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
Mindfulness and Compassionate Communication
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. We have two current practice options:
1. Compassionate Communication Practice Group, Third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm.
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 is encouraged.
2. Mindful Communication “Lab”, most Mondays from 7-8:45 pm continues Oct. 2 and ends Nov. 20. Come put your communication under a microscope and experiment with different ways of showing up and participating in everyday or difficult conversations. Each session will have a short period of meditation, brief instructional piece, and the opportunity to work with your real life situations. Experience with compassionate communication training/practice groups is recommended though not required. For those without previous experience, reading Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life is strongly recommended.
Contact Tricia at email@example.com for more information.
Six Acre Seva Group
First Wednesday/Third Tuesdays at 9:30 am through October. October dates: Oct. 4 and Oct 17.
Facilitated by Steve Parker
Do you have a green thumb? Love nature? Looking for a wonderful way to be outside and bond with other members? Then come join the Fellowship garden crew as we devote loving service to our wonderful (and slightly neglected!) grounds and gardens … all six acres of them! Stylish attire might include: your favorite work clothes, gloves, bug spray, and a sun hat! For questions, please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every other Thursday at 7 pm. In October it will meet on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19
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 email@example.com.
Finding Your Spiritual Genius
Sundays, Oct 8, 15, 29, Nov. 5 and 12 from 10:45 am – 12 noon (each session will end promptly). Preview session: Sunday, Oct. 1, 10:30 am – 10:50 am
Led by Rev. Edward Obermueller
Where do we look for leadership and spiritual modeling in the age of Trump? Does politics gone haywire make you feel like you live in an alternative, parallel universe to your conservative family and friends? Through small group dialogue centered around the book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into The Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett, we will explore and practice skills around appreciative inquiry and cross-the-aisle dialogue:
- How do we bridge spiritual gaps with family, friends and others given our primal fear of being cross-examined?
- Discover how a more contemplative approach can become a healing bridge and help us to get out of “our cultural mode of debating issues by way of competing certainties.”
- Explore how we might cultivate new spiritual leadership in ourselves and others.
- Make your own Conversational Strategic Plan to help avoid the hot spots and emotional upheaval of family arguments.
Homework assignments in the form of questions for preparation will be sent out ahead of time; participants are required to get a copy of Tippett’s Becoming Wise and to set aside time to write and reflect on the material. . Class is limited to 15 participants. This class is being offered for the 9 am service attendees. A second class will be offered later in the year for those who attend the 11 am service. Childcare is available by requesting two weeks in advance. Please contact Edward at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Nonfiction Book Club for Human Reflection
Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 pm
Facilitated by Gloria Dyer
The book to be discussed is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. This new ongoing group will meet every two months. Contact Gloria with any questions at email@example.com. No registration required.
“I Am Not Your Negro” Movie Screening and Discussion
Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 pm
Facilitated by Jeanette Clawson
New York Times Review of the movie: “I Am Not Your Negro” is a thrilling introduction to his (James Baldwin’s) work, a remedial course in American history, and an advanced seminar in racial politics — a concise, roughly 90-minute movie with the scope and impact of a 10-hour mini-series or a literary doorstop. It is not an easy or a consoling movie, but it is the opposite of bitter or despairing. “I can’t be a pessimist because I’m alive,” Baldwin said. “I’m forced to be an optimist.” No pre-registration necessary. Donations to help defray the licensing cost would be appreciated. Contact Jeanette with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trip to Ralston Cider Mill and Museum, Mendham
Sunday, Oct. 22 (revised date)
Facilitated by Tom McGuinness
Have you ever been to a real cider mill? How about one that is 170 years old? Our own Alan Hicks is a docent at the Ralston Cider Mill and Museum. It is the last authentic vestige of the once thriving cider and applejack industry in NJ and is open every Saturday and Sunday through October from 1-5 pm. We are planning our own fun trip there on Oct. 22 following the 11 am service and coffee. See Tom McGuinness during coffee hour for info and car pooling. Admission is $7. Children 7 and under are free. Contact Tom at email@example.com
If you are thinking of presenting an adult learning program, please forward your proposal to Susan Oxman at firstname.lastname@example.org.