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 . . .
Now Under Way
Discover Groups are a new form of Small Group Ministry. In a series of monthly gatherings, participants make deep connections with other members, while at the same time going further in their own spiritual journeys. This new program has been launched and most spots in the groups have been filled. Questions and comments about availability can be directed to Coordinator of Adult Programming, Martha Kniseley, email@example.com.
Sunday Mornings, 8:00 Schweitzer Room
These sessions include study of various eastern religious beliefs / philosophies / practices with discussion and consideration of their applicability in today's times. The sessions will be based on selections offered by the facilitator and the group. The class is scheduled so that attendees can continue with Sunday Morning Meditation if they choose.
Sunday Morning Meditation
Sunday Mornings, 8:30 Schweitzer Room
This meditation group draws from many spiritual practices and approaches. Each week a 25 minute meditation is led by Debbie George.
Contact: Debbie George 704-525-3252, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bible Workbench
Every Sunday, 5 minutes after the first service ends, Conference Room
The Bible Workbench is a small-group approach to biblical texts that is particularly well suited for Unitarian Universalists. Each meeting begins with the reading of a biblical text, usually a paragraph or two. We begin our exploration with a discussion of what is happening in the text, sometimes with some historical background. Our focus then shifts as we discuss how this story is happening in the world around us. Finally, the questions turn towards how this story is our story. Using The Bible Workbench, we look inward to find answers to the timeless questions raised by the text rather than to doctrine or religious authority.
Discussions are often lively as people with diverse religious backgrounds (UU, Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist, Pagan…) and theological outlooks (atheist, agnostic, deist, theist, pagan…) discuss the text. Our goal is a thoughtful respectful group discussion, not the right answer, consensus or agreement.
Visitors are always welcome.
Read more about our weekly topics and other items of interest on our blog. We gather in the Library every Sunday five minutes after the first service ends, about 10:20.
Contact: George Weir, 704-708-4211, email@example.com
This I Believe – This I Practice
10:30 a.m. Bernstein Room
In these thirty minute sessions the presenter speaks about their personal religious/spiritual beliefs or/and their regular religious/spiritual practices. We meet on 4th Sunday of each month. Next Speaker: TBA. Childcare provided.
Next Meeting: January 26, 2014
Second Sunday Topic Discussion
with Rev. Jay Leach, Senior Minister
Next Session: January 12, 2014
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
If you love to knit or crochet or have always wanted to do so, join us in the spiritual practice of creating prayer shawls. Shawls comfort, hug, warm, and surround the receiver with the artist's healing love, thoughts, and prayers. This open gathering of knitters and crocheters will meet monthly to work together contemplatively and intentionally on individual shawls. We will establish a time for creative activity and spiritual practice as we keep others in our thoughts and prayers. During the month, participants will work on their individual shawls. Completed shawls will be offered to two groups: 1) UUCC members who have suffered a significant loss or who are experiencing a challenging physical or medical situation (for example, loss of a partner or child, terminal or chronic illness) and 2) the Levine Dickson Hospice House where there is a need for prayer shawls from a liberal religious group.
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.
About the Facilitators: Kathleen Moloney-Tarr and Joy Bruce are longtime UUCC members who have offered other creative gatherings such as "In The Company of Women." Kathleen has facilitated "spirit In Practice, Writing Your Spiritual Journey, Soul Book, and This I Believe. Joy has facilitated "Cakes For The Queen of Heaven"
Contact Kathleen Moloney-Tarr for more information or to sign-up.
Third Mondays of the month
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, “Ted 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 Melissa Mummert.
Next Session: December 16
Mystics and Metaphysics Group
Third Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Bernstein Room
The word "metaphysics: comes from the ancient Greek meta meaning "beyond" and physika meaning "matter or the physical" - beyond the physica. Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that deals with the Nature of Being. The "speculative" philosophy, metaphysics does not attempt to solve all questions materially or logically. It accepts that which happens obviously, even when no scientific explanation can account for it.
The purpose of this group is to come together to explore topics of a metaphysical nature. Whether you are skeptical, just curious, intrigued or a believer, sign up to be part of a freewheeling discussion regarding what you have heard, read, or actually experienced.
Topics are chosen by the participants and potentially include: Spiritualism, Transphysical Science, Life after death / Reincarnation, intuition and Extrasensory Perception, Psychics and Mediums, Transcendentalism, Quantum Consciousness.
No Meeting In December
Next Meeting: January 21, 2014
Contact: Judy Reynolds 704-554-7011, firstname.lastname@example.org; Carol Smith, 704-953-4146 email@example.com.
Second and Fourth Wednesdays 7:30 p.m., Thoreau Room
Nourish your body, mind and spirit with a 1½ hour Kripalu yoga session that includes relaxation and centering through breath work and meditation. Appropriate for all levels including beginners.
"All Things Considered: A General Discussion Group"
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in Schweitzer room
The Wednesday evening “Economics and UU Principles Group” is undergoing a name change to better reflect what happens on Wednesday evenings. Henceforth, we will be known as “All Things Considered…A General Discussion Group.” This is a better description of what happens each Wednesday. We will certainly continue to solve those pesky economic issues but want to make everyone aware that we discuss [and solve when necessary] other issues as well. This Wednesday Group is one place where you can bring your topic; present it to a group of 10 or more UU’s and receive instant feedback. Give it some thought and join us on Wednesday
Women's Moon Circle
Tuesday, December 17 at, 7:00 p.m. in the Bernstein Room
Join us for the Long Nights Moon and a special indoor/outdoor Winter Solstice celebration. In a magical moon meditation we’ll reflect and release worries we’ll write, then a sacred solstice celebration of the joyful return of the light; we’ll conjure, we’ll chant, we’ll feast into the night, we'll transcend, bring a friend, and please wear winter white!
Contact: Carol Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
First Thursdays of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Bernstein Room
We will be discussing the book “The God Argument, The Case Against Religion and for Humanism”, by A. C. Grayling. Steve & Judy Lauer will present Part 2 of last month's discussion on January 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bernstein Room.