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.
Faith Forward: Inquirers
Sundays 9-10 a.m.
September 9 – October 28
Visitors, newcomers, and new members are invited to participate in the Inquirers Series – the first step on our Faith Forward Path. The Inquirers Series meets at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in M3/4 in the Mills Building. It is a series of 8 conversations that offer a general introduction to our congregation and Unitarian Universalism. The series is ongoing, so you are welcome to participate in the sessions in any order, as you’re able.
Our Songs! with Keith
Faith without Dogma, Doctrine or God
Bigger Than the Moment
Why I Left, Why I Stayed
Thursdays October 18, November 1, November 15, November 29
Everyone has a story. For many of us our story has meant a change from the story of our youth. For others maybe you have seen family or friends leave the story you once shared. Tony Campolo is a well-known evangelical Christian author, speaker, and teacher. For 30 years his son Bart followed in his footsteps. Then one day Bart revealed that he no longer shared his dad’s faith. This book is their story. We will be using the book to guide a conversation with the following goals
- Deepen the understanding of our own individual story
- Connect more deeply with stories of others
- Engage with others who may not share your story
We will meet for four weeks. The first three will be a book discussion and on week 4 we will watch Leaving My Father’s Faith a documentary telling their story with a short discussion to follow. You will need to get your own copy of the book, available from libraries and booksellers of your choice. https://bartcampolo.org/why-i-left-why-i-stayed
This book read is co-sponsored by both the UU Humanists and the UU Liberal Christians at Jefferson Unitarian Church. Facilitators: Rev. Eric Banner and Bill Finley. Sign up here.
Newcomers Mindfulness Meditation & Dinner
Introduction to Blue Mountain Meditation
Introduction to Qigong
If anyone is interested in learning an ancient practice which helps you survive the modern world, I am hosting a Qigong class in the chapel from 10:30-12:30 Saturday September 15th. ½ the class will be meditative, a practice called Sound Healing and the other will be gentle movements. Those who are interested should wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or a sheet to lie on if they prefer that position while we will be doing Sound Healing. Contact: Paige LeBlanc.
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
Rest As Spiritual Practice
1st Mondays October through May, 7-9 p.m.
Setting time aside for intentional rest can be a challenge in our frenzied culture, but doing so is a gift to yourself and those around you. Join Beth Leyba and Inge Sengelmann for 90 minutes of deep physical and spiritual restoration. We will be using yogic and other healing modalities during our time together.
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.