Are you ready to engage authentically with one another about the way race, ethnicity, and culture have shaped our lives? Building the World We Dream About is a 24 workshop curriculum designed to support Unitarian Universalists and our congregations in building the multicultural Beloved Community we want to embody. It seeks to disrupt the working of racism and transform how we relate across racial, ethnic, and cultural differences in our congregations and beyond. Participants develop their anti-racist, anti-oppressive and multicultural habits and skills, and prepare to nurture a multiculturally competent, actively anti-racist congregation.
We will work through the first half of the program in the coming year.Contact: Rev. María Uitti McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The choir is always looking for new singers, so if you enjoy singing, we would love to have you join us. We sing a wide variety of music and have a great time doing it! We sing at least one Sunday a month in service and occasionally at other church-related occasions. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings right before service — you do not need to be present every Sunday to be in the choir. Youth and adults are welcome. No previous experience is required.Contact: Brenna Kupferman (email@example.com | 443-739-5530).
Have you ever wondered how to navigate the many medical and logistical decisions that come as we face the end of our lives? In this workshop, the Rev. Sage A. Olnick, community minister and long-term Chaplain at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health grounds us in our Unitarian Universalist values as we plan for this challenging time for us and our loved ones. Before answering her call to ministry. Rev. Sage served as a registered nurse for many years, and she brings this wealth of experience from both arenas to her wise counsel.Contact: Rev. María Uitti McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is an 8 session workshop, plus a visit to a local funeral home. Topics include: Talking about Death; Finding our personal Views of Death; Beliefs and practices—What Happens When We Die?; Bereavement; Children and Death; Suicide and the Right to Die; Preparation for Death; and Sharing New Insights. The 2 hour sessions include discussion, activities and videos. There will be some adjustment of the topics depending upon the interest of the group. Curriculum developed by the Reverend Kate Walker and Lee Ann Wester and copyright of the UUA.
Class size is limited to 15 adults. Participants are requested to commit to all sessions. Please register at email@example.com.Contact: Sara Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org) | J. Sue Henry (email@example.com).
This is a gentle, meditative class open to any level of fitness or yoga practitioner. Please wear comfortable clothes, bare feet and a smile. Bring your own yoga mat and a throw or beach towel to roll up as a bolster or use as a blanket. Becca Motil has been teaching yoga for more than fifteen years and is certified in the YogaFit style.Contact: Becca Motil (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do you sing or play an instrument? Would you like to be part of a band that occasionally offers music for Sunday service and other church social events? We would love for you to join us! We play a wide variety of music, which is usually chosen by the band. The ensemble varies upon availability, but can include vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass, and light percussion. All musicians and singers of all ages are welcome. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed by the ensemble.Contact: Terry Kalka or Brenna Kupferman (email@example.com | 443-739-5530).
Do you feel called to explore your spiritual journey through journaling? If so, UUFHC's journaling group may be for you. This small group explores spirituality through a variety of media such as journal writing, visual media, reading, and discussion. This small group explores spirituality through a variety of media such as journal writing, visual media, reading, and discussion. This isn’t a class in writing skills, a literary analysis group, or a writing critique group. We are a diverse group of fellow seekers on the spiritual path who happen to find that journal writing enriches our journeys in countless ways. No special writing or artistic skills are needed (and spelling and punctuation don’t count—in fact, there are no
mistakes in journal writing!).
This year brings a significant change for the Journaling Group, which is going into its 12th year at UUFHC. Dana Knighten, founder of the group, has chosen to step back from her facilitator role this year. She will, however, remain on as a valued member of the group! Cindy Curry and Beth Wood-Roig, after a year-long apprenticeship under Dana’s guidance, will co-facilitate the journaling group this year.
Additionally, Dana Knighten (firstname.lastname@example.org) will offer Soul Collage card journaling monthly on the fourth Thursday from 7 to 8:30 PM.Contact: Cindy Curry (email@example.com) or Beth Wood-Roig (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.
Classes are lead by Nadia Malik. She is the World Peace Cafe manager at KMC Maryland and has been practicing Kadam Dharma since 2011. The depth of her dedication to study and practice is obvious in her teaching, where she skillfully includes many practical examples of how to sincerely apply Buddha’s teachings to modern daily life. For more classes and info: www.MeditationMD.orgContact: www.MeditationMD.org | 410-243-3837.
Beyond the Partisan Divide & Daring Democracy
In these times of social and political upheaval, let’s gather for thought-provoking community conversation about the issues of our day. Until we actually listen to one another, it is all too easy to assume that we all think alike and believe alike. Theologian John Wesley, who founded Methodism along with his brother Charles, once asked in a sermon about
Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? This year we will explore what it means to live up to our Unitarian Universalist values in this moment in history. We will work together from resources from our Unitarian Universalist Association, including workshop materials from the program entitled Beyond the Partisan Divide, and the UUA’s 2017-2018 Common Read Daring Democracy. Bring your lunch, your mindfulness and your curiosity.
