2016 – 2017 Session

Enrollment is now full – Check back in August 2017 for new session registration

After a Retreat on Sunday, September 11, 12:30 – 4 pm,
Wellspring groups will meet twice a month through June 2017.

Wellspring offers spiritual deepening within our Unitarian Universalist tradition—an opportunity for learning more about ourselves and our faith through a ten-month small group experience.

There are two different Wellspring curricula – Wellspring Sources, and new this year to First Unitarian Church of Des Moines – Wellspring Spiritual Practices.


The Five Components of Wellspring

  • Spiritual practice – commitment to regular, intentional practice
  • Spiritual direction – self-reflection with a guide
  • Unitarian Universalist history and theology – reading, listening, reflecting
  • Small group – participation in a community of seekers
  • Faith in action – what we are called to do in the world

Expectations
During the ten-month program, participants will make every effort to:

  • Attend small group sessions every other week and actively engage from both the head and the heart
  • Commit to a daily spiritual practice and seek support if that becomes difficult
  • Complete the readings and other assignments

Wellspring Sources

Wellspring Sources is the prerequisite for all other years of UU Wellspring.

Goals

  • To ground participants in Unitarian Universalism
  • To develop the practice of deep listening and commitment to spiritual practice and spiritual direction

Curriculum

The curriculum provides information and opportunity for reflection around two key areas:

  • Unitarian Universalist history and theology
  • The “big questions” that are central to our Unitarian Universalist faith, including human nature, death, joy, and forgiveness

Available Classes for Wellspring Sources

  • 1st & 3rd Wednesday Mornings 10 am – 12 Noon
  • 1st & 3rd Thursday Evenings 6 – 8 pm

Wellspring Spiritual Practices

Goals

  • To deepen participants’ spiritual practice
  • To expose participants to other spiritual practices, both from our UU tradition and from other faith traditions
  • To strengthen awareness of our own connection with the holy as a foundation for serving the needs of the world

Curriculum
The curriculum is built around four categories of spiritual practice:

  • Building awareness as the head
  • Cracking open the heart
  • Expanding the sense of our whole body
  • Extending our hands in service

Available Classes for Wellspring Spiritual Practices

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6 – 8 pm
  • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 12 noon – 2 pm

If you have questions about the Wellspring program, contact Tracy Beck, DRE at dre@ucdsm.org or 244-8603 ext. 104.