Development & Spiritual Growth

The following classes or groups may be offered at various times throughout the year depending  on demand and leader. If you are interested in participating or helping form a group for one of these curricula/topics, please email us at ARE@UUCA.com. See the specific semester catalog or UUCA.com (ARE) for what is currently being offered. (MAKE LINKS on the website version)

Introduction to UU and UUCA

Introducing UUCA

Join us for a Q&A session between services. A UUCA member will share information about Unitarian Universalism and our religious community at UUCA. Questions are encouraged, and childcare is provided.

Finding Yourself at UUCA

Finding Yourself at UUCA is the second step in our three step “Pathway to Membership” program. Finding Yourself at UUCA provides an introduction to the history of Unitarian Universalism as a whole, and to UUCA. Contact Jessica Seales jessica.seales@uuca.org

Committing to UUCA

Committing to UUCA is the final step in your decision to become a member. This course provides information about joining UUCA and making a commitment to the life, mission, and people of UUCA. You’ll learn about the responsibilities of membership, including joining fellow members in spiritual growth, nurture and service; abiding by the Congregational Covenant; and contributing financially to the congregational budget. Contact Jessica Seales jessica.seales@uuca.org

UU Identity (History/Sources/Theology/Spirituality/Ethics)

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Whether you are new to UU or just want to explore the basic themes—pull up a plate—there’s a little something for everyone. This series of workshops addresses important themes in Unitarian Universalist congregational life: worship and theology, history, covenant and polity, religious education or faith development, and social justice. Participants will learn about Unitarian Universalism not only by hearing about it, but also by doing it—exploring their own theology and its intersection with the tradition.

Building Your Own Theology I & II

Wherever you are on your journey, no doubt your faith has evolved and will continue to evolve. These courses help you discern where your faith, spirituality, and theology are now. Using UU minister Richard Gilbert’s study guide, “Building Your Own Theology,” you will explore a liberal religious theological model and your own religious odyssey, and develop your own personal credo. Other topics include unity in diversity, suffering and meaning, death and immortality, and justice and the beloved community. Sharing in this process helps you clarify your faith and strengthens our community.

Spirit of Life

http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/life)

Spirit of Life workshops offer participants space, time, and community to explore their Unitarian Universalist spirituality. Each focuses on a different aspect of the spiritual life, framed by the lyrics of Carolyn McDade’s song “Spirit of Life.” Like the song, the workshops are designed to be welcoming to people of many spiritual and theological persuasions. Participants are invited to claim an inclusive definition of spirituality and recognize the spiritual aspects of their lives. Reflecting, speaking, and listening are core activities in each workshop.

Spirit in Practice

http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/practice

Spirit in Practice was created to help participants develop regular disciplines or practices of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it.

What We Choose, Ethics for UUs

(http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/ethics )

We are regularly faced with moral choices, big and small. How should we respond to a tricky family or relationship situation? What is the right thing to do when faced with a dilemma at work? What is the most ethical course for a community, state, or nation to follow, and how much am I prepared to invest in advocating for that course? How does morality or ethics enter my food and eating choices? How should morality or ethics enter my consumer decisions? How do we treat others? What must I do to follow the values of my UU faith tradition?

Articulating Your UU Faith

http://www.uuabookstore.org/Articulating-Your-UU-Faith-P16937.aspx

This course guides participants through a series of easy and engaging exercises—personal reflection, role-play, discussion, and even the creation of a worship event—that equip them to communicate their liberal religious ideals.

Faith Like a River

http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/river

Faith Like a River explores the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history—the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. It invites participants to place themselves into our history and consider its legacies. What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present? What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future?

Resistance and Transformation

http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/resistance

Grounded in the belief that even “failures” in our history can be instructive, this program presents the ongoing struggle of our tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation. Themes include abolition, peace-making, civil rights, free speech, utopianism, counter-culture, women’s movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, sexuality education, and LGBT equality.

UU Parenting and Intergenerational Courses

Parents as Spiritual Guides

http://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/documents/lfd/tapestry/parents_spiritual_guides.pdf

Whatever your definition or interpretation of the word spiritual, children are naturally spiritual–even if they do not have the language to express it. This resource is grounded in the belief that most parents can be excellent spiritual guides if they take some time to honor their own yearnings, wonderings, and reflections and share them with their children and others.

Circle of Trees

http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/multigenerational/trees

Circle of Trees is a multigenerational program that nurtures deep connection with trees, nature, and all of earth’s living creatures.

Gather the Spirit

http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/multigenerational/gather

Gather the Spirit is a multigenerational program that teaches stewardship with a focus on water. Through a lens both scientific and religious, using activities a wide range of ages can do together, this program addresses the importance of water, the inequity of access to clean water, and actions we can take as UU stewards.

Leadership Development

Harvest the Power

http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/harvest

Leaders need a broad range of skills, both technical and visionary. Harvest the Power provides leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. The program helps lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders. It addresses the reality that today’s leaders operate at a time of rapid cultural change, both in and outside our congregations.

Sexuality

Adult OWL – Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Adults

http://www.uuabookstore.org/Our-Whole-Lives-Adults-P16665.aspx

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. Adult OWL uses values, communication skills, and spirituality as starting points to explore sexuality issues for adults of all ages. It builds understanding of healthy sexual relationships, affirms diversity and helps participants accept and affirm their own sexuality throughout their lives.