USG currently offers mindfulness programs VIRTUALLY and IN PERSON, under the direction of Mrs. Latifah Griffin-Rogers, Director of Spiritual Development.

This page includes all of USG’s practice based spiritual development including meditation, yoga, and conscious dance. The Adult Spiritual Development page has discussion based spiritual development.

The Zoom links for all weekly Mindfulness and Wellness sessions are sent out in a separate monthly email entitled “News and Zoom Links from the Center for Mindfulness at USG.” If you would like to be put on the list to receive these announcements, contact communications@usguu.org. If you have questions about the classes, please email mindfulness@usguu.org

Teacher Donations and the Practice of Dana                        
In the Buddhist tradition the teachings are offered freely, and the teachers lives are supported by donations (dāna.) Dāna translates into the Buddhist principal of generosity. Please donate to our teachers. USG does not pay or employ the teachers; most teachers provide their services free of charge, and in doing so sustain mindfulness programs at USG. Suggested donation for non-fee sessions is $10-$20. If you cannot afford this amount, feel free to attend without giving, or give whatever is affordable.

Special Programs

DaRa Williams and the Three Characteristics
Friday, December 9, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 10am – 4:00pm

Two-part class with DaRa Williams via online sessions hosted by Delaware Valley Insight and the Unitarian Society of Germantown.
DaRa Williams is a trainer, meditation teacher and psychotherapist. DaRa has been a meditator for the past 25 years and is a practitioner of both Vipassana and Ascension meditation. More info about DaRa here.
Registration for this online-only event will open soon. Please check the Delaware Valley Insight website (click here) periodically.

Recurring Programs

Sundays

Fourth Sunday Morning In Person Mindfulness Sit at USG, 9:00-10:30am

NEXT: Sunday, December 18, facilitated by Brian Arnell.

Springboard Meditation Sangha will host several in-person, non-hybrid, meditation sessions at the Unitarian Society of Germantown (USG) this fall. These are simple gatherings for meditation and discussion, pre-pandemic style, with no Zoom component. Please review USG’s vaccination and masking policy HERE. For more information, email info@springboardsangha.org

The Springboard Sangha teachers offer their time and guidance freely, in the spirit of generosity. If you are inspired to support Springboard Sangha’s mission as a community hub for lay Buddhist practice and teachings (they are a 501c3), you can donate here: paypal.me/springboardsangha. Thank you for your generosity.

Upcoming dates: November 20

Wednesdays

Meditations for the Mid-Week led by Deborah Cooper, Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm NOTE: Deborah will be on vacation December 21 and 28.

Please join Deborah Cooper as she leads us into calm and reflection with meditation, inspiring writings and poems from the great meditation teachers, and teachings based on her own extensive training as a mindfulness teacher.  Deborah also shares how she has applied mindfulness in her own life experiences and guides us in applying mindfulness to ours.  

Dana to Deborah:

Thursdays


THURSDAY NIGHT MINDFULNESS
Online with Jesse Frechette from 7:15-8:30pm 
Access: bit.ly/Jessethursday

Please note that bit.ly links are case-sensitive.

Appropriate for all levels. Enter into this practice with a beginner’s mind and fresh eyes, whether this is your first time or you have been practicing for many years.
The fee to the instructor for this one hour session is $15-$20 if financial circumstances allow, but no amount is too small and all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.
Please send to:
Venmo: Send to Jesse-Frechette-1
Use PayPal under “family and friends” and send to: jesse@centermindful.org 
Mail check to: 1405 Reiner Rd., Eagleville, PA 19403

Monthly In-Person Yoga at USG!

This fall, yoga instructor Esther Wyss-Flamm will be leading gentle monthly in-person classes at USG, these classes will also be available weekly on Zoom.

The Tuesday class (9:30-10:30 a.m.) is focused on accessible movements and postures that benefit bone health and will be held in the Sullivan Room. DATES: Tuesdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22, and Dec. 20.

The Friday class (9:30 – 10:45 a.m.) is focused on accessible movements and postures that benefit joint health and will be held in the Assembly Room. DATES: Fridays, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, and Dec.16.

Cost:  Interested USG members are invited to join the class at a reduced drop-in rate of $20 per class. If you are new to Esther’s classes, you are invited to join the class for free.

Release into Winter Restorative Yoga in Person and on Zoom

As the weather cools and the pace of our busy lives continues, the body begins to crave down time (even as the mind tells us to keep going!). Longer and slower than a typical class, restorative yoga is calibrated and timed to nourish the body as we may find ourselves anxious and depleted in the winter months. The sessions release long-held tension in the body, calm the nerves, and soothe the spirit. These popular annual sessions are designed to be accessible — all bodies and levels of flexibility welcome!
 Dates: Sundays, November 20 and December 18, 2022 (winter solstice celebration), January 22 and February 19, 2023 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM

You may attend the sessions IN-PERSON at the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia. Or you may attend them from the comfort of your home via Zoom. 

Cost: $40 (single); $70 if you sign up for two sessions or with a friend. Click HERE to let me know you are signing up for one or more winter restoratives and then send payment via Venmo to: @Esther-Wyss-Flamm-MINDFUL or ask about other ways to pay.

More details about restorative yoga can be found HERE

More detail about Esther’s teaching and her classes can be found here: Virtual Classes: Info & Schedule – White Flame Yoga


Unitarian Universalism and Buddhism

Like UU’s “free and responsible search for meaning”, Buddhism is non-creedal. In his first mindfulness precept, Thich Nhat Hahn says Buddhist teachings are not doctrines but guiding means to help us develop understanding and compassion. One of the Buddha’s last teachings was to “be a lamp unto yourself”.

The inherent worth and dignity of every person is evident in Buddhist teaching that everything in the universe shares Buddha nature.

The Universalist emphasis on the saving power of love can be seen in the Mahayana Bodhisattva vow to renounce nirvana until all beings are enlightened, and in reverence for Avolokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of great compassion.

UU respect for the interdependent web of all existence mirrors the Buddhist teaching of emptiness, what Thich Nhat Hahn calls inter-being–that everything in the universe exists only in its connection with everything else, and nothing has an absolute separate identity.

UU affinity for Buddhism goes back to Thoreau. There has been an active Unitarian Universalist Budddhist Fellowship for many years. It is still considered an independent affiliate of the UUA.