.