The Mill Creek Adult Religious Exploration Program exists to awaken us to the power of love by using the richness of stories to encourage one another in an ongoing process of spiritual growth.
Faith Like A River
Do you love history? Unitarian Universalism has a long history that shapes our current identity. History is often viewed as a linear progression where events follow events and actions occur in reaction. But history is not straightforward. This program guides you to explore the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist history—the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.
This series will be divided into 5 four-part sections to be held over the course of the year, with three in the spring and two in the fall. Topics include UU Identity, Diverse Community, Institutionalism, Freedom of Belief, and Prophets and Social Justice. The introductory session will be held at the beginning of each section. This is a drop-in discussion held Sundays from 9-10:15 am. No registration or commitment is necessary. Facilitators will rotate.
Section Four: Freedom of Belief (orthodoxy & heresy, reformation, martyrs & saints) Sept. 23- Oct. 14
Section Five: Prophets and Social Justice (freedom, utopianism, evangelists) Oct. 28- Nov. 18
For more information, contact Karen Rege firstname.lastname@example.org
Harvest the Power Leadership Workshops
Many Unitarian Universalists experience a deepening commitment to their faith and congregation as a call to accept a position of leadership—as a lay worship leader, a leader of children or youth or a member of a task force, committee or governing board.
Harvest the Power provides leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. The program helps lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders. Harvest the Power addresses the reality that today’s leaders operate at a time of rapid cultural change, both in and outside our congregations. Leaders need a broad range of skills, both technical and visionary. The program’s 12 workshops offer opportunities for both new and experienced leaders to enrich the skills they bring to their leadership and to experience their leadership journey as a Unitarian Universalist faith journey.
In very short 10-20 minute exercises that you can use at the beginning of your monthly meetings, we will deepen our commitment and skills as leaders in our congregation.
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 Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm beginning September 24 through December 3. Enrollment is limited to a minimum of 8, maximum of 12 participants who commit to attending all nine sessions.
Please sign up in Realm, or if you have questions contact Rev. Greg at email@example.com
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 UUSMC 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.”
This is an eight-week course designed to cultivate mindfulness — a special way of paying attention to present-moment experience. The course includes learning about mindfulness and its positive effect on the body and brain as well as practicing mindfulness meditation and gentle movement. Participants will learn to relate directly to whatever is happening in life, including the challenges of stress, pain and illness.
The course consists of an orientation session, eight weekly classes and one daylong workshop, held here at Mill Creek.
The course is led by Cara Lee Palmer, LCSW, Mindfulness and MBSR Teacher.
Course fee $350. Includes orientation, all classes and workshop, 2 Mindfulness Practice CDs, and a Workbook. Registration is required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music and Imagery Workshop
Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) uses music to assist us in exploring our own inner world and work through significant life issues, such memories, loss, trauma, and relationship challenges.
- connects the conscious to the unconscious
- stimulates the intuition and the creative potential
- activates our innate capacity for healing and transformation
- provides encouragement to get through difficult emotions and life situations and carries the client through the heights and depths of an experience
- helps to reduce fears and anxieties
- reduces stress and enhances a state of well-being
- allows unresolved issues to surface and helps to remove mental and emotional blocks
This workshop is an introduction to GIM. You will have the opportunity to practice GIM using music and imagery for exploring your own self for growth and wellness The workshop will include a discussion of music and imagery in spiritual seeking. With exploring the self comes the potential for healing, new insights, and deepening spirituality. The approach lines up well with the basic philosophies of Unitarian Universalism.
For more information about GIM, Contact Tim Honig
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 Saturdays from 9:00 – noon. Tentative dates are Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 and 8
Go to: Realm to sign up, or contact Rev. Greg (email@example.com).
Theology Through the Lens
Join Rev. Greg for a seven-part course that explores traditional theological categories through photographic assignments and reflections. Based on a curriculum developed by Rev. Laurie Stuart, we will use Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker’s works, “Under Construction: Knowing and Transforming Our Unitarian Universalist Theological House” and “A House for Hope” to ground ourselves in the theological claims of Unitarian Universalism. But the real work of this course is to creatively connect heady theology with photographic imagery. For example, what does soteriology look like in our everyday life? To answer that, we have to know what soteriology references, and then creatively think about how that idea manifests in our world. Dr. Parker uses the metaphor of a house, so we will prompt participants to capture images that illustrate what we think of as our theological foundation, our church, our salvation, our theology of where we come from and where we are going, how we are called to embrace our neighbors and how we speak about our sense of the elemental forces that permeate our lives.
You do not need to consider yourself a photographer, or even particularly creative to participate. You need not consider yourself a theologian to participate. All that is required is a curious, adventurous heart and something to take photographs with.
Dates for the class are still being worked out, but we expect to begin in mid-Sept.
Contact Rev. Greg if you’re interested. (firstname.lastname@example.org )