Join the UUFHC Meditation Group as we begin 2019 by reading Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying by Light Watkins, and take a 21-day challenge to begin to incorporate a daily practice of mindfulness. We will read and discuss the book at the start of our meditation group time on Sunday mornings for the month of January. Please join us in person or in spirit by reading along with us and join us if you are able for discussion on Sunday mornings. In order to incorporate the book discussion, we will begin the meditation group at 9:30 in the library to discuss the book and our practice. Then we will spend time as a group in mindful silence.Contact: Sue Knause (email@example.com) | Beth Wood-Roig (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UUFHC presents many opportunities for people of all ages to make music together! If you sing or play an instrument at any level, this is for you! We make it fun, and there is no pressure, so please join us for any and all of these music-making opportunities.
We occasionally have other opportunities for singers and musicians to participate in services and other church-related activities. These can include playing during summer services, children’s worship, and the annual RE service, social activities (chili cook-off, auction, picnic, and annual MUUsic festival), stewardship gatherings, special evening prayer services, memorial services, and other events. If you or your child is interested in being a part of these or any other music-related opportunities, please contact Brenna for more information.Contact: Brenna Kupferman (email@example.com | 443-739-5530).
Music can help us to deepen our relationship with ourselves and one another, and can help us to remember who we are, where we come from, and what is important to us. Join us for a day of reflection, connection, and rediscovery, as you experience (and take part in!) free-form music, meditation, and conversation.
Bring a journal, a yoga mat, cushion, or blanket and a bagged lunch.Contact: Brenna Kupferman (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Cindy Curry (email@example.com).
This group of individuals starting at age 59 years (exceptions can be made!) meet to discuss:
The specific topics to be explored this year include:
You may join at any time! There are future activities, aside from the ongoing group, being planned for older, wiser loving souls.Contact: J. Sue Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In Parent Support Group, we explore how to raise children with UU values. Spending time with like-minded parents helps us build community and energize. Together, we find strength to meet the challenges of life. Bring the whole family on the second Friday of the month. We meet from 5:45pm to 8:00pm. We share a light dinner of pizza, salad, and dessert. After dinner, the kids go with the sitters to the RE Wing and the parents talk.Please RSVP Stephanie Kalka (email@example.com).
Qigong is an ancient form of self-healing through gentle movement. It is a movement practice focused on health, longevity, stress management and mental clarity. Marty will be teaching the Hauxia Zhineng Qigong (Chi Lel) system which was the world's largest medicine-less Qigong. The Chi Lel Qigong center in China had more than one hundred thousand patients with 180 different diseases and had a 95% success rate. James Martin (Marty) has been practicing Qigong for 25 years; he'll draw on 50+ years experience in the martial arts. He has taught Qigong in many different locales and will be teaching this beneficial healing practice at UUFHC.
Tai Chi is another ancient form of self-healing. Marty will teach the Yang style 24 movement Tai Chi short form. He will take you step by step through the most widely practiced Tai Chi form on the planet.Contact: James (Marty) Martin (443-299-2434).
The first ten minutes are devoted to Mindfulness techniques offered by a practitioner, and then shared silence. When the weather is good and the spirit moves, meditation can be done outside.Contact: Susan Knause (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Beth Wood-Roig (email@example.com).
You are invited to join UUFHC’s Soul Matters Sharing Circle and Spirit in Practice!
This is a wonderful time to share connection with each other and go deeper with our monthly worship themes.
Like a favorite reading from our hymnal says,
alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited to do all that must be done. Together, our vision widens and our strength is renewed.
– From the Soul Matters Sharing Circle website https://www.soulmatterssharingcircle.com
During our time together on the first Tuesday of the month, we will explore the monthly questions that the Soul Matters program poses for us, and engage in related spiritual exercises. On the third Tuesday, we will go more deeply into the spiritual practices that support us in our daily lives, including music, moving meditation, story-telling and play. We will take our cue from the UUA’s program entitled Spirit in Practice.
Consider joining us. It is a wonderful time to slow down, catch our breath and simply be with one another.
If you are interested, or have questions about this program, please reach out to Rev. María Uitti McCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by my office for a chat!Contact: Rev. María Uitti McCabe (email@example.com).
The group will read the Gospel of Mark through the lens of contemporary social justice issues. Together we will explore how this ancient text, the first of the four accounts of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, calls its community into relationships of faith and accountability with one another.
This original curriculum was written expressly for today's Unitarian Universalists. We come from many different faith traditions and even from no religious tradition at all. Is there something we can learn about living authentically in the 21st century from Mark?Contact: Rev. María Uitti McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This energizing class is perfect for all levels from beginners to those who have extensive practice.
You may join us at any time!
The class will focus on moving mindfully and linking breath to movement as you flow through sun salutations, gentle twists, balance postures and end in a refreshing savasana.
Come dressed in comfortable clothes, with a mat, a strap (belts and scarves can make great straps) and a blanket to roll up as a bolster or use during savasana.Contact: Caitlin Weese (email@example.com).