Adult Learning Opportunities – 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. In these stay-at-home times, the opportunities are shifting.

Entry Point – a one-session introduction to Unitarian Universalism, perfect for newcomers. (Contact to be alerted to the next opportunity.)

Starting Point – orient yourself in the journey of Unitarian Universalism and the journey of this congregation – a deeper introduction for newcomers (and current members!) who want to know more about this tradition, to get connected more meaningfully with a small group of others, and to find out more about membership.   4 session series

(Contact to be alerted to the next opportunity.)

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! These six sessions started in mid-January and are continuing approximately every second week via Zoom. If interested, please contact Dave MacLeod at or (530) 263-5075.

Temperament Theory for You, Yours, and Us – with Rev. Karyn Packard    NEW 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 conversation lead by members of UUCM’s Nisenan Task Force.
Projected conversation date – beginning of June.

Three Watershed Sermons in Unitarian History – Rev. Kevin and Keith Johnson explore three turning-point Unitarian sermons. You may participate in one, two or all three. Now online via Zoom. Contact Keith Johnson for more information:

  • Tuesday, April 7   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)

On-Going Activities

Singing Meditation Circle – First Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. – via Zoom until further notice.

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 – via Zoom until further notice.

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.or