Recent Classes

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.

Four Sessions: on Sunday afternoons: March 19, 26, April 2, 9. We will meet 1:00–3:00 p.m. in Channing.    
Fee: None, but please register.
Minimum 5, maximum 25
Facilitator: Justin Almeida

SPRING INTERGENERATIONAL WOMEN’S BREAKFAST

Women from high school through elderhood are warmly invited to share breakfast and connections on Saturday, March 18, from 9:00 AM to noon. In addition to a delicious morning meal, UUC’s own Virginia Stout will present her spiritual odyssey – the story of the formative elements of her life, the soul journey that has made her who she is and sustains her now. We’ll have the opportunity to consider our own life stories and talk with one another about the meaningful turning points (past, present and future) that shape our decisions, careers, personalities, activism, families, friendships, beliefs and spiritual paths.

About our speaker: After a B.A. at Cornell University Virginia Stout did doctoral studies for 3 years at Harvard, before moving to Zurich, Switzerland, for a year with her husband Hugh Stout, and then coming to Seattle. In 1961 she completed her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at UW. Her son Peter was born in 1963 and now lives in San Jose, CA. For 30 years she did research for the NOAA Fisheries Lab., on pollution in marine fish and separations of omega-3 fatty acids. She met her 2nd husband, Bill Sieverling, a longtime UUC member, at a UU singles weekend. After marrying, they grew a blended family of his twins, Lisa and Eric, who live in the Seattle area, and Peter. At 55 she enrolled at Antioch Seattle; in 1991 she earned an MA in Psychology with a concentration in Counseling and Adult Development. After retiring from NOAA she set up a private practice focusing on scientists, engineers and health-care professionals until 2011. She’s learning to live with Multiple Myeloma and enjoys Scandinavian dancing, bird watching and reading.

THE 7 UU PRINCIPLES & PALESTINE-ISRAEL STUDY SESSIONS

The Seven UU Principles and Palestine-Israel is a nationally-used curriculum created by UUs for Justice in the Middle East. These study sessions are designed to increase our understanding of this very complex situation through the framework of the UU 7 Principles. The leaders will not be instructing participants toward any specific point of view. The curriculum seeks to help UUs build awareness of the issue of human rights for Palestinians and Israelis in a peace-with-justice framework. The curriculum, based on a class initiated at the Olympia UUC in 2014, also presents ideas for planning and taking action.

Sessions will be conducted based on a group covenant that creates a safe space for sharing opinions, seeking truth and deepening community. They will include readings, videos, activities and discussion. The curriculum is designed for adults and is also appropriate for high school youth. Although not a requirement for the class, it is suggested that participants may want to read The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan, which is available in the UUC bookstore and the Seattle Public Library.

Fee: None, however please register.
Seven Sessions: Wednesday evenings, October 5 – November 16, 7-9 pm in King.
Facilitator: Elissa Goss, co-creator of the curriculum. Contact: Judy Bedell

FAITHEIST BOOK DISCUSSION 

Faitheist book

This is a 2-session discussion gathering on the book, Faitheist by Chris Stedman. Stedman is the Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community, and he advocates for interfaith cooperation between atheists and believers. His book is his memoir of growing up churchless, finding Christianity as a teen, coming to terms with his homosexuality, turning hostile to religion, and ultimately seeing that liberal atheists can find common cause with liberal believers. The book, Faitheist, is available in the UUC Bookstore or at the Seattle Public Library.

Two Sessions: October 16th and 23rd
Fee: None, but please register online.
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm in the Howe Room
Facilitator:  Jonathan Tweet, UUC Member and Atheist. Jonathan is also the author of Grandmother Fish, which is a child’s first book of evolution.

CRACKING THE CODES: THE SYSTEM OF RACIAL INEQUITY

Cracking the Codes Film

The film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity uses story, theater and music to illuminate the larger frame of structural/systemic racial inequity. Dr. Butler’s film invites her audience to grapple with both the intellectual and emotional complexities of race. The film includes moving personal accounts from 23 leaders who illuminate the issues around racial disparities and the importance of deepening the dialogue around race in America. It conveys the interconnection between internal and external/structural components of racial inequity, and reveals how self-perpetuating systems reinforce disparities in institutions. This film sets the context for a constructive conversation, during which we will reflect on how we can collectively develop a deeper, cohesive understanding that can be directly applied to analysis and action.

