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 . . .
Background of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)
Facilitated by Rev. Elizabeth Kerman, retired UU Minister
Beginning September 3
Background of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) will be facilitated by Rev. Elizabeth Kerman, a former Unitarian Universalist minister. This class will explore the history, politics, religious, and social constructs which lie behind the stories that became the Hebrew Bible in an attempt to understand what the stories meant at the time they were told and, later, written. We will come to see how some of these stories have been used to bolster and expand our ideas of human freedom and social justice.
Two separate classes will be offered: six Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. beginning and September 3, or six Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning September 4. This will be primarily lecture with time for participants to share their knowledge and for discussion. Please sign up now at the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall or email email@example.com. Space is limited.
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Facilitated by Kathleen Moloney-Tarr
Begins September 11
Kathleen Moloney-Tarr will facilitate discussion of Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Franciscan priest and spiritual writer, Richard Rohr. He explains that the first half of life is devoted to establishing yourself, making a career, finding friends and a partner, crafting your identity. Those in the first half of life are often drawn to order, to religious routine as we develop habits and let ourselves be shaped by the norms and practices of our family and community. Then a crisis washes out your spiritual life. What you thought you knew about living the spiritual life no longer suffices for the life you are living. If you choose, you can enter the second half of a spiritual life where you learn to hear “a deeper voice of God” . . . It will sound an awful lot like the voices of risk, of trust, of surrender, of soul, of common sense, of destiny, of love, of an intimate stranger, of your deepest self.”
If you resonate with the losses and joys of the second half of life, if your spiritual path has taken a turn, if you seek a place to share insights and questions about spiritual growth, you are invited to join this dialogue on Thursday evenings, September 11, 18, & 25. Reading of the book is required for this small group dialogue. All will be invited to participate in the conversation. Please sign up now at the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUCC Film Series
Series Kicks off September 26
The Friday Film Series returns this Fall on Septempber 26. Separate films for children and adults are chosen based on the theme of the Second Sunday Topic. Discussion will follow. Usually shown on the Third Friday of the Month, but please check Voices or the website.
September 26-The General (US, 1926). Starring Buster Keaton, this classic silent film comedy is ranked by the American Film Institute as number 18 in its list of the greatest American movies of all time. (Not rated. 78 minutes). Special guest Ethan Uslan will provide live musical accompaniment for the film.
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.
If you’re wondering if this is the right time in your life to take this course, the facilitators Lincoln Baxter and Kimberly Melton will share information about the curriculum at 12:45 p.m. after the services on August 24 and September 14.
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.
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: August 24
Speaker: Dan Neuspiel
Born in Israel to a Holocaust survivor and an idealistic Zionist activist, Dan has journeyed from a working class Jewish upbringing in Newark, NJ, through the political turbulence of the 1960s, to a life of continued commitment to social change. Though he left the dogma of Jewish religion in adolescence, he has continued a quest for Tikkun Olam, healing a broken world, and has maintained some of the rituals of Jewish celebration with his family. After many years of militant atheism, he has developed a vision of social justice work as spiritual activity, and is exploring a new view of God. Join Dan at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein Room to hear more of his story. Childcare provided.
Second Sunday Topic Discussion
with Rev. Jay Leach, Senior Minister
Next Session: September 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: September 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: August 18 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: August 19 Guest Speaker: Linda Boozer, MS, MDiv
Lynda Boozer practices and teaches energy healing and the shamanic path as a route to connection with the divine in all and an interface between spirituality and health. With over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist and integrative health practitioner, she has extensive shamanic studies and a ministerial doctorate with an emphasis on the embodied divine. Lynda will share experiences and practices in developing the flow of Source Energy in the body and how the enhanced flow and connection to Spirit improve health and wellness. We will explore the development of passion and compassion through enhanced connection to the embodied divine. Experiential exercises will be included to assist each of us to connect to the flow of spirit in our beings and to the larger universe.
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 September 2
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: September 3
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: September 4
Local author, Daniel K. Chaney, has been invited to share views from his book Religion Refuted, Debunking the Case for God. Using philosophy, science, and a few simple math formulas he claims to debunk the common belief that the universe is finely-tuned for human life and how this belief, if correct, would lead to conclusions that directly contradict other religious apologetic claims. This plot twist will surely foster some interesting discussions. Join the Exploring Humanism group on Thursday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.
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