6:30 PM Vespers; 7:00 PM Program: Liberation Conversations

Join us for Vespers led by Anna Martin exploring this month’s theme Cultivating Relationship.

Our 7PM program will be “Liberation Conversations.”
Join Eleanor Lane and Jensen Gelfond to discuss what is happening with the Racial Justice Advisory Council and discuss your thoughts on the anti-racism work that is happening or could happen at UUCAvl. We are calling our conversations “Liberation Conversations” to uplift what we are for and move beyond focusing only on what we are against.

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:

6       
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia 
Program: Theme Talk: Rev. Claudia

13     
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Liberation Conversations: Eleanor Lane, Jensen Gelfond 

20     
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices: Nancy Bragg

27     
Vespers Leader: Bernise Lynch
Program: Intro to Theology: Rev. Claudia

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:

6       
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia 
Program: Theme Talk: Rev. Claudia

13     
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Liberation Conversations: Eleanor Lane, Jensen Gelfond 

20     
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices: Nancy Bragg

27     
Vespers Leader: Bernise Lynch
Program: Intro to Theology, Rev. Claudia

Vespers at 6:30pm, Program at 7:00, October 6!

We’re almost back.  Can’t wait!  If you’re on our email list you’ll get the Zoom link on October 6.  On this return to Wednesday Thing programming we will explore October’s Soul Matters theme, Cultivating Relationship.  Here’s how our Wednesdays will be structured at least through December.

1st Wed (Oct 6) – Soul Matters Theme Conversation – October is Cultivating Relationship – see the full year’s themes below.Two young people with headsvhanging off of a couch, "A friend is one who knows my song and sings it to me when I forget.

2nd Wed (Oct 13) – Liberation Conversations (Anti-racism defines us by what we are against; liberation defines us by what we are for. Let me know what you think of making a name change)

3rd Wed (Oct 20) – Spiritual Practices

4th Wed (Oct 27) – Theology: Exploring Core Theological Themes (During the first session, “Theology 101,” we will discuss which themes we will explore in future months.  Beauty, Evil, God, Peace & Non-Violence, Suffering, Joy, Prayer, Forgiveness & Reconciliation, are just some examples. Our resource will be Theology Ablaze by UU minister, Rev. Tom Owen-Towle.

Contact Rev. Claudia if you have questions or would like to lead Vespers. An outline and support are provided for Vespers leaders.

The Soul Matters Themes for 2021-22:
Oct. – Cultivating Relationship
Nov. – Holding History
Dec. – Opening to Joy
Jan. – Living with Intention
Feb. – Widening the Circle
March – Renewing Faith
April – Awakening
May – Nurturing Beauty
June – Celebrating Blessings

Our Vespers & Program Will Resume in October

Your Adult Faith Development Team (Jim Steffe, Kelly Wedell, Sherry Lundquist, John Bloomer, Linda Topp, Kim Collins and Rev. Claudia) will continue planning for the fall. Please reach out to Rev. Claudia  faithdev@uuasheville.org if you have ideas for programs and/or are interested in leading Vespers. Resources and support for Vespers are provided each month. Notice we will resume programs in October. Our Soul Matters themes for next year:

Oct. – Cultivating Relationship
Nov. – Holding History
Dec. – Opening to Joy
Jan. – Living with Intention
Feb. – Widening the Circle
March – Renewing Faith
April – Awakening
May – Nurturing Beauty
June – Celebrating Blessings

Have a healthy, happy summer!

Northern lights with a Mary Oicer quote: You can have the other words – chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it.”

Vespers 6:30 PM Our Journeys & Program 7 PM Mujerista Theology

Join us for Vespers led by John Bloomer as we reflect on voyages and adventures in our lives.

The 7PM program will be the last in our Theology Series. Rev. Claudia will facilitate an exploration of Mujerista (Moo-her-ista) Theology. Don’t know what that is? Join us and find out!

This will be our last Wednesday Thing Program for this liturgical year. We will resume Vespers and Program in September. If you are interested in leading a Vespers service in the fall or have suggestions for a program contact Rev. Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org.

