A Workshop for Liberals Who Want to Communicate Better with Conservatives
Tuesday, October 23 • 6:00-9:00 p.m. • Parish Hall at Unity Church
Sponsored by Better Angels and Unity Church-Unitarian
Workshop Leader: Bill Doherty, Unity member and co-founder of Better Angels
We may live in the most divisive time since the 1850s. Conversations across the political divide have become treacherous, with many people avoiding them or regretting them afterwards. Some family members stop talking to each other altogether. In this workshop you’ll learn skills for communicating effectively and respectfully with conservative friends, coworkers, and loved ones who strongly disagree with you. You’ll practice ways to clarify differences and search for common ground without igniting open hostilities. You’ll learn how to avoid the escalation trap when talking about President Trump. And you’ll get acquainted with the Better Angels movement to depolarize America. This will be a lively, intense, and fun workshop. RSVP below.
Open Page Writing Session
Led by Consulting Literary Minister Karen Hering, Open Page writing sessions are opportunities to correspond with the "still, small voice within." Using stories, poetry, images and objects as well as wisdom from religious teachings, science and history, participants reflect on the month's theme in their own words and on their own pages. No writing experience is necessary. Sessions are held at Unity Church. Writing sessions are free, and an RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 17 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Belonging to Our Longing
We are all, as Kahlil Gibran noted, the “sons and daughters of life longing for itself.” But our consumer culture often conflates longing and desire, as if longing could be satisfied by purchases, progress or possessions. What is the nature of longing and how do we respond to it? What does our longing point us toward? And what would happen if we let ourselves belong to our deepest longing?
Wednesday, November 14 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Covenant: the Promises We Make, Break and Renew
We “become human beings by making commitments, by making promises,” said James Luther Adams. Quoting fellow theologian Martin Buber, he called humans the “promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise-renewing creature.” What does our capacity for promise-making and covenant mean and how does it shape our human identity, our communities of faith and our role in creating new realities in the world?
Sunday, December 2 • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Wonder: Living with an Open Heart
“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing,” wrote e.e. cummings, “than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.” As we enter the season of lengthened nights, we reflect on the gift of wonder and how we keep it alive.
*NOTE: this session is on a Sunday afternoon!
Your UU Elevator Speech
Saturday, October 27 • 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • Ames Chapel
Do you ever wish you could explain Unitarian Universalism in the time it takes to ride an elevator? Would you like to increase your confidence in talking about your church and your faith? Join us for this workshop where we will write and practice our elevator speeches. Childcare is available by request. Sign up in the Parish Hall on Sundays or email Lisa Friedman at email@example.com.
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.
Wellspring Wednesday Yoga
Elen Bahr returns to Wellspring Yoga this Fall with classes for anyone interested in feeling better in their mind, body and spirit. Movement style and topic will vary week to week on a rotating schedule as shown below. All are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. We will also have a few available for loan. Chair yoga is always an option.
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 from 5:00-6:00 p.m., in Ames Chapel. Meditation instruction is offered at 4:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Please notify KP Hong at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come for instruction.
Kung Fu at Unity Church
The House of the Upright Ox, a weekly Kung Fu class at Unity Church, approaches martial arts as spiritual practice focused on resolving conflict on multiple levels. Hung Gar Kung Fu is a beautiful Chinese martial art which emulates the movement and disposition of the Tiger, Snake, Crane, Dragon, and Leopard. We welcome curious first-timers and experienced martial artists to join us for a practice which calms and invigorates the spirit and body. Join us on Saturday mornings in the Body Room from 10:00 a.m. – noon. This class is recommended for ages 15 and older. Childcare is available. Questions? Contact Bryan Kujawski at email@example.com.
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.