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 . . .
Summer Creative Workshop Series
To Run in Conjunction with the Sunday Summer Series
In conjunction with the Summer Sunday Service theme of Dreaming Out of the Box, we will be offering four opportunities in July to discover our own creativity in small groups of 12. Please know that these are all introductory two-hour workshops with no previous experience necessary. We are very fortunate to have several talented members to facilitate these evenings of fun! Steps for registration: Read the descriptions below, decide which one is your first choice, sign-up in Freeman Hall or email email@example.com. You may also request to be added to waiting lists for your 2nd, 3rd, 4th choices. You will be emailed the week before the workshop to confirm your commitment to the class.
(All workshops are in the Bernstein Room, 7-9 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 22: Weaving with Vivian Brenner
You may have seen Vivian knitting in church, but you may not know she's been working with fibers since the age of seven, and has accumulated a bit of knowledge along the path of discovery. It's important to Vivian that working at a craft be a pleasant experience, and she knows that all humans can find their niche of joy while making something lovely. Now is your chance to discover the joy of working with natural fibers and creating your own small items of beauty and personal expression. You will learn how to make a small loom out of cardboard (recycling!) and small bits of beautifully colored yarns (also recycled from larger projects). You'll choose to weave a mug rug or an amulet bag, and discover a whole new world of creativity.
Thursday, July 31: Annie Flint and June Blotnick’s Dream Collage
Creating a soul collage can be both fun and healing, and you don’t need to have artistic abilities! Annie Flint and June Blotnick have both received training in making “Soul Collages” and have taught classes over the past 15 years. From the process and techniques that Annie and June will share, each person will make at least one "DreamCollage" Card during the class. Please bring your favorite pair of sharp scissors and any magazines with images you want to use and share. Other supplies will be furnished.
Evening Version of TED for the Soul
First Tuesdays Beginning August 5
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., beginning August 5 in the Bernstein Room. This is a “come when you can” group.
Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings
Offerings August 10 and 14
From the Marcus Borg authored book of the same title, “Jesus and Buddha, two of the greatest holy beings to ever walk the earth and inspiration to billions, are now meeting in an encounter of the spirit in the West.” When we listen deeply to their words, we find in many ways they speak from one heart. Join us for two sessions that will overview this book, the similarities in the life of Jesus and Buddha, and a comparison/discussion of their similar teachings and relevance to modern times. Two class meetings facilitated by Richard Kushmaul: August 10 between services 10:30-11:00 a.m. and, August 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Please sign up to attend both sessions at the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Now Under Way
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. The Our Whole Lives Adult Program opens 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 Livesclass 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!
If you’re wondering if this is the right time in your life to take this course, we will share information about the curriculum on Sunday, August 24 from 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 14 from 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
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.
For more information about the Adult Our Whole Lives Program, click here.
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.
The Bible Workbench
Every Sunday, 5 minutes after the first service ends, Conference Room
Participants study Bible passages and parallel readings and discuss their relevance in today's world and their personal lives. The lectionary asks the readers to look inward to find the answers to timeless questions 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.
Meets every Sunday in the Conference Room, 5 minutes after the first service ends. Visitors are always welcome. Contact: George Weir, 704-708-4211, email@example.com
This I Believe – This I Practice
Fourth Sunday of Each Month at 10:30 a.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: July 27
Speaker: Lauren Hood
Raised in a conservative Jewish home in a largely Jewish community, Lauren spent 10 hours a week in Hebrew school throughout her childhood, became a bat miztvah at age 13 and was confirmed at age 16. Through these experiences she developed a strong understanding of WHAT she was, but very little insight into WHO she was. As an adult Lauren began looking inward, and discovered an appreciation for exploring spiritual questions versus the religious answers which had been handed down to her. Lauren has been delighted to find a community in UUCC with whom she can ask these questions. Join Lauren at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein Room to hear more of her story.
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: August 11
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: 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
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.
"All Things Considered: A General Discussion Group"
First Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in Schweitzer room
Next Meeting: August 6
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: August 7
Rich Greene will lead a discussion on the highlights of the Annual Meeting of the American Humanist Association that was held last month in Philadelphia. Then after a bit of music, we will discuss some sweet parts in Becoming More Fully Human, Religious Humanism as a Way of Life, by William Murry. This is a favorite introduction into the humanist side of Unitarian Universalism. It is available in the bookstore and we encourage you to read it.
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