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 . . .
Consider a DiscoverGroup
Now Under Way
Are you a member looking for a way to become more connected within our congregation? Perhaps you’d also like to explore deeper spiritual questions, while reaching out to one another in caring and support. A new DiscoverGroup, with two trained co-facilitators, will begin in January. If you would like to know more about this year- long commitment, along with available dates and times, please sign-up in Freeman Hall at the Adult Programming Table or email
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: November 23
Speaker: Rev. Jay Leach
This I Believe/This I Practice will be transitioning to a new name, Credo: A Spiritual Journey. This change will reflect the language of our mission statement, our Sunday Services, as well as the CYRE Coming of Age program where mentors and youth alike develop their personal credos. The sessions for Credo: A Spiritual Journey will continue with the same format—a member of the UUCC will present his/her spiritual journey, usually on the 4th Sunday, between services in the Bernstein room.
• Join us next on Sunday, November 23, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein Room. Our minister, Jay Leach, will share his thoughts on the meaning of the term Credo.
• Jen Neitzel will present her spiritual journey on December 7. (Note: first Sunday of the month!)
Second Sunday Topic Discussion
with Rev. Jay Leach, Senior Minister
Next Session: December 14
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: December 8
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: December 15
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. in the Schweitzer Room
Next Meeting: November 18
Speaker: Grant Ehert
This month's meeting will be a channeled discussion with Grant Ehret about embracing reality as a more fluid multi-dimensional experience as opposed to a simple linear chain of events. During the course of the discussion, the seeds of awakening to a multidimensional understanding will be implanted for those who are ready and willing. During the latter half, the floor will be opened up to Q&A while channeling. Join us this month as Grant leads us in an exploration of how consciousness interfaces with the Universe to manifest our life experiences. This month we will be in the Schweitzer Room, 7:00-8:30 p.m. with 30 min. optional Q&A until 9:00 p.m.Due to the nature of this event, NO LATE ARRIVALS. Please arrive a few minutes early; session will begin on time.More information: Susan Orrell, firstname.lastname@example.org, (704) 661-7082.
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 email@example.com.
Evening Version of TED for the Soul
Next Meeting December 2
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: December 3
At the December “All Things Considered” session we will view and discuss the DVD "Consider the Conversation." This is a DVD of personal experiences of struggle with communication and preparation at the end of life. This film is not a story about death; it’s a film about living life to its fullest up to the very end. This project sheds light on a natural life event that many avoid. Throughout the film, there are intimate accounts of the emotional, spiritual, physical and social burdens associated with the historical shift that has occurred with dying.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Thursdays of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: December 4
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 email@example.com.
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---November's Theme-Justice. (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.