Personal and Spiritual Exploration for Adults, September 2019

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

New Offering:

Preparing Your Own Advance Directive for Healthcare Saturday, September 7

Your Advance Directive is a legal document that can speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself. It empowers an agent that you select to make medical decisions for you and act as your advocate in difficult times. In this workshop we’ll explore materials that can help you make the choices to mark on your directive. Bring your questions, maybe a previous directive or “living will” document, and join us for homemade muffins Saturday morning, from 9:30 am to noon in the Warren Mathews Conference Room. This is the first of a two part workshop. Contact: Joyce Holmen. One time materials cost: $5.00.

Community Building Through Personal Development:

Gentle Yoga Monday, September 9

We will explore traditional yoga poses in a safe, compassionate, non-competitive environment that is welcoming to all who are able to get up and down from a yoga mat. We will be working on traditional yoga poses with a focus on creating a safe, effective, compassionate, non-competitive environment that is welcoming to all. We will work on strength, flexibility, restorative poses and deep relaxation. Some equipment is required, including a yoga mat, 2 blankets, and a strap, and several other suggestions – see the calendar page linked above. Mary Lee Olsen has a 500 hour certificate as a yoga teacher. She will be offering the final class on September 9, from 6:00-7:00 pm in Forbes Hall. Preregistration is necessary. For more information or to register, drop by the Adult RE table on Sunday or email Mary Lee through

Collage Group with Stan Bemis Saturday, September 14

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 through creating art. He has taught many who didn’t realize they had creative talent, from all across the world – from California to Palestine/Israel. He welcomes any age, from youths to older adults. The goal of this group is to help foster personal worth and empowerment, entering that holy place within and having sacred fun. The objectives are: 1. to create works of art; and 2. to possibly create cards for events or celebrations. We encourage you to bring your old magazines to work with as well. We will meet from 10:00-12:00 pm in the NE Cottage. Contacts: Stan Bemis or Sarah Robson.

Exploration of Ideas:

Science Non-Fiction Book Discussion Tuesday, September 17

We will discuss “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution,” by Walter Isaacson and Dennis Boutsikaris. The author of “Steve Jobs” looks more broadly at the people who created the computer and the internet. All are welcome. We meet at 7:30 pm in Forbes Hall. Contact: Rebecca Crawford.

AAHS Freethinker Forum Sunday, September 22

In place of our September Freethinker Forum, we invite you to join us in Los Angeles at the 4th annual Interfaith Solidarity March #InterfaithMarchLA. This is an important event for everyone who cares about religious freedom and the repudiation of violence and discrimination based on faith.

AAHS (Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, and Secularists) is an open group that meets for 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.

Contact: James Witker.

Interest Groups:

Discussion and Support for Persons with Disabilities Sunday, September 29, at 11:45 am  [not September 22 at noon]

The Disability Support Group is promoting a dialogue on a selected topic at each of its meetings throughout this church year.  The next meeting has been changed to Sunday, September 29, and the topic will be “Money Management, Finances, and ABLE accounts.”  Join us in the NE Cottage at 11:45 am (we’re adjusting to the Sunday Service schedule change).  All church members interested in the topic are invited to attend. Contact: Michael Young.

  • October’s meeting will be on Sunday, October 27, when the topic will be, “Personal Boundaries.”  This will be at 11:45 am also.

UU Men’s Group Thursdays, September 5, 19

This group offers a special opportunity to the men of the congregation and other like-minded men to join our welcoming group in provocative and stimulating discussion and to get to know others with UU perspectives in a more meaningful way. We meet the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 PM in the NE room of the Cottage. The topic for Sept. 5 is: What has been your biggest life blunder, if you had one, or something close, and how did it turn out? The topic for Sept. 19 is: What single event or experience during your childhood do you believe had the biggest effect on how your life has turned out?  For more information contact Richard Mathias.


An Enjoyable Dive into Who and What We Are Mondays, September 2, 16

This ongoing class helps 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 also focus on insights gained throughout the month. It is expected that participants will develop and enjoy a regular meditation practice. This group meets on the first and third Mondays from 7:30-9:00 pm in Forbes Classroom 3. Contact: Bill Blake.

Open Meditation Mondays, September 9, 23, 30

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 on the second, fourth, and fifth Mondays from 7:30-9:15 pm in Forbes. Contacts: Bev Shoenberger or Carol Ring.

Highlights of additional interest groups meeting in September:

  • Knitters and Friends On hiatus until September 22, 2019, when we return to two services. Contact: Linda Van Ligten.
  • Body-Mind Tune Up for Seniors This group is for seniors, superseniors, and people with physical difficulties. Now on a new day of the week! Each Saturday from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm in Forbes Hall. Contact: Bruno Lacombe. Note: Free for church members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers.

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