Soulful Exploration for Adults (Ages 16+)


Spring 2018

New Curriculum
Pilot Program
Creating Theology Together
Opening Retreat:
May 12th, 10am-4pm
(Followed by 3, two-hour sessions, date TBD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Your Own Theology (BYOT), by Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert, is one of the best-known titles in UU adult religious education. Partly in response to it, Rev. John Morehouse wrote a dissertation called Creating Theology Together, calling for a re-imagining of the individualized search for truth and meaning and the development of a shared theology in UU congregations. He wrote that such a shared curriculum “would begin to reinvigorate our foundational purpose and drive”. In particular, he thought, a shared theology would support a congregation in doing social justice work grounded in shared values and mission.

What’s the difference between these two curricula?

Building Your Own Theology is a learning exercise that invites individuals to identify their deeply held values, and to build a personal theology based on who they want to be.

Creating Theology Together goes further. It helps us see how our identity and theology are shaped by our lived experience.

By understanding our personal theology, we can engage and deepen our commitments in covenantal faith community. Then we can name and claim our shared theology,  to inform and shape a public theology that grounds our faithful actions in the world.  

Creating Theology Together joined the Fahs Curriculum Incubator program in April 2017, funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalism. A team of religious educators, led by Julica Hermann de la Fuente, includes Rev. Katie Romano Griffin, Anna Bethea, and Rev. Kate Lore. In addition, an advisory team of lay and religious leaders deeply committed to multicultural competencies and community work are working with the writers as the curriculum nears completion, including Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith, Christina Rivera and Elandria Williams. (From Fahs Collaborative Newsletter)

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White Privilege 101

A new session of Witnessing Whiteness for beginners, called White Privilege 101, will be offered this Spring. Please let us know if you are interested and your availability by filling out the form below.

Our goal is to develop a knowledgeable, tenacious, dependable and forgiving SOCIAL JUSTICE LENS that informs and guides our thinking and doing as anti-racist, anti -bias activists. Meeting together , learning from one another, challenging each other, studying together (readings, social justice dvd’s, guest accountability guides of color) prepares us to do the critical ally-ship work so urgently needed everyday , all day long  . Being conscious of our unearned white skin privilege, our deeply rooted sense of white superiority, and how we have benefitted from and continue to benefit from systems of white supremacy are essential to reaching our goal of developing a knowledgeable, tenacious, dependable and forgiving SOCIAL JUSTICE LENS.

All are welcome!

White Privilege 101 here at WUUC on April 15 in P2, 11:45-1:30 PM.

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Centering (One-day):  We will be using the UUA common read and the accompanying study guide:

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analyses, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.

 Two-hour class on April 22 from 6-8:00 pm location TBA.

For the Spring centering, contact Rev. Lois.

Winter 2017/18

Path to Wellness: Health Information and Coaching with Katherine Batts, PA-C

Meeting at WUUC Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 starting 2/7/18.  Set your health goals and work with a certified physician assistant/ life coach/hypnotherapist, Kathy Batts to achieve your goals.  Look at your blocks find a way to get around them.  Learn how mindfulness will help in all parts of your life.  Explore health strategies, nutrition, myths and more.  Bring your friends and family. 

Wednesdays 7pm-8:30 pm

WUUC- Library

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28. March 7, 14, 28. April 4, 11, 25. May 2, 9

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Tuesday’s with the Ministers: UPDATED

Centering:  We will be using the UUA common read and the accompanying study guide:

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analyses, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.

For the Spring centering, follow-up contact Rev. Lois.

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Group Spiritual Direction Part II: Participants will continue the work of learning to guide each other through our spiritual lives. This series of spiritual direction will allow participants to practice doing and receiving spiritual direction. This class is especially geared towards those who would like to train to be facilitators of the process. Preferred prerequisite: Spiritual Direction Part I, however, newcomers will be accepted on an individual basis.

February 27. March 6, 13, 20, 27. 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today-or perhaps even more so than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. (juliacameronlive.org). This class will continue exploring the book together with engaging activities to inspire an artistic life.  New participants are welcome. With Larisa Harris.

Tuesdays, February 13-April 10, 2018 in P1A from 7pm-9pm

 

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Pondering the BIG Questions-Are you curious?

The Greek philosopher Socrates is often attributed to having proclaimed that “The Unexamined life is not worth living.” This group strives to inspire deep and thoughtful dialogue exploring, questioning, and re-examining the mysterious, and perhaps unanswerable, BIG questions of life. Time will be given for both silent contemplation and engaging discussion.

The 3rd and 4th UU principles, acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, are all about exploring and deepening what we believe and building community in the process.  This is not a formal class.  All participants are encouraged to contribute ideas for discussion topics to the facilitators.

Starting mid-January.  Space is limited. Let us know if you are interested in taking this class and your availability below! We will determine time-based on your interest and availability.

Participants are asked to commit to attending the entire 8 sessions if possible. 

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Join us in an exciting new curriculum!

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for Older Adults (50+)

Workshop dates:  12 consecutive Thursdays, starting January 25, 2018 (no class on April 19)

Time: 7 – 9 PM

Location: Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, Portable 2

Register below by Sunday, January 21st

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Older Adults facilitates your exploration of sexuality through values, wisdom and experiences you’ve gained over your lifetime. Designed to improve your understanding of healthy relationships, sexual scripts you learned as a child and teenager, age-related changes, sexual health, sexual identity, communication issues, and other fascinating topics.  Class conversations are required to be completely confidential. Humor and fun are encouraged. This is sexuality education like you’ve never had it before!

Natalie Meitzner and Chuck Bean are the co-facilitators, both OWL certified.

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Building the Fusion Coalition (closed)

Book Club, 4th Sunday of the Month, 12:35 – 2:00 pm (in P1B)

Session 4) Sunday, December 17 – 12:35 pm:          Dark Alliance

Session 5) Sunday, January 28 – 12:35 pm:              The Creature from Jekyll Island

Dr. King was gunned down on April 4, 1968, just as he was beginning to articulate the need and platform for a Poor People’s Campaign. 50 years later Reverend Barber has resurrected the national call for moral revival through a broadly diverse fusion coalition, and the Unitarian Ministers Association has moved to sustain this new campaign with active sponsorship.

Supporting the New Poor People’s Campaign begins with a conversation about the disparate impact of powerful institutions on disenfranchised populations, including the justice system, establishment media, and our economy. Each session of this five-month guided book club will be organized around the study of one book and one movie which examine dominant institutions from the perspective of the institutionally disenfranchised, followed by a discussion of ideas and solutions through peaceful speech, political unification, and loving reconciliation. Our objective will be to build a coalition bound by a foundational understanding of the daily struggle under institutional disenfranchisement and to prepare our community for vanguard mobilization behind Reverend Barber and the Unitarian Ministers Association in the coming year.

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