6:30 PM Vespers: Exploring Our Stories & 7 PM Program- Spiritual Practices: Prayer

Join us for Vespers as we continue exploring the theme of Story. We will reflect on the Iroquis creation story of Skywoman and discuss how the stories we tell shape our understanding of the world and our place in it. Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia

The 7 PM Program will be the final session in the Spiritual Practices series. The topic will be prayer. Do UUs pray? Joins us for what will be a rich conversation. Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Next week will be our final Vespers. Join Vespers Leader John Bloomer in a final reflection on journeys and voyage sagas. Our program will be an exploration of Mujerista Theology, the final session in this year’s Theology Series. Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Vespers and Programs will resume in September. Have a wonderful summer!!!

Vespers 6:30 PM: What does it mean to be a people of story & 7:00 PM Anti-Racism Conversations at UUCA

Join Vespers leader Kelly Wedell exploring this month’s theme: Story. 


The 7PM program Anti Racism Conversations facilitated by Ed Prestemon will create space to discuss the Racial Justice Advisory Council’s invitation to review the glossary and participate in the Racial Justice Assessment tool survey. This is important work that we will do together. Join us!

May – Theme: Story


Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Being Shaped and Created by Stories; Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

12 
Vespers Leader: Kelly Wedell
Program: Anti-Racism Conversation; Facilitator: Ed Prestamon

19 
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual practices – Prayer, Rev. Claudia

26 
Vespers Leader: John Bloomer
Program: Mujerista Theology; Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Vespers 6:30 PM: What does it mean to be a people of Becoming? & 7 PM Program: UU Theologies – What is Religious Naturalism?

This Wed. at 6:30 Vespers leaders Eliza and Anna Martin invite you to continue exploring this month’s theme: Becoming.

 

7PM Program: Join Lead Minister Rev. Mark Ward in a discussion of
Religious Naturalism,a view of religion that welcomes science and all
that the natural world teaches while celebrating awe, wonder,
compassion and care. To explore ahead of time, click on this link: https://religiousnaturalism.org/

May – Theme: Story

5
Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Being Shaped and Created by Stories; Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

12
Vespers Leader: Kelly Wedell
Program: Anti-Racism Conversation; Facilitator: Ed Prestamon

19
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual practices – Prayer, Rev. Claudia

26
Vespers Leader: John Bloomer
Program: Mujerista Theology; Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

 

Vespers 6:30 PM: Becoming & 7:00 PM Program: Religious Naturalism

This Wednesday Vespers Leaders Eliza and Anna Martin invite you to continue exploring this month’s theme: Becoming.

Rev. Mark Ward will lead a session on Religious Naturalism, a spiritual perspective grounded in the natural world.  It’s a view of religion that welcomes science and all that the natural world teaches while celebrating awe, wonder, compassion, and care. To explore ahead of time, click on this link.

Vespers 6:30 PM Becoming Wise & 7:00 PM Program: Aging as a Spiritual Practice

This Wednesday “Becoming Wise: Story and Verse” at 6:30 PM.  Vespers leader Mary Alm.  During National Poetry Month, while we consider our monthly theme of Becoming, Mary Alm invites us to explore the concept of wisdom through an exercise of crowdsourcing a poem.

The 7PM program “Elderhood, Gratitude and Beyond” will explore aging as a spiritual practice. Co-facilitators: Jim Steffe and Rev. Claudia

 

April – Becoming


Vespers Leader: Rev. Mark
Program: Earth Community Circle,
Ed Prestamon, Wink Zachritz

14
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Anti-Racism Conversations; Carol Buffum

21 
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging III;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

28 
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Religious Naturalism, Rev. Ward

6:30 Vespers: Becoming Ourselves & 7:00PM Program

This Wed. at 6:30 PM Join Rev. Claudia in an exploration of becoming ourselves: do we do this alone, in community….. both?  

Join us after Vespers for an Anti-Racism Conversation on the history of race. Below is the link to the article that will be discussed. Facilitator: Carol Buffum
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dWo5s30yVh7U8nixF-8gzN34N52JVzUk/view?usp=sharing

April – Becoming


Vespers Leader: Rev. Mark
Program: Earth Community Circle,
Ed Prestamon, Wink Zachritz

14
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Anti-Racism Conversations; Carol Buffum

21 
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging III;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

28 
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Religious Naturalism, Rev. Ward

Vespers 6:30 Exploring this month’s theme: Becoming & 7:00 PM Program

This Wed. at 6:30 PM Join Rev. Mark Ward in “Looking Over the Edge.” As we enter this month with the theme of Becoming, Lead Minister Mark Ward will lead a vespers service focused on becoming toward the end of life. What is the work for us in the closing stages of life?


