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Meaning Making

Giving Sorrow Words
Sundays: 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 from 12:30-2:30.

Ministerial Intern, Hannah Gallo, is offering this class to all adults seeking a space to explore their own relationship to loss, grief, and death. The class will seek to create an environment in which participants can openly share hopes, wishes, fears, and anxieties concerning their own mortality and the mortality of their loved ones. Death and passing will be explored theologically, writ large, and at the more intimate, personal level. Some reading week to week will be required. Limit of 15 participants.

Coming Into Connection
3 all-participant sessions, Sundays 12:30-2:30 pm Sept. 30 and Oct. 17, 2018 and Jan, 27, 2019 plus 5 one-on-one sessions to be determined by you and your partner

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.


Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, Part 2
Mondays, 6 sessions, Oct. 1 – Nov. 5, 7-9 pm
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.

Jesus of History
Wednesdays, 4 sessions, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 1-2:30 pm
Required Book: Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography by John Dominic Crossan

We will examine the Jesus of history: a Jewish peasant with a deep, prophetic commitment to the downtrodden and oppressed people of Israel, a man with a deeply experiential understanding of God and of God’s commitment to human freedom from oppression and injustice, who was executed for threatening the religious and political powers of the day.

In Crossan’s view, which he shares with scholars like Marcus Borg, Jesus was not THE Son of God, born of a Virgin, died to atone for humanity’s sins, and raised from the dead on the third day. Jesus was an illiterate peasant who was executed, as so many people were, for questioning the authority and power of religious and political leaders.

If and when we focus on Jesus’ humanity, his healing ability and his quest for social justice, do we lose anything? Join us as we reflect upon the Jesus of history and reconsider the Christ of faith.

Lectio Divina Workshop
Mondays, 4 sessions, Oct. 15 and 29, and Nov. 5 and 19, 7-8:30 pm

Lectio Divina is a prayer form that encourages a closer look at the deeper meaning of scripture. The workshop will have a short informational discussion about the practice of Lectio Divina, its history, traditional use and current practice. We’ll also discuss the use of other types of sacred reading that isn’t scripture. The 4-6 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.

Racial Justice

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.

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.

Spiritual Deepening

Chalice Circles
1st and 3rd Thursday mornings 10 am-12 pm. Open rolling enrollment.

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.

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.

Soul Matters Sharing Circle
Third Sundays, 4 sessions, 9/16, 10/21, 11/18 and 12/16, 12:30-2 pm

A monthly small group that meets 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.

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.

Roots is an introduction to Unitarian Universalist ideas and history, and is required to be taken before signing the membership book. It is offered quarterly on Wednesdays from 7:00- 9:00 PM with childcare if requested. The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 at 7pm, and is facilitated by Rev. Kim. Join us as we dive into our Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist roots!

We will discuss the expectations and benefits of Membership, build relationship with others who are considering this commitment, and be given the opportunity to formalize a relationship with UUCWC and Unitarian Universalism.