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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
Thursday, March 8, 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 rethink the American dream, explore how our ideas and beliefs on class, poverty and homelessness have been shaped and the impact these ideas have on our interactions and responses the the problem. “Fear of poverty rests at the very core of the American Culture – the ‘American Dream’ is precisely the hope of rising from rags to riches… The media offers those who are not poor, especially Whites, little guidance in reconciling the conflicting emotions toward poverty embedded within American culture, with its simultaneously sympathetic and impatient assumptions that America offers the promise of escape from poverty to all who work hard.” (Framing Class: Media Representation of Wealth and Poverty in America, Diane Kendall)
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, January 7 – March 18, 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.*
Our exploration will offer, as a guide, the book Creating Change through Humanism by Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association since 2005.
* copied or paraphrased from writings of Fred Edwords on

  • There is no need to pre-register for the class – just show up for the first meeting! (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 first discussion.

Facilitator: Bob Henderson and Lyle Simpson
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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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Writing as a Spiritual Practice
2nd Sundays, 12:30 – 2 pm

Tend your spiritual life and discover how writing as a spiritual practice can lead to discovering your own truths while opening your heart to the world around you. Using a variety of prompts, themes and exercises, explore how this contemplative practice evokes wisdom from your own lived experience.
Facilitator: Karen Lauer
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Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying
Tuesdays, February 6 – March 13, noon – 1 pm

Are you longing to have focused and genuine conversations on death & dying? This Book Study will read & discuss the book Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying by Stephen and Ondrea Levine. Who Dies? is the first book to show the reader how to open to the immensity of living with death, to participate fully in life as the perfect preparation for whatever may come next, be it sorrow or joy, loss or gain, death or a new wonderment at life. The Levines provide calm compassion rather than the frightening melodrama of death.
Although this book is written from a Buddhist philosophic view of death and dying, it can be helpful to anyone.
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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Newcomer Circles
Thursdays, March 8 & 22 and April 12 & 26, 6 – 7:30 pm

Whether you’re reflecting on your own spiritual journey and where it is taking you, getting to know Unitarian Universalism on a deeper level, or looking to connect with more people at First Unitarian, Newcomer Circles may be right for you! Over four sessions we explore all of these topics utilizing short readings and sharing our own stories. These small groups (no more than 10 per group) utilize the “circle” format and are designed especially for those new to First Unitarian, whether visitor or member (If you still feel new, you qualify!).
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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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