Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 17, 10:00 a.m., for a Contemplative Walk with Spiritual Director Sarah Cledwyn. We will gather for an opening circle and walking meditation outdoors. If you are someone who connects most deeply with the Holy in the natural world, this gathering is a wonderful chance to experience that connection in community. This gathering will be especially wonderful for people who want to ponder physical activity as spiritual practice. Consider contributing a gratitude offering for this one hour walking meditation. Sign up or ask more questions by contacting Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-699-9948.
Unity Church Summer Film Series on Race
Join other Unity Church members and friends on the second Friday of the month for a summer film series on race, to further our growth in understanding and challenging white supremacy and structural racism. There will be time for conversation after each film. Popcorn will be served!
Friday, June 9: 13th
This 2016 American documentary by filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores issues of racial justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Its title references the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which freed slaves and prohibited slavery.
Friday, July 14: Home is a Human Right
We will watch three short film clips on immigration which are intended to spark some interesting conversation.
Friday, August 11: I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary film based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. The film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history.
Read with the Unity Church UU History Book Club
Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalist history with other UUs? Would you like to spend some of your summer on Walden Pond? Unity's UU History Book Club invites you to join them on the third Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m., for reflection and great conversation. Please note the dates, books, and locations below. Books are available for loan in the library, and for purchase in the Bookstall. Questions? Please email Krista Hanson at email@example.com.
Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 p.m., Groundswell Café
(1340 Thomas Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104)
Universalism in America: A Documentary History of a Liberal Faith edited by Ernest Cassara
Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 p.m.
Email Krista Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org for location.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 p.m.
Email Krista Hanson at email@example.com for location.
Thoreau as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Walden for Personal Reflection and Discussion by Barry Maxwell Andrews
Wellspring: A Year of Spiritual Deepening
Do you yearn for deeper connection to your faith and to the people here? Do you wish you had a better grasp of our traditions, history and theology? Do you dream of a day when you have the time to create a daily spiritual practice? Then you might want to know more about Wellspring, a year-long curriculum designed with spiritual deepening as the goal.
Created by the Rev. Jen Crow, a former Hallman Ministerial Intern, Wellspring responds to the need for spiritual grounding in our own tradition and offers a five-spoke model of spiritual deepening. The five spokes are: daily spiritual practice, regular meetings of the Wellspring group, engagement with Unitarian Universalist history and theology, meeting monthly with a one-on-one spiritual director, and discerning our unique call in life.
Jen writes, “Engaged together, these five spokes create a powerful synergy that has fostered significant transformation in the lives of many of the participants. Most experience a deeper understanding and connection with Unitarian Universalism and their own spiritual lives.”
Unity's Wellspring group will be led this year by Beth Peterson and Clover Earl and will meet on a weekday evening — details about dates and times are forthcoming. The group will begin in late August with a short retreat and will meet two or three times a month through May 2018. Each session will have reading assignments that support our exploration and engagement of the topics and themes. Class enrollment is limited to 18. If you are interested in this offering, please contact Martha Tilton by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-228-1456 x105.
UUA General Assembly
New Orleans, LA • June 21-25, 2017
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. If you are interested in attending GA or serving as a delegate, contact Lisa Friedman at email@example.com.
Boston: October 18-22, 2017
Janne and Rob will lead a pilgrimage to the Unitarian Universalist homelands of New England. We’ll visit Plimouth Plantation and wander the streets and back lanes of Boston and Concord. We will explore the historical roots of our faith and our democracy and walk the paths that our religious ancestors walked. If you are interested, please email Janne at firstname.lastname@example.org. The trip will cost between $1400-$1800, exclusive of airfare.
Transylvania: Summer 2018
Watch for more information.
Child care for Church Events
Unity Church offers childcare for all church-sponsored events. The child care is free of charge but reservations are required. Please fill out the online form to request childcare for a church-sponsored event.
Wellspring Wednesday is a multi-generational opportunity to gather midweek at church for food, fellowship, and fun. All are welcome. This is a time to engage in religious community, a time to cultivate our values and beliefs. Click here for weekly programs details.
Embodied Spiritual Practice
Tuesday Meditation at Unity Church
A portion of the time in Unity Sangha’s Tuesday meditation meetings is devoted to teaching and discussion to deepen our understanding of the meditation path and its roots. Join us Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Ames Chapel. Meditation instruction is offered at 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Please notify Ken Ford at email@example.com if you plan to come for instruction.
Wellspring Wednesday Yoga
WEDNESDAY YOGA IS ON SUMMER VACATION
CLASSES WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER 2017
Weekly 60 minute yoga practice that includes aspects of deep breathing, slow movement, rest periods, and guided meditation to balance body, mind, and spirit. Suitable for all body types and ages; movement is demonstrated for lying on the floor, standing or sitting in a chair, as needed. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. A few are available for loan. Learn more about the instructor, Elen Bahr, at EveryYogi.com or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Southern Style 5 Animal Kung Fu
This beautiful Chinese martial art emulates the moment and disposition of the Tiger, Snake, Crane, Dragon, and Leopard. Our focus will be on studying the introductory form of this style which incorporates elements from all five animals into an elaborate pattern of intricate movements. Do not expect lots of yelling, kicking any wood boards (ouch), or much of what you see in action movies. Instead, you can expect an excellent practice which builds strength, conditioning, and flexibility, which both calms and invigorates the spirit. This class meets on Saturday mornings, in the Body Room, from 10:00 a.m.–noon, and is for any level of experience ages 16–106. To participate, please contact Bryan Kujawski at 612-750-0221 or email@example.com.
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