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


Vespers: Ecclesiology or What is the purpose of church? + Beyond the Partisan Divide, Part II

Vespers 6:30 PM. Vespers Leader, Rev Claudia, invites us to consider the purpose of the church. Is our ecclesiology individual, collective or both?
Program 7PM. Program Leader Bob Gingrich, continues the conversation about the bipartisan divide and congregational bias: can we disagree in love?

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, Nancy Bragg

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

Vespers: Will it matter? + Program: Beyond the Partisan Divide, Part I

Vespers this Wed., Sept 30 at 6:30 PM: Will it matter?
Join Rev Claudia in an exploration of building community amidst the challenges of ideological divides.
The after Vespers Program “Beyond the Partisan Divide, Part I” begins at 7PM. The session is “Will it Matter? Considering Partisan Bias in Congregational Life.”



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, Nancy Bragg

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

Vespers: The Autumn Equinox + Program: Building the World…

Join CUUPS, the Covenant of UU Pagans on Wed., Sept 23 at 6:30 PM as they co-lead Vespers with a focus on the autumn equinox which happens the day before. Join in a celebration of the harvest with a focus on balance. 

The 7PM after Vespers program continues with the UUA anti-racism program Building the World We Dream About. Joyce Hooley Gingrich will facilitate Session II- Our Stories: Multiple Truths, Multiple Realities. Contact Rev. Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org if you would like the materials from the first session. 

 

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

2
Vespers Leader: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich
Program: Theme Talk- Renewal, Rev. Claudia

9
Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia
Program: Telling Our Story: Multiple Truths and Realities I, Rev Claudia

16
Vespers Leader: Rev Jeff Jones
Program: Spiritual Practices I: Contemplative Stillness, Nancy Bragg

23
Vespers Leader: TBA
Program: Telling Our Story: Multiple Truths and Realities II, Joyce Hooley-Gingrich

30
Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia
Program: Beyond the Partisan Divide I, Rev Claudia

The ABC’s of Kindness

Join Rev. Jeff Jones  and co-host John Bloomer for Vespers at 6:30 PM, Wednesday, Sept 16.  This multigenerational vespers service, we will use the book, V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Kindness, for our reflection together.

After Vespers program, 7PM: Spiritual Practices – Exploration and Practice Challenge, every third Wed. Join Nancy Bragg for Contemplative Stillness Practices.

 

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

2
Vespers Leader: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich
Program: Theme Talk- Renewal, Rev. Claudia

9
Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia
Program: Telling Our Story: Multiple Truths and Realities I, Rev Claudia

16
Vespers Leader: Rev Jeff Jones
Program: Spiritual Practices I: Contemplative Stillness, Nancy Bragg

23
Vespers Leader: TBA
Program: Telling Our Story: Multiple Truths and Realities II, Joyce Hooley-Gingrich

30
Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia
Program: Beyond the Partisan Divide I, Rev Claudia

 

Renewing Our Commitments

Join Rev Claudia and co-host John Bloomer for Vespers at 6:30 PM, Wednesday, Sept 9. The theme is “Renewing Our Commitments”. The join us for the launch of a…

NEW Adult Faith Development: Building the World We Dream About; 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 7pm


We need to approach racism as it exists in our lives today, and not as an exercise in studying history. We need to share our experiences and viewpoints, and listen with open hearts and minds to each other, especially when we disagree.” 
-Ruth Alatorre in Bringing Gifts

This UUA curriculum invites us to learn how to develop anti-racist habits and skills that will show us a path to building the beloved community we dream about. We’ll use our own personal histories and UU beliefs and values to understand anti-racism work through frank conversation and reflection about race. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions, although drop-ins are OK, too.  Questions?  Contact Rev.Claudia

This month through dialogue and reflective exercises we explore mattering (inclusion) and marginality (exclusion) through story: case studies and reflection on personal experiences. We will explore the connections between these stories and “welcoming” in our congregation. 
Facilitators: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich, Rev. Claudia