Stay after Vespers service, 7:00-8:00 PM to discover what UUCA and the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum have in common, and learn more about the climate crisis from a presentation by Ed Prestemon and Wink Zachritz of the Earth Community Circle. There will be time for discussion and Q&A after the presentation.

 

April – Becoming

7
Vespers Leader: Rev. Mark
Program: Earth Community Circle,
Ed Prestamon, Wink Zachritz

14
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Anti-Racism Conversations; TBA

21
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging III;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

28
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Religious Naturalism, Rev. Ward

 

March 24 – 6:30 Vespers: Reflections for the Spring Equinox & 7PM Program: Exploring Creation Spirituality

​6:30 Vespers  ​will ​be led by Joyce Hooley​ Gingrich.​​ March 24 will be the first Vespers after the First Day of Spring (The Spring Equinox, is on March 20 this year,) thus, we will be listening to selected readings from Aldo Leopold, and reflecting together on geese and on spring as a season for moving forward with commitment.   ​

​7:00 PM Program:  We will be exploring Original Blessing Theology.  Come help us identify some roots and commonalities with contemporary Unitarian Universalist understandings, and find out why Cardinal Ratzinger ordered an inquisition into Matthew Fox after he published his treatise, Original Blessing, A Primer in Creation Spirituality in 1983. Facilitator: Joyce Hooley Gingrich

Next Week:
March 31
Vespers leader: Rev. Jeff Jones
Program: Do Animals Have Rights? Facilitator: Rev. Jeff Jones

Vespers 6:30 PM Exploring Commitment & 7PM Program: Aging as a Spiritual Practice

Join Vespers leader Kelly Wedell in exploring our collective commitment to our messy humanity using a different interpretation of the starfish story.

Our program will be “Aging as A Spiritual Practice: The Five Fears” facilitated by Jim Steffe.

March
3
Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Rev Mark
Program: Anti-Racism Conversation: The Gardener’s Tale
Facilitator: Kay Aler-Maida

17
Vespers Leader: Kelly W
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging II;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich
Program: Creation Theology, Joyce-Hooley Gingrich31
Vespers Leader: Jeff Jones
Program: Do Animals have Rights? Jeff Jones

Vespers 6:30: Remembering Jim Reeb & 7PM Program: New Series-Anti Racism Conversations

This Wednesday, join Vespers leader Rev. Mark Ward to reflect on the 56th Anniversary of Jim Reeb’s death which is March 11.

Program: This month we launch the “Anti-Racism Conversation” series. 
Every 2nd Wed. there will be a facilitated invitation to explore racism and white supremacy as part of the work UUCA is doing to become an anti-racist congregation. This month Kay Aler-Maida will lead with an exploration of the levels of racism using the allegory of a garden. The TED talk by Dr.Camara Jones  will be the basis for the session. (begin at 6 min 55 sec)

 

 

Welcome to the month of COMMITMENT! Vespers 6:30 PM, March 3 with James Cassara & 7 PM Program: Theme Talk with Rev Claudia

Join Vespers leader James Cassara as we begin exploring this month’s theme: commitment.

7PM Program: Theme Talk with Rev. Claudia: Exploring Our Commitments to ourselves and others.

March

3
Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Rev Mark
Program: Anti-Racism Conversation: The Gardener’s Tale
Facilitator: Kay Aler-Maida
Please watch Dr. Camara Jones’ TED Talk, start at 6’55. Text here.

17
Vespers Leader: Kelly W
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging II;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich
Program: Creation Theology, Joyce-Hooley Gingrich

31
Vespers Leader: Jeff Jones
Program: Do Animals have Rights? Jeff Jones

Vespers 6:30: Knitting and Meaning-Making & Program 7PM

Join Vespers leader Rev. Claudia to explore knitting and meaning-making. Service to include a video reflection shared by UUCA member Elizabeth Schell.

The 7PM Program will be led by Rev. Terry Davis.
 “UU Theology Series: Unitarianism — Boldly Claiming the Pejorative”
When the Boston-based Rev. William Ellery Channing laid out an unorthodox Christian theology in a sermon in 1819, he did something unimaginable: he proudly called it “Unitarianism,” a label that his fellow liberal ministers had shunned. What did Channing preach? How was he able to create respectability for a distinctly different brand of Christianity? Join Rev. Terry Davis as we explore the events that led to Channing’s breakthrough sermon, and what it offered liberal religion then and offers our faith today. 

