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.
Nonviolent Social Movements
Wednesdays, beginning January 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bernstein Room
Bill Gay, who recently completed a successful course about War Realism and the Just War Tradition, will follow-up with a new offering called Nonviolent Social Movements in the 20th Century.
Most people get to study only the history of war over the last century—who won, at what cost, and with what consequences. Fewer people know about the successful nonviolent movements for social justice during this same period. These six sessions will give a glimpse into the strategies, breadth, and success of such nonviolent movements and their prospects in the 21st century. During each session an episode of “A Force More Powerful” will be viewed and discussed. This groundbreaking PBS series is based on Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall’s comprehensive study A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. For each episode, the facilitator will provide background and lead discussion.
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.
The Bible Workbench
Every Sunday, 5 minutes after the first service ends, Conference Room
The Bible Workbench is a small-group approach to biblical texts that is particularly well suited for Unitarian Universalists. Each meeting begins with the reading of a biblical text, usually a paragraph or two. We begin our exploration with a discussion of what is happening in the text, sometimes with some historical background. Our focus then shifts as we discuss how this story is happening in the world around us. Finally, the questions turn towards how this story is our story. Using The Bible Workbench, we look inward to find answers to the timeless questions raised by the text 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.
Visitors are always welcome.
Read more about our weekly topics and other items of interest on our blog. We gather in the Library every Sunday five minutes after the first service ends, about 10:20.
Contact: George Weir, 704-708-4211, firstname.lastname@example.org
This I Believe – This I Practice
Fourth Sounday of Each Month at 10:30 a.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: March 23
Is it possible for someone raised without a spiritual or religious community to eventually discover the perfect spiritual home? Laura Truesdell’s story proves that it is. She grew up in a home devoid of any religious education; yet she was blessed with loving parents who warmly encouraged her to develop her own unique understanding of the world. Her lifelong search for truth and meaning led her to Unitarian Universalism and eventually to the UUCC. In the next session of This I Believe, This I Practice, Laura will describe how her relatively new UU identity has been meshed with the secular values she was taught as child. Please join her on March 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bernstein room. Childcare is provided.
Second Sunday Topic Discussion
with Rev. Jay Leach, Senior Minister
Next Session: March 9
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
If you love to knit or crochet or have always wanted to do so, join us in the spiritual practice of creating prayer shawls. Shawls comfort, hug, warm, and surround the receiver with the artist's healing love, thoughts, and prayers. This open gathering of knitters and crocheters will meet monthly to work together contemplatively and intentionally on individual shawls. We will establish a time for creative activity and spiritual practice as we keep others in our thoughts and prayers. During the month, participants will work on their individual shawls. Completed shawls will be offered to two groups: 1) UUCC members who have suffered a significant loss or who are experiencing a challenging physical or medical situation (for example, loss of a partner or child, terminal or chronic illness) and 2) the Levine Dickson Hospice House where there is a need for prayer shawls from a liberal religious group. Contact Kathleen Moloney-Tarr for more information or to sign-up.
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: March 17 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 Group
Third Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Schweitzer Room
Next Meeting: CANCELLED
The word "metaphysics: comes from the ancient Greek meta meaning "beyond" and physika meaning "matter or the physical" - beyond the physica. Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that deals with the Nature of Being. The "speculative" philosophy, metaphysics does not attempt to solve all questions materially or logically. It accepts that which happens obviously, even when no scientific explanation can account for it.
The purpose of this 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 regarding what you have heard, read, or actually experienced.
Topics are chosen by the participants and potentially include: Spiritualism, Transphysical Science, Life after death / Reincarnation, intuition and Extrasensory Perception, Psychics and Mediums, Transcendentalism, Quantum Consciousness. Contact: Judy Reynolds 704-554-7011, email@example.com; Carol Smith, 704-953-4146 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: March 5
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.
Women's Moon Circle
Sunday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bernstein Room
An open group of women who gather each full moon to acknowledge the cycles of the earth and support each other. They honor earth-based traditions and are open to many different paths. Programs have included guided meditations, singing/drumming, intuitive tarot, “Soul Collage,” healing rituals, and varied discussions. Contact: Carol Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Thursdays of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Schweitzer Room
Next Meeting: March 6
Our topic for discussion will be "How to Talk to a Christian" presented by Dr. Ralph Milligan. The background book is Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. Come explore with us how to dialogue between Christians and Humanists. Our next meeting will take place on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Schweitzer Room.