Adult Faith Formation Classes
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- The Spiritual Psychology of Carl Jung
- Writing as a Spiritual Practice
- Experiential Wicca
- The Generosity Path Book Discussion
- Sustainability Task Force
- Anti Racist Collaborative (ARC) of Justice Book Club
- NEW! Sanctuary Book Study
- Social Justice Book Club
- Food Still Matters: Exploring Different Ways of Thinking About Food Through Film and Discussion
- Anti-Racist Collaborative of Des Moines 2017 Speaker Series (link to separate page)
- Soul Matters (link to separate page)
- Classes for Visitors (link to separate page)
These classes are closed for enrollment, but may be offered again in Fall 2017:
- Witnessing Whiteness (link to separate page)
- Wellspring (link to separate page)
- The Other Side of the Coin: White Anti-Racist Thinking and Action (link to separate page)
This class will discuss the book Jung: A Journey of Transformation, by Vivianne Crowley. 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
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
An advanced class to teach more specific history and practice of Wicca with an emphasis on Earth-based Spirituality, Meditation, creating a sacred space in the home, mythologies of ancient Greece and Roman pantheons, Shamanistic Wicca, and familiarizing students with seasonal observances and Full Moon rituals. Anyone 18 and over is invited to attend; minors accepted with parental permission. We will be using Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin as a course book, which will be available to participants on the first day of class for a $7 fee, or they can purchase their own copies or use a Kindle edition. Child care available upon request.
Facilitators: Andrea LeMeuse and Susan Jellinger
The discussion will center around an engaging book written by Mark Ewert, UUA consultant. Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, president and professor of theology at Starr King School for Ministry says of this book “Inspiring, sensitive, and encouraging, The Generosity Path invites the reader, gently and clearly, into a deeper practice of giving. This wonderful book should be read by anyone who cares about living their life with meaning and purpose and who wants to contribute to more justice and love in the world.” Join us on this exploration! Books are available from the Adult RE library for borrowing or purchase.
Facilitators: Kathy Jorgensen and Heidi Lackmann
Let’s get Des Moines on track to halt climate change! This summer, the Des Moines City Council voted to create a Sustainability Task Force to advise the City Manager’s Office about how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Now that this has been approved, we need to build up a strong think tank to make sure that we develop many workable solutions in the areas of transportation, land use, food, energy production, conservation, environmental justice, and more. No registration required.
Facilitators: Energy & Justice for All group
For March 8, the group will read and discuss Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Subsequent sessions are April 12 & May 10.
Facilitators: Linda Bacon and Petra Lange
Are you interested in learning more about the history of immigration to the US? What was the role US played in Latin America to influence immigration? How we, as UU’s, might engage meaningfully with immigration reform from the grounding of our faith?
To help understand the answer to these questions, the Sanctuary Discernment team is offering a book study, using the book Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal by Aviva Chomsky as our guide.
We will read a variety of books… please come to the January meeting having read: Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild. For February: Black Girl Dangerous, by Mia McKenzie. For March: White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg. April and May: TBD
Participants should purchase or check out their own books. However, please let Tracy Beck know if scholarship is needed to fully participate.
Facilitators: Tracy Beck, DRE and Rev. Erin Gingrich
The Food Still Matters series provides an important opportunity to follow our ends statements to ‘grow spiritually, emotionally, socially and ethically.’ Few things are more fundamental to our very existence than the food we choose to sustain ourselves with; yet, most of us do not take the time to intentionally reflect on how our food choices directly impact ourselves and the world around us. Join us for the entire evening or just a portion: we will have a plant based potluck at 6 pm followed by a film or speaker presentation on a food related topic at 7 pm (go to www.foodstillmatters.com for full listing). Informal discussion will follow each film and/or speaker presentation. Free childcare available upon request – click here to request.
Facilitator: Ben Spadt