Adult Faith Development: Adaptive Living, from Fear to Love

cartoon butterfly is blue sky next to oak tree with words Adaptive Living, From Fear to LoveThis is a virtual program sponsored by The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center.  It starts Wednesday, July 1 at noon and continues for eight Wednesdays thereafter.

“Adaptive Living: From Fear to Love – Pathways to Progress” is free – – with donations to The Mountain welcomed. It’s designed to open our minds and hearts so we are more adaptable, productive, and committed to a higher level of personal development in this rapidly changing world.

This program is offered to help The Mountain recover from its $500,000 loss in COVID-19 program cancellations. The coordinator and presenters are doing this pro bono. Every dollar goes to The Mountain. Our OLLI-recognized keynote speakers (Drs. Rita Brodnax and Dudley Tower) will introduce content, facilitate discussion, and encourage new practices during the nine sessions.

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Explore Spiritual Deepening at UUCA

Buddhist Fellowship
Meets Tuesday, June 9, 7-8:15pm via Zoom. We start with a 30-minute (unguided) meditation followed by dharma/UU sharing, and end with 10 minutes of social interaction.
Contact Jim Steffe for Zoom code.

Peacemakers
Our June practice is
 being for peace: Today take five minutes to meditate for peace. Put your attention on your heart and inwardly repeat these four words: Peace, Harmony, Laughter, Love.

Peacemaking at a Distance will take place on Wednesday, June 10 via Zoom.  After check participants will explore Guatemalan-born RMT received the Peace Prize “in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples.” Please join Peacemakers as we broaden our discussion of the 2020 UUA Common Read. In so doing, we will be draw upon her lecture, which you can read here. To deepen your familiarity with RMT, you may wish to view a 59-minute lecture she gave in 2008 on “Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples.” Contact Bruce Larson for Zoom code.

Covenant Groups continue to meet. Some groups are using conference calls others are meeting via Zoom. Contact covenant group co-coordinators if if you are interested in joining a group. 
Iris Hardin irisphardin@gmail.com

Let us know what UUCA programs you have been attending, what programs we can offer again…UU History? Haunting Church? etc. and what kinds of programs you would like to see in the future. Share your thoughts with Rev Claudia.

Continuing Adult Faith Development Opportunities

Join a covenant group. Participate in “Haunting Church” or “UU History 101”
Explore spiritual deepening groups such as the Buddhist Fellowship or Peacemakers.

Haunting Church: Owning Your Religous Past provides an opportunity to explore your religous journey through discussion, art and journaling. What do you leave behind? What do you bring ot the present? What do you redefine?
Dates: Monday, April 13, 20, 27 & May 4
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM
Who: 8-12 participants
Facilitator: Rev Claudia; email faithdev@uuasheville.org to register

Peacemakers continue their book study via Zoom on the second Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 PM. They are currently discussing: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States. Contact Bruce Larson for details brucedeanlarson@gmail.com

UUCA Buddhist Fellowship is maintaining its regular meeting schedule: 7:00 to 8:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month via ZOOM.  Contact: Jim Steffe for details and meeting ID jf.steffe@gmail.com

UU History Class …Drop-ins Welcome
You are invited to take a 12-week class on Unitarian Universalist History.  The class will meet on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. starting Thursday, April 2.  It will be facilitated by Rev. Jeff Jones, Affiliated Community Minister with UUCA.  We will be using the video series Long Strange Trip by Ron Cordes.The class will cover 2000 years of Unitarian Universalist history.  Each class will have 30 minutes of video followed by discussion.  You are welcome to join us for all classes or you can drop in as your schedule permits. Questions? Contact Rev. Jones jeffjonesuu@aol.com

Covenant Groups continue to meet. Some groups are using conference calls others are meeting via Zoom. Contact covenant group co-coordinators if your group would like to use Zoom or if you are interested in joining a group. 
Iris Hardin irisphardin@gmail.com
or Paula Massey massey.paula@gmail.com

Adult Faith Development Opportunities

Meditation for Beginners via Zoom, Mon., March 23, 7:00-8:30PM
This might be a good time to establish a daily meditation practice. As we all hunker down and engage in social distancing there may be an opportunity to set time aside to practice. The goals of the class are to practice simple Buddhist techniques that can be used to establish your own meditation practice and develop the confidence needed to continue your practice. Contact Jim Steffe if you are interested jfsteffe@gmail.com

Covenant Groups continue to meet. Some groups are doing conference calls others are meeting via Zoom. Contact covenant group co-coordinators if your group would like to use Zoom or if you are interested in joining a group. 
Iris Hardin irisphardin@gmail.com
or Paula Massey massey.paula@gmail.com

2020 Youth Con at UU Church of Charlotte

Friday, February 7, 7:30pm to Sunday, February 9, 2020, 9:00am

This exciting and youth-led CON is the 28th annual event presented by the high school youth of UU Church of Charlotte. 9th-12th graders from UU congregations in NC, SC, TN, VA, and GA are invited to attend this gathering of Unitarian Universalist youth and advisors for a weekend with a program filled with a variety of workshops, activities, good food, and a safer environment. Youth participate in all the activities, share with new friends in small get-to-know-you groups, bond during free time, contribute to times of fun and reflection, and grow spiritually through worship.

Join Us for a Spirit Play Spark!

Join Us for a Spirit Play Spark!

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10am-2pm

Are you/ Have you been/ Do you want to be… a Spirit Play volunteer? This workshop is for you! Spirit Play offers a foundation in religious education, introducing our young children to Unitarian Universalism through stories and activities. Our kids LOVE it! You are invited to join us for this volunteer learning and workday with some very special things planned:

  • Come hear our Spirit Play origin story from two of our founding mothers, Anna Olsen and Ann McLellan, and the philosophy behind this enriching program!
  • Spirit Play storyteller training with Will Jernigan!
  • Share and hear the wisdom and experience of the whole group!
  • Center leaders, be inspired and share ideas, resources, materials!
  • Work with your center team to rejuvenate your space and story baskets!

There are many ways to be involved — we need all sorts of skills to run this special program: storytellers, center leaders (art, drama/movement, music, maker), those who like to organize and tidy spaces or make bulletin boards… there is a place for you. We will have breakout sessions for all roles.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
10:00am-2:00pm

Please RSVP here.

Note: even if you cannot attend for the whole time, we would love to have you there.

Contact Jen Johnson with questions.

Adult Faith Development Programs Coming Soon

UU Journeys

Thursdays, Feb. 20, 27; March 5, 12,

23 Edwin Parlor,

Registration required,

Facilitators: Rev. Ward, Rev. Jiménez, Joy McConnell, Venny Zachritz.

 

Peacemaker’s Book Study:

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz the 2019-2020  UU Common Read (during Wednesday Thing)

February 12      Introduction- Chapter 3

March 11           Chapters 4-6

April 8                Chapters 7-9

May 13*            Chapters 10- Conclusion 

*Location TBA

Haunting Church

March 6, 6-8 PM23 Edwin, Parlor

March 7, 9am-3pm, RE Commons

Registration required

Facilitators: Rev. Jiménez, Rev. Sapp