Spring 2019

Faith & Theology Classes
Meditation & Mindfulness
Social Justice & Community Building Classes
Covenant of UU Pagans Classes
Sage Programs

Soul Matters
Visitor and Membership classes

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Faith & Theology Classes

The Great Courses New Testament by Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Ph D., M. Div
2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 11am-12:30 pm January, February, and March.
Whether you consider it a book of faith or a cultural artifact, the New Testament is among the most significant writings that the world has ever known. Scarcely a single major writer in the last 2,000 years has failed to rely on the web of meaning contained in the New Testament to communicate. Yet the New Testament is also among the most widely
disputed and least clearly understood books in history. Watch the DVD lecture together and discuss a variety of topics related to the New Testament.
Room: 107
Facilitator: Mark Metz

Death & Dying Discussion Group
Ended for the year.  Will start back up in the Fall 
This group is reading The Five Invitations: What Death Can Tell Us About Fully Living:

Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.

Due to the nature and depth of discussion on this topic, enrollment is capped at 9 participants and will close after the first session. If you have questions or want to hear more about the group, contact Kay Scott, k.a.scott@outlook.com.
Facilitator: Kay Scott

Humanism Book Discussion
1st & 3rd Sundays, summer meeting time is 11 am (following service); beginning Sept. 16, time changes to 10 am (Room 103)
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: Gwen Harvey
Register here for this Humanism Book Discussion:

The Spiritual Psychology of Carl Jung
Every other Sunday, 11 am
This class will discuss the book Memories, Dreams, Reflections, by Aniela Jaffee. The class will read chapters of the book outside of class and discuss its meaning and share personal experiences during class time.
Facilitator: Shirley Willard
Register here for Spiritual Psychology of Carl Jung class:

Meditation & Mindfulness

Drop-In Meditation Group
Sundays, 10:30 – 11 am (Room 108)
Join us for group meditation between Sunday services, no experience necessary. The room remains open after 11 am for anyone who would like additional quiet time.
Facilitator: Karen Massetti Miller
No registration needed

Awakening Heart Sangha
Mondays, beginning September 10, 7 – 8:30 pm (Channing Hall)
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 (Peace of Mind: Becoming Fully Present by Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • 2nd Monday: Five Mindfulness Trainings
  • 3rd Monday: Book Reading (Peace of Mind: Becoming Fully Present)
  • 4th Monday: People of Color and Inclusivity Focus with Book Reading (Together We Are One by Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • 5th Monday: Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings 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.

Social Justice & Community Building Classes


Think About Your Son

July 18th and 25th  9:30-11:30am  (Channing Hall) 

Think about Your Son combines research with parents’ personal insights and cultural wisdom.  It provides participants with the information, motivation, and support to empower our sons to prevent sexual harm in all its forms.  This curriculum was created for use by educators and community leaders to help educate and empower parents to make change.  Rev. Erin Gingrich and Tracy Beck will co-facilitate this innovative training to help prevent sexual violence in our communities.  Think About Your Son was developed by the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault in collaboration with educator Rhonda Chittenden. Rev. Erin and Tracy attended a Train the Trainer workshop in May.

Coffee, pastries and fruit provided.



Anti- Racism Book Group: Why It is So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, Starting Jan 9th, 12-2pm  (Mary Safford Room) Registration is closed
We will read and discuss My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathways to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem (2017).  Dr. Menakem takes us into the body-felt and body held racial messages we white were socialized with from birth.  Because these messages are experienced bodily, in the fight-flight-freeze nervous system, they are not connected to the thinking part of our brains and therefore are not accessible there.  Dr. Menakem leads us through accessing those messages now- for Black bodies, white bodies, and police bodies

Facilitators: Linda Bacon and Krys Lange.

Evensong for Families
1st Saturdays, beginning Oct 1, 9-11 am (during Play UU)
Evensong for Families is a series of gatherings and serves as a good way to share as a family, get to know other families, and create community – while talking about how to live our Unitarian Universalist values together as a family!
Facilitator: Tracy Beck
Register here for Evensong:

Feminine Energy Gathering
Begins January 8, 2019, in Mary Stafford at 6:30 pm.  Every Second Tuesday, thereafter 
Looking to find some Feminine Energy to connect with?  Come become part of a fluid, creative space where we might do some drumming, maybe read and share from such text as “woman who runs with wolves,” some singing, some dancing or … It will be organic, nurturing and at times playful and fun@ Childcare won’t’ be provided, so bring the little ones.  No need to sign-up or reserve a seat.  Come as you are.  Go as you please.  Open to All Genders.

Facilitator: Meg Notch and Katie Allen


Covenant of UU Pagans Classes (Sacred Bridges CUUPs)

Tarot Study Group
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, beginning September 5, 6:30 – 8 pm (Peace Conference Room)
Concentration on a variety of meanings, symbolism, and nuances. Each meeting we will focus on associations within the Major and Minor Arcana.
This will be a co-facilitator led group with equal input from all participants. Beginners to experts are welcomed and encouraged to join us. We will learn together!
Facilitator: Pam Backstrom
Register here for Tarot Study Group:

Upcoming CUUPS Events 

• Sacred Bridges CUUPs Annual Meeting – Saturday, Mar 16
– Channing Hall 4:00-6:00 pm.
• Meet and Greet – Saturday, April 14 – 4:00-6:00 pm Potluck 4:00-6:00 pm. – Channing Hall
• Beltane Ritual – Saturday, April 27 – 6:30-9:00 pm. – Channing Hall
• May Pole – Sunday, May 5 – 12:30 pm – Labyrinth
• Lammas Ritual – Saturday, August 3 – 6:30-9:00 pm. – Channing Hall
• Mabon Ritual – Saturday, September 21 – 6:30-9:00 pm.- Channing Hall
• Samhain Ritual – Thursday, October 31 – 6:30-9:00 pm. – Channing Hall
• Yule Potluck – Saturday, December 21 – 6:30-9:00 pm. – Channing Hall

Sage Programs

The SAGE programs are designed to address issues and concerns of people as they grow older. Anyone is welcome to attend (not just ‘seniors’).

Sage Bookgroup
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 11 am – 12:15 pm (Mary Safford Room)

We will be discussing books relevant to issues in our lives as we grow older. To date, we have read ‘Claiming Your Place by the Fire’ and ‘Being Mortal’. Books are chosen by the group. We typically discuss a book over multiple sessions. We will be starting a new book on September 11th. The book will be chosen by August 28th and will be announced in the Intercoms.
Facilitator: Bob Henderson (RNHENDE@gmail.com)

Sage Lecture Series: The Challenges of Living Longer
On one Thursday a month Starting in March, 1:15 pm (Channing Hall)

Additional programs will be added later

Facilitator: Bob Henderson (RNHENDE@gmail.com)
Register here for Sage classes and lectures: