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Spirit in Practice
1st & 3rd Sundays, September 17 – 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

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

Writing as a Spiritual Practice
3rd 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

How White Am I?
Begins Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
then meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, October 10 – December 12

Are you ready to explore white privilege and its negative impact on our American culture? How White Am I? will get you started. In a small-group, non-judgmental format, we’ll discuss what white privilege is, how it plays out for whites and people of color, and how you, as a white person, are keeping it alive. This is important work that our church needs to be participating in as a congregation and as individuals, so start your personal journey here.
This class’s registration is now closed.

Facilitator: Deidre Fudge, with additional guest leaders

Immigration as a Moral Issue
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, September 13 – December 13, 6:30 – 8 pm

This 6 week class gives a broad overview of the complex issue of immigration with an overview of the history of immigration in the U.S., economics of immigration, enforcement and human rights, who benefits from our broken system, and seeking solutions.
A belief in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” is core to Unitarian Universalism: every person, no exceptions. As religious people, our Principles call us to acknowledge the immigrant experience and to affirm and promote the flourishing of the human family.

Facilitator: Sue Huber

UU All Read
This class will be rescheduled for Winter/Spring 2018, so stay tuned!

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

Mantra Meditation
2nd & 4th Thursdays, beginning September 14, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Mantra meditation will offer experiential sessions on mantra meditation, breathing meditation, and mindful meditation. In November and December, the class will only meet the 2nd Thursdays. There is a possibility of meeting second semester as well, depending on interest.

Facilitator: Michael Lauer and Karen Miller

White Privilege: The Next Step
Begins Thursday, September 14, 6:30 – 8 pm
then meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays, October 5 – December 7

A twice-monthly small group ministry for those who have begun the journey of discovery about white privilege and are ready to go deeper. If you’ve done Witnessing Whiteness or other in-depth study, or worked a lot in the community, this group is for you. We’ll challenge ourselves and each other to learn more about systemic racism and its impacts, and to further uncover our own white privilege. In doing so we’ll work to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be white and how we can be more supportive of people of color in their efforts to achieve true equity. Together we’ll choose from a variety of sources including articles, videos, books, and possibly invite guest speakers. Continue your journey here. Limit of 10 participants. Option to continue into 2018 if there is interest.

Facilitator: Barb Royal and Karen Lauer