Soulful Exploration for Adults at WUUC
(formerly called RE)
Join us to field test an exciting new curriculum! Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults
We are an approved field test site for an innovative series of workshops tailored to the needs and interests of adults aged 50+. We have a unique opportunity to test the draft curriculum and provide input for the final edition. Our feedback will ensure that Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Older Adults continues the tradition of excellence for which the lifespan series is known.
Workshop dates: Wednesday mornings on 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, & 5/24 (must commit to attend all meetings barring unforeseen circumstances)
Location: Portable 2, WUUC
Cost: Free to WUUC, $25 to outside members
Registration deadline and details: register here! Deadline 4/1/17.
Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Older Adults explores sexuality through values, wisdom and experiences gained over a lifetime. You will enhance your understanding of healthy relationships, age-related changes, sexual health, sexual identity, communication, and other interesting topics.
This is sexuality education like you’ve never had it before!
Non-Fiction Book Study
Choose hope, not anger. Seek out people you don’t usually talk to, and listen to their stories. Recognize each other’s humanity. Read this book.
In Rev. Lois’ sermon of November 27, she advised us to try to understand the viewpoints of those we feel at odds with, to stop trying to convince others to change their mind with facts and instead to listen with an open mind and an open heart. Hochschild, an American sociologist and a devoted liberal from Berkeley, takes a journey “across the political divide, to an empathy with those on the other side.”
Join us for a conversation that goes beyond demonizing “Them” and instead helps us achieve a deeper understanding of one another.
We will meet on Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the home of Alaine Davis for a discussion of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild.
All who read the book are welcome! Contact Alaine to RSVP
Soul Matters is WUUC’s small group ministry – a ministry of pause and creation in community. Soul Matter groups are an opportunity to build deep connections, a place to be accepted as you are and to open yourself to transformation.
Groups of 8-10 people make a commitment to meet once a month for four months beginning in October. There will be a group that meets at the church and one that meets in member’s homes. A facilitator guides each discussion. Our discussion follows the church’s monthly theme, with relevant readings to contemplate and discuss.
Group 1: 2nd Sundays of the Month from 12:15-1:45p. Sign up here!
Group 2: 2nd Wednesdays of the Month from 7-8:30p beginning October 12th off site.
Second Section is Closed.
Soft Launch Spring 2017 (see calendar): Full Launch Fall 2017
The following classes are part of our new Wednesday Racial Justice focus. We will soon have an offering each Wednesday night that focuses on our Resolution in Support of the Movements for Black Lives. W
About BLM: http://wuuc.org/black-lives-matter/
RJW: First Wednesday
Mutuality Movement with Rev. Jamil
We are beginning to do the work of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the work on privilege, and some direct action work. However, what is the spiritual bases of our solidarity work with Black people in America?
In a research fellowship with Meadville Theological School’s Fahs Collaborative, Rev. Jamil researched the usefulness of contemplative methods in developing empathy and a sense of solidarity with others. (mutualitymovement.org) He proposed the development if multi-faith, multi-generational communities of spiritual practice that can answer calls to social action mindfully, compassionately, and lovingly. He has since coined the term “sympathetic contemplative practice,” as spiritual practice done in solidarity with the marginalized population one is serving.
Believing in the power of sympathetic contemplative practice to develop solidarity with marginalized populations, Rev. Jamil will guide us through the practices of the Contemplative Black Spiritual Tradition including attentional-awareness practices, tarrying or waiting, call and response, and more.
Weekly: Every FIRST Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary starting October 5th. Interested, visit the Soulful Exploration Information table Sunday morning and let us know.
No Sign Up Needed, Just Show Up! This class is ongoing.
RJW: 2nd Wednesdays
Drop-In Sharing Circle
Beginning in the Fall of 2017
RJW: Third Wednesday
A continuing group of interested persons who are learning about white privilege and how to be good allies to persons of color. The goal is to continue the work of understanding our whiteness and to try and figure out what it means to be accountable not just to one another but to People of Color. This is a continuing covenant group, newcomers are welcome, but we ask that you mindfully enter knowing that this group has had many conversations and will bring up many ideas that may be new to you. If you would like to catch up with the group or need additional conversations please speak with the facilitator of the group.
We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 in P-2 (Chapel). This class in ongoing. SIGN UP HERE
RJW: Fourth Wednesday
The Black Liberation Series will include directed readings, multi-media viewing and discussions around the Black experience in America. The goal of this program is to cultivate empathy and solidarity for all persons of color in this country, we begin this path by looking through the lens of the Black experience in America. Readings will be short and each class is a stand-alone opportunity to engage the work of supporting Black lives. This class is for all persons regardless of racial or ethnic identity, we are learning together as a diverse community, about the social ills of oppression against Black persons in America.
4th Wednesdays of the Month beginning April 26th from 7-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary. No registration necessary, just show up!
Completed 2016/2017 Offerings:
- Facing Death With Life with Rev. Lois
- The Artist’s Way with Larissa Harris and Suzanne Dunn Plaza
- The Third Reconstruction with Rev. Grace & Rev. Jamil
- Building Your Own Theology with Lauren Soliday and Chuck Bean
Other Soulful Exploration opportunities: ongoing Buddhist meditation, and more, please visit http://wuuc.org/calendarevents/ to find out about our ongoing classes and offerings.
To receive updates, please refer to the “What’s Happening” email sent to the WUUC Announce email list or the WUUC Newsletter .
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