2019 Adult Spiritual Development @ UUC
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"I Am A Nice Person, Not Like Those Others"

A one-time workshop after Coffee Hour, abut responding to those who feel differently than you do. Is everyone else to blame for all the misunderstanding and hate that is out there? What about you? What can you do? Questioning, discussion, and a video.

Meets Chorale Room, Sunday March 3, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Book Discussion -- "In Later Years: Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging"
From the UUA Bookstore review: "A Unitarian Universalist minister and chaplain at a large senior residence community leads us on a journey through the stories and experiences of elders, offering insights into navigating this unique stage of life. Drawing on scores of personal interviews, this volume of real-life accounts provides a felt sense of the challenges and blessings of aging."

This time will be used for a gentle and caring exploration of aging into our seventies, eighties and nineties, the particular focus of this wonderful book.

Purchase the book here: https://tinyurl.com/y7wm5t6s
or here: https://www.uuabookstore.org/Search.aspx?k=in+later+years

Contact Rev. Patrice if you need to borrow a copy (one copy available).

Facilitator: Rev. Patrice

Meets: Maxwell Library, Wednesday at 11am, March 6 (optional lunch together, afterward)

"Waking Up White…” Book Discussion
This is a four-session class on the book Waking up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving. * This class is particularly designed for those who identify racially as White to help us understand the impacts of institutionalized racism and our culture of white supremacy in our past and present lives. The class includes videos and small group exercises to help participants process Debby Irving’s story in reference to their own life experiences. More detailed information on course content is available in the Black Lives Matters section of the Social Justice table Sundays after church.

Book information - Irving, Debby. (2014). Waking up white and finding myself in the story of race. Cambridge, MA: Elephant Press. ISBN paperback: 978-0-9913313-0-7; ISBN ebook: 978-0-9913313-1-4

Contact the facilitator if you need help finding the book. Used copies from others involved in UUC Black Lives Matter meetings in the past may be available.

Facilitator: Susan Allen, MSW, PhD sallen915@aol.com
Meets: Sundays 12:30–2:30pm; Mar. 17, Mar. 31, Apr. 14, Apr. 28, Chorale room

Book Discussion -- Interfaith Conversations: Jesus Christ
This discussion group will prepare FAST activists and attendees for conversations about faith, beliefs, and values with Christians with whom they share justice-making work. The book is called, "Christ and Unitarian Universalists," by retired Stanford University Dean for Religious Life Scotty McLellan. Purchase your copy here: https://tinyurl.com/ybguemhj

Facilitator: David Wynn

Wednesdays at 7-8:30pm: February 6, 13 and 27; March 6

Qigong and Tai Chi
Nancy Skanchy, a retired therapist, will teach a beginning 8-week beginners class for on the soft carpeted floor of our new space. In this class, she will combine Qigong and the first dozen Tai Chi movements to improve flexibility, balance and focus; integrate body, mind and spirit; and reduce stress and joint pain.

Unsure what Qigong is? Nancy will teach a 15-minute class after Coffee Hour on January 27th - come experience this energy practice and Nancy's style.

Nancy has been practicing Tai Chi and martial arts for three decades, and teaching for one decade. She moved to Florida a few years ago and is beginning a new teaching practice in our community. Her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nancy.skanchy

PLEASE RSVP at least for the first class, so we know how many copies to make of handouts. This is a drop-in class; attend just one class or both on Thursdays. An offering to the teacher is welcomed.

Teacher: Nancy Skanchy
Meets: Thursdays, Feb. 7 to March 28, 9-10am and 6-7pm in the Surti Center

Addressing Climate Change: The Existential Threat
The Environmental Justice Committee will be presenting a series of talks and discussions on the ecologic crisis facing humanity and what we need to do. The committee will use the Post Carbon Institute’s course “Think Resilience” to guide the discussions. The format is to view 1 to 3 of the 22 presentations followed by discussion. This first presentation, at Open Issues on January 20th will focus on the energy crisis. Future presentations and discussions will examine the four interrelated crises; energy, ecology, economy and equity, and then draw on a systems approach to thinking and discussing strategies for addressing the existential threat to earth’s ecosystems
Think Resilience is a self-directed course that we will be using as a basis for the discussions. We have permission to use the course for free in our discussion group. If you wish, on your own, you can also access the course by going to: https://education.resilience.org/product/self-directed-course/ and using the code DG218 to get the self-directed course for a discounted fee of $10.


Open Issues: January 20, 2019, plus joint decision for another discussion time
Self-directed course: https://education.resilience.org/product/self-directed-course/ save $10 using DG218

UU Readers Group
This group will decide what to read, drawn from Beacon Press and Skinner Books publications. Options include fiction, meditation manuals, poetry, social justice, and more. Please come prepared to suggest a book with title and author, or with a genre that you'd like us to consider!

Potential Options: Rotating discussion leader; lunch afterward (brown bag?) to continue the discussion

InSpirit Bookstore: https://www.uuabookstore.org
Beacon Press: http://www.beacon.org/

Facilitator: Rev. Patrice
Meets: February - May, first Tuesday each month, 11am-12:15pm, Maxwell Library

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