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Adult Lifelong Learning | Right Relationship With Self

Come and be made whole.

 

pasted imageAction without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.  Kwame Nkrumah

 

 

 

 

A Life of Sacred Purpose

What We Offer

We commit to lifelong learning and spiritual practice that enriches our lives and those around us. We offer balanced content and spiritual practices from the world's great religions and wisdom traditions, informed by our distinct Unitarian Universalist perspective. Throughout the year, we may offer this content in various formats such as workshop, retreat, forum, discussion group, etc.

UU Wellspring | Spiritual Deepening for the UU Soul

Our Major 2017-2018 Adult Faith Development Offering!

  • Dates Beginning in November | Specific Dates To be Announced
  • Orientation Date Oct 28, 9 AM – 3 PM in the UUSF library (for all participants); if you can, read Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life, edited by Scott Alexander before this meeting; however, this is not obligatory
  • Facilitated by Rev Gail Marriner, Sherry Kraemer, Cynthia Kelley, and Steven Mead
  • Primary Theme UU Theology & Spirituality
  • Online Registration link
  •       Required Books—Please purchase yourself
    1. Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life, edited by Scott Alexander
    2. A Hidden Wholeness, by Parker Palmer
    3. You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, by Thich Nhat Hanh
    4. Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer

Description | Content below from UU Wellspring

“What will you do with this one wild and precious life?” asks the poet Mary Oliver.

UU Wellspring™ is a 10-month program of distinctly Unitarian Universalist spiritual development designed to help participants answer that provocative question. The program celebrates the depth and breadth of our rich religious tradition.

The Five Spokes

UU Wellspring incorporates five elements designed to balance a knowledge of UU history/theology with personal spiritual practice and engagement with the world:

  • A commitment to daily spiritual practice
  • Participation in a small-group community
  • Individual work with a spiritual director
  • Readings and resources for knowledge and reflection
  • Reflection and commitment to live out our values in the world

Dates and Times

We may have two, and if interest warrants, three groups

  • UUSF 2nd & 4th Wed | 6-8 PM (1st/3rd/5th Wed in Nov; 2nd & 4th Wed thereafter)
  • UUSF 2nd & 4th Thur | 2-4 PM
  • Eldorado 1st & 3rd Sun | 6-8 PM

Waking Up White

  • Dates 4 sessions Saturdays, October 21, November 11 & 18, 10 AM – 12 PM in the UUSF library
  • Facilitated by Sherry Kraemer and Cynthia Kelley
  • Primary Theme White Privilege
  • Online Registration link
  • Book is available here

"Understanding whiteness..., is key to understanding racism." p. 13

Description

Each of us has our own stories and relationships to race. As Americans, we all live in a culture of white dominance that holds us all captive in some way. Knowing our relationship to that cultural dominance is where the "waking-up" begins.

This class will use the book Waking Up White as a resource to help us discover our own place in a racist culture. This will be a class built on our own stories. It will be a safe place to explore our experiences of how we have related to the questions about race and the myths of white superiority. The purpose is not guilt, but awareness.

  • Session 2: From one-sided stories to whole stories. Parts 3 & 4, pages 63-111
  • Session 3: Everybody is different, everybody belongs? Parts 5 & 6, pages 115-184
  • Session 4: No such thing as neutral. Parts 7, 8 & 9, pages 187-249

Our Faith Journey

  • Dates 4 Sessions Sundays, October 29, November 5, 12 and 19, 12:00 to 1:30 PM in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Sherry Kraemer and Cynthia Kelley
  • Primary Theme UU Theology & Spirituality
  • Online Registration link
  • Book is available here

“Faith—those lenses that provide insight to the ‘deep down things’.”

Description

Faith is a journey – one that does not end. Using the new book by Rev. Daniel Kanter, Faith for the Unbeliever, as a starting point, we will explore faith as an orientation to deep meaning in our lives.

What are our guiding beliefs, who or what do we trust to ground us, where do we display loyalty and fidelity, and what is our vision of the world? These are the lenses we will use to consider where our present faith path lies and to wonder where our future faith journey may take us.

This workshop is for reflection and sharing. It will be closed to new participants after the first meeting on October 29. We have copies of the book available in the office. If you would like to use a book for the duration of the class and then return it you make check them out. 


Inviting U In: Come, Come Whoever You Are…

  • Dates 3 Sessions Sundays, December 3, 10, and 17, 12:00 to 1:30 in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Sherry Kraemer and Cynthia Kelley
  • Primary Theme UU Principles and UUSF Membership
  • Online Registration link

“We nurture hearts and minds, we practice beloved community and we work for justice.”