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

2
Vespers Leader: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich
Program: Theme Talk- Renewal, Rev. Claudia

9
Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia
Program: Telling Our Story: Multiple Truths and Realities I, Rev Claudia

16
Vespers Leader: Rev Jeff Jones
Program: Spiritual Practices I: Contemplative Stillness, Nancy Bragg

23
Vespers Leader: TBA
Program: Telling Our Story: Multiple Truths and Realities II, Joyce Hooley-Gingrich

30
Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia
Program: Beyond the Partisan Divide I, Rev Claudia

 

Don’t Let the Light Go Out! September 2 Vespers + Program

It’s LIVE Zoom Vespers for All Ages at 6:30. Vespers leader Joyce Hooley-Gingrich invites us to reflect on this month’s theme of Renewal. The children’s picture book, Peppe the Lamplighter, by Elisa Bartone will set the tone for a reflection about “how to encourage each other.” 

After Vespers Program at 7:00pm:  Rev. Claudia will lead a discussion on this month’s Soul Matters question: What does it mean to be a people of renewal?

Next Week:
Vespers theme: Reflecting on Economic Justice, Rev. Claudia
After Vespers Program: 7:00pm Launch of the anti-racism UUA curriculum,
“Building the World We Dream About”
Session I: Telling Our Story- Multiple Truths and Realities I

 

 

Vespers: The Joy of Rituals

Vespers co-leader John Bloomer invites you to consider the joy of rituals this Wednesday, August Aug 26 during Vespers at 6:30 PM. If you have a theme for Vespers or would like to co-lead Vespers please contact Rev Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org.

Next week: Vespers for All Ages: Don’t Let the Light Go Out 
Vespers leader Joyce Hooley-Gingrich invites us to reflect on this month’s theme of Renewal. The children’s picture book “Pepe the Lamplighter” by Elisa Bartone will set the tone for a reflection about “how to encourage each other.”
After Vespers at 7:00 PM Rev. Claudia will lead a discussion on this month’s Soul Matters question: What does it mean to be a people of renewal?

Nourishing Ourselves: Exploring Spiritual Practices

Join us for Vespers, Wed., Aug 19 at 6:30 PM. Vespers leader Nancy Bragg invites us to nourish ourselves by exploring a variety of spiritual practices as we launch an Adult Faith Development series on spiritual practices. Afterwards, join Rev. Claudia in an exploration of what the words “spiritual” and “faith” mean to us as Unitarian Universalists.

Next Wed: The Joy of Rituals with Vespers Leader, John Bloomer. As you consider the idea of ritual, you may want to read For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World by Sasha Sagan. Yes, that Sagan. Sasha grew up in a secular home where she says “there was no conflict between science and spirituality.”

Spirituality and Sexuality: It Matters What We Believe

Join us for Vespers this Wednesday, August 12, 6:30 PM  hosted by Universal Rainbow Unity or URU. URU seeks to promote love, acceptance, compassion, justice, and equality in all areas of sexual and gender identity while providing education, encouraging awareness and nurturing full inclusion in a spiritually diverse community.

The Vespers theme will be “Spirituality & Sexuality” followed by a 7PM program on Sexual Identity and Expression featuring the Gender Unicorn, and a very special guest. Video presentation by Erin Shadle and discussion co-facilitated by Rev. Claudia (correction to previous announcement that it would be Margaret McAllister) and Kim Collins. See you – virtually- there!

Future Programs

Aug 19
Vespers leader: Nancy Bragg 
Theme: Deepening Spirituality & Spiritual Practices
Program, 7PM: TBA 

Aug 26 *NEW
Vespers leader: John Bloomeer
Theme: The Joy of Rituals
Program, 7PM: TED Talk/Discussion- TBA

Vespers + Program, 6:30pm

Our Vespers service will be hosted by Universal Rainbow Unity or URU. The theme will be “Spirituality & Sexuality” followed by a 7PM program on Sexual Identity and Expression featuring the Gender Unicorn, and a very special guest. There will be brief presentation by Erin Shadle, followed by a discussion co-facilitated by Margaret McAllister and Kim Collins. See you – virtually- there!