Opportunities at USG for Adults of All Ages

The Adult Spiritual Development 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 continuing to do this in the time of COVID-19.

View this week’s SPIRIT newsletter with up to date program information.

 

BREATHE – most Sundays,  5:00-6:30pm

NOW VIRTUAL

So we can stay connected, Sunday evening BREATHE sessions will continue — virtually.  
Please send your email address to mindfulness@usguu.org to be put into the BREATHE database so you can receive information on how to access the sessions on-line. Please remember that in order to keep the sessions going, the teachers need your support. There are no set fees, but we suggest a teacher donation (dana) of $10- $20. For more info, go to bit.ly/usgmeditates  

For Sunday 29 and April 5, 5:00-6:30pmPeace with your Body through Mindfulness and Compassion
Led by Dana Barron, PhD, certified health and life coach.

In this two-part series Dana will provide practical tools and teachings (like mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional intelligence) to support you in declaring peace with your NOW body so that you can free up your time, energy, and resources for your deeper purpose. The second session on April 5 will focus on weight and appearance. Adolescents and adults welcome.
Learn more about Dana at danabarronphd.com, You can reach her at dana@danabarronphd.com or 215-688-5108.    

April 12, Easter Sunday, NO Breeze class.

April 19, Esther Wyss-Flamm. Meditation will focus on connection to the natural world in honor of Earth Day.

April 26, Jesse Frechette, Mindfulness through Art and Creative Activities, postponed from March 15.

Click here for more information.

 

Meditations for the Mid-Week by ZOOM!

 

To get the ZOOM link, email mindfulness@usguu.org.
From the Center for Mindfulness at USG
in conjunction with Exploring Elderhood
Wednesday afternoons at 2:30pm

All are welcome- senior, junior, USG member or not to join Deborah Cooper for an hour of quiet meditation, reflection and sharing. Most of us long to be peaceful and happy, and yet our lives and the world around us, frequently present us with situations that cause anxiety and pain. The Buddha, 2,500 years ago, discovered a way to live that makes it possible to experience tranquility and joy in spite of the various difficulties we encounter day to day.In this hour we will explore some of his teachings and learn some ways to help ourselves navigate everyday challenges so that we can experience more peace in our world. No fee but donations (dana) gratefully accepted.
Questions? mindfulness@usguu.org   
 
 
Exploring Elderhood ZOOM Gathering
Fridays, 2-4pm
All Elders and others are invited to another remote Zoom meeting of Exploring Elderhood this coming Friday. 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 asd@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 Gerry Whelan at gwhelanmd@gmail.com or visit and join our Facebook page, just search Exploring Elderhood @ USG      

 

Holistic SpiritualityHow to Speak to Anyone with Truth and Kindness Led by Oren Jay SoferHalf-Day Online Workshop co-sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness at USG.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:00 to 4:30pm 

The path of awakening taught by the Buddha includes a wide range of practices to calm the body and mind, to heal the heart, and to respond to need with wisdom and compassion. 

 How can we use our spiritual practice as a resource to respond to the challenges of our times with strength and love? How do we bring qualities of integrity, truth, and kindness into our relationships and conversations, staying true to our values while creating conditions for real dialogue? 

Registration details to follow.  For more information go to bit./ly/usgmeditates

 

There are also a number of online classes offered through the UU Leadership Institute. The courses can be completed online on your own schedule while wearing your PJs. They are offered Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer. Highlight the Online Courses menu to see which classes are currently offered. They offer a free on demand Coming of Age for Adults, check it out!

 

 

Racism Book/Study Group
For April 13, 7:30-9pm, we will read Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. If we can’t meet in person, we’ll talk via conference call or online meeting. Treva Burger facilitates the group, contact her with questions, bookstudy@usguu.org.

 

 

 
 
Death Cafe, 1st Wednesdays 7-9pm and 3rd Thursdays 2-4pm CANCELLED for now
We will eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” This discussion group has no agenda or objectives, and is not a substitute for grief support. Cake, coffee and tea are provided. All are welcome! Facilitated by Maggie Beaumont. Meets at USG in the Sullivan wing.
  
 
 
 
Everyday Spiritual Practice now postponed. 
 