Description

We will explore each part of the UU Santa Fe mission statement. We encourage participants to watch Rev. Gail's sermons on each part of the mission (links provided below). There will also be short readings from The Seven Principles in Word and Worship followed by discussion, with opportunity for questions and answers. Leaders from our lifelong learning program, our community connections program, and our justice program will be available for these conversations.

This is an opportunity to learn more about our congregation and how we live out our UU principles in our community. We invite you to join us.


The Fire This Time

  • Dates 4 Sessions Saturdays, Jan 13 - Feb 3, 10:00 - 11:45 AM in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Sherry Kraemer and Cynthia Kelley
  • Primary Theme Race Relations
  • Online Registration link
  • Book is available here

Description

We will use selected readings from Jesmyn Ward’s new book, The Fire This Time, as well as other readings to include the experiences of Indigenous peoples, Latinix people, and other people of color as they speak about race. What is the future of race relations in America? Watch for more detains to follow.


Nuclear Waste Study Group

  • One Session Only – Nuclear Waste Disposal Overview & Discussion
  • Sunday, Jan 14 – 9 AM – 10 AM in the UUSF Library

For those who want an informative overview of this environmental issue and want to know more about the UUSF Nuclear Waste Study Group. No registration necessary.

UUSF Nuclear Waste Study Group

  • Dates 5 Sessions Saturdays, Feb 10 - Mar 10, 2018, 10:00 – 12:00 PM in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Maj-Britt and Jim Eagle
  • Primary Themes Environmental Justice; Nuclear Waste Disposal
  • Online Registration link

Description

What are our responsibilities as Unitarian Universalists as we discover the realities and the perceived realities of storing the spent fuel generated by nuclear reactors? We will look at the sources of nuclear waste, consider relevant facts as best as we can identify them, and then superimpose these realities onto our Unitarian Universalist Principles and our Sources. Primary data sources include the League of Women Voters’ Nuclear Waste Primer, and the Nuclear Regulatory Committee and U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Feb 10 - nuclear power fundamentals and radiation safety
  • Feb 17 - two, current spent nuclear fuel storage, wet (in pools) and dry (including cask designs)
  • Feb 24 - transportation of spent nuclear fuel ~ its liabilities and risks
  • Mar 3 - Yucca Mountain as a permanent geologic repository and New Mexico, (near the Carlsbad, ELEA, and WIPP areas) as a second permanent repository
  • Mar 10 - defense waste ~ its current sites and projected disposal

Plastic Waste

  • Dates 2 Sessions Mar 2018, dates/location forthcoming; 1 hr/session
  • Facilitated by Maj-Britt Eagle, Joyce Budai, and Sally Marquis
  • Primary Themes Environmental Justice; Pollution
  • Online Registration link

Description

We will use the documentary film BAG IT to explore and discuss our relationship with the safe and wise use of plastic, as well as discuss plastic’s regulatory, environmental, human health, and global impacts. 


Earth-Honoring Faith

  • Dates 5 Sessions Saturdays, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, June 2, 10:00 - 11:45 AM in the UUSF Library
  • Facilitated by Maj-Britt Eagle
  • Primary Theme Earth-based spirituality
  • Online Registration link
  • Book is available here; Earth-Honoring Faith:  Religious Ethics in a New Key, by Union Seminary professor, Larry Rasmussen

Description

As Niebuhr asks, “Who is the neighbor I am to love as I love myself?”

“In Earth-Honoring Faith, Larry Rasmussen answers that question with a dramatically new way of thinking about human society, ethics, and the ongoing health of our planet. Rejecting the modern assumption that morality applies to human society alone, Rasmussen insists that we must derive a spiritual and ecological ethic that accounts for the well-being of all creation, as well as the primal elements upon which it depends: earth, air, fire, water, and sunlight.” -- Goodreads

We will explore Rasmussen's work with “beginners mind” to displace our ego with the care of our ecosystems. What acts will be required of us? How can we become that anticipatory community so as to live in a way that does not destroy our world?


Inclusivity

We welcome all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin; gender or gender identification, affectional preference or sexual orientation; age, physical or mental challenge; or social, economic, or marital status. Come, there is a place for you here.

Come, open to be moved. Come, be held in mutual embrace.

Come, engage the world. Come and be made whole.

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