Educational Programs for Adults
Learning and exploring spirituality never ends; it is a life-long process. Here at UUSS we are committed to life long learning and development as we live by our fourth principle: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” As a way to support the growth, development, and search of our community, we offer the following adult faith development opportunities:
Weekly Drop-In Programs:
Coffee, Crullers, and Conversation (CC&C) Sunday morning 9:30am; Drop-in
This long running program offers a drop-in opportunity for our community to join in discussion and debate before our Sunday morning service. We will provide coffee for those who would otherwise be too sleepy to stay awake for the service. We will provide crullers for those who skipped breakfast just to get to church early enough to attend CC&C. And, and, we will provide conversation for those who require an intellectual connection to other human beings. It is with this last item that your help is required. Don’t let the “ding darn know-it-alls” who run CC&C dominate the conversation. You must have a philosophy, a presentation, a topic that is worthy of consideration and discussion. If so, schedule it by contacting Bill MacTiernan at email@example.com. Remember: You too can be a conversation dominator!
Philosophy Group Wednesdays 10am-11:30am; Drop-In
The UUSS Philosophy Group was begun in 1972 by minister Rudy Nemser. The group reads and discusses three or four books per year, chosen by the members. Readings generally fall into the categories of philosophy, religion, the classics, and occasionally a subject of current interest. Visitors are always welcome. The group meets every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Emerson room at UUSS. More information about the Philosophy Group can be found here.
Guided Yoga Flow Sunday morning 8:00am-9:15am; Drop-in
Our congregation’s “evangelistic yogi and mindfulness practitioner who is committed to changing the world one yoga class at a time” leads a guided yoga flow session every Sunday before services as a way to center ourselves before our larger gathering for our Sunday morning rituals. This is also a drop in group.
Guided Meditation Practice 9:30am; Drop-in
Following our Guided Yoga Flow sessions, our congregation’s yogi also facilitates a guided meditation for those who want to continue their mindful morning.
Long Strange Trip Wednesdays, February 8 – March 15, 7 pm – 9 pm; Drop-Ins are Welcome!
With a set of six DVDs detailing the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism, we explore the foundations and formation of our faith. Knowing and understanding our past can help us determine what we want to do in our present.
Change is our Choice Book Discussions Two Sessions (options below); Drop-Ins are welcome!
Sundays 12-1:30 pm on February 12, February 26, March 12, April 2 and April 23
OR Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 pm on February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4 and April 18
Read selections from the Northwest Earth Institute’s Change is our Choice, Creating Climate Solutions book series, and then join us to discuss topics including: why is climate change the most critical problem facing us in the 21st century, what is the scientific evidence for climate change, how do I calculate my own carbon footprint, what should nations and states do, what action plans can I take?
Getting to Know UU Two Sessions (options below); Register here
Whether you just came through the church doors or have spent years trying to figure this place out, this small group workshop addresses the basics of what it means to be an active Unitarian Universalist, and provides an opportunity to connect with others who share your interests while you explore our historic liberal faith tradition. Topics include UU history and theology, faith development, how we worship in a covenantal faith, and how we express our values through social justice.
UUA Common Read — The Third Reconstruction, by The Rev. Dr. William Barber Jan 30, Feb 6, & Feb 13, 7:00 – 8:30 pm; Register here
Membership Class April 8, 2017, 9am-1pm; Register following Getting to Know UU
After our Getting to Know UU program, our Membership Class is the next step on the path to membership. This is a one-time Saturday morning class with others who have been on this journey toward membership. The class covers the expectations for UU members as well as opportunities for you to express which programs or committees you feel drawn to. The opportunity to make a commitment to membership is given at the end of class. For more information on our journey to membership, click here.
World Religions Fall 2017 7pm-9pm; Registration not open yet
Wisdom from the world’s religions” is one of the Sources of the living tradition we cherish as Unitarian Universalists. The search for truth and meaning, and spiritual growth, are inherent in our Principles and Purposes.
Join with us in this six week course where we travel to exotic locations around the world and see how such religions as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Protestantism and Catholicism have shaped cultures, changed history and left their mark on humanity. Learn fascinating facts about the striking similarities and differences in these faith traditions.
Each week we will view a DVD narrated by Ben Kingsley which will describe the history and fundamental beliefs of each faith, and then have an opportunity to enter into dialogue with a knowledgeable representative of that faith.
UU Wellspring Registration closed for the 2016-17 year
Wellspring is a course in spiritual deepening designed specifically for UUs! In this intentional 10-month program, participants study the history of Unitarian Universalism and explore spiritual questions in a small group setting. Five interconnected components serve as guideposts: commitment to a daily spiritual practice, monthly spiritual direction, meetings twice a month, readings, and putting faith into action. Honor the voice of your inner teacher as you reflect on life’s biggest questions. To find out more, contact Rosemary Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org or 339-7814. For more information about Wellspring, click here.
Race: the Power of an Illusion Jan 8, 15, 22, 12pm-2pm; Class completed for this year, but reading materials available here.
The Social Action Team on Race is starting programs to raise our consciousness around privilege and racial justice. This PBS series will offer us a chance to learn and discuss as we begin to unfold our implicit bias. This series makes us think- what if we suddenly discovered that our most basic assumption about race – for instance, that the world’s people can be divided biologically along racial lines – was false? For more information on the Social Action Team on Race, click here.