We offer a variety of single session classes and multi-session courses throughout the Program Year. Our goal is to have a variety of classes and courses to appeal to a wide variety of interests. These offerings are a great way to learn more about yourself, learn more about an interesting topic, and to build community with others. To register for any of these classes or courses, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Compassionate Communication Practice Group
Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm
Coordinated by Tricia Armstrong
Want to experience more connection and effectiveness in your communication? Come explore specific ways to increase the use of mindfulness in your conversations with others, as well as the conversation within (self-talk). We’ll work on becoming aware of our communication patterns and practice shifting into new ones, increasing the likelihood that we’ll truly hear and connect with the speaker, as well as experience more choice in how we express ourselves in any moment. The core context is Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Group facilitation is shared. Having read Marshall’s Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life is strongly suggested, though not required. Confirming that the meeting is on by contacting Tricia at email@example.com is encouraged.
Every other Thursday, Nov. 2, 16, and 30; Dec. 14 and 28, at 7:00 pm
Facilitated by Stefano Crema
Meditation will be explored not only as a relaxation tool but as a technique to check and get rid of negative emotions before they have a chance to overwhelm our awareness and dictate our behavior. For information, contact Dan Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A UU Approach to Christianity
Wednesdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13 at 7:30 pm
Facilitated by Danelle Simonelli
As Christmas nears, many Unitarian Universalists have mixed feelings. Some of us have rejected the Christian church of our childhood; others grew up without much exposure to Christianity. How should we relate to it today as UUs? What can we learn and appreciate from its values and traditions? How can we come to terms with the aspects of Christianity we disagree with and live in peace with our Christian neighbors? Please pre-register by November 19 by contacting Danelle at email@example.com.
Nonfiction Book Club for Human Reflection
Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 pm
Facilitated by Gloria Dyer
The book to be discussed is At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life by Thich Nhat Hanh. This ongoing group will meet every two months. Contact Gloria with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. No registration required.
The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
Thursdays, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, May 17 and June 14, at 7:00 pm
Facilitated by Beth Hayward
A special monthly covenant circle will convene to discuss the wisdom in the book The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski. It is highly readable but does cover some tough material. Dr. Dean Ornish said, “In this extraordinary, eloquent and powerful book, Frank O. reveals how we can transform darkness into a bright light, a return to the source, the ultimate in intimacy, healing and meaning — the essence of love.” Participants will need to purchase the book and will be asked to commit to all six sessions if possible. There will be a short meditation at the beginning and end of each session. There will be a little homework but you will have a month to do each assignment. Class size is limited to 12 and will end at 8:45 pm. Some of us need to know when we can get to bed!! Please pre-register by January 7 by contacting Beth at email@example.com
If you are thinking of presenting an adult learning program, please send your proposal to Susan Oxman at firstname.lastname@example.org.