Adult Religious Education / Spiritual Development
The classes and events offered by the Adult Religious Education / Spiritual Development program at UUCC support the development of our Hearts , Minds, Bodies, and Spirit . By taking advantage of these rich and varied opportunities, we can thrive as a nourished and compassionate congregation - one that contributes to our faith and community, seeks higher levels of understanding, explores the mystery of life, and connects to the natural world.
The Heart Sphere includes our emotional connection to the world that influences our choices and path through life, our compassion for ourselves and others, and our commitment for making a difference in our faith and community.
The Mind Sphere includes our logical interpretation of the world and our thirst for knowledge and experience that leads us to higher levels of understanding, connection, and commitment.
The Body Sphere pertains to the temple of our being and how it is maintained, nourished, and developed to serve in partnership with the Heart and Mind to be forever evolving as a whole, productive, and nourishing human beings.
The Spirit Sphere includes our exploration, understanding, and relationship with the Mystery of life, connection to the natural world, and our essence, and compassion for our own souls and that of others.
Adult Religious Education / Spiritual Development at UUCC includes classes, speaker series, and discussion groups are facilitated by members or UUCC professional staff. Except for occasional cost of materials for a class, these programs are offered as a benefit of membership without charge. Non-members are invited to participate on a space available basis, also at no cost. Content will include available Unitarian Universalist curriculum selections as well as that developed by the individual facilitators for a particular topic.
For more information or to register for a specific event, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What's New . . .
New DiscoverGroups Beginning this Fall
Now Under Way
If you’ve been looking for a way to get to know members better in a smaller setting, consider joining a DiscoverGroup. A dozen members meet once a month for a year; these meetings give us another opportunity to pursue deeper spiritual questions, while reaching out to one another in caring and support. Please visit the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall or email Martha@uuccharlotte.org to add your name to the waiting list.
**The sign-ups for this new round of DiscoverGroups will stay open for one more month. Please know that the number of members signed up at the end of August will determine how many groups we can start in October.
Introducing Our Whole Lives Adult Program
Coming in October
After years of requests, our church is ready to offer the Adult level of the UUA’s highly successfulOur Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Program.TheOur Whole Lives Adult Programopens a gateway that helps us make the connection between spirituality, sexuality and each other. Through this program, adults have the opportunity to participate in the frank, holistic, non-judgmental exploration of contemporary sexual questions, choices and practices and the chance to explore the powerful, and life-giving relationship between sexuality and spirituality. The AdultOur Whole Livesprogram is designed to improve/enhance relationships and teach new ways to communicate.Our Whole Lives affirms sexuality as a positive aspect in our lives and helps with our never ending search for truth and meaning. And just to be totally clear, this class is neither therapy nor is it a series of boring anatomical presentations. It is designed to be an engaging, thought-provoking, and FUN exploration of a topic that rarely makes it into church class offerings – but should!
Classes start on October 16 and continue on Thursday evenings through December 18 with a weekend retreat at the UUCC beginning on the evening of October 24 and continuing on Saturday, October. 25.
For more information about the Adult Our Whole Lives Program, click here. To register you can visit the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall or by filling out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JY5BNH3.
A Chosen Faith
Facilitated by Cathy Canepa and Laurie Reed
Begins October 2
Co-Facilitator, Laurie Reed is very much looking forward to discussing A Chosen Faith with others. She says, “I especially like the adjective ‘chosen’, contrasted with the notion of Unitarian-Universalism being a default, ‘nothing else quite fit’ religious choice.” The format of the class will be group discussion and will be co-facilitated with Cathy Canepa. Cathy is a long time UU with a special interest in Social Justice. She is excited to be co-facilitating the course with Laurie Reed, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist (UU), who writes: “Raised in a tiny UU fellowship in MD, it is exciting to be part of and to support our vibrant and thriving spiritual community. We look forward to hearing about participants' faith journeys and how each has come to choose Unitarian-Universalism for him/herself. This course will be especially valuable for relative newcomers to Unitarian Universalism.” The book can be purchased at our bookstore.
For more details about this course or to sign-up, please visit the UUCC website, the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall, or email email@example.com.
The Philosophy of Social Justice
Facilitated by Bill Gay
Begins October 13
This six-session offering will examine some of the most useful philosophical treatments of social justice. This class will cover the basic theories and vocabulary in philosophy that can aid those who work for social justice or simply want to learn more about the philosophical importance of social justice. These six sessions will treat some of the major approaches to social justice in the history of philosophy and will address how to apply these positions to some of the current movements for social justice. For more details about this course or to sign-up, please visit the UUCC website, the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Mornings, 8:00 Schweitzer Room
In the Lotus Path Group we discuss various eastern religious teachings and philosophies with consideration of their applicability to modern times and our own personal experience. These discussions include topics in Buddhism, Taoism, and the I-Ching. We meet every Sunday morning at 8:00 in the Schweitzer Room. Contact: Richard Kushmaul at email@example.com.
