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: email@example.com
Coming in January . . .
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
Writing Your Spiritual Journey
Beginning January 8
If you are curious about your spiritual path and the stories of other’s experiences, then join us to explore the holiness of the ordinary in our lives. This shared experience offers space to see and make sense of your life experience through discussion, writing exercises, drawing and reading with the intent to produce a short spiritual autobiography.
Perhaps you seek continuity between your inner world and the outer world, between your past self and who you are now, or between what you claim to believe and how you live. Perhaps you sense a power beyond you that influences and gives greater meaning to your life. Perhaps your life is shifting in focus and intention. It is with curiosity and an eye to the sacred in each life that we write our stories.
We’ll gather for six sessions that include warm-up prompts, individual writing, revising and readings. We’ll write three preliminary pieces and create a spiritual roadmap in preparation for writing a draft of our spiritual autobiography. The course is limited to 12 members, Thursdays, January 8-March 5, 7:00-9:00. To sign-up email firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall. Sign-up closes at the end of December.
A New Look at Unitarian Universalist (UU) History
Beginning January 15
Lincoln Baxter, 5th Generation UU, will lead the discussion on a six-part documentary new film series, Long Strange Trip, which provides an engaging oral and pictorial history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism. This course will present our rich (and largely suppressed history) and giving participants the opportunity to relate this history to contemporary Unitarian Universalism and connect our individual journeys to this history, Unitarian Universalism in general, and the UUCC in particular. We will gather on Thursdays, January 15-February 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Bernstein room. To sign-up for WAIT LIST only: email email@example.com or in Freeman Hall at the Adult Programming Table.
Spirit In Practice
Beginning January 20
Get your New Year off with a healthy start. As some from our group did last year and for those who might be interested in starting off the New Year with a healthy activity, Thursday, January 1, 2014 - our adventure group will once again be heading to nearby Crowders Mountain State Park in Gastonia. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the UUCC Parking Lot and plan on arriving back by 4:00 p.m. Please dress appropriately, bring water, snacks and lunch.
Spirit in Practice was created to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it. Drawing on a model developed by the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, New York, for the training of its students, Spirit in Practice focuses on eight spheres of holistic and wholehearted spiritual practices. These eight spheres are:
·Personal spiritual practices
·Communal worship practices
These sessions will be led by different facilitators who have special interests in the Practice, including Kathleen Moloney-Tarr, Martha Kniseley, Jay Leach, Janet Frederick, Carol Hartley, Marsha Kelly, Bernice Mar, and Kelly Greene. To register for this course, please visit the Adult Programming Table in Freeman Hall or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited to 15.
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.
Credo: A Spiritual Journey
Fourth Sunday of Each Month at 10:30 a.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: January 25
This I Believe/This I Practice will be transitioning to a new name, 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: January 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: January 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, 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: January 19
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: January 13
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
First Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Next Meeting January 6
What if we embraced our imperfections and vulnerability and engaged in our lives from a place of authenticity? This TED Talk speaker suggests that what makes us vulnerable is also what makes us beautiful and worthy. Join us in the Bernstein Room on Tuesday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m. to watch the talk and discuss how we might apply this message to our own lives.
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: January 7
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 at email@example.com.
First Thursdays of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Bernstein Room
Next Meeting: January 1
Dick Kistler, a retired electrical engineer and very well read member of the UUCC, will be presenting onWaking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris. Sam Harris's new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.From multiple New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives-and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow. Waking Up is part seeker's memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality.
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.
UUCC Film Series
Third Fridays of Each Monday
Next Meeting: January 16
Two separate films will be offered —one for adults in the Sanctuary and one for children in the Bernstein Room. Both films have been chosen by Bob Gorman (for adults) and Kathleen Carpenter (for children) to address the Second Sunday Topic-January's Theme-Pluralism. (If you need childcare for the very young, please sign up in Freeman Hall or email Martha@uuccharlotte.org.)
The Band's Visit (Israel, 2007) Description to come..
The Adventures of Milo and Otis (US, 1986) Description to come.