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.
Parents as Resident Theologians (P.A.R.T)
Facilitated by Kathleen Carpenter, Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
Begins October 26
Join Kathleen Carpenter and Laura Truesdell for a class designed to help parents and other caregivers respond to children’s “wondering questions.” To assist with this sometimes challenging task, participants will be asked to consider their own beliefs and passions by writing their personal credos.
The class will meet on Sundays, 1:30-3:00 p.m. for six weeks, beginning October 26. Plan to attend as many as possible if you sign up, with a minimum commitment of three. The more often you attend, the better the experience for you. Childcare will be provided if requested a week prior to the next class. Questions about the class can be directed to Kathleen Carpenter at email@example.com.
To sign-up, visit the Adult Programming table in Freeman Hall or email Martha@uuccharlotte.org.
Spiritual Book Dialogue: Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer
Facilitated by Kathleen Moloney-Tarr
Begins November 5
Join other discerning seekers to consider the searching question posed by Parker Palmer in this little gem of a book about living authentically. Vocation does not come from willfulness, no matter how noble one’s intentions. It comes from listening to and accepting “true self” with its limits as well as its potentials. Parker Palmer shows that vocation is not a goal to be achieved but a gift to be received. “As we live more deeply into the selfhood that is our birthright gift, we find not only personal fulfillment. We find communion with others and ways of serving the world’s deepest needs.”
Kathleen Moloney-Tarr will facilitate this dialogue group on Wednesdays: November 5, 12, 19. Registration affirms a commitment to secure a copy of the book and full attendance. Sign up at the Adult Programming table in Freeman Hall or email Martha@uuccharlotte.org for either the day time (1:00-2:30) or evening sessions (7:00-8:30).
"Extra Normal Experiences"
Facilitated by Richard Kushmaul
Begins November 5
Richard Kushmaul will lead discussion for UUCC members about our “Extra Normal Experiences” on Three Wednesdays-- November 5, December 3 and January 7 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Bernstein Room.
Have you had “coincidences” in your life that seem to be outside of “normal” experiences? Some of these can be pleasantly amusing while others can be so profound that they defy rational explanation and beg for expression in spiritual or religious terms. Come join other UUCC members to share, hear, honor, examine and celebrate some of these experiences. (This will be a 1 ½ hour group discussion that includes beginning chalice lighting, outside readings and references, guidelines for listening, sharing of experiences, comments and feedback, honoring contributions, and short silent meditations). You may sign-up 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.
Credo: A Spiritual Journey
Fourth Sunday of Each Month at 10:30 a.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: October 26
Speaker: Colleen Beale
The daughter of an ordained Baptist minister, Colleen Beale spent her childhood growing up in the church. Colleen watched her parents as they did mission work in Mexico, helped a colony of lepers off in distant lands, and engaged her in civic duties here at home. Through these experiences she developed a strong understanding of OTHER, and as a global community, how we could help each other. As an adult Colleen looked to find something that would feed her civic duty as well as her soul and thus began the next chapters of her spiritual journey. Coming to the realization that no one religion matched her spiritually, she set off to create a spiritual practice that worked for her. Join Colleen at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein Room to hear more of her story. Childcare provided.
In these thirty minute sessions the presenters speak about their personal religious/spiritual beliefs or/and their regular religious/spiritual practices. We meet on 4th Sunday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein Room.
Second Sunday Topic Discussion
with Rev. Jay Leach, Senior Minister
Next Session: November 9
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: November 10
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: November 17
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: November 18
The purpose of this new 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. Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesdays of each month in the Schweitzer Room. Contact: Carol Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening Version of TED for the Soul
Next Meeting November 4
What assumptions do you cling to? This evening's Ted Talk speaker suggests we reconsider economic and social models based on defensiveness, and instead trust. Join us in the Bernstein Room on Tuesday November 4 at 7:00 p.m. to watch the talk and discuss how we may apply this message to our own lives. All are welcome.
We all want to lead awesome lives! This evening’s TED Talk speaker spells out his ideas for attaining this goal. Join us in the Bernstein Room at 7:00 p.m. to watch the talk and discuss how we may apply his message to our own lives.
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: November 5
The United States is often referred to as a nation built by immigrants. But in recent years, the debate over the country's immigration laws has reached a boiling point. Some argue that immigrants help the economy; others say they take jobs away from Americans. As the U.S. continues to recover from the Great Recession, is it time to make a distinction between low-skilled and highly skilled immigrants?
Our All Things Considered discussion on Wednesday, November 5 will follow the screening of a previous Intelligence Squared U.S. broadcast on NPR in which four experts took on the topic, facing off two against two in an Oxford-style debate over the motion "Don't Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses" — a twist on the phrase from the famous verse inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.
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: November 6
Dr. Ralph Milligan, a retired Presbyterian minister and recent convert to Humanism, invites you to take a look at god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, by Christopher Hitchens (d. 2011). Hithchins wrote or edited over thirty books and was always fascinated with religion, and participated in more than a few—but was a fierce opponent of all brands. Dr. Milligan wants to summarize his arguments, raise some the questions about them, and discuss what his arguments, if accepted, should call on humanists to do.
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.
UUCC Film Series
Third Fridays of Each Monday
Next Meeting: November 21
Two separate films will be offered —one for adults in the Sanctuary and one for children in the Bernstein Room. Both films have been chosen by Bob Gorman (for adults) and Kathleen Carpenter (for children) to address the Second Sunday Topic---October’s theme is FREEDOM. (If you need childcare for the very young, please sign up in Freeman Hall or email Martha@uuccharlotte.org.)
Made in Dagenham (England, 2010) Starring Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins. Directed by Nigel Cole. A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. Rated R for language and brief sexuality. 113 minutes.
Hotel for Dogs (US, 2009) Starring Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austen. Two foster children set up a shelter for stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. Rated PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor. 100 minutes. The children’s film is shown at 7:00 p.m. in the Bernstein Room.