AT THIS TIME CLASSES ARE NOT MEETING IN PERSON DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION. YOU CAN FIND ZOOM LOGIN INFORMATION FOR OPEN SESSIONS ON THE CHURCH CALENDAR OR FROM YOUR GROUP’S LEADER.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL DRE@UCDSM.ORG

Lifelong Learners

First Unitarian offers adults opportunities to grow in knowledge, wisdom, and spirit. Classes range from small group ministry, discussion, book clubs, and social justice movements.

We strive to bring people together as seekers and teachers in a community of learning and provide small groups that foster individual growth and build our social community.

Adult Classes challenge us to learn and grow throughout our lives!

Information can also be found in the weekly intercom.

For more information or to enroll in a class, email Devon McClurken at dre@ucdsm.org


Meditation & Mindfulness

Awakening Heart Sangha-
Mondays,  7 – 8:30 pm- Online contact dre@ucdsm.org for info
Awakening Heart Sangha is a mindfulness practice group in the Plum Village Tradition of Vietnamese Zen teacher Thích Nhất Hạnh, or ‘Thay’. All are welcome on a drop-in basis to this ongoing group. All levels of practice are welcome, regardless of whether you are a new-comer to meditation or have had a meditation practice for a while. Brief meditation instruction will be offered at each meeting as needed for any newcomers. Chairs will be provided. If you prefer a meditation cushion, you are free to bring your own. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to help set up chairs.
At each meeting, we will check-in, practice 20 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation followed by a short reading and discussion.
Activity Schedule:

  • 1st Monday: Book Reading (Nothing Special: Living Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck)
  • 2nd Monday: Five Mindfulness Training
  • 3rd Monday: Book Reading (Nothing Special: Living Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck)
  • 4th Monday: People of Color and Inclusivity Focus with Book Reading (Nothing Special: Living Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck)
  • 5th Monday: Fourteen Mindfulness Training or alternate program

Facilitator: Debra Rodgers.
Debra has a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Chaplaincy and was ordained in 2013 by Thich Nhat Hanh as a lay-practitioner in the Order of Interbeing as True Chrysanthemum Garden.
No registration needed. Drop-ins welcome.

 

Faith & Theology

Humanism Book Discussion 
1st & 3rd Sundays, on-going, 11 am Zoom – email dre@ucdsm.org for link 

We invite UU’s or non-UU’s who are Humanists or wonder if they might be, to explore life issues, philosophy, psychology, and ethics through guided discussions of current writings by well-known authors.

Materials Needed: Group members nominate books and vote to decide which book to read and discuss. You may purchase the book or check it out from public libraries when possible. The church also has some for
loan. Facilitator: Al Powers

 

Everything You Want to Know About the Bible but Were Afraid to Ask

Rev.  Amy takes you through the lesser know bible stories every Friday on Zoom, 6:00 – 8:30 pm


Sage Programs

Sage Bookgroup 
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 10:30 am Zoom- — email dre@ucdsm.org for link

The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life by Katy Butler

A reassuring and thoroughly researched guide to maintaining a high quality of life—from resilient old age to the first inklings of a serious illness to the final breath—by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Join us for lively, thoughtful discussions.


Saging Seminars
On one Thursday a month starting October 10 @ 1:15 pm

Topic vary widely.

Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS)

 Paganism 101

Monday starting July 6th -July 27th @ 7PM on Zoom -email dre@ucdsm.org for link

Beginning Monday July 6th and continuing for four weeks, CUUPs will host a Paganism 101 class via ZOOM with Andrea LeMeuse as facilitator.

Join us on Zoom meeting platform for an Introduction to Modern Paganism course taught by Andrea LeMeuse from the Sacred Bridges chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs).  This will be a 4-session class, with PowerPoint presentation and an opportunity to discuss with other participants.  Andrea has taught this class in some form yearly for the past 7 years, and this will be the first time ever for a virtual class experience.  Come on in, even if you have been Pagan for a while, or if you are brand new at all of this, the class is open to all who want to learn and connect.