Soulful Exploration for Adults


Workshops

The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (Adult and Youth) was developed by Milton Bennett (Portland State) as a way for people to understand and build cultural competency. What I like about this model is that it is grounded in the premise that being comfortable and able to function in cultures other than our own is like many other things, developmental. It is not a model blamed on shame or guilt and asserts that all of us, regardless of race or ethnicity, have work to do when it comes to cultural competency.

Bennett has come with 5 stages that describe where people are in the process of developing “cultural competency.” The workshop I am leading on Saturday, September 23, is an introduction to the model. It is not pure lecture but has exercises to accompany each stage that help us understand them more thoroughly.

10am to 3pm in Portable 2

It is open to High School on up. Register Here:

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Mindfulness Meditation Workshop with Kozen Sampson

Rev. Lo spent a sabbatical month at the Trout Lake Abbey where Thay Kozen is the abbot. He has been transmitted both in the Japanese Zen and the Vietnamese Rinzai line. His constant practice is “loving kindness.” This workshop is an introduction to meditation for all ages.

October 21: 9am to 3pm in the Sanctuary

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Ongoing Offerings

Tuesdays with the Ministers

Building the Fusion Coalition

The Big Questions

Witnessing Whiteness

The Artist’s Way

Tuesdays with the Ministers

Workshop 1: A Call to Faith in Turbulent Times (Rev. Lois)

 (Sep 19, 26, & Oct 3, Oct 10)

6:30-7:30 in the Sanctuary

Developed by the Rev. Marta Valentin is a 4 week small group ministry setting in which to explore:

Session One: Call to Vision

Session Two: Call to Love

Session Three: Call to Imagination

Session Four: Call to Relationship in Action

Each session has these intentions:

  • To create a space to explore feelings regarding current events
  • To explore metaphors to sustain one’s spirit for the long haul.
  • To affirm that being in community sustains courageous acts.

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Workshop 2: Embodied Interfaith Leadership (Rev. Jae)

Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5

6:30-7:30 in the Sanctuary

As our congregation engages in work with other Seattle-area faith based organizations, it is important that we develop interfaith communication skills to help foster productive and loving relationships. This course is based on workshops developed by Rev. Jae and Claudia Espinel of Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary. We will have four sessions of interactive engagement and learning.

Course objectives/learning outcomes

Learn and deepen the ability to work across differences with other faith traditions through the practice of inter-religious dialogue

Cultivate practical communication skills of interreligious dialogue

Develop a covenant for cross-cultural, interfaith engagement

Integrate learning from this community in a way that informs our justice work

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Workshop 3: Living in the Tension: The Quest for Spiritualized Racial Justice

(Rev. Lois)

Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd, Feb 6, 13, 20

6:30-7:30 in the Sanctuary

In this class we will use Shelly Tochluk’s (author of Witnessing Whiteness)  guide for exploring the “complex tension between spiritual practice and social action with thoughtfulness, nuance, and clarity.” We will read and talk about a chapter each week for 6 weeks. Participants must purchase of copy of the book prior to the beginning of the class.

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Workshop 4: Social Justice Discernment Circles

March 27, April 6, 13, 20, 27

6:30-7:30 in the Sanctuary

Small Group Spiritual Direction is a method for discerning truth and reason in community. Each participant learns to listen to the still small voice inside to help themselves and other’s find wisdom in the midst of the unknown. Rev. Jae has been trained in the facilitation and will lead us in the process in hopes of building a culture and community of support in our work in the world. Bring your hearts, bring your wisdom, and bring your spirit.

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Workshop 5: A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World (Rev. Lois)

April 10, 17, May 1, May 8, May 22

6:30-7:30 in the Sanctuary

A 6-week class working with a curriculum from the Northwest Earth Institute. It goes into more depth than “decluttering,” focusing on living “in a way that is fulfilling, respectful of the environment and people, ethical, and intentional.” Participants will need to purchase the book either in paperback or ebook format for $28 prior  to the beginning of the class.

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Building the Fusion Coalition

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

Session 1) Sunday, September 24 – 12:35 pm:         The Third Reconstruction

Session 2) Sunday, October 22 – 12:35 pm:              The New Jim Crow

Session 3) Sunday, November 26 – 12:35 pm:          An Act of State

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 discussion of ideas and solutions through peaceful speech, political unification, and loving reconciliation. Our objective will be to build a coalition bound by 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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Spiritual Exploration – Pondering the BIG Questions.

The Greek philosopher Socrates is often attributed as having proclaimed that “The Unexamined life is not worth living.”  Here at WUUC, a new group will form this fall toinspire 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.

Please come and join us!  Starting on September 13, we will meet eight times, every other Wednesday (ending 12/20), from 10 to noon in the library.  Sign up HERE to register.  Space is limited to the first 9 respondents for a total of 12 in the group.  Participants are asked to commit to attending the entire 8 sessions if possible.  Later this fall, facilitators will consider whether to continue and whether to offer this at another time next spring.

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Pondering the Big Questions is now full. Please consider a different offering.

Witnessing Whiteness

Witnessing Whiteness meets the third Wednesday of every month in Portable 2 , from 7-9 pm. 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 anytime!

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Begins February: The Artist’s Way-Larissa Harris & Suzanne

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.

Registration opens in January