ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

UUCE adult religious education is part of our lifespan religious education program under the direction of DRE Katy Siepert and the Rev. Dr. Sydney Morris.

Adult religious education promotes, encourages, and affirms our congregation’s spiritual growth and “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” as expressed by the Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles.

The Adult RE Team assists with inquiries, design, planning and execution of adult RE courses and programs. Contact DRE Katy Siepert for more information: uucedre@gmail.com or 541-686-2775, ext. 2.

Winter 2017 Classes

All parents are warmly invited. Childcare is available upon request.

 

NEW PROGRAMS

United F.R.O.N.T.

Saturday, January 21st, 12 – 3 pm

Join United F.R.O.N.T. at the Women’s March. United Families Resisting and Organizing Nonviolently Together is marching as a family bloc with children, elders, parents and allies, and folks of all abilities, races and genders. The time to resist in community is now! https://www.facebook.com/unitedfrontfamilies

THE WI$DOM PATH: MONEY, SPIRIT, AND LIFE

Wednesday evenings, beginning February 1st, 5:30-7:00 – 12 Sessions

** REGISTRATION CLOSED** Join Intern Minister Andy Chirch as you explore and experience The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life! May your engagement with this program create opportunities and pathways for a spiritually and ethically healthy relationship with money, in all the ways it touches our lives. Curriculum developed by the UUA. Class meets Feb 1, 8, 15, March 1, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10.

SoulCollage®

Saturdays, beginning February 4, 1 – 4:00 pm

Explore your inner world with SoulCollage®. Create your own unique, evocative deck of personally collaged cards through an intuitive process that is also incredibly simple for everyone. Just paper and glue…. Developed by the late founder, Seena B. Frost, taught by trained facilitator and life-long teacher and learner, Jean DeVenney.

In this series of five workshops you can begin or add to your own deck of SoulCollage® cards. Learn how to ‘read’ them for insight and to access to your deeper wisdom. This process is safe, fun, and accessible to everyone, no matter your artistic background or perceived skills. Register in the lobby or follow this link: Registration Form

Questions? Call Jean at 503-504-6040.

Faith Forward: Spiritual Practices

Sunday afternoons, beginning February 12th, 12:15 -1:15 pm – 13 sessions

Have you wanted to deepen your own spiritual practice? Been curious about developing a practice but aren’t sure where to start? Participants will be given the tools to develop a workable plan for daily practice, weekly worship, monthly service, yearly retreat, and a one-time pilgrimage to enliven and enhance their spiritual lives. This 13 session class, facilitated by intern minister Andy Chirch and DLRE Katy Siepert, is designed to offer participants direct experience with various spiritual practices, thus debate and discussion will not be our focus. Rather, we will be devoted to deepening our ties to the church, the faith, the divine, and the self. Register here.

District Assembly

Saturday, February 25th, 9 am – 5 pm

Join us for the UU Pacific Northwest District Annual Meeting, a one-day gathering of UUs from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and a bit of Idaho. Cost: $75 per person, $25 for youth and children. Register online at pnwd.org. Program begins at 9:00 with an opening ceremony.  Come hear from the three candidates for UUA President, after which, the Annual meeting and lunch will follow. Our afternoon programming is comprised of workshops led by UUA staff. We will end at 5 with a rollicking music and farewell event!

Singing as Spiritual Practice

Sundays, begins February 26 th, 4:00-5:30

Beginning on February 26 at 4:pm and continuing through the first week of April, our church is sponsoring a new class that is open to the Eugene Community.  “Singing as Spiritual Practice” (otherwise known as “Om Yoga” or “Kirtan to Kazoos”!) will offer a group experience of sound making through the body and spirit as a tool for accessing higher creative energy and using it for fun, delight, and healing.  Scientists now tell us what all singers have always known — that people who sing live 5 to 10 years longer than others who don’t!  Source materials for this class include Unitarian Universalist multi-ethnic texts and songs from the world’s religions, and as diverse materials as classic Indian kirtans, Buddhist chants, Native American works, Gregorian chants, Sweet Honey In The Rock, African American Spirituals, Druidic themes, Jewish, Sufi and Christian spiritual works.  All are invited.  This class is free of charge.

Everyday Intuition

Saturday, March 4th, 10-12:30, followed by a potluck

Embedded in every intuitive moment is the opportunity to live with greater authenticity.

How do we interfere with perceiving, processing, or acting on intuitive experiences? How can we stay more open and receptive to these events in our lives? Join Robert Elliott as he presents several illustrative stories, followed by guided discussion from which you will learn how everyday intuition can make a difference in your life.

Robert Elliott has worked as an educator, speaker, and leadership coach for over 28 years. His clients have included individuals, corporations and government agencies throughout the United States and abroad. Along with making adjustments to previous ways of thinking and acting, in his programs you learn more about what gifts you have to offer the world and how you might use those gifts to become truly fulfilled.

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Mindfulness Parenting Group

Ongoing – Thursday mornings, 10 – 11:30 am

Parents, parents-to-be, and other guardians of children, please join our mindful parenting discussion group! You are invited to come every week, or just drop in as your schedule permits. Babies and children of all ages are welcome in the space, and an assistant will be present to help entertain the wee ones while we talk. We will discuss books and articles related to the practice of positive and mindful parenting, starting with works such as “Buddhism for Mothers” by Sarah Napthali, and “Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting” by Myla Kabat-Zinn. If finding time to read at home sounds like a daunting task, not to worry! We’ll summarize each reading and/or read aloud key excerpts at the beginning of each meeting for those who don’t have time for “homework”. The goal is that this group will be a source of community and support for those of us who share our days with young humans, which can sometimes be quite challenging. Questions can be directed to Kelsey Khatter, 541-505-1193kskhatter@gmail.com. Email or text will get you a quicker response, but feel free to call as well. We hope you will join us!

Faith Forward: Inquirers 

Ongoing – Sunday mornings, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

The Inquirers Series is offered every Sunday in the Minister’s Office to welcome newcomers into the congregation. Eight topics are covered, one per session, and repeated throughout the year. Designed for drop-in attendance, the goal of this series is to help make our church values and culture transparent and known so that people can make an informed decision about membership in our church, to introduce newcomers to church staff, ministers, and lay leaders, and to create safe space for people to ask questions and learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the UUCE.

Faith Forward: Beyond Inquirers

Ongoing, begins January 15 – Sunday mornings, 11:15 am-12:15 pm

What do UUs believe? Is this a new religion? How do we “do” church? How do we live our values? Where do I belong? This is a class that empowers new AND long term members to answer the question “What is Unitarian Universalism?”

Meditation

Sundays, 8:30am to 9:30pm, South Entry

Mondays, 5pm to 5:45pm, Chapel (Except holidays or severe weather)

All sincere and silent sitting meditations and prayer are welcome. All faiths and beliefs are compatible with our secular contemplative meditation practice. Sitting and walking in silent meditation with group support can be a quiet and powerful statement of our presence. While we may experience a personal sense of well-being, our meditations are a peacemaker activity for our church, our greater community, and for our world.

Contemplative Studies 

Meets monthly on the first Thursday, 5:15-6:45pm in the chapel

Presentations, discussions, and tea. Everyone welcome. Free. For more information and the study schedule visit http://uueugene.org/worship/meditation/

Birders

Meet every Tuesday morning to look at and learn about birds, followed by breakfast and conversation at a local eatery. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Contact Mike Berg, at forthebirds@uueugene.org, 541-357-3145

Poetry Groups

Contact Bonnie Phipps for information regarding ongoing poetry groups: bbphipps@comcast.net

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