Fall 2018

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

Soul Matters
Wellspring
Visitor and Membership classes

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Faith & Theology Classes

Creating Theology Together from Meadville-Lombard’s Fah’s Collaborative
2 Sundays/month, beginning Sept 23 – then dates TBD through Dec, 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Brings the faithful together to explore and engage theological commitments as a grounding for action in the world. Come together in a covenanted group to explore your own theology and Unitarian Universalist identity.
Facilitator: Tracy Beck
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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
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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
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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

Meditation Instruction
3rd Mondays, beginning September 17, 6 – 6:50 pm (Mary Safford Room)
Meditation instruction with Q&A for people of any experience level or no experience who would like to learn to meditate or who would like to ask questions about their meditation practice.
Group 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.

Awakening Heart Sangha
Mondays, beginning September 10, 7 – 8:30 pm (Mary Safford Room)
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

A Bigger Table Book Discussion
2nd & 4th Mondays, beginning Aug. 13 until we finish the book, 6:30 – 8 pm (Mary Safford Room)
Join our new UU book club! We are reading A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic and Hopeful Spiritual Community by John Pavlovitz

From the Publisher: “No one likes to eat alone; to approach a table filled with people, only to be told that despite the open chairs there isn’t room for you. The rejection stings. It leaves a mark. Yet this is exactly what the church has been saying to far too many people for far too long: ‘You’re not welcome here. Find someplace else to sit.’ How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion?”

We will meet until we finish the book, reading slow and savoring it as we go. For the August 13 meeting, please read the Intro and chapters 1 & 2.

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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
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White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
1st Wednesdays, Oct – Dec, 10 am – noon
Four-session book club, to read and discuss Robin D’Angelo’s brand new book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. This book is currently on the New York Times Bestseller list! https://www.amazon.com/White-Fragility-People-About-Racism/dp/0807047414
Please inquire about a loaned book as soon as possible if you are unable to purchase your own copy. Email Tracy Beck dre@ucdsm.org
Facilitators: Linda Bacon and Krys Lange
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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
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Sound Magic
3rd Thursdays, Sept – Nov, 6:30 – 8pm (Mary Safford Room)
Explore and experiment using the power in your voice through toning, chanting, and singing during this series of 3 interactive classes.
Facilitator: Susan Jellinger. Susan is a storyteller, noisemaker, and member of the church’s Sacred Bridges CUUPs chapter.
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Cloak Making for Ritual
Saturdays, October 6 & 20 (must attend both sessions)
Learn and create your own ritual cloak, from idea to finish. Perfect for all skill levels.
October 6 (10 – 11:30 am) – Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to make a ritual cloak. Receive information on patterns, fabrics, color choices. You will be given a list of supplies to be purchased. Basics of sewing will be covered. Must attend this session.
October 20 (10 am – 4 pm) – Assemble the ritual robe from layout to ready to wear.
Facilitator: Pam Backstrom
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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 – 12:30 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
One Thursday a month, 1:15 pm (Channing Hall)

  • September 6 – Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done sitting on a chair or standing on the ground while using the chair for support. It is beneficial for people with limited mobility.
  • October 11 – Nutrition Panel (note date change) What are the effects of nutrition on aging and how should our diets reflect this?
  • November 1 – Aging in Your Current Home: Types of assistance available and where to find it.
  • December 6 (tentative)Financial Planning: What financial components are included in the costs of living longer, how to estimate, and how to plan.
  • January 10 (tentative)Stay or Go: What factors should be considered in determining whether to stay in your home or move. What options are available?

Additional programs will be added later
Facilitator: Bob Henderson (RNHENDE@gmail.com)
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