Mission: In support of the goals of our church, we invite personal transformation through opportunities to deepen, connect, and engage to nurture lives faithful to our Unitarian Universalist values.

Our offerings are designed to enhance faith formation in a Unitarian Universalist context. Offerings are intended to stimulate our sense of community and enrich the spiritual and intellectual lives of JUC members and friends by helping to:

  • seek greater understanding of Unitarian Universalist theology and heritage;
  • develop cultural competency in our members and friends; and
  • cultivate our individual and collective spiritual practices and sense of well-being.

Workshops

After the Hurricanes

Sundays, January 28 – February 11
9 a.m.

“Climate change is a force multiplier. There have always been storms and winds and surges. But climate change makes them increasingly bigger and damaging and expensive.” (UUWorld: Nature Demands Respect, 2017). We will draw on this and other readings to see that UUs can bring special perspectives and approaches to the systemic problem of climate change. Come and contribute.

Just Mercy

Saturdays February 17 and 24
9 – 11 a.m.
Join intern minister Kristen Psaki for a 2 session conversation about a recent UUA Common Read, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, has dedicated his legal career to defending those who are trapped by an often capricious, political, and willfully unjust criminal justice system – poor people, people of color, children, and others over whom the system has run roughshod.

Migration Stories: Movie Discussions

Third Wednesdays, February – May
7 – 8:30 p.m.
People have come to the United States of America from all over the world. What has America symbolized for them? What did they leave behind to come here? What did it cost to become Americans? We’ll explore these and other questions through a historical perspective using movies. Participants are expected to watch the movies in advance. All movies are available from the public library or for free online. Movies can be watched independently or a monthly viewing daytime viewing option will be available. Sign Up.

Far and Away: Irish Immigrants struggle to make a new life in 1890’s America and reach the frontier west. Rated PG-13. Available from the public library.

The Immigrant: Polish sisters emigrate and one gets stuck on Ellis Island while the other works for her release. Rate R. Available from the public library.

The Namesake: An Indian couple emigrate in the late 1970s and their American-born son struggles to find his cultural identity. Rated PG-13. Available from the public library.

Under the Same Moon: A Mexican woman crosses the border without legal documentation after leaving her son with family. Her son struggles to be reunited with his mother. Spanish-language with subtitles. Rated PG-13. Available from the public library.

Prayer and Praying for Unitarian Universalists

Wednesdays, February 21 – March 21
7-8:30 p.m.
Join Rev. Eric Banner for a five week exploration of the spiritual practice of prayer. What is it? How do people do it? Does it work? How do Unitarian Universalists pray, for themselves and for each other? Participants will learn about and practice prayer techniques, including writing prayers and sharing them with others.

Partnering and Parenting

Saturday, March 10
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
JUC Member & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Charles O’Leary presents this three hour workshop to help you navigate the tricky waters of parenting and partnering. We’ll make sure there’s a break for pizza and greens for you and your kids. No charge, but if you want to make a donation for the food, feel free.

Introduction to Blue Mountain Meditation

Mondays, March 12 – April 2
7:30-9 p.m.
Would you like to bring our UU principles from your head to your heart? Passage meditation is a spiritual practice that can do just that and can help you solve practical problems, act courageously, deepen relationships, and find peace, purpose and joy. Annie and John have a combined 50 years experience and have trained hundreds of seekers at JUC and elsewhere.

Centering: The UUA Common Read

Mondays, April 2 – 16
7-8:30 p.m.
Join Senior Minister Wendy Williams for a 3 session conversation about 1 of the 2 UUA common reads this year. Centering, edited by Mitra Rahnema, centers the stories, analysis, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious leaders of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities. Sign up.

Creating Theology Together

Retreat: Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Workshop Sessions: Wednesdays, April 11 – 25
Join Rev. Eric Banner and Intern Minister Kristen Psaki to engage and to name your UU theology and identity. What do you believe? Why do you believe it? Creating Theology Together is a brand new curriculum that recognizes the value of cultivating our individual theologies and credos – as celebrated in the “Building Your Own Theology” curriculum – but extends beyond the individual to ask what shared values and beliefs ground our larger faith community and what values and beliefs ground our faithful actions in the larger world. Course launches with a Saturday retreat followed by 3 consecutive Wednesday evening sessions. Sign Up.

Paths to Sustainability in Daily Life . . . a Workshop

Sundays, April 8 – 29
9 a.m.

Through lessons, as well as student assignments, the student will gain a good practical understanding of their own Energy Usage and its Carbon / Climate Consequences. Paths to energy usage transformation will be developed for each student, based upon their own personal usage data and lifestyle. Areas of primary focus will be Housing and Transportation. Sign Up.

Shared Theology Groups

Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS)
Angela Priest
For those interested in holding open public Pagan rituals each Sabbat. All are welcome.

UU Humanists
Jim Bole
Humanism is a major source of our UU tradition. We investigate Humanist philosophy, life stance and modern expressions of service and community building.

UU Liberal Christians
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Sara Lohaus
Crystal Kreitzer
Connect with Christianity from a fresh, open-minded perspective. Join us for study, discussion, worship and fellowship as we explore our Christian roots within UUism.

Spiritual Practice Groups

Blue Mountain Meditation
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Annie and John Hedberg
For those practicing Eknath Easwaran’s Eight-Point Program for living a spiritual life in the everyday world.If you wish to join without the introductory course, read Passage Meditation by Easwaran and begin meditating as described.

Mindfulness Meditation
1st and 3rd Sundays, 5 p.m.
Brian Gregg
This group is for anyone interested in deepening their mindfulness meditation practice. Many of us also have a strong interest in Buddhist philosophy.

Wisdom Healing Qigong: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World
1st Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.
This is a monthly practice group using gentle movements, visualization and sound for improved life vitality.  All abilities are welcome. Per the founder, Dr. Pang, with Qigong practice, we cultivate “the mind’s intelligence to direct chi to reform, perfect, and improve the conscious potential of the holistic body, thereby uplifting  the consciousness of the practitioner from an automated condition to that of autonomous wisdom.
Shamanistic Journey Meditation
Every third Wednesday of the month at 6pm.
Shamanistic Journey Meditation is a great opportunity to help you find higher awareness. We will go through some meditations designed to guide you through other realms and find your spirit animals. With the experience of Peruvian shamans, who have dedicated their lives to the journey of the spirit, they are here to make sure you are safe and comfortable as they guide you through these meditations.