March – Commitment

3
Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Rev Mark
Program: Ignorance of White Identity, TBA

17
Vespers Leader: Kelly W
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging II;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich
Program: Creation Theology, Joyce-Hooley Gingrich

31
Vespers Leader: Jeff Jones:
Program: Do Animals have Rights? Jeff Jones

Vespers: Love and Beloved Community & 7PM Program: Aging As A Spiritual Practice

Join us for Vespers this Wed. at 6:30. Vespers leader Kelly Wedell and Rev. Claudia invite us to continue exploring Beloved Community inspired by the work of Ruby Sales, civil rights leader and public theologian. 


The 7PM program launches a 3 month series on Aging as a Spiritual Practice based on the work of Lewis Richmond. Facilitators: Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

FEBRUARY
3
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Theme Talk, Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm 
Program: Power at Work in Our Congregation, Anna Martin

17
Vespers Leader: Kelly Wedell &Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging I;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: TBA
Program: The Theology William Ellery Channing, Rev. Terry Davis

Vespers 6:30 Exploring Beloved Community through Song & 7 PM Program

Vespers leader Mary Alm invites us to consider the Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (found in our hymnal) as we continue exploring this month’s theme of Beloved Community.

The 7PM program will explore “Power at Work in Your Congregation” Facilitator: Anna Martin

FEBRUARY
3
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Theme Talk, Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm 
Program: Power at Work in Our Congregation, Anna Martin

17
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging I;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: TBA
Program: The Theology William Ellery Channing, Rev. Terry Davis

 

6:30 Vespers: Exploring Beloved Community & Program

Vespers leader Anna Martin invites us to begin exploring this month’s theme: Beloved Community.

At 7PM program Rev Claudia invites us to continue the conversation.

Beloved Community:
What is it?
When have you experienced it?
Who taught you about creating it?
What threatens it?

FEBRUARY
3
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Theme Talk, Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm
Program: Power at Work in Our Congregation, Anna Martin

17
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging I;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: TBA
Program: The Theology William Ellery Channing, Rev. Terry Davis

Vespers, Jan 27, 6:30 PM “Imagine That” & Program

When we talk about imagination, most of the time we seem to be imagining on a large scale.  How do we imagine “church” will look after COVID?  How do we imagine a non-racist world?  But we can also imagine at the personal level.  What if we imagined ALL the possibilities for our lives in the next 5 or 10 or 20 years, not just the logical, rational ones?  Who could we be? 

7PM Program: What is Theology?
We describe ourselves as a non-creedal religious community or faith tradition. Join us as we begin a series that explores the theological anchors of UUism.
Facilitator: Rev Claudia 

 

January – Imagination (Soul Matters Theme)

6       Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Theme Talk- Imagination, Rev. Claudia

13     Vespers Leader: Joyce Hooley-Gingrich
Program: Discerning Race/ Discerning Power, Facilitator: Mary Alm

20     Vespers Leader: Mary Ann Somervill, Sherry Lundquist
Program: Spiritual Practices: Paganism, Mary Ann Somervill, Sherry Lundquist

27     Vespers Leader: Linda Topp, “Can You Imagine?”
Program: Introduction to UU Theology, Rev Claudia

Vespers, Jan 13: Imagination and Music & 7 Program

Vespers 6:30pm: Joyce Hooley will lead us in considering some insights from Black American voices regarding this month’s theme, Imagination, as related to racial justice.   


Program 7pm: “Discerning Race/Discerning Power” continues our anti-racism work using the UUA curriculum “Building the World We Dream About” Facilitator: Mary Alm

 

January – Imagination (Soul Matters Theme)

6       Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Theme Talk- Imagination, Rev. Claudia

13     Vespers Leader: Joyce Hooley-Gingrich
Program: Discerning Race/ Discerning Power, Facilitator: Mary Alm

20     Vespers Leader: Mary Ann Somervill, Sherry Lundquist
Program: Spiritual Practices: Paganism, Mary Ann Somervill, Sherry Lundquist

27     Vespers Leader: Linda Topp, “Can You Imagine?”
Program: Introduction to UU Theology, Rev Claudia

Vespers Resume January 6, 6:30 PM

Vespers resumes January 6 welcoming the New Year and the monthly theme of imagination.

