Opportunities at USG for Adults of All Ages

This week’s Spirit newsletter

The Adult Spiritual Development (ASD) Committee of USG is committed to offering a variety of programs that deepen and broaden the range of spiritual practices in our congregation. ASD seeks to promote offerings that engage the heart and stimulate the intellect and create opportunities for USG members to share their talents and wisdom, as we strengthen the bonds of our Unitarian Universalist community. We are now offering some things in person, outdoors and indoors, and we are still offering many things on zoom.

Practice based spiritual development: meditation, yoga, conscious dance can be found on the Center for Mindfulness at USG page. This page has discussion based spiritual development.

Death Cafe: Save the date or Register now (space is limited)!
Thursday, December 1, 7-8:30pm on Zoom
A chance to discuss death with hospital chaplain Maggie Beaumont and others.
Learn more and register here.
Exploring Elderhood In person and on
ZOOM,
2nd Fridays, 2-4pm

All Elders and others are invited to another remote Zoom meeting of Exploring Elderhood one Friday a month. Elders on the current mailing list will receive an invitation and instructions by email. If you are not on the list and want to join in, send your name and email to elderhood@usguu.org with Subject “Join Elders.”This program has been meeting more often virtually, sign up for emails so you don’t miss one. Its purpose is to celebrate the path, with emphasis on the spiritual path, of all who are aging (that’s all of us!) but especially those who consider themselves Elders (or wannabe Elders) and is open USG members, guest and visitors with no minimum age. For more information contact  elderhood@usguu.org or visit and join our Facebook page, just search Exploring Elderhood @ USG  

Find Black Lives UU resources for Black UUs linked here.

The Feminist Thealogy Study Group invites all to join them for their next event below. ALL are welcome.

  • Sunday, January 29, 12:00–1:30 PM in the Assembly Room: THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant. We invite all to read this bestselling novel and then come to  discuss it. It’s the story of Dinah, daughter of the Biblical Jacob, who is raised by her four mothers—Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah. This retelling is a familiar story from the perspective of the women who are largely left out of the original.

Unitarian Universalism 101 in person on 3rd Sundays at 12 noon or by appointment on Zoom
An introduction to Unitarian Universalism for visitors and friends, now done by request. Attendees will receive a free copy of The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide. Please contact Eric Foster and Charles Gabriel at uu101@usguu.org if you are interested.

  
Virtual BLUUBox
Usually on Third Sundays
Next: December 20 at 3pm

Here is the link to join online: bit.ly/BLUUBox
Questions? Contact endingracism@usguu.org
BLUU Boxes come to us from Black Lives UU and are open to all. They include a reflection on a monthly theme and discussion questions.

Racism Book Study
Meets next: December 12, 7:30pm
For December, we will read Songs (and sections) 7 & 8 (from after Nguzo Saba through You Can Be Proud) in The Love Songs of WEB DuBois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. We will read finish the book for January. Email bookstudy@usguu.org for the link to join us. All (who have done the reading) are welcome.

Beloved Conversations Virtual offers a group for white people focused on embodying racial justice as a spiritual practice and one for Black, Indigenous and People of Color offering resources to meet the intellectual, historical and spiritual needs of UUs of Color, living in a world that privileges white cultural norms. Registration for fall closed September 2.

Offered by the Meadville-Lombard UU Seminary The two three-month Within programs (spring and fall) consist of 6 self-paced modules with readings and videos, 6 self-scheduled meetings with a small group to reflect on the themes and 3 “meaning-making sessions,” similar to worship services with break out sessions. Carla Campbell, Treva Burger and Margaret Thompson took the fall session; ask them about it! It’s a really great program. Registration for the spring has closed There is a spring and a fall session.  More info is here. No one will be excluded due to inability to pay. Financial support is also available from USG; contact Latifah Griffin-Rogers at dsd@usguu.org if needed.   Here’s the link: https://www.meadville.edu/fahs-collaborative/beloved-conversations/

If you have questions about ASD courses and programs, please contact  Director of Spiritual Development Latifah Griffin-Rogers at dsd@usguu.org.