Sunday Morning Meditation
Sunday Mornings, 8:30 Schweitzer Room
This group meets each Sunday morning from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Schweitzer room following the Lotus Path discussion. The meeting includes a short lesson and then a 25 minute meditation. Contact: Debbie George (704) 763-2193, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This I Believe – This I Practice
Fourth Sunday of Each Month at 10:30 a.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: September 28
Speaker: Jen Neitzel
Born in a small town in rural Pennsylvania, Jen attended a fairly liberal United Church of Christ with her family. She spent most Sundays at church, sang in the children’s choir, and spent summers at church camp. For her, church was more of a community rather than a spiritual place. Jen was always a questioner and stopped going to church in her early adolescence. After many years of trying to figure things out, Jen found her way to the Unitarian church. Here, she has explored her spirituality and draws from many different religious traditions and practices to provide clarity and guidance in her daily life. Join Jen at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein Room to hear more of her story. Childcare provided.
If you missed our most recent This I Believe/This I Practice on Sunday, August 24, Dan Neuspiel gave a powerful presentation of his own credo. He described how his family's Jewish ethic " Tikkun Olam--our shared responsibility to heal a broken world," later evolved into his current UU faith as "giving life the shape of justice." To read his presentation in its entirety, click here.
Second Sunday Topic Discussion
with Rev. Jay Leach, Senior Minister
Next Session: October
This is an opportunity to meet with the Minister to share your thoughts, ask questions, and hear other's views relative to the sermon topic for that day. The meeting will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein Room. Childcare Provided.
Healing Threads: A Prayer Shawl Ministry
Second Mondays of the Month
Next Meeting: October 13
We meet monthly on the second Monday at 7 pm to knit or crochet together as a spiritual community and to bless the completed shawls. During the month, participants work on their individual shawls. Our completed shawls are offered to three groups: 1) UUCC members who have suffered a significant loss or who are experiencing a life-changing physical or medical situation (for example, loss of a partner or child, terminal or chronic illness), 2) the Levine Dickson Hospice House of Huntersville and 3) the Levine Dickson Hospice House at Southminster. The hospice houses especially appreciate prayer shawls from our liberal religious group. New participants are always welcome. Contact Kathleen Moloney-Tarr, email@example.com.
THIS IS A JOINT PROJECT OF THE UUCC CONGREGATIONAL CARE AND ARESD PROGRAMS. THE CONGREGATIONAL CARE TEAM WILL RECOMMEND RECIPIENTS FOR THE UUCC ALLOCATION OF THE SHAWLS.
"T.E.D. for the Soul"
Third Mondays of the month
Next Session: October 20 at 12:00 Noon
Each day at the UUCC in groups and in services, we often discover deeper spiritual meaning by sharing ideas. At Ted.com, there exists a treasure trove of ideas shared by powerful speakers on a wide variety of inspiring topics. In this group, “T.E.D. for the Soul”, we'll watch a Ted Talk together and then share our reactions to the talk. This one-hour group is great for professionals who want some inspiring soul-food on their lunch hours, for parents of school age children for whom evening groups are difficult and for visitors and new members seeking to connect with new friends. Feel free to bring your own lunch. Facilitated by
Mystics and Metaphysics
Third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Schweitzer Room
Next Meeting: October 21
Join us in October when our guest speaker will be Tina McSwain, founder/director of Charlotte Area Paranormal Society, a non-profit group dedicated to the research, documentation, history, and investigation of ghostly phenomena and paranormal activity. Tina will talk about the types of ghosts and reveal a few haunted places in Charlotte, the Carolinas, and beyond while sharing some of her scariest (and funniest) encounters. She will describe the process used by paranormal investigators, show some of their equipment, and share some of her best photos.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from our local professional Ghosthunter! Note location change for this month: Sigismund, 7:00-8:30 p.m. with 30 min optional Q&A until 9:00 p.m. More info: Carol Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening Version of TED for the Soul
Next Meeting October 14
The daytime gathering of TED for the Soul is facilitated by Melissa Mummert on the third Monday of each month at noon. Because of its popularity among regular attendees and folks who enjoy dropping in, we are going to add an evening version beginning in August. After the TED Talk is viewed by the group, discussion about the topic will be co-facilitated by Trisha Hevey and Susan Cox. It is intended to encourage questioning, self-reflection and emotional growth. Meetings will be the 1st Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:15 p.m., in the Bernstein Room. This is a “come when you can” group.
"All Things Considered: A General Discussion Group"
First Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in Schweitzer room
Next Meeting: October 1
All Things Considered formerly the Economics Group consist of a forum of adults who gather to discuss various topics. Topics discussed range from religious, economic, social or political issues as they affect UUers or US citizens in general. The group meets at 7:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the Schweitzer Room. This is an open group. Questions, contact group facilitator Ron Maccaroni at email@example.com.
First Thursdays of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: October 2
Calvin King will discuss his journey from Minister to Humanist: his changing beliefs about the advocacy of prayer, the authority of the Bible, the sacrificial story of redemption, and the logic of science. During his ministry, he worked constantly to redefine the message of the Bible, the character of God, the advocacy of prayer and the purpose of the church until finally he admitted he had to leave the ministry to save his integrity and his self-respect.
The Humanist movement has long been part of the Unitarian Universalist tradition. We will explore Humanism at a monthly meeting where the group will share the responsibility of preparing the topic on a rotating basis. We meet on the 1st Thursday of each month in the Bernstein Room. Contact: Steve Bivens at (704) 568-9696 or firstname.lastname@example.org