‘Building Your Own Theology’ Class
As Unitarian-Universalists, we are all theologians. Our church, as a spiritual community, encourages each of us to create our own personal credo (Latin for “I believe.”) This 8-week UUA curriculum will help you examine your values and beliefs about God or ultimate reality, human nature, ethics, and the meaning and purpose of life. You’ll search for what is true in life. Through a combination of reflection, group discussion, study and writing, you’ll examine your own spiritual odysseys and articulate your own credos. How does your life inform your faith?
Please note – this is not a “drop-in” class. It’s important to attend all eight sessions, since they build on one another.
Facilitators: Chuck Bean & Lauren Soliday
“So You Want to Talk About Race” – Book Group Starts Sept. 26
It’s time to sign up to be part of a group that will read Ijeoma Oluo’s “So You Want to Talk About Race.” Oluo is a Seattle-ite and her book has become a best-seller. She was profiled in a summer issue of Real Change. The book is meant to help people who want to talk about issues of race in America and don’t know how to do that, or don’t want to offend, or are afraid they’ll say the wrong thing, or, or… You get the idea.
Grace Simons will lead a five-session group on Wednesday afternoons, 2-3:30 p.m., starting on Sept. 26. We’ll meet in the WUUC library and need at least five people to sign up for the class to be held. (We have one now.) You can talk with Grace or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
At this time, there’s no paperback edition, but the book is available at the library. (You may have to put a hold on it.) So – get the book and mark your calendars. It’s a good read and well worth some conversation.
Nonfiction Book Club – Fall 2018
Join us on Friday, Nov. 2 at at 7 p.m. at the home of Lane Owsley and Alaine Davis for a meeting of the WUUC Nonfiction Book Club. We will be discussing “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain.
How many introverts do you know? The real answer will probably surprise you. In our culture, which emphasizes group work from elementary school through the business world, everything seems geared toward extroverts. Luckily, introverts everywhere have a new spokesperson: Susan Cain, a self-proclaimed introvert who’s taken it upon herself to better understand the place of introverts in culture and society.
With “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” Cain explores introversion through psychological research old and new, personal experiences, and even brain chemistry, in an engaging and highly-readable fashion. By delving into introversion, Cain also seeks to find ways for introverts and extroverts to better understand one another–and for introverts to understand their own contradictions, such as the ability to act like extroverts in certain situations. Highly accessible and uplifting for any introvert–and any extrovert who knows an introvert (and over one-third of us are introverts)–“Quiet” has the potential to revolutionize the “extrovert ideal.”
-Malissa Kent, Review for Amazon’s “Best Book of the Month”
Four times a year, the WUUC Book Discussion Group gathers to read and talk about a nonfiction book. You only attend the meetings about books that interest you, so we end up with a different group of participants every time. We meet to connect, share a meal, and talk about a book in depth. Anyone is welcome to suggest a book and/or lead a discussion. Contact Alaine, email@example.com, to RSVP, suggest a book, or offer to host a future discussion.