Opportunities at USG for Adults of All Ages

This week’s Spirit newsletter

ASD Brochure

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 beginning to offer some things in person, outdoors, 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.

Exploring Elderhood
ZOOM Gathering
Now 2nd Fridays only, 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  

NEW: Feminist Perspectives on Spirituality and Theology
Announcing a new study group for those who want to delve more deeply into feminist spirituality and thealogy. Everyone is welcome. We will meet regularly by zoom for now, and in person, we hope, in the future. (We will publish the link in future SPIRITs.)

Our first session will be on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30pm. That evening our discussion topic will be “The woman or women who have helped us become who we are.” Please join us to discuss and appreciate the women in our development.

Find Black Lives UU resources for Black UUs linked here.

Unitarian Universalism 101 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: May 22 at 2pm

Here is the link to join online: bit.ly/BLUUBox
Questions? Contact endingracism@usguu.org
BLUU Boxes include a reflection on a monthly theme, historical or current information about Black UUs and updates on the social justice and other things BLUU is working on.

Racism Book Study
Usually Second Mondays at 7:30pm
Next on June 13 at 7:30pm on Zoom. We will finish The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones. Email bookstudy@usguu.org for the link. Also check out this NPR Throughline podcast with Nikole Hannah-Jones about the 1619 Project and the 7 episode NY Times podcast about the project.
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.

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 Ryan Hurd 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 Ryan Hurd at dsd@usguu.org.