6:30 Vespers: Re-gathering Our Community; 7PM Theme Talk: Cultivating Relationships

Join us for Vespers Oct 6, 6:30 to celebrate re-gathering after a summer hiatus. Our theme will be “Cultivating Relationship” inspired by the work of Priya Parker recently interviewed by Krista Tippett. Listen here https://onbeing.org

After Vespers Rev. Claudia will lead a  7PM “Theme Talk: Cultivating Relationships” exploring healing and re-connecting during this COVID time. We will begin our time together reflecting on the words of bell hooks

“”Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation.
Healing is an act of communion.”

Wednesday Vespers & Program themes:

1st Wed.    Theme Talk or Special Program
Discussion about the monthly Soul Matters theme.

2nd Wed.    Liberation Conversations: Pursuing our Congregational Goals to practice Anti-racism. These conversations will provide updates on the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss why the work of liberation at UUAvl matters.

3rd Wed.    Spiritual Practices: Centering Love
Centering Love – Love is a core value of our UU faith. On the 3rd Wednesdays this fall at 7 p.m., we will center our spiritual practice of love-in-action with self, others, and the world. As Cornel West says, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

4th Wed.    Theology
We will begin with an introduction to theology: What is it? Do UUs do Theology? Participants will select theological themes for future sessions. Examples: Hope, Death, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Evil, Covenant. 

October Calendar:

Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia 
Program: Theme Talk: Rev. Claudia

Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Liberation Conversations: Eleanor Lane, Jensen Gelfond 

Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices: Nancy Bragg

Vespers Leader: Bernise Lynch
Program: Intro to Theology, Rev. Claudia

Welcome to Adult Faith Development at UUAsheville


We launch our Faith Development programs this month! The 6:30 October 6 Vespers welcomes our spiritual learning community after a summer hiatus. The 7PM program will explore this month’s theme “Cultivating Relationships.” I invite you to consider how our understanding of relationship has changed during COVID. We have been yearning for physical connection with family and friends beyond our COVID pods, if we are living with others, or beyond ourselves, if we are living alone. Below are a few questions for reflection from this month’s packet.

And, check out this month’s calendar for other opportunities for spiritual deepening. Join us!

See you on-line or at a masked gathering on campus!
Rev. Claudia

October calendar: 


Reflection questions:

  1. What was the most nourishing new relationship you cultivated during the pandemic time? Was it with an unexpected person? A new habit? A new part of yourself? And what’s your plan to intentionally nourish that relationship moving forward?
  1. What’s the wisest thing you were ever taught about cultivating relationships?
  1. When was the first time you deeply connected to someone in a way that caused you to also deeply connect with yourself? 
  1. When did you first realize there was something called “a chosen family”?
  1. Which of your friend relationships have lasted the longest? Or gone the deepest? What’s been the secret? And, most importantly, is that a secret you need to pull out and use again in your current life?
  1. Is it time to stop cultivating a relationship and instead walk away from it?