Adult Learning Opportunities – Winter/Spring 2020

Looking for opportunities to learn and to grow?
Here are some of the offerings being prepared. Watch for more information in the eChalice and future editions of the Mt. Chalice, or contact anytime.

Starting Point – orient yourself in the journey of Unitarian Universalism – for newcomers as well as existing members: 4 sessions, January 15- February 5, Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30. (click here for more information)

The Shared Pulpit: a lay sermon seminar with Rev. Kevin – rich, small group interaction and learning which gradually guides each participant to the preparation of a full sermon. Up to 8 participants. 8 alternating Tuesday evenings beginning January 21. (click here for more information)

The Quantum World – Wanted: Schrodinger’s Cat Dead or Alive – Don’t know how Quantum Physics works? Well neither do the physicists! They’re still trying to figure it out. Come join us in trying to know the unknown, with resident UUCM physicists Bob Miller and Joel Houtman.  NO prior understanding required! Should be fun! Six sessions starting in mid-January and continuing every second week. If interested, please contact Dave MacLeod at or (530) 263-5075.

Explore Cognitive Biases and Logical Fallacies with Lin Jovanovic and Dave MacLeod. More important than knowing what to think (facts) is how to think (critical thinking). Come to explore the limits and the possibilities to our thinking. Dates TBD. If interested, please contact Dave MacLeod at or (530) 263-5075.

A Non-violent Direct Action for Climate Justice Workshop with the legendary George Lakey. February 5, 6-9pm – in conjunction with the local Friends (Quaker) community.

Temperament Theory for You, Yours, and Us – with Rev. Karyn Packard    DATE TBD     Spend a lively afternoon learning more about yourself, your spouse, your children or even the folks you work and worship with. Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Kiersey Temperament Sorter, join Rev. Karyn Packard for a time of discovery. Interested? Contact Karyn Packard at

The UUA Common Read: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. Get the book and read the book any time. Join in a spring conversation lead by members of UUCM’s Nisenan Task Force.
Dates TBD

Three Watershed Sermons in Unitarian History – Rev. Kevin and Keith Johnson explore 3 turning-point Unitarian sermons. May participate in one, two or all three.

  • Tuesday, April 21 5:30 to 7 p.m. Unitarian Christianity by William Ellery Channing (1819)
  • Tuesday, May 19 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Commencement Address by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838)
  • Tuesday, June 16 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Transient and Permanent in Christianity by Theodore Parker (1841)
Watch for other offerings exploring Cognitive Biases, Meditation, Aging…

On-Going Activities

Social Justice Nights – Pizza, Learning and Action!

Come for pizza and salad at 5:30, and stay for an engaging presentation on a current social justice issue or effort, followed by chances to put your values into action. Watch the eChalice and Mt Chalice for monthly 2020 dates.

Most Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The UUCM Choir sings approximately monthly in Sunday Services. If you enjoy singing, contact UUCM Music Director Jordan Thomas-Rose at

Tuesday Meditation
Tuesday mornings, 9:00-10:00 am

If you practice any form of silent meditation, you are welcome. Most participants sit on chairs, while some folks bring mats and sit on the floor. An optional walking meditation is marked in the middle of the time. This is an essentially leaderless practice group, not a class, but we are happy to encourage rookies. Please contact the Shelley North Gerson (530-272-8930) for more information.

Singing Meditation Circle – First Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Songs and chants from a variety of traditions alternate with shared silence in this engaging and meditative practice. Read more here.

Soul Matters Circles

Soul Matters Circles at UUCM are small groups of 6-9 people who meet monthly for rich, facilitated sharing and conversation around the monthly themes, drawing upon a set of resources provided for reflection and spiritual practice. Such circles offer an important chance to find a small circle of intimacy and depth within the larger UUCM community. Read more here.

If you are interested in being part of a Soul Matters Circle please contact Jo Waters:  530-414-6941

Second Sunday Spiritual Practices Sampler  – Second Sunday of each Month 1:30-2:30 PM

After soup or salad lunches on the second Sunday of each month we invite an hour of shared spiritual practice from 1:30-2:30. Over time we sample various practices that focus our attention and intention, that call us to be present and undivided, practices like meditation, drumming, altered-book poetry, dancing, Lectio Divina, body prayers, mandala making, heart fluency, listening to music, labyrinth walking, a prayer bead practice…

If you have a spiritual practice that has served you well and that you are willing to share with others, please let Rev. Kevin know:

And What are YOU Looking For?

In what other kinds of learning and growing experiences are you interested?

Please let us know via

Interested in facilitating/teaching?

Help others live UUCM’s mission through the Religious Education mission. The Adult RE Team will support you in any way it can, such as finding a co-facilitator, researching materials, helping you book the space and promote the event, etc.

Please let us know via adultRE@uugrassvalley.o