Sunday Morning Adult Religious Education
This fall our “pre-service” Adult Religious Education offerings will kick off on Sunday, September 12. We are excited to integrate our themes with those of the worship, as well as children’s and youth religious education programming this fall. We will use the Soul Matters themes to plumb the depths of our spirits. In September, we will look at the theme of Embracing Possibility. In these strange and disrupting times, how do we renew our spirits by looking beyond what is now considered the former (i.e. pre-pandemic) normal? Let the explorations begin!
- Drop-in class to be held on Sunday mornings, 9:00-9:45 am as a hybrid workshop with rotating facilitators.
- The Zoom log-in information and link will be included with the sermon information email on Sunday mornings.
- The Zoom link remains the same from week to week (you do not need any specific email to participate in that week’s session).
- No registration required!
Come when you can, as often as you can. The discussions are always good, and who knows what you may hear or what these conversations may evoke. We look forward to being with you, even virtually. You make our hearts sing!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Listening to Our Lives
This class is designed for those who wish to engage seriously and open-heartedly with the perennial religious topics such as: inspiration, God, community, suffering, death, spiritual practice, living our gifts, and salvation. Rev. Greg will lead the group meeting on Sundays from 12 noon – 2 pm on the following dates:
October 17, 24, 31
November 14, 21
December 5, 12, 19
Enrollment is limited to a minimum of 8, maximum of 12 participants who commit to attending all nine sessions. Use the buttons below to register or if you have questions.
Read what past attendees have said about this class:
“I signed up for the Listening to our Lives class to do something about the creeping emptiness of retirement and the loss of a clear purpose which my mother’s care provided. The class created a safe and trusting space for me to listen to my inner voice, in the quietness of a beloved community. It was designed to slip us into deeper inner work with the help of carefully selected readings, homework and class discussions. I still reach out to the class notes I made and the reading materials as I continue this very rewarding work.”
“Attending this class has been the most impactful thing I’ve done since joining Mill Creek 25+ years ago. The self-reflection, discussion, and sharing within our group has helped me progress in leaps and bounds on my spiritual journey. I have a deeper sense of the “why” of church for me and a beloved community which I cherish.”
Shared Pulpit Workshop
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 a Shared Pulpit Workshop, which will guide you in developing your story into a sermon and worship experience that you may share with the congregation.
Using a series of small group meetings, this program aims to deepen connection and trust among you — the seeking minds and caring hearts of Mill Creek. The workshop contains advice, tools, and a process designed to equip you to be even more skilled, confident leaders (because anyone brave and curious enough to share their journey publicly with a congregation is, in fact, a leader). Along the way, you’ll discover your authentic voice by writing a sermon to deliver to the congregation.
This program is pulpit-and-pew tested, producing dozens of graduates who report that it transformed their relationship to their congregation and to Unitarian Universalism. As a participant, you don’t need to think of yourself as a writer. You don’t have to know what you want to say. You don’t even need to be a visible leader in your congregation. As you and five to seven others navigate your way through the eight sessions — under the guidance of Rev. Greg – you are invited to do three things:
- commit your time and energy to the program – including doing the required writing between sessions
- create and uphold a group covenant so that those in your group can risk being vulnerable
- trust that the first two steps will reveal your voice and truth
The workshop will meet on Sundays from 2:30-4:30 or 5:30, depending on size of the class:
September 12, 19, 26
October 17, 31
**(if needed — depending on the number of participants)
Whether you are a new couple or have been walking together for many years, to be in a close relationship can be empowering and energizing. Yet, sometimes it can also be stressful. We can get lost in the day to day activities of our lives and the wonderings about our futures. Our connection to our chosen partner can loosen.
Join us for a Couples Retreat where we will explore both the strengths and the growth areas of our closest relationship. Prior to the retreat, participants will each take an online assessment of their relationship, the results of which will frame our work together. In both groups and one-on-one exercises, we will engage in conversations about our expectations, roles, and communication styles. We’ll look at how we deal with stress, how we deal with conflict, and how we deal with joy – together.
The retreat will be led by Rev. Greg on Saturday, October 23 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and will include a box lunch. Registration is required and limited to (10) couples. There is a fee of $60 (per couple) that covers the cost of the online assessment and lunch.