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NEW! First Unitarian Saging Programs

The First Unitarian Saging Programs have been developed to provide relevant and interesting topics for Seniors. Click below to read more. Registration is through the adult classes registration form.

Poverty – Examining What We Think We Know
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

This class is open to anyone and especially welcomes and encourages Family Promise or FEDS volunteers to attend. Join Rev. Erin and Amy Knudsen for this 2 hour class to explore how our ideas and beliefs on class, poverty and homelessness have been shaped in the U.S. and the impact these ideas have on our interactions and responses the problem. For this class we will discuss the third section of the book, Hobos, Hustlers and Backsliders by Teresa Gowan, which is available at the Drake Bookstore or Amazon, where a kindle version is available as well. Copies of the chapters also will be available in the office soon.
Facilitators: Rev. Erin Gingrich & Amy Knudsen
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Spirit in Practice
1st & 3rd Sundays, through February 4, 9:30 – 11 am

Spirit in Practice was created to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and/or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregation, the Spirit in Practice workshops offer a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich their faith journeys.
Facilitator: Hilary Hippen-Leek
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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
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1st & 3rd Sundays, on-going, 10 – 10:45 am

Humanism is a philosophy for those in love with life. Not finding solace in prefabricated answers to the great questions of life, humanists enjoy the open-endedness of a quest and the freedom of discovery that this entails. Humanism is a philosophy for people who think for themselves. There is no area of thought that a Humanist is afraid to challenge and explore.*
We are now exploring the book Good Without God by Greg Epstein, available on Amazon. Please feel free to come and get acquainted if you have not started reading the book. It is provocative, focuses on what nonbelievers DO share–positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and good, without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being.
* copied or paraphrased from writings of Fred Edwords on

  • There is no need to pre-register for the class (If you’d like to register anyways, you are welcome to do so).
  • You do not need to have the book ahead of time – just come for the discussion.

Facilitator: Bob Henderson and 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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Who Dies? A Book Discussion Group
Tuesdays, on-going, noon – 1 pm

Are you longing to have focused and genuine conversations on death & dying? This Book Study is now reading and discussing the book Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul by Stephen Jenkinson.
Facilitator: Melissa Harris
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UU All Read
Wednesdays, February 7, 21 & 28, 6:15 – 7:30 pm

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon, 2016), was chosen as the 2016-17 Unitarian Universalist Common Read. Unitarian Universalists were electrified at General Assembly 2016 by Rev. Barber’s call for building and sustaining a movement for justice for all people. The Common Read selection committee believes that now is a moment for Unitarian Universalists to answer that call. The Third Reconstruction offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized.
Facilitator: Darin Jensen
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Pastoral Care Team Training: A Workshop on Compassionate Listening
Saturday, January 6, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

This four-hour workshop with Rev. Jennifer Brooks offers training in the active listening skills of lay pastoral and spiritual care. These skills are useful for anyone who regularly visits or cares for someone who is ill, declining, or in crisis. This workshop is a requirement for First Unitarian members who would like to serve as part of a Pastoral Care Team.
Lay pastoral care is an aspect of a congregation’s Caring Ministry that goes beyond the essential support of caring cards, meals, and rides. With a warm heart and spiritually attuned listening skills, a Pastoral Team member engages the deep inner life of the people in the First Unitarian community.
There is no fee for this workshop but registration is required. Those taking this course do not thereby commit to becoming a Pastoral Team member, nor is their selection guaranteed.
Facilitator: Rev. Jennifer Brooks
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Power up your earth-centered interconnected web in this 3 workshops series lead by Sacred Bridges CUUPs. You can sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 workshops.

  • Workshop 1 — Monday, January 22, 6:30 -8 pm:
    Vocalize your energy through chants
  • Workshop 2 — Saturday, Feb. 17, 10:30 am – 3 pm:
    Make a ceremonial robe
  • Workshop 3 — Saturday, April 21, 10:30 am – 2 pm:
    Wise ways with herbs and essential oils

Registration required at least 7 days prior to Workshops 2 & 3 as they each have a supply list of suggested materials. This will be emailed to registrants before those sessions.
Facilitator: Susan Jellinger
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Saging Book Group
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, beginning February 27, 10:30 am – noon

Our first book will be Claiming Your Place at the Fire, Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose by Richard Leider and David Shapiro

Claiming Your Place at the Fire uses dozens of inspiring and surprising stories of new elders, as well as thought-provoking exercises like the Fireside Chats that conclude each chapter, to help readers address four key questions:

  • Who am I? How do I stoke the wisdom gained in the first half of my life to burn more brightly in the second half?
  • Where do I belong? What makes a place the right place for me in the second half?
  • What do I care about? Where do I want to use my gifts and talents in the second half?
  • What is my purpose? How do I leave a legacy that has real meaning for myself and my loved ones?

The book is available on Amazon, either on Kindle or in paperback.  Good used versions are less than $5.
Facilitator: Bob Henderson
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Seminars for Saging
1st Thursday of the month, beginning March 1, 1:15 – 2:45 pm

The Seminars will be offered on the first Thursday of each month from 1:15 – 2:45 in Room 107 on the lower level.  There are 2 components; Media Programming and a Speaker Series.  They will offer alternating programs.

The goal of the Media Programming component of the Saging Series is to present relevant audio and video programs for viewing/listening and discussion. Media Programming will include TedTalks, podcasts, YouTube videos, and feature films.
Facilitator: Bob Sobiech
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