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 February . . .
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 Martha Kniseley.
Conversations About Our Mortality
Beginning February 9
This course will focus on the decisions that we and our family members will inevitably face as we approach the end of our lives. The six sessions will include:
• Hospice and Palliative Care (Carol Anne Lawler, M.Div., Hospice Faith Community Educator)
• Advanced Care: Considering Your Documents (Marilyn Morenz, BSN, Advanced Health Care Planning Consultant),
• End-of-Life Choices (two sessions with Dan Carrigan, Compassion and Choices Charlotte Friends),
• Dying a Good Death (Janet Frederick, LCSW, Hospice Social Worker)
• Some Practicalities: Planning Your Own Memorial Service and Other Matters (Jay Leach, UUCC Senior Minister)
Classes are full, but wait lists are available:
Evenings: Mondays, February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, April 6 and May 4 at 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Days: Tuesdays, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, April 7 and May 5 at 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Sign-up at the Adult Programming Table or email Martha Kniseley. Please indicate which version you will be attending.
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.
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.
Credo: A Spiritual Journey
Fourth Sunday of Each Month at 10:30 a.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: February 22
This I Believe/This I Practice has transitioned to, 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: February 8
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: February 9
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.
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: February 16
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.
Next Meeting: February 19
Speaker: Marcela McBride
Come join guest speaker Marcela McBride to explore what it means to be an urban shaman in our modern times. Marcela will share her experience of walking this sacred, ancient path and then lead our group through a sound healing journey using the native tools of Tibetan singing bowl, Native American drum, bells, rattles and voice to restore life force energies to your Body, Mind & Spirit. Many feel release of tension and energetic blocks, receive clarity on their path, and messages from Spirit (and perhaps meet an animal totem or guide ;-). You will walk away feeling relaxed, energized, lighter and more deeply connected to yourself and the world around you. You may participate in the sound journey lying down or seated. Feel free to bring a mat and blanket for your comfort. Mystics and Metaphysics is an open group and all are welcome to attend! More info: Susan Orrell, or Carol Smith.
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.
Evening Version of TED for the Soul
First Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Next Meeting February 3
Can you think of someone you have known who truly exemplifies the qualities of compassion, empathy, passion, vulnerability, openness, and intensity? This TED speaker posits a theory that modern society systematically suppresses these ways of feeling. Join us in the Bernstein Room on Tuesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. to watch the talk and work together as a group to define and understand this provocative message.
"All Things Considered: A General Discussion Group"
First Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in Schweitzer room
Next Meeting: February 4
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.
First Thursdays of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Sanctuary
Next Meeting: February 5
How God Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith- "Does God exist? Using an intellectually rigorous, scientific approach, Marshall Brain sets out to resolve the eternal debate once and for all. With a compelling sense of curiosity, he breaks down mankind's search for a higher power, tackling such quandaries as: Who is God? What are his attributes? What is God doing and why? How does God interact with humanity? And ultimately, how can humans know with certainty whether God is real or imaginary? How God Works is an enlightening journey in critical thinking that challenges readers to boldly approach the subject of personal faith and put aside intuition in favor of objectivity and logic."
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, but the meeting on February 5 will take place in the Sanctuary. Contact: Steve Bivens at (704) 568-9696.
UUCC Film Series
Third Fridays of Each Monday
Next Meeting: February 20
Join us for Third Friday Film Night on February 20 at 7:00 p.m. We’ll watch a film based on the Second Sunday topic—Generosity—and followed by a discussion with Bob Gorman. A separate film is also offered for children. (If you need childcare for the very young, please sign up in Freeman Hall or email Martha@uuccharlotte.org.)
Big Miracle (US, 2012)
Starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. Directed by Ken Kwapis. In a film based on a real life event, native Alaskans and residents of a small town in Alaska work tirelessly in an attempt to save a pod of whales trapped under the ice. Rated PG for language. 107 minutes.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (US, 1971)
A poor boy wins a special ticket to tour a chocolate factory where he learns lessons in generosity and understanding along the way. Rated G. 100 mins.