Deepening Faith. Living Well. Enacting Justice.

Life-Long Faith Development – New Opportunities for Fall!

Add together a new school year, a new minister, new challenges and new ideas and what do you get? New opportunities for Lifespan Faith Development here at UUCB! Whether you would describe yourself as a young adult, a mid-lifer, or a… um… wise elder!… there is much to learn – and offer to others – as you bring your life experience to the areas of Deepening Faith, Enacting Justice, and Living Well. We hope you’ll find something – or everything – in the offerings listed below that you’d like to participate in this fall!

The Power of Covenant (Deepening Faith: 6 classes; Tuesdays; 7-8:30 pm; Starting Sept. 8th)

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, not a creedal faith.  Rather than being bound by doctrines dictated to us, we promise to walk together in love and loyalty as we search for meaning and truth.  However, as Martin Buber says, we are promise-making, promise breaking, promise re-making creatures.

In this six week class, Rev. Kelly will help us explore the history and theology of covenant and why it serves as a foundation for liberal religion.  Then we will explore and practice how to actually live in covenant.  For instance, how do we disagree respectfully, address conflict, have difficult conversations?  The concepts apply to our congregation and to all the relationships in your life.  Each session will include spiritual practice, dialogue, and interaction.  Reading assignments will come from Redeeming Time: Endowing Your Church with the Power of Covenant edited by Walter P. Herz; The 2000 Minns Lectures By Alice Blair Wesley; and the 2012 Berry Street Lecture by Fred Muir.  You may want to consider buying a used copy of Redeeming Time on Amazon.

Sessions will be held Tuesday evenings September 8 – October 137:00 – 8:30.  Emerson Room. Please RSVP to Steve Todd.

  • Session 1:  The History of Covenant in Unitarian Universalism
  • Session 2: Covenantal Theology
  • Session 3: Errors of Individualism
  • Session 4:  Ways We Break Covenant
  • Session 5: How to Re-build Covenant When It’s Been Broken
  • Session 6: Covenanting With Those Beyond Our Walls

Bringing Unitarian Universalism  Home– Parents as Spiritual Guides (Deepening Faith: 4 classes; Sunday Mornings; 9:15 – 10:10 am; October 4th through 25th)

“Will our children have a spiritual life?”  The late wise elder Joseph Campbell answered:  “If we do.” Spirituality is the depth dimension of life and 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.

In this 4 week course, facilitated by Janen Wright (UUCB Faith Development Director) parents and others who work closely with children will join together to share experiences and ideas of how to honor and deepen our faith and the faith of our children in our day to day lives. Together we will learn ways to create an environment where children can grow spiritually as well as mentally, emotionally and physically.

Class will be held Sunday mornings in October from 9:15 am- 10:10 am.  Childcare is available. Please RSVP to Steve Todd

This Changes Everything – A Climate Change Perspective on Capitalism and Social Justice (Enacting Justice: 4 classes; Tuesdays; 7-8:30 pm; Starting Oct. 27th)

 In her new international bestseller, This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue among many but an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Her conclusion is that we either embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world – the status quo is no longer an option. Klein builds an intriguing and hopeful case that massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies.

Using excerpts from Naomi Klein’s international bestseller This Changes Everything (Paperback will be available 8/4: in local bookstores, or $8.90 at Amazon) and other current writings by David Korten, Charles Eisenstein, Paul Gilding, and others, we will explore the economic and justice issues that climate change has brought us and envision a significantly different kind of world we are being called to co-create. Steve Todd will faciliate.

(Reading Klein’s book is encouraged but not required for participation in this discussion class. The paperback edition will be available 8/4: in local bookstores, or $8.90 at Amazon)

Class will be held Tuesday Evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, October 27, November 3, 10, and 17.

Ted Talks for Unitarian Universalists (TTs4UUs!) (Living Well: 4 sessions; Sunday mornings in September, 9:15 to 10:10 am, starting Sept. 6th OR Thursday evenings in October, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, starting October 8th

 If you’ve ever watched a Ted Talk video, you know they are world-class educational, intriguing, surprising, and even life changing presentations. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Topics range from how your mind works, to the power of vulnerability, to adventure and travel, to questions like “do schools kill creativity?” or “does money make you mean?” and so much more!

Wouldn’t it be great to see one with friends and discuss it together? Here’s your chance. You can even nominate a favorite for the group to see and engage with. It’s your choice whether to get the mental and social circuits humming before worship on Sundays, or for an hour on Thursday evenings. (Or you might find it so satisfying you choose to do both!)

Viewing and discussion will happen Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:10 am on September 6, 13, 20, and 27. Or, come Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on October 8, 15, 22 and 29.

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