One Session: Saturday, November 5 from 1:00 – 4:00pm in UUC’s Knatvold Room.
Facilitators: Christine Edgar, Roberta Ray, and Betty Williams
Fee: $5 to defray the cost of refreshments

Register early, seating is limited! Sponsored by the UUC Racial Justice Team

WHERE I’M FROM

where I'm fromAlso back by popular demand, in this course we will use writing exercises and other activities based on George Ella Lyon’s poem, “Where I’m From,” for exploring the socio-cultural history which has shaped each of us. This is an opportunity to gather in community and deepen our appreciation of the potential for social justice awareness and spiritual development found in our personal roots of class, race, religion and geography. Consider inviting someone you would like to get to know better. Participants from ninth grade through elders are welcome. No previous writing experience or talent necessary.
Three sessions: October 9, 16, 23; 1:30- 3:30 pm, in Channing
Fee: None, but please register
Minimum 5, maximum 30
Facilitators: Margaret Sutro.
Contact Margaret Sutro

POP-UP POTLUCK DINNERS

“A single conversation across the table with a wise person is worth a month’s study of books.” Chinese Proverb

We frequently hear from people that they enjoy UUC being such a large, vibrant congregation, but are looking for ways to get to know some people better. Well look no longer – Pop-Up Potluck Dinners are here! How it works:

  • 4 – 6 hosts volunteer their homes for dinners on a designated date: this next one is Saturday, October 22nd! 
  • People sign up to go to one of those homes based upon shared interests, whether or not they are kid-friendly and location (exact locations will be provided to guests)
  • The hosts furnish the place and an appetizer, others sign up to bring parts of the dinner
  • We do it all over again with different hosts in a month or two

Please register online.

 MEN’S FALL RETREAT

Misty Dock

Join us for the 5th annual UUC men’s fall retreat to spend a weekend exploring topics in large and small group settings, simply relaxing, and regaling each other with amateur entertainment or personal stories. This year’s event will be held from 4:00, Friday, October 21st until Sunday, October 23rd at 2:00 at Camp Killoqua, located on 185 acres of forest, wetlands and waterfront, on Crabapple Lake in Stanwood, WA. Our Lodge is on the lake shore with broad views of the lake and forest beyond. Open to anyone who identifies as male. Cost per person is $130. Some scholarships may be available. Register online or by calling the church office or at a table during coffee hour.

UU HUMANISTS’ WINTER POTLUCK

 Saturday, December 10th, 5:00-9:00 pm in Nathan Johnson Hall at UUC. Once again, the UU Humanists are hosting a winter party for humanists, atheists, and agnostics in the Seattle area. All humanists and humanist allies are welcome, including church members and anyone else who would like to attend.

Organizer: Jonathan Tweet

WINTER INTERGENERATIONAL WOMEN’S BREAKFAST

DECEMBER 2016: As we enter the season of long nights, UUC women are invited to gather for breakfast, stories and connection around the theme of “Keeping the Winter Hearth,” on Saturday, December 10 at the Intergenerational Women’s Breakfast. The Rev. Amanda Aikman will invite us to share stories of courageous, stubborn and creative women who defy threatening storms to keep the light shining, the meals nourishing, and the hours full of inspiring hope and love. Anyone who identifies as female, 8th grade and up, are welcome from 9:00 AM to 11:30 or so, in Nathan Johnson Hall. We ask $10 per person, payable at the door or with online registration, to support the cost of breakfast and speaker’s honorarium.

Bring your own stories of inspiring women who guard the flame of life in dark times, and bring a memento for the symbolic winter hearth we will build as we recall the rituals that sustain us through the turning of the New Year. We’ll give voice to the vows we are ready to make to care for ourselves, the vulnerable and our beloved earth.