Our Wednesday Thing 2021 Programs will focus on:

  • 1st Wednesdays, the Soul Matters Theme (or a congregant suggested topic)
  • 2nd Wednesdays, Anti-racism work 
  • 3rd Wednesdays, Spiritual Practices
  • 4th Wednesdays, UU Theology 

During February through April, Jim Steffe and Rev. Claudia will offer a series on “Aging as a Spiritual Practice” based on the book by Lewis Richmond. 

January – Imagination (Soul Matters Theme)

6       Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Theme Talk- Imagination, Rev. Claudia

13     Vespers Leader: Joyce Hooley-Gingrich
Program: Discerning Race/ Discerning Power, Facilitator: Mary Alm

20     Vespers Leader: MaryAnn Somervill
Program: Spiritual Practices: Paganism, MaryAnn Somervill

27     Vespers Leader: Linda Topp, “Can You Imagine?”
Program: Introduction to UU Theology, Rev Claudia

Holiday Vespers, December 16, 6:30pm

Join Vespers leader Rev. Claudia for a meditative holiday Vespers. Come prepared to share a favorite holiday memory during breakout groups.

7 PM Program: Everyday Life Spiritual Practices Featuring Living Compassionately – Jeff Jones will be sharing his everyday life spiritual practice of living compassionately. Participants in breakout rooms will be sharing what spiritual practices we each will carry forward and integrate into our everyday lives. 



Vespers resumes January 6 welcoming the New Year and the monthly theme of imagination.

Our Wednesday Thing 2021 Programs will focus on:

  • 1st Wednesdays, the Soul Matters Theme (or a congregant suggested topic)
  • 2nd Wednesdays, Anti-racism work
  • 3rd Wednesdays, Spiritual Practices
  • 4th Wednesdays, UU Theology

During February through April, Jim Steffe and Rev. Claudia will offer a series on “Aging as a Spiritual Practice” based on the book by Lewis Richmond.

January – Imagination (Soul Matters Theme)

6       Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Theme Talk- Imagination, Rev. Claudia

13     Vespers Leader: Joyce Hooley-Gingrich
Program: Discerning Race/ Discerning Power, Facilitator: Mary Alm

20     Vespers Leader: MaryAnn Somervill
Program: Spiritual Practices: Paganism, MaryAnn Somervill

27     Vespers Leader: Linda Topp, “Can You Imagine?”
Program: Introduction to UU Theology, Rev Claudia

Vespers Dec. 9, 6:30 PM: Stillness – An Invitation to the Labyrinth & Program

The ancient spiritual tool of the labyrinth can be a welcome invitation to go deeper within and find a hidden stillness. Join Rev. Claudia Jiménez and UUCA member Rev. Terry Davis as we take this journey together. 

Print out a labyrinth or download a labyrinth app to use for this evening’s service:

Labyrinth Journey App

LABYRINTHS.PDF (zd-cms.com) 
(print at 86% to fit on 8-1/2 x 11 paper)

hero_labyrinth.pdf (zd-cms.com)

The 7PM program invites participants to explore the landscapes of power and privilege. Facilitator: Joy McConnell

December – Theme: Stillness

2       Vespers Leader: Rev. Mark
Program: Human Rights Day Discussion, Deb Holden, Rev Claudia

9       Vespers Leader: Rev. Terry Davis
Program: Navigating the Landscapes of Power, Joy McConnell

16     Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual Practices III: Heart/Creativity Practices

23 & 30     No Vespers – Winter Holidays

Vespers Dec. 2, 6:30 PM: Stillness & Program 7PM Cross Cultural Engagement & Activism

Join us December 2 as Rev Mark leads a Vespers on the Dec theme of stillness.

In observation of Human Rights Day, Dec 10 our after Vespers program invites us to explore cross cultural engagement and privilege in activism work. Co facilitators Deb Holden and Rev Claudia will share case studies for discussion from the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program established to be in solidarity with India’s struggle for social justice and human rights.

