January 6: Religious Exploration News

Remember to Register your Child/Youth! Registration is essential to our program’s planning, purchasing, communication, and overall successful management. Click here to access our convenient online registration form. Hard copy registration forms are located on the church bulletin board.

Click here to learn more about our Religious Exploration Program. Guided by our shared principles as Unitarian Universalists, we provide an atmosphere that facilitates spiritual and ethical development for all ages in a safe and welcoming environment.
Children’s and Youth Religious Exploration

This SUNDAY in R.E. for Children and Youth

This SUNDAY in R.E. Chris and Leo will lead the Chalice Children in a lesson about how winter brings changes to our earth. The Roots and Shoots Friends will welcome each other back for the New Year and continue learning about lemurs. During the Worship Service, Youth will meet in the library for an activity centering around the subject of forgiveness. Following worship, the Our Whole Lives class will engage in a session about sexuality, media and the internet.

RE-Imagineers MEETING
Mark your calendar for the RE-Imagineers meeting on Wednesday January 9 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will conclude by 8:00 pm. Let’s make it great new year for our Children’s and Youth RE program.

SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who participated and contributed to the Youth Group’s Gift Wrapping Fundraiser. Thanks to your generosity (and our hard-working elves), the Youth Group raised $331 for Freedom4Girls!

Adult Religious Exploration Classes

Let’s Talk About the Bible! (Ongoing)
This Sunday, Terry Vodery leads an overview of the Epistles and the Apostle Paul’s impact on Christianity. You are most welcome to join our friendly and informative gathering. Sundays 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the MacArtor Library. This is a drop-in class – no registration required. Coffee is provided. All are welcome!

Shared Pulpit Workshop (Series)
You have a story. Each of our stories is part of a larger narrative of being human in this world, in this time. One of the most powerful spiritual practices we have is in the sharing of our stories and reflecting on the ways those stories awaken us to love, illuminate our humanity, connect us to the holy and ineffable – and common – experience of life. We invite you to join Rev. Greg for this 8-session workshop which will guide you in developing your story into a sermon and worship experience that you may share with the congregation. The workshop will meet on Saturdays from 9:00 – noon. January 19, 26; February 9; March 2, 23; April 13; May 11, 18.

Listening to Our Lives (Series)
Śrāddha is a Sanskrit word that is often translated as “faith.” Perhaps more accurately, it refers to “that which we set our hearts upon.” This course is designed for you to know yourself more fully, so that you may live out more deeply those things you set your heart upon. In this small group, we will engage in the perennial religious topics: inspiration, God, community, suffering, death, spiritual practice, living our gifts, and salvation. It is intended for those who wish to engage seriously, and open-heartedly with these topics; those who seek to listen to who their lives call them to be. Rev. Greg will lead the group meeting on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: January 28; February 4, 11, 18; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8. Attendance at all sessions is necessary. If you know you are unable to attend for more than two sessions, we invite you to register for the course when offered again. Please contact Rev. Greg (minister@uusmc.org) if you have questions.

Waking Up White (Series)
This is a four-week workshop exploring the experience of growing up white. It will be a deep and challenging workshop, but will be framed by reflections on a common read of Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White. Several copies will be available in the library. Mary Higgins leads the group on Sundays following worship 12:00-1:00 pm: February 10th – March 3rd, in Classroom #1.