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 . . .
Now Under Way
Discover Groups are a new form of Small Group Ministry. In a series of monthly gatherings, participants make deep connections with other members, while at the same time going further in their own spiritual journeys. The new groups have begun. Questions and comments about availability can be directed to Coordinator of Adult Programming, Martha Kniseley, email@example.com.
The Adult Mother/Daughter Relationship:
A Journey of Growth
Tuesdays, April 8, 22 and May 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bernstein Room
The adult mother/daughter relationship can be a challenging one. This three session seminar will explore this complicated bond. Mother/daughter
facilitators, Jen Neitzel and Carole Ellis, will share personal insights regarding th3ir relationship, provide guidelines for growth, and allow time for group interaction and discussion. Handouts will be provided. Sessions are: Tuesdays, April 8, & 22 and May 6, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Sign up in Freeman Hall or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It's About Time"
Three Wednesdays, beginning April 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Bernstein Room
Two Thursdays, beginning April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bernstein Room
In his first sermon of the year regarding the subject of Time, Reverend Jay Leach asserted, “Science may declare with systematic clarity that time advances at a fixed rate, but who experiences it that way?” He also pointed out the value of Time and how ‘It Goes So Fast.’ But where does Time go? And, what causes our experience of time to expand or contract?
Einstein’s Dream, a 1992 fiction written by physicist Alan Lightman, was an international bestseller that was previously selected for NPR’s "Talk of the Nation" Book Club. It has been translated into 30 languages and used in numerous colleges and universities. Each chapter demonstrates the relationship between each human being and Time; and thus, spiritually affirms Einstein’s theory of relativity through 30 brief and interesting conceptions of Time. (Participants are encouraged to read Einstein’s Dreams prior to the first class).
Using your favorite selections from the book, excerpts from Jay’s January 5th sermon and references from subject matter experts, we will explore the potential significance and relevance of Time perception in our daily lives. Join Bernice Mar and Richard Kushmaul for two Thursdays on April 17 & 24, 7:00 – 8:30 pm OR join Bernice for three Wednesdays on April 23, 30 and May 7 1:30 - 2:30 pm.
You may sign-up in Freeman Hall or email Martha@uuccharlotte.org.
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: April 27
Speaker: Carol Gay
Dedicated Southern Baptist for 20 years, thoroughly secular for another 20-plus years, then gradual and growing comfort with her spirituality here at our church. Those three stages sum up Carol Gay’s spiritual/ religious journey. She’ll talk about her path, the collapse of the sturdy brick wall of her Christian beliefs, her rejection of religion and spirituality for many years, then her discovery that a return to these issues was ultimately a thirst, an affirmation, and a desire for religion and spirituality to be an intentional part of her life. She will also tell us a little about what she currently believes on some of life’s ultimate questions and about what feeds her spiritually now. Come to see if you resonate with some of Carol's experiences and thoughts on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein Room.
Second Sunday Topic Discussion
with Rev. Jay Leach, Senior Minister
Next Session: May 11
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: May 12
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: April 21 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: April 15
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.
Second and Fourth Wednesdays 7:30 p.m., Thoreau Room
Nourish your body, mind and spirit with a 1½ hour Kripalu yoga session that includes relaxation and centering through breath work and meditation. Appropriate for all levels including beginners.
"All Things Considered: A General Discussion Group"
First Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in Schweitzer room
Next Meeting: May 7
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.
At our May 7 meeting we will view and discuss the second half of the Robert Reich,former Secretary of Labor,video entitled "Inequality for All." We viewed and discussed the first half of the video on April 2. In the first half we learned Mr. Reich's viewson what has driven the large growth in the income gap between the very rich and others since the 1970's. In the May session we'll be hearing about and discussing the impact of that gap growth and options for dealing with it.
Women's Moon Circle
Tuesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bernstein Room
An open group of women who gather each full moon to honor the Divine Feminine and sacred cycles of life and to support each other. They represent varied earth-based traditions and are open to many different paths. Typical programs include seasonal and goddess inspired rituals, guided meditations, chant/drumming, intuitivetarot, and creative/artistic expression. Contact: Carol Smith at email@example.com.
First Thursdays of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: May 1
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
David Powers, Ph.D. will discuss the philosophy and methodology of SMART Recovery http://www.smartrecovery.org/ for addictions of all sorts: what happens in a typical meeting, what tools we use, our connection to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), a variety of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), invented by Dr. Albert Ellis. It does not require the belief in a higher power.