Adult Faith Formation
Fall 2019 – 2020
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What Does It Mean to be a People of…
Building Your Own Theology and Faith Statement with Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw
8 weeks: Oct 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18 @ 6 – 7:30 pm
“Building Your Own Theology, Position Statement, or Faith Statement Come and join Rev. Amy Shaw for this eight week class which explores the seven major questions whose answers make up a theology, moral/ethical position statement, or statement of faith. Each week we will examine and discuss one question or area, and will spend a week crafting our individual responses to that question. There will be discussion, but sharing of current position or answer to any question is never required. At the completion of the class, all participants will have had an opportunity to craft a fully developed statement of their current set of moral, ethical, spiritual, or theological beliefs.
All beliefs are welcome- the class is suited for all and does not require any/any particular belief in any theological or supernatural or divine construct.”
Book Discussion: “Educated” by Tara Westover
6 session: Every other Wednesday, Oct 9 – Dec 16
What do you lose – and what do you gain? – when you leave the religious and moral upbringing of your youth? In this New York Times bestselling memoir, author Tara Westover takes us through her Mormon isolationist childhood in Idaho, and her gradual, painful, and liberating departure from everything she knew to be true. (Content warning: This work of nonfiction contains descriptions of physical, emotional, and mental abuse.)
Facilitator: Laura Berardi
Drop-In Meditation Group
Sundays, 10:30 – 11 am
Class Description: Take a moment to center yourself for the coming week by attending drop-in meditation each Sunday between the first and second services. We practice a simple form of breathing meditation; no previous meditation experience necessary. Please come as you are able; no need to register in advance.
Facilitator: Karen Massetti Miller
No registration needed
Awakening Heart Sangha
Mondays, 7 – 8:30 pm
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.
- 1st Monday: Book Reading (Nothing Special: Living Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck)
- 2nd Monday: Five Mindfulness Trainings
- 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 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 and Community Building Classes
Book Study Groups
Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, by Aviva Chomsky. Motivated by the growing numbers of migrants entering the United States via the Mexico border, this course is designed to help us reflect on historic patterns of migration, the role the United States has played (and still plays) in Latin America, and how we might engage meaningfully with immigration reform.
To prepare for the first session, please read the Preface, Introduction, and first two chapters of Undocumented.
Book Study Group 1: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Sept 10 & 24, Oct. 8 & 29 – Tracy’s Office. Facilitator: Katie Allen.
Book Study Group 2: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon – Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 31 (no class 10/24) – Mary Safford Room. Facilitator: Becky Evans.
Tuesday Night at the Movies: The Immigration Series
Join your friends for two outstanding videos!
October 1 – Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America (2012) – a 90-minute documentary based on the book Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America written by journalist Juan Gonzalez.
October 22 – Who is Dayani Cristal? (2014) 85 minutes. An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, this film has been described by The Hollywood Reporter as “A deeply moving doc [which] finds a new way of making the immigration debate personal.”
Each film will start promptly at 6:00. Popcorn & juice offered. Discussion will follow each film.
Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment, and Resistance.
This is a 4-session study course using a previously recorded webinar from AFSC.
If these times don’t work for you, or if you should have to miss a session, the videos can be found at: https://www.afsc.org/resource/self-study-changing-systems-change-ourselves-e-course
There is some homework between sessions. Participants should plan to attend all sessions.
Maximum enrollment per group is 7.
Webinar Group 1: Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Sep. 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Channing Hall. Facilitator: Katie Allen.
Webinar Group 2: Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Sep. 5, 12, 19 & 26 – Room 103. Facilitators: Katie Allen, Amy Knudsen & Kent Newman.
Feminine Energy Gathering
Every Second Tuesday 6:30 pm
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
Self-Esteem as Psychological-Spiritual Development
Every other Sunday, 11 am
The basis for group discussion is Nathaniel Branden’s book, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem. Other psychological and spiritual sources will also be discussed.
Facilitator: Shirley Ward
Putting the “Craft” Back in Witchcraft
Monday nights Sept 9 – Oct 28 @ 6 – 9 pm
Join us on Monday evenings for making items for your spiritual path. These are evenings of crafting and fun, no experience necessary, and our team will guide you through all of the steps while we create these items for your personal collection.
- Soul/Oracle Cards– Make your own oracle deck. 15 concepts to start: examples Love/Heart, Kiss/Rose We will use pictures from magazines to put on card stock and laminate with contact paper. Bring pictures if you have them from magazines. sizes 3″x 5″
- Fleece Cloak–This is a hooded cloak. We will have pattern and directions. You will need 3 3/4 yd. of fleece for main cloak and 1/2 yard of fleece for lining of hood plus thread. If you have a sewing machine, fabric scissors, pins—please bring them. Sewing foot and walking foot, extension cord and power strip. We will have an assortment of machines available to use.
- Make your own Wand—TBA if there is time left in the schedule.
Class will be held in the Mary Safford Room in the back portion of the Auditorium and will be led by CUUPs members Darlene Hulbert, Jamila Hulbert Kepple and Andrea LeMeuse. If you have any questions, please contact the CUUPs group at email@example.com.
The SAGE programs are designed to address issues and concerns of people as they grow older. Anyone is welcome to attend (not just ‘seniors’).
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 10:30 am
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.
On one Thursday a month starting October 10 @ 1:15 pm
Topic vary widely. The following programs are scheduled:
- Measuring Your Risk of Falling: October 10
DMU Doctor of Physical Therapy students will provide several balance tests to measure your balance and fall risk. Opportunity for strengthening exercises and tai chi for balance will be demonstrated and practiced.
- De-Cluttering and Downsizing – You Can Do It!: November 7
Everyone has their own motivation for downsizing — moving, mobility, messiness. But what to do with all your stuff? Downsizing is often a stressful process – both emotionally and physically – but it doesn’t have to get overwhelming. Get started downsizing now to reduce your stress when it’s time to move, or just to live in a more clutter-free home.
- Aging and the Law: December 5
In this lively session with Harvey Harrison, we will explore a number of important questions around the theme of aging and the law.The questions we will explore:In health care decision making, what does it mean to make informed decisions?What are my rights to approve or refuse life-sustaining procedures?How does making decisions in advance free me up?What is asked of substitute decision makers in healthcare if I cannot decide?How do I go about establishing a durable power of attorney (POA) arrangement?Can I combine POA with a living will to give directions to my “attorney in fact” and my healthcare providers?How do I make sure my wishes are followed in end of life care?Why is discussion with all family members important to make sure my living will is followed?How important is my will? How do I help my executor in following the will?Do I need a trust in combination with my will?How do we prevent abuse of dependent adults? What are the signs of elder abuse? What should I do?