Adult Religious Education & Enrichment Opportunities
Classes and Workshops:
Adult RE Class: Growing the Circle Wider – Facing the Stigma of Mental Illness
Join Student Minister, Holly Brown for a three-evening course on how we can be more intentionally welcoming and inclusive to individuals with mental illnesses. Mental illness deeply affects many individuals and families both within and outside of our own congregation. The goal of the class is to create greater understanding of current terminology, the stigma that individuals with mental illness face, and how our religious tradition calls us to engage. Unitarian Universalism has a long history of showing spiritual concern for individuals dealing with mental illness; we can continue that legacy in our own community. The sessions are scheduled for three consecutive Wednesday evenings, April 25, May 2, and May 9, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please sign-up on the sheet posted in Fellowship Hall or online (click here). Deadline for sign-up April 22nd.
Adult Religious Education Class: “A Spiritual Exploration”
Join Dick Leavy for a three-evening exploration of your spiritual side. The sessions will involve members in reminiscence of past spiritual experiences, sharing of ideas, a smidgen of lecture, and activities to foster spiritual growth in the new year. Activities will include drawing a timeline of religious/spiritual events in the past, identification of current barriers to and facilitators of spiritual growth, and use of a gratitude journal. Sessions are scheduled for three consecutive Wednesday evenings, February 14, 21, and 28, from 7:30-9:00 pm. Depending on the size of the class, sessions will be held in Neilsen House (if 8 or fewer attendees) or Fellowship Hall for more than 8). Add your name to the sign-up sheet posted in Fellowship Hall or at this electronic link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NUUCSpritual (sign up deadline January 31). A questionnaire to spark discussion in the first meeting will be sent out to participants by February 7.
Yoga at NUUC. Start your week mindfully with incorporating breath and movement into a mind, body, spirit yoga practice . Join on Sundays at 5 pm in Fellowship Hall for gentle yoga. The classes both calms the mind and strengthens the body. Through movement, poses, breath and mindfulness discover what you need to enjoy the start of your week. Modifications for poses will be given to assist new to yoga as well as those who need variations due to injuries or health concerns. All classes are drop-in with a suggested love donation of $10. Weekly classes will be taught by Stephanie Henderson . Please bring your own mat. Wear comfortable (stretchy) clothing.
Stephanie‘s approach to practicing and teaching yoga reflects a love of learning. Encouraging students to listen and learn from their bodies and breath each time they practice. Building strength in body and spirit through postures and movement, Stephanie works to incorporate joy into a focused practice. With RYT of 200 hours Stephanie also has substantial work toward her 500 RYT certification.
Mindful Writing: Writing to Wake the Soul. Come join with us to see how writing can be used to explore theological and human issues. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, at 6:30, in Fellowship Hall. If you have questions, please instructor Marty Keith, a call at 740-369-1919 or email her at email@example.com.’
Women’s Group. NUUC’s Women’s Group welcomes anyone identifying as a woman. We meet the third Monday evening of each month (6:30 PM). Contact Marty Keith for information on the next meeting and current topics of discussion: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covenant Groups are small groups of 6-10 people that meet monthly and allow you to explore significant questions and experience community through deep listening and discussion. In covenant groups people get to know each other ina neighborly way, to feel in touch with each other’s lives, and to provide a context in which to think about and talk through “the big questions.” Covenant groups provide a unique experience that differs from adult education, other groups, Sunday services, or other things you can do at church.
Covenant Groups meet for to hours monthly. Each group creates a covenant for how they intend to be together. Meetings have a program topic, are guided by a facilitator, and follow a simple format: a candle lighting and reading, a check-in, a reading, presentation of a topic for deep listening and discussion, and a closing reading. The format of the meetings helps participants set aside daily distractions, reflect on their lives and beliefs, and make meaningful connection with one another.
Contact RevRitchie@aol.com for information about currently meeting groups.
Brown Bag Books
Upcoming books are as follows:
February For the Time Being by Annie Dillard
March The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch
April The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
May Light in August by William Faulkner
June Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Brown Bag Books meets on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the North Church. We would love for you to join us as you are able!