On-Going Activities

Social Justice Nights – Pizza, Learning and Action!
Alternating 2nd Wednesday or Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

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.

 

Youth Music/Choir
Most Wednesdays, beginners from 4:30-5:15 p.m. and intermediate from 5-6 p.m., Adult Choir from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

This terrific music learning and music making program is open to people of all ages and experience-levels.

 

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.

 

Soul Matters Circles

Soul Matters Circles at UUCM are small groups of 7-10 people who meet monthly for rich, facilitated and structured conversation around the monthly themes, drawing upon a set of resources 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.

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

 

Second Sunday Spiritual Practices Sampler
1:30-2:30 PM
After soup or salad lunches on the second Sunday of each month we’ll invite an hour of shared spiritual practice from 1:30-2:30. Over time we’ll sample 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: minister@uugrassvalley.org

Stay Tuned for 2018/19 Classes – coming soon!

 

The Shared Pulpit: A Sermon Seminar for Lay People
Late January to May 2019, Eight 3-hour sessions
Dates and times will be determined by the group.

Got a sermon in you? A message to offer? Rev. Kevin will lead an 8-session sermon seminar for a circle of 6-8 people. Using The Shared Pulpit, a book and a process developed by the Rev. Erika Hewitt, each person will gradually develop a complete sermon, with support, feedback and encouragement from the rest of the circle. Then, willing members will work with Worship Committee members and our Music Director to develop a service around the sermon and its theme.

This will be a significant and meaningful commitment, as the group will meet every two weeks for three hours from late January through May. The experience will function as both a space of learning and self-discovery as well as a small-group ministry, building deep connections en route to deep expression in one’s authentic voice. Our hope is that these sermons/services will then be offered on Sunday mornings over the summer and early fall, and so benefit the Community as well.

If this message-crafting possibility calls to you and/or if have questions, contact Rev. Kevin: minister@uugrassvalley.org

 

What Does it Mean to be White?
Developing White Racial Literacy
Ongoing 2018

This peer-based learning group  explores  what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. Drawing on Robin D’Angelo’s concept of white fragility, the group is currently discerning its next’s steps.

 

Temperament Theory for You, Yours, and Us
Watch for future opportunities.

Spend a (morning/afternoon) learning more about yourself, your spouse, your children or even the folks you work and worship with at UUCM. Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Kiersey Temperament Sorter join Rev. Karyn Packard for some time of discovery.

An inventory will be completed online previous to the discovery session (information will be sent to registrants). Each participant registered will receive descriptive materials related to their unique temperament type. The session will include learning about the theories and also putting them into practice, with fun exercises that help us to better understand both self and others. (Size is limited to 24 persons per session.)

Karyn has been licensed on these inventories for many years and has provided these sessions for church boards, couples planning on marriage, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and in HR related team building.

 

What are YOU Looking For?

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

Please contact Us! learning@uugrassvalley.org

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 contact us! learning@uugrassvalley.org