ADULT CLASSES – WINTER 2021 (All classes are virtual)

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Racial Justice Classes

Beloved Conversations Virtual: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity
Next 6 session class starts March 22. Registration ends Feb 22

Beloved Conversations is a program for UUs seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact of racismon our lives, in order to get free together. Beloved Conversations is a three-partprogram that must be completed in order. The first phase –Within– focuses on theinternal spiritual work and individual un/learning that each of us needs to do as we engage in explorations of race and our work for racial justice. This learning is differentfor white people and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and there aretwo separate programs to meet those needs.

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.

Spiritual Deepening

Coming in to Connection 
8 sessions Feb. 20 and May TBA, 7:30-9 pm, Six other sessions are scheduled independently with your assigned partner
Facilitated by Rev. Kim Wildszewski 

This  popular class encourages you to explore deep questions as you connect with an assigned partner, build relationships and deepen your UU identity.  Partners meet on their own in person or virtually 8 times over 16 weeks. Topics for discussion include: theology, death, UU history and spiritual practice. Reading and discussion questions are provided. Contact Robin Pugh at dre@uucwc.org for more information and to register.

NEW! Wellspring for the Future of UUism
8 Sessions, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7 pm-9pm, February-May. Starts Feb 8th.
Facilitated by Robin Pugh

Prompted by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s current review of Article II of the bylaws, (home of the UU Principles and Purposes), the Article II Study Commission partnered with UU Wellspring to create an 8-session program for small groups to explore Article  II.

Article II was last reviewed 15 years ago; it is time to ensure that our Principles are living into the Unitarian Universalism of the future. One of the issues under discussion are amending the denomination’s Principles to add an 8th Principle addressing racism.  (UUCWC adopted the 8th Principle in 2018).

There is prework for each two-hour session that will inform, inspire, and challenge you to think deeply about the Principles & Sources. Using a Wellspring session format, we will look at our own understandings and beliefs about what Unitarian Universalism is, and examine our thoughts about what it could be.

This Wellspring program differs from our other Wellspring programs in that there is no pre-requisite for this class. There is no opening retreat or requirement to seek out spiritual direction and engage in a daily spiritual practice.  

NEW! Tending the Flame: Spirituality and Children 
Last Mondays of the month from 7:30-9. Starts Jan 31st 
Facilitated by Rev. Kim Wildszewski and Robin Pugh

Children have a secret spiritual life.  From moments of wonder to finding inner wisdom, from asking questions about the meaning of life to expressing compassion, even to seeing beneath the surface of the material world. These experiences serve as touchstones for our life as spiritual beings on Earth. Join Rev. Kim and Robin as we explore children’s spirituality and how caring adults can nurture it if they know the characteristics and features that make up their spirituality. 

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.

Chalice Circles
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 dre@uucwc.org for information and a schedule.

Wellspring 1: Sources
1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00 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, 10:00 am-12:00 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, 10:00 am-12:00 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

Pathways
3 Tuesdays: Feb. 8, 22 and March 8 from 7:30-9:00 pm.  
Facilitator: Rev. Kim Wildszewski

Pathways is our path to membership class. 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.