Personal and Spiritual Exploration for Adults, January 2020

Learning and exploration are about the transformation of the individual, our community, and the larger society. Participation helps us grow in wisdom, compassion, and ethical living. See our upcoming activities, programs, and workshops for adults.

To contact the facilitator in regard to any offering, you may email with the title of the group in the subject line. Your email will be forwarded.

Special Offerings for January

Esoteric Spirituality “The Diamond Approach”  Saturday, January 11

The Diamond Approach offers an immense and precise body of knowledge about the nature of reality and the process of spiritual realization. Many levels of engagement with this approach are available ranging from online courses to three day retreats. Vince Draddy will give us an introduction to this approach along with a Q&A session. From 4-6 pm in the Sanctuary, with a reception in Forbes from 6:30-8 pm. Parking available at the lot at Arizona and 16th.  Contact: Mark Berlin.

How to be an Antiracist Sundays, January 19 and 26, or Thursdays, January 23 and 30

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America — but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science — including the story of his own awakening to antiracism — bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society. Part 1: Sunday, January 19, 3-5 pm (Forbes) or Thursday, January 23, 7-9 pm (Warren Mathews Conference Room); Part 2: Sunday, January 26, 3-5 pm (Forbes) or Thursday, January 30, 7-9 pm (Warren Mathews Conference Room). Sponsored by Faith In Action: Peace & Social Justice Committee. Contact: James Witker.

Community Building Through Personal Development:

Collage Group with Stan Bemis Saturday, January 11

Do you wish to express yourself creatively in art, and yet may feel inadequate or untrained? Do you yearn to make an artistic statement, yet not sure how? Do you have too many catalogs, magazines, and advertisements, and haven’t a clue what to do with them? We welcome you to create your own collages with Stan Bemis! Stan works to bring joy and peace into people’s lives by creating art. The goal of this group is to help foster personal worth and empowerment, entering that holy place within and having sacred fun. We encourage you to bring your old magazines to work with as well. We will meet from 10 am-12 noon in the NE Cottage. Contacts: Stan Bemis or Sarah Robson.

International Folk Dancing with Instructors Saturday, January 18

They say that dancing is combining fun with exercise and friends. Learn international folk dancing with instructors Sandy Helperin and Teri Hoffman. Folk dancing is for anyone who loves to move to traditional music. New dancers are welcome – there are no partners required. Donations accepted. We are meeting from 7-8:30 pm in Forbes Hall. Enter through the Arizona entrance. Contact: Ellen Levy.

Exploration of Ideas:

AAHS Freethinker Forum Sunday, January 26

AAHS (Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, and Secularists) is an open group that meets for a lively and engaging discussion on topics of politics, science, religion, and philosophy. We also host occasional guest speakers, films, and outings. We are a home base for non-believers and questioners, but everyone is welcome. For many, atheism/agnosticism is a first step; Humanism is the thousand steps that come after. We’ll meet one hour after the service in the Warren Mathews Conference Room. Contact: James Witker.

Science Non-Fiction Book Discussion Tuesday, January 21

We will discuss Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson quickly gives us just what we need to be fluent for the next cosmic headline. We meet from 7:30-9 pm in Forbes Hall. Contact: Rebecca Crawford.


Interest Groups:

Discussion and Support for Persons with Disabilities Sunday, January 26

The Disability Support Group will be promoting a dialogue on the topic, Seasonal Affective Disorders. We meet on the fourth Sunday of each month a half hour after the service in the SE Cottage. Contact: Michael Young.

Parents’ Group Sunday, January 26

Come join to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting in a group setting! Childcare will be provided. We meet from 11:30 am-1 pm in the NW Cottage. Contact: Chris Brown.

UU Men’s Group Thursdays, January 2, 16

The Men’s Group offers a special opportunity to the men of the congregation and other like-minded men to join our welcoming group with provocative and stimulating discussion and to get to know others with UU perspectives in a more meaningful way. The topic for Thursday, January 2 is:  What New Year’s resolution would you like to achieve – and/or what reflection on the New Year, or the one just passed do you have?  The topic for Thursday, January 16 is:  Which of the cities, towns or neighborhoods you have lived in is your favorite, and why?

We meet the first and third Thursdays of the month from 7:30-9 pm in the NE Cottage. For more information contact Richard Mathias.


An Enjoyable Dive into Who and What We Are Mondays, January 6, 20

Bill Blake will present an enjoyable dive into the “who and what” we are. This on-going, twice a month class on the 1st and 3rd Monday is presented to help participants master specific meditation skills. We endeavor to answer the questions Who am I? (attitudes and beliefs) and What am I? (essence or true nature). This class will include meditations that explore participants’ spiritual goals. The monthly group meetings will also focus on insights gained throughout the month. It is expected that participants will develop and enjoy a regular meditation practice. The class meets in Forbes Classroom 3 from 7:30-9 pm. Contact: Bill Blake.

Open Meditation Mondays, January 13, 27

We gather twice a month to sit together quietly for 20 minutes, to walk with gentle awareness for seven minutes, and to explore the integration of meditation with ordinary life through reading and sharing. Anyone who senses they would benefit from 20 minutes of silent, non-guided sitting is welcome to join us. We have found that this time of quiet meditation and shared exploration can be deeply nourishing – a time of simply “being” amidst all the “doing” of our lives. We meet in Forbes Hall, from 7:30-9:15 pm. Contacts: Bev Shoenberger or Carol Ring.

Highlights of additional interest groups meeting in January

  • Knitters and Friends NOTE: on hiatus until further notice. If interested, contact: Linda Van Ligten.
  • Body-Mind Tune Up for Seniors This group is for seniors, superseniors, and people with physical difficulties. Each Saturday from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Warren Mathews Conference Room. Contact: Bruno Lacombe. Note: Free for church members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers.

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