UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE FOR CULTURAL LITERACY
Back by popular demand, this series is an opportunity to explore Hebrew and Christian scriptures from a liberal religious perspective. Participants read selected texts and explore biblical scripture through discussion, dialogue, guided meditation, small group work, and creative exercises. This program is ideal for those who have had negative or limiting experiences with the Bible, as well as those who just wish to enhance their knowledge of the Bible for cultural literacy in a non-judgmental, dogma free setting. If you have any type of a Bible, please bring it, if not, that is OK.
SOUP AND SOLIDARITY
Given our current political situation, this is time to gather to feel the strength of community and solidarity. Our first event on January 25, 2017, was evening of coming together to connect and feel our collective power, as well as to grieve and hold space for one another as we each discern how to engage these challenging times. Whatever is ahead, it is both vital and life giving to be in relationship with one another. We are called to be a community of solidarity — intentionally in relationship with one another and showing up in solidarity to our partners in the wider community, particularly those community members most vulnerable to the current administration. Our third evening will be March 22, 2017, with more dates to follow.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERIES
Hosted by the UUC Leadership Development Committee for new, emerging and continuing leaders, these topics are foundational to all religious leadership. Workshops can be attended in any order. All workshops are held on Saturdays, 9 am- noon, unless otherwise noted. Childcare is available and must be reserved at least days in advance. Please register online. or by calling the church office. Members of neighboring UU churches are also welcome to attend on a space available basis.
Stepping into Leadership
Fall 2017 (Date TBD)
An orientation and invitation to leadership at UUC, for new, prospective and current leaders of committees, groups and ministry teams, as well as those who are in discernment about their calling to leadership. We’ll explore the strengths and skills needed in adaptive religious leadership and provide an overview of resources and processes at UUC: How to start a new group or project, promoting your program, arranging meeting rooms, managing finances, offering childcare, and more. Presenters: Janine Larsen, Rev. Beth Chronister, other staff and program leaders
A Question of Vocation
Feb 4, 2017 and Fall 2017
Parker Palmer, writer, teacher and activist, asks it this way: “Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?” As members and leaders (or potential leaders) at UUC, we commit to faithful action, responsible stewardship and prophetic vision – and the risk of leaving the safety of known ways. But what is it, exactly, that we are called to do and be in the world? And how to we inspire others to do the same? In this workshop, we’ll explore methods of personal and institutional discernment, values clarification and the capacity of religious leadership to develop lives of courage, commitment, passion and impact. Presenters: Rev. Jon Luopa, Rev. Beth Chronister, Janine Larsen
Living the Covenant
march 4, 2017 and Winter 2018 (Date TBA)
Unitarian Universalism is grounded in covenant – but what does that mean, exactly, and how is it practiced at UUC? We’ll look at the theological and practical understandings of covenant, gain skills in building and leading groups in covenant, wrestle with what happens when covenant is broken and learn how relationship can be redeemed and healthy community reclaimed. As religious leaders at UUC, we must engage covenant not just as a concept, but as a verb. Presenters: Rev. Jon Luopa and others
Intercultural Awareness and Practice: Developing skills for deepening our faith and community
April 29, 2017, with follow up workshops in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 (Dates TBA)
At UUC, we aspire to be increasingly open to the vast, rich diversity of human experience, as an expression of our UU values and as spiritual growth and wholeness. As UU leaders, this means nurturing the ability to create strong interpersonal relationships across difference, developing skills that help us leave the safety of known ways, and actively supporting each other as we grow and change, both as persons and as a congregation. This experiential and concrete workshop will help us see why and how we get stuck when working across differences and will offer ways to see and talk about systemic oppression as we consider nine important aspects of identity – age, disability, religious culture, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, national origin, and relationships or projects. Lunch is included. Presenters: UUC Equity Team and Rev. Beth Chronister
Seminar: UUC Culture – Our Roots and Wings
May 20, 2017 and Spring 2018. Open to UUC members who have attended other sessions in this series.
Given all we’ve learned about religious leadership, what do we make of UUC’s particular congregational culture? We’ll look at our church dynamics – and large church dynamics – and the systems of change, resistance, conflict, governance, community and ministry. As we look toward UUC’s future, how will we influence the church through our own resources as leaders, and where are our yearnings taking us? We’ll dive into mentorship, planning, assessment and energetic means to our ends. Presenters: Leadership Development Team and Janine Larsen
UUC INFORMATION SESSIONS
For anyone who is relatively new to UUC or just beginning to think about getting involved, please bring your questions and curiosity and join us for a one-hour UUC Information Session on the first Sunday of each month, from 9:30–10:30 a.m. If you have children, feel free to put them in classes/childcare while attending the session or bring them along.
One session: The first Sunday of every month, downstairs in the Howe Room
Time: 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Fee: None No need to sign up – just SHOW up!
Facilitators: Carol Flannigan
MEMBERSHIP EXPLORATION CLASS
The Membership Exploration classes offer information on Unitarian Universalism and University Unitarian Church, along with opportunities for personal reflection and for getting to know others who are also exploring membership.
Four sessions: Sunday mornings February 5, 12, 19, and 26th; 9:30 – 11:00 am, in King
Facilitators: Lynne Carveth and Hans Andersson
Fee: There is no cost, but please do register so we know how many people to expect.
ZEN BUDDHIST MEDITATION & DISCUSSION
Adults and interested youth are invited to Friday morning Zen mediation and discussion. Come meditate with a group, learn about Zen Buddhism and enjoy fellowship while exploring a UU-friendly form of spiritual practice.
The first hour will focus on silent and guided meditation, walking meditation, and an introduction to Zen ritual. The second hour will offer tea and discussion of the core teachings of Zen. Our study text is Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, by Sharon Salzburg (available in the UUC Bookstore on Sunday mornings).
This group is suitable for drop-ins. Chairs will be provided; participants may bring their own cushions or benches if desired.
For more information, please contact Janine Larsen, UUC Director of Ministries.
Fridays 10 am -12 noon, in Knatvold.
INTERGENERATIONAL WOMEN’S BREAKFAST
These breakfasts, open to all who identify as female, are held quarterly or so. The gatherings offer a delicious meal, time to visit with one another, an engaging program, and small group discussion. Suitable for teens and up. Mark your calendar now for the Summer Intergenerational Women’s Breakfast: June 3rd, 2017. More information about the program coming soon!
Please pre-register for the Women’s Breakfast so that we can plan for all. There is a $10-$15 fee to cover costs. You may register online via the UUC website, at the Connections table in Nathan Johnson Hall on Sundays, or by calling the church office (206-525-8400). Childcare is available if reserved through the church office at least one week in advance.
Three times during the year we hold an intergenerational breakfast for all those who identify as male. We provide a hot breakfast and begin our programming with a larger-group get-acquainted activity period, followed by smaller break-out group discussions. This has become something of a tradition over the last four years, and the feedback that participants have provided has emphasized how much men particularly value the small discussion groups. Representative recent and upcoming topics include:
What Does it Mean to be a Man?
Experiencing Spirituality and Service
Compassion and Connection
How do you Identify Yourself Culturally, Ethnically, as a Member of a Larger Tradition?
Three Sessions: Saturdays November 12th, 2016, February 11th, 2017 and May 13th, 2017, attend one, two or all three!
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Fee: $10 with some scholarships available. Register online, at the Get Connected table on Sundays, or through the church office (206-525-8400). Childcare is available if reserved through the church office at least a week in advance.
Volunteers are needed for all the roles in making this happen, planning the topics, helping with food preparation, being a small group facilitator, helping with set-up and clean-up, etc. Contact Mike Kippes