Adult Learning Classes
ADULT CLASSES – WINTER 2020
Becoming Unafraid of Death
Feb. 9, 12:30 – 2pm
Facilitator: Carolyn MacLaury is an end of life Doula, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary and a 20-year member of 4th Universalist in NYC. She is also Judy MacLaury’s sister.
This class explores death, its process, meaning, and the many choices that are made around it. Topics include: basic legal issues, hospice, palliative care and the roles of end of life doulas. End of life can be a loving sacred journey that brings family and friends together to honor life and be open to the transitions from this world.
Mindful Movement: Self-Care & Spirituality
4 Thursdays in February, 7 – 8pm (2/6,2/13, 2/20, 2/27)
Co-Instructors: Michelle Zechner & Sandy Unger
This four-week experiential class uses the mindful movement practices of qigong and tai chi to connect to spirituality. Participants will do slow, gentle and meditative movements together, along with short guided visualization and meditations in a supportive group. People of all abilities are invited to participate. Come and explore the benefits of mindful movement as a spiritual practice and as a self-care strategy to re-charge! Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes for unrestricted movement.
A Survey of World Religions
Class 2nd Sundays, Jan- April, 12:30 – 2pm. Faith Visits: 1/26, 2/23, 3/15, 4/19
Facilitators: Beth Brasor and Linda Vogt. Limit of 15 participants
Learn about and experience different Faith traditions each month including: Christianity in the black church tradition, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. Faith visits will be combined with the 6th-7th grade Neighboring Faiths class.
Ongoing Classes Available to Join Now
Open rolling enrollment, register for four months at a time.
Group A meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10AM – 12PM
Facilitated by Eileen Spedding and Bay Waltman
Group B meets 1st and 3rd Mondays, 12:30-2:30PM
Facilitated by Robin Pugh, Sara Del Castillo, Nancy Neff
Group C meets 3rd Tuesday evenings once a month via zoom video conference (instructions on accessing zoom will be provided).
Facilitated by Robin Pugh, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Chalice Circles use questions and spiritual 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. The twice per month chalice circle (Group A) offers more time to connect with each other and explore the subject in depth.
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. No registration required, just drop in.
Fall 2019 Classes Still in Session
Coming Into Connection
November 3 and March 15 from 12:30-1:30pm 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.”
Group Spiritual Companionship
1st and 3rd Mondays from 1-2:30pm. November 2019 – January 2020
Facilitated by Nina Todor and Kathy Frey
Share what tugs you from within, as the group holds the spirit in the circle.
Year-Long Programs (Interested? Next enrollment in Sept. 2020)
Living the 8th Principle
2nd Mondays, 8 sessions, October – May, 7-8:45 pm
Prerequisite: Beloved Conversations class, a Racial Justice Initiative anti-racism training or reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
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 include Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King and Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry by Mitra Rahnema.
Racial Justice as Spiritual Practice
1st Mondays, 7:30pm -9 PM
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.
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 2: Spiritual Practices
2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 7-9 pm (Sept- June)
Facilitated by Kathy Frey and Heather Edwards
Prerequisite: Wellspring 1 Sources
The goals of Spiritual Practices are to deepen participants’ spiritual practice, to expose participants to other spiritual practices, both from our UU tradition and from other faith traditions and to strengthen awareness of our own connection with the holy as a foundation for serving the needs of the world.
2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings from 10 to 12 noon
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.