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Adult Religious Enrichment

The Adult Religious Enrichment ministry of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation engages the minds, the hearts and the whole selves of our learners.

With the understanding that the Unitarian Universalist journey is one of an ongoing quest for truth and meaning, participants in our program will:

  • Develop an integrated sense of their own UU identity
  • Find resources for encountering the various stages of their life journey
  • Be empowered to live their beliefs through their actions
  • Cultivate their spiritual deepening and spiritual practices
  • Enrich their understanding of the world around them
  • Build connections with others

Information about current class offerings can be found in our weekly e-bulletin. Have questions? Contact Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development.

 

SOME CURRENT OFFERINGS
The following is a list of some of our current offerings.


Soul Connections
Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation has started theme-based ministry. Theme based ministry is an integrated worship and learning practice designed to give us a deeper and richer experience of our faith and practice as Unitarian Universalists. Each month, we explore one theme in depth through worship, music, newsletter reflections, and in small groups.


Western Spirituality from a UU Perspective
This course will explore the presence and development of spirituality from prehistoric times until the present, with a particular emphasis on those values and sensibilities that resonate with our modern Unitarian Universalist identity. The format will consist of a lecture, followed by discussion.
 

Mindful Reflection Community
The “Mindful Reflection Community” (a member of the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship) is open to all members and friends of Unity Temple who are interested in exploring meditation, mindfulness and Buddhist teachings within a UU community. No experience is necessary and there is no charge. Most members sit on chairs that are provided but if you wish to sit on the floor please bring your own zafu. The “Mindful Reflection Community” meets every Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m in the lounge at United Lutheran Church, Unity Temple’s temporary home. Come once in a while or regularly!  Terry Kinsey will be coordinating the meetings. contact: mindful@unitytemple.org.

 

Meditation, Mindfulness, Buddhism and UUs
Contemporary Buddhism is not a belief. It is a process of investigating how our minds work and an opportunity to uncover unique habitual patterns of reactivity that have developed over our lifetimes. Explore how to create a spaciousness from which we can choose to live our lives with less reactivity and with more skill.
Through lecture, small group discussions and meditation practice we’ll explore the core teachings of of Siddhartha Gautama (known as the Buddha) in light of recent scholarship. These concepts give a broader context from which you will explore the workings of your mind. You’ll be encouraged to look at these concepts from a skeptical point of view and decide for yourself if they assist you in living a more skillful and fulfilled life. The course has been updated based upon feedback from the last 3 classes Terry has facilitated. High school aged youth are welcome. Locations: Gale House, Sundays from 1:30 to 3:45 January 22 through February 26, 2017. To register: adultre@unitytemple.org.

 

Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race Book Discussion Group
This book, written by a sociologist, a psychologist, and an economist, is an interdisciplinary text designed to introduce whiteness and white privilege and encourages discussion about the topics of race and privilege. We will start with the first chapter "The Invisibility of Whiteness" and then continue with chapters/sections of interest to the group. Members of all racial identities are welcome.
A priority of the group will be to make this a safe space for discussion of everyone's experiences. This does not mean that discussions will always be easy or comfortable. Participants should be open to learning new things about themselves! Discussion facilitated by Elizabeth Freeland, UTUUC member. Register at adultre@unitytemple.org.

Seven UU Principles and Palestine-Israel
A local study group of the national curriculum from UU's for Justice in the Middle East, "The Seven UU Principles and Palestine-Israel," will be offered at our congregation. This curriculum seeks to help UU's build awareness around human rights issues for Palestinians and Israelis in a peace-with-justice framework and present ideas for planning and taking action. It will be conducted based on a covenant that creates a safe place for sharing opinions, seeking truth and deepening community. Sessions will include readings, videos, activities and discussion. The group will meet once a month on Sundays from 12:45-1:45 p.m. from November through May. Refreshments will be served. Contact adultre@unitytemple.org with questions.

Great Books Discussion Group
A facilitator will lead and direct a discussion of various great books. Group members will be encouraged to engage with the reading by defending or challenging the texts while also considering how they inform or contradict our UU Principles. If you like to read, and if you like to think deeply about what you read, this discussion will be fun and enlightening.