December – Theme: Stillness

2       Vespers Leader: Rev. Mark
Program: Human Rights Day Discussion, Deb Holden, Rev Claudia

9       Vespers Leader: Rev. Terry Davis
Program: Navigating the Landscapes of Power, Joy McConnell

16     Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual Practices III: Heart/Creativity Practices

23 & 30     No Vespers – Winter Holidays

Thanksgiving Vespers 6:30 PM (No program Wed. evening)

Join Rev. Claudia for a meditative vespers Wed., Nov 25 6:30 PM using the story “Giving Thanks” based on words from the Peoples of the Six Nations. It has been a complicated, challenging year and we are invited to consider the everyday gifts around us despite the challenges we face. Below is prompt to share with a young person in your life and, that you can draw or journal about. Enjoy!

  1. Draw something that makes you happy.
  2. Draw something you couldn’t live without.
  3. Draw someone who helps you.
  4. Draw something that makes you smile.
  5. Draw something you love to do.
  6. Draw something you are thankful for.
  7. Draw someone you love.
  8. Draw something you think is fun.
  9. Draw something that makes you feel good.
  10. Draw something that makes you laugh.

December – Theme: Stillness

2       Vespers Leader: Rev. Mark
Program: Human Rights Day Discussion, Deb Holden, Rev Claudia

9       Vespers Leader: Rev. Terry Davis
Program: Navigating the Landscapes of Power, Joy McConnell

16     Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual Practices III: Heart/Creativity Practices

23 & 30     No Vespers – Winter Holidays

Vespers 6:30 Nov 18: Healing and Reconciliation & Program: Exploring Heart & Creativity Practices

Join us this Wednesday for Vespers at 6:30 PM. Our theme: Truth and Reconciliation
In keeping with this month’s theme of “Healing,” Joyce Hooley Gingrich invites us to  explore role of acknowledging hard truths in the kind of “healing” that brings about reconciliation. Our ‘Time for All Ages’ will include a shadow play, titled Mother, Mother, I Feel Sick! Send for the Doctor Quick, Quick Quick!  We will also be observing Transgender Day of Remembrance.”

The 7 PM Program will be  Exploring Heart and Creativity practices.

PROGRAMS WEDNESDAY 7:00 PM:

2nd & 4th Wed.; Building the World We Dream About;
Contact: Rev Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org

3rd Wed.; Spiritual Practices: Exploration and Practice Challenge
Contact: Nancy Bragg njbragg1@gmail.com

November 
– Soul Matters Theme: Healing

      Vespers Leader: Rev Mark
Program: Theme Talk – Healing

11     Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Problems and Promises of Unearned Privilege, Anna M

18     Vespers Leader: Joyce Hooley-Gingrich
Program: Spiritual Practices III: Heart/Creativity Practices

25     Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia
No Program: Happy Thanksgiving! 

Meditative Vespers 6:30 PM Nov 11 & Program 7PM Exploring Privilege

Join Vespers Leader Anna Martin at 6:30 PM this Wednesday for a meditative Vespers on this month’s theme of healing.  Vespers will include the telling of the story “The Shattering of the Vessels” by Amy Petrie Shaw.

7 PM Program: Building the World We Dream About will explore the problems and promises of unearned privilege.
Facilitator: Anna Martin

PROGRAMS WEDNESDAY 7:00 PM:

2nd & 4th Wed.; Building the World We Dream About;
Contact: Rev Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org

3rd Wed.; Spiritual Practices: Exploration and Practice Challenge
Contact: Nancy Bragg njbragg1@gmail.com

November 
– Soul Matters Theme: Healing

      Vespers Leader: Rev Mark
Program: Theme Talk – Healing

11     Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Problems and Promises of Unearned Privilege, Anna M

18     Vespers Leader: Joyce Hooley-Gingrich
Program: Spiritual Practices III: Heart/Creativity Practices

25     Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia
No Program: Happy Thanksgiving! 

Vespers Commemorates 75th Anniversary of the UN & Program: Contemplative Body Practices

Join Vespers leader Ruth Christie at 6:30 PM for a reflection on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations


7PM Program Spiritual Practices: Contemplative Body Practices with Nancy Bragg


UU UN Seminar, 2017

October Calendar
Soul Matters Theme: Deep Listening 

7       Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia 
Program: Beyond the Partisan Divide II, Bob Gingrich

14     Vespers Leader: Joy McConnell
Program: You Are How You’ve Lived: Exploring Individual & Group Identity, Carol Buffum

21     Vespers Leader: Ruth Christie
Program: Spiritual Practices II: Contemplative Body Practices

28     Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Exploring Your Multiple Identities, Mary Alm