Adult Faith Formation: Spring 2020 Classes

Three new courses available for Adult Faith Formation in the spring.  Click here to register for them:

Apophatic Mysticism

Wednesdays, 12 noon Rm 114

Jan 8, 15, 22, 29 (alt Feb 5)

Materials Needed:

In Love With Everything: Apophatic Mysticism, The Benefits and Dangers of Love Without Reason

Class Description:

On meditation: Faith and works in atheism and theism. Self-judgment as to the quality and endurance of one’s meditation is to be avoided at all cost. In regard to how effectively one is meditating, one is best to only do notice. The purpose of meditation is to “be delivered” from the conventional ways of judging our world, its values, and the quality of a person’s life. Meditation helps us increasingly realize that each of us (and everyone else) is already perfectly okay; our fundamental value is immutable. Our intrinsic worth is not subject to change. And of course, we cannot realize that if we judge ourselves to be failing to meditate as well as we think we should be.

This principle is found in the agnostics Laozi and Zhuangzi; I would say that faith is actually not needed, only curiosity. This sense of impeccability is the heart of mystical ecstasy: a love for the world “as is,” and the embrace of all beings in this world.

WEBINAR: Whose History Is It Anyway?

Monday   6:30 pm, January 27-February 24, 2020 Channing Hall

How much do you know about the roots of our faith tradition? Explore the history of Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism in this five-week class. Using an anti-colonialist, multicultural lens, we’ll look beyond the traditional, dusty facts of history and examine to see how our faith was born and how it has developed and evolved over the years.

Topics include: Whose story is it anyway, Why history matters, The Roots of Liberal Religion, The Universalists, The Unitarians, Transcendentalism, Westward Expansion, Humanism, Consolidation, Principles and Sources, Drawing the Circle Wider, Indigenous, Latinx, Black and Non-Black People of Color, GLBTQ, and Disability.

Presenter: Reverend Connie Simon; Contact Sue Huber

Understanding Your Grief

Sundays, 2-4pm, March 1 – April 26 Stonewall Conference Room

There will be a $15 ask to help cover the cost of the materials:

Understanding Your Grief

Understanding Your Grief Journal Books by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Understanding Your Grief is a 9-week grief education and support group in which we will explore the Ten Essential Touchstones of grief using Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s materials as a starting point.  The Ten Touchstones are “essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual actions for you to take to help yourself heal.” Group will include reading and personal sharing in which we listen deeply to each other’s stories of grieving and mourning the loss of a loved one.  There will be opportunities for journaling, creative expression and movement.  Wherever you are on your grief journey, whether your loved one died recently or many years ago, you are welcome to join us.  The facilitator would like to meet with each of you individually once before group starts.  This is not a drop-in group and we ask that you plan to not miss more than one meeting.

Up to 10 people

Understanding Your Grief will be facilitated by Debra Rodgers.  Debra has her Master of Divinity Degree in Buddhist Chaplaincy and is also a nurse, having worked as an oncology, palliative care and hospice nurse.