 

Difficult Conversations
About one year ago many of our congregants participated in a number of Difficult Conversations on the subject of White Privilege and White Supremacy. Time has passed, people have had conversations, things have happened. Now we would like to hear the stories of your experience of what has changed (or not) with respect to racism in our society, in our congregation, in your life. These new programs will be less structured but will be built around your stories – good or bad, hopeful or disappointing, funny or sad. No lectures, no challenges, no criticisms. Just once again, a safe space to be heard and to hear. Come, check back in… we want to hear your story. And those who did not participate in previous conversations are also welcome to attend and listen. If interested contact Gerry Whelan at asd@usguu.org and we will find dates and times that work.

Sunday Morning Guided Meditation has ended.
Sullivan 3 is will available as a meditation space every Sunday once the church is reopened.

 
 
 
Unitarian Universalism 101-POSTPONED
Third Sundays 12- 1:15pm in the Daskam room. An introduction to Unitarian Universalism for visitors and friends. Childcare is provided. Attendees will receive a free copy of The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide. Please let the leaders Eric Foster and Charles Gabriel know if you plan to attend by emailing  uu101@usguu.org or you can call Charles at 215-801-2711 if you are unable to email.
 

Community Day

Community Day is held the Sunday of the weekend before Thanksgiving.

At USG, the day begins with a choice of several workshops presenting different modes of spiritual practice. In the past we have offered workshops on meditation, yoga, drumming, chanting, dance, poetry and a chance to sing in The Wannabe Choir. There are also programs for youth of all ages and childcare. See link above for details about this years’ event.

Following the workshops there is an intergenerational worship service in the Sanctuary where many of the components of the workshops, including performance by the Wannabe Choir, are integrated into the service. In November, Bread Communion Sunday, which has traditionally been observed the Sunday before Thanksgiving, will also be included in the Service.

Community Day appropriately concludes with a communal brunch when all are invited to partake of a scrumptious feast.

For more information contact Gerry Whelan at gwhelanmd@gmail.com

 

The Caregiver Support Group provides a safe space where caregivers can make connections with others facing similar challenges, share their experiences and ideas, and provide emotional support to one another. Participants include individuals who provide various levels and types of care for partners, parents, and grandchildren. The group meets monthly at USG. Group size is limited. For information, contact Maura Gallagher, garden294@yahoo.com 

 

Bring Your Own Spirituality!
Is there a topic that you have been hoping would be offered in an ASD course? Is there an issue relating to the spiritual journey that you would like to explore? Do you have an interest in a spiritual teacher, resource or practice that you would like to share with others? Now, here is your chance! The BYOS program invites you to name and briefly describe what it is that you would like to explore, discuss, share, or even argue about. We will provide a simple form on which you can name it, briefly describe it and tell how you’d like to approach it. Maybe you would like to discuss the teachings of Eckhart Tolle or explore the Enneagram or talk about Chicken Soup for the Soul or share the poetry of Mary Oliver. You provide your name and contact information. This will be posted on a board that will be prominently placed in the hospitality area every Sunday. Then USG folks and even visitors can peruse the board and others who may share your interest can add their names and contact information. If you have even a few takers, ASD will assist you in setting up an initial get-together. Then your little group will take it from there, deciding where, when and how often to meet. If ASD can help in any way, we will, otherwise we will only ask for some feedback as your group progresses or finishes. So no more complaining that you don’t see what you want. BYOS puts you in the driver’s seat for your spiritual journey. Come on, it’s your turn! Blank forms will be on the ASD board or share your suggestion with the link below. Questions or comments? gwhelanmd@gmail.com

The Elders Storytelling Circle
This Elders Storytelling Circle is a joint project between Adult Spiritual Development (ASD) and Children’s Spiritual Development (CSD). Through the storytelling workshop, elders will be given the opportunity to reflect on their lives and choose significant moments that could be shared with others. Workshop participants will then be given support in developing these stories into tales that will be told to the children in our congregation. One storyteller will be brought into the 3rd-6th grade class per month for the duration of the program year. The purpose of such a storyteller’s circle is to link the elders with the young people in our community. In other words, the storytelling format acts as a vehicle so that the children in our community can begin to form meaningful relationships with those grandparent-aged folk who can teach them a thing or two. But again, it is not primarily about imparting knowledge. Building relationships is at the core of this project. An initial group has been asked to establish this workshop. In time, it will be open to any grandparent-aged elder in our community who wishes to participate.

If you have questions about ASD courses and programs, please contact Gerry Whelan, ASD Committee Chair gwhelanmd@gmail.com. Other questions related to Spiritual Development at USG can be directed to Ryan Hurd at dsd@usguu.org.

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