Being UU: Adult Faith Development
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.
Meet the Liberal Christians
Tuesday, September 19
During this kick-off meeting we will do an introduction to what our group stands for and what we do, which will include: · the history of the UULC group at JUC · reflections from a couple of regulars about why they participate · information about the focus of UULC meetings – topics, issues, books discussions, etc. · details about upcoming meetings · description of the two services we plan/present annually – Advent and Maundy Thursday We look forward to having interested new and old members try us out!
Mondays, September 25 October 9 & 23, and November 13
Join Rev. Wendy for a four part conversation on finding and making meaning in the third phase of adulthood. Open to those of retirement age, however you understand that.
Tuesdays, September 26 & October 10
What are you waiting for in order to be happy? In this two-part class, we will explore the Buddhist Nun Pema Chodron’s book True Happiness, exploring what it takes to be happy and to create the roots of happiness. Led by Rev. Keith Arnold.
Our Church: An Introduction to Jefferson Unitarian Church and Unitarian Universalism
Wednesdays, October 4 & 18, November 1 & 15
Join Rev. Eric for a four part introduction to our church and our larger tradition. Learn about the flaming chalice, the sources of our faith, the way we make decisions, and the answers to whatever questions you bring with you. Some light reading will be required between sessions.
Watercolor as a Spiritual Practice
Fridays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Come and learn ways to experiment with mixing watercolors, to find your own path toward expressing the beauty you find in nature or just within your own mind and heart. Bring supplies if you have them, or you can use ours. (We will use real watercolor paper. If in doubt, talk to Nadine about supplies.) Led by Nadine Swahnberg.
Climate of Hope
Sundays, October 8, 15, 22
Join leaders from our Green Task Force to read and discuss Climate of Hope, by Michael Bloomberg and former head of the Sierra Club Carl Pope. A manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change are concrete, immediate, and immense. They explore climate change solutions that will make the world healthier and more prosperous, aiming to begin a new type of conversation on the issue that will spur bolder action by cities, businesses, and citizens―and even, someday, by Washington.
Grown Up Souls
Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14
Come to the gathering of Unitarian Universalists from across the Mountain Desert District, held in Boulder this year. Keynote by guest minister Rev. Kendyl Gibbons of All Souls Kansas City – Just as we seek to become physically, intellectually, and emotionally mature, so we need to reflect together on what it means to become spiritual adults, no matter what theological identity path we may have chosen to follow. What do the great souls of different traditions have in common with each other, and what can our communities learn from them? And other workshops, as well. Sign up
Annual Introduction to Blue Mountain Meditation
Tuesdays October 17, 24, 31, and November 7
Do you often wish you had more resources to tackle life’s challenges? Would you like a plan for personal progress? Would you like to bring our UU principles from your head to your heart? Passage meditation is a spiritual practice that 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. Sign up.
Owning Your Religious Past
Thursdays, October 19 & 12, November 2, 9, 16
Join intern minister Kristen Psaki for this five session workshop that helps each of us understand our own spiritual and religious journey and how where we come from influences where we are, and even where we hope to go in the future. Sign up
Medical Aid in Dying
Saturday, October 28
Join Dr. Charles Hamlin of Compassion & Choices and Rev. Eric for a conversation about the new Colorado law that allows terminally ill patients to choose how and when their lives will end. There will be a presentation, and time for lots of questions about the law, and about how our church and ministers approach this important change in end of life care. Sign up
Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism
Sundays, October 29, November 5, 12, 19
Joe Woodson leads a conversation rooted in the newest collection in the Voices of Unitarian Universalism series, Humanist Voices. A collection of 23 essays that explore what Humanism is, and where it leads. Sign up
Centering: The UUA Common Read
Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15
Join intern minister Kim Mason 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
Caring for the Caregiver
Saturday, November 4
When someone we love is experiencing major medical challenges, because of age, or cancer, or long-term chronic illnesses, we give of ourselves to help them. But caring for ourselves when we are the caregiver can come in far lower on the priority list. Join leaders from our pastoral care team to talk about, and learn about, caring for ourselves, when we are the caregiver. Sign up
Shared Theology Groups
Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS)
For those interested in holding open public Pagan rituals each Sabbat. All are welcome.
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.
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.
1st and 3rd Sundays, 5 p.m.
This group is for anyone interested in deepening their mindfulness meditation practice. Many of us also have a strong interest in Buddhist philosophy.