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 email@example.com
Six Acre Seva Group
Twice monthly: first Wednesday and third Tuesdays thru October. May dates: 5/3 and 5/16.
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 week on Thursdays at 7 pm. May dates: 5/11 and 5/25.
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.
Loving Kindness Meditation Session
Thursday, 5/18, 6:30-7:30 pm
Facilitated by Tricia Armstrong
Take care of yourself while also generating positive energy towards others and our country during this challenging time. You’re invited to bring in and share (not required!) a short passage or picture that inspires hope in you. Email Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and to RSVP.
UUA Common Read — The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
Thursday, 5/18 at 7 pm
Discussion led by Tim Atkins, Director of Religious Education
This book by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II has been selected by the Unitarian Universalist Association as its Common Read for 2016-17. The Third Reconstruction tells the story of the Moral Mondays movement that arose in North Carolina to protest restrictions to voting access and an extreme makeover of state government. The book embeds this effort in the larger story of racial and economic justice movements since the Civil War. Barber demonstrates his conviction that justice movements are born in response to local experiences of larger injustices and that such movements thrive only when those involved do the hard work of coalition building. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, Barber challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success. Please read the book before coming to class. No registration required.
Living Well and Doing Good in a Difficult Time:
Learnings from a UU Buddhist Perspective
Mondays, 6/5, 12, 19, 26; 7/3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:30 pm
Led by Rev. Allen Wells
We’ll use Jack Kornfield’s book The Wise Heart as a guide to investigate: who we really are (the nature of consciousness and the illusion of a separate self), how mindfulness of the body and feeling can heal us, how we can transform stressful desire into satisfaction, and how we can understand the personal and political roots of suffering in a way that enables us to have a new vision for ourselves and for our world. We will explore all of these questions from a UU Buddhist perspective but we will relate them to teachings from the world’s religions, to humanism, and to poetry. Registrants are asked to prepare for each class by advance reading of Kornfield’s book and sometimes other sources. We’ll have a meditation as part of each class and there will be ample opportunity for personal sharing. Advance registration is required by May 21 by emailing email@example.com.
Thinking of offering an Adult Learning Program this summer? Please send your course proposal no later than 5/1 to Susan Oxman at firstname.lastname@example.org.