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
Coming in January . . .
Consider a DiscoverGroup
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
Writing Your Spiritual Journey
Beginning January 8
If you are curious about your spiritual path and the stories of other’s experiences, then join us to explore the holiness of the ordinary in our lives. This shared experience offers space to see and make sense of your life experience through discussion, writing exercises, drawing and reading with the intent to produce a short spiritual autobiography.
Perhaps you seek continuity between your inner world and the outer world, between your past self and who you are now, or between what you claim to believe and how you live. Perhaps you sense a power beyond you that influences and gives greater meaning to your life. Perhaps your life is shifting in focus and intention. It is with curiosity and an eye to the sacred in each life that we write our stories.
We’ll gather for six sessions that include warm-up prompts, individual writing, revising and readings. We’ll write three preliminary pieces and create a spiritual roadmap in preparation for writing a draft of our spiritual autobiography. The course is limited to 12 members, Thursdays, January 8-March 5, 7:00-9:00. To sign-up email email@example.com or at the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall.
A New Look at Unitarian Universalist (UU) History
Beginning January 15
Long Strange Trip is a six-part documentary new film series that provides an engaging oral and pictorial history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism. This series will be facilitated UUCC member and 5th Generation UU, Lincoln Baxter, who upon viewing these films said, "These films are long overdue, and have filled in many of the gaps in my own understanding of the history of our faith. I knew many of the individual facts, but this series brings the whole tapestry together."
We will view and discuss each of the films in two or three segments per session, each interspersed with group discussion and reflection. This course will present our rich (and largely suppressed history) and give participants the opportunity to relate this history to contemporary Unitarian Universalism and connect our individual journeys to this history, Unitarian Universalism in general, and the UUCC in particular. It will be enriching for those who have been raised in the Faith, as well as for those who know almost nothing about Unitarian Universalism. We will gather on Thursdays, January 15-February 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org or in Freeman Hall at the Adult Programming Table.
Adult Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Schedule to be Announced
Many of you have shared your interest in participating in the UUA’s Adult Our Whole Lives sexuality education class. What we heard with our first attempt to schedule one this fall was that the dates didn’t work and the time commitment was too great. With this in mind, the facilitators met in early November and made the decision to offer the class as two partial retreats this winter (Friday 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m). Participants MUST attend the first retreat but then have the choice of attending the second – which, while highly recommended, is not required. The facilitators will choose the content of the first retreat so it is a solid stand-alone experience. The sessions offered in the second retreat will enhance those presented in the first.
If you are serious about wanting to participate, we ask that you vote here (http://doodle.com/37gqr9c2gxmbnvvg) to choose which of the possible partial weekends work for you. Obviously we need to know if BOTH Friday and Saturday of a weekend will work so don’t vote for just one of the days. Class weekends will be announced in mid-December. Sign-ups will then be offered at the Adult RE/SD table in Freeman Hall or by emailing Martha Kniseley at email@example.com.
Spirit In Practice
Beginning January 20
Spirit In Practice is an overview of spiritual practices that provides support and guidance for the spiritual journey. The nine workshops explore spiritual growth through worship, justice work, personal practice, and more. Tuesdays, beginning January 20, 2015. Sign-ups begin in December.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
Credo: A Spiritual Journey
Fourth Sunday of Each Month at 10:30 a.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: Decemeber 7
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: December 16
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
“Just the Facts, Ma’am” The Impact of Human Development (and Education) on Open-Mindedness: On December 4, Shelagh Gallagher, Ph.D., author of several educational books including Teaching the Gifted Child and Problem-Based Learning in the Classroom, will be the presenter for the evening. Ever wonder why it is that some people just can’t seem to see both sides of an issue? Or why others seem to be able to find all of the questions but none of the answers? One part of the answer lies in human development and a series of shifts in understanding that continue to develop as we move from adolescence through early adulthood. This session will focus on the different stages of adult cognitive development and the impact they have on everyday interactions, especially on the capacity to embrace diversity in a number of dimensions. We will also briefly discuss historical and contemporary efforts to limit instruction of open-mindedness in public schools.
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: January 16
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-January's Theme-Pluralism. (If you need childcare for the very young, please sign up in Freeman Hall or email Martha@uuccharlotte.org.)
The Band's Visit (Israel, 2007) Description to come..
The Adventures of Milo and Otis (US, 1986) Description to come.