Come, open to be moved.

Come, be held in mutual embrace.

Come, engage the world.

Come be made whole. 

 

Welcome to Adult Faith Development at UUCM. Our offerings are open to all members and friends, new and longstanding. We invite and encourage you to explore a  variety of courses, presentations, and events this fall and winter designed to help you be inspired, connect, and live your values.  Our goal is to provide a framework for you to grow (personally, intellectually, spiritually, and ethically) as an individual, as a member of the community, and also as a Unitarian Universalist.

Ideas? Do you have an idea for a program that you would like us to offer, or one that you would like to offer yourself? If so, please contact Rev. Robin  rzflowingforce@gmail.com

 

A Long Strange Trip: a DVD History of Unitarian Universalism will continue in the New Year, with discussions led by Caron Carnahan, candidate for Credentialed Lay Ministry.  (Bring a brown bag lunch as desired)

Sunday, January 14, 12:00-2:00 pm “Universalism”

Sunday February 11, 12:00-2:00 pm “Evolution”

Sunday March 11, 12:00-2:00 pm “Unitarian Universalism”

 

Lunchtime (12-1) TED in Town with Rev. Robin: A Series of Memorable TED talk screenings (with discussion) about the human journey of mind and spirit Join Rev. Robin for a series of “TED in Town” screenings of their most popular offerings, (20 minutes or so) with follow-up discussion about the human journey of mind and spirit. The program will take place in the  Arthur Room.  Bring a bag lunch.

Tuesday, December 19, 12 noon – 1 pm. “Your Elusive Creative Genius,” Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Looking ahead, we have some continuing and new programs to offer in 2018:

 

NEW UU Orientation, 2 Sessions  On Sundays, January 21 and 28, 12:00-2:00 p.m.; a light lunch will be served.

This program offers a path to membership at UUCM. Part I: “Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys and Getting to Know the UU Faith” (with Rev. Robin); Part II: “Getting to Know Our Church and the Meaning of Membership.” (with church leaders) RSVP to the church office church@uumeadville.org

 

A Grief and Loss Sharing and Support Group with Rev. Robin begins in January  in the Parish House Living Room – 12-1:00 p.m. (bring a lunch, as desired)  Dates: Mondays, Jan 8, Feb 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4

This group welcomes anyone who has experienced loss, grief or a difficult transition and is seeking a place to share and support others.

 

Word for Word: Writing for Self-Discovery and Spiritual Renewal with Rev. Robin

6 Mondays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Feb 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, and May 7

Limited to 8 participants. Commitment to the entire    series is expected. Register by emailing Rev. Robin at rzflowingforce@gmail.com

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ~ Rumi                                                                                                                              

The act of writing is a powerful tool for self-discovery, healing, and renewal. Writing can be a creative as well as a therapeutic journey; a method of marking our experiences in time, space, heart, soul, and mind.

In this six-week program, we will explore our personal and spiritual odysseys with a series of short “free-write” exercises as well as longer assignments. We will prompt early memories;   revisit joyful and sorrowful moments; rewrite endings, beginnings, and middles as a tool for healing; pen letters we meant to write but didn’t; and observe the everyday sacred in our lives.

All of the writing in the first four meetings will be done during class time. In the last two    sessions, participants will share a longer, assigned spiritual autobiography.

No previous writing experience is required or even expected.  This class is NOT about being a “good” writer or about “how” to write.  Nor is the program intended as group “therapy.”    Rather, it is designed as a communal vehicle for personal exploration and growth.  All       participants will be encouraged to “write for themselves” not for an audience; sharing will be optional and welcome.

 

Planning far ahead?  Pencil in a full day mindfulness and spiritual growth retreat with Rev. Robin and other facilitators on Saturday, June 2nd.  Details to follow.