School of the Spirit: Lifespan Spiritual Exploration
Fall 2018 Offerings
Exploring Spiritual Practice for UUs
Join Rev. Lydia in two sessions to discover intentional ways to help support spiritual practices in your life. Regular spiritual practice can help you gain deeper understanding about yourself, and your relationship to the cosmos. Participants will be paired up and meet with accountability partners between the October and February sessions.
Two Saturdays: Oct 20 & Feb 9 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: BVUUF Sanctuary
Unitarian Universalist History 111
Learn about our history, with an emphasis on how understanding our history allows us to be more effective in fulfilling our religious mission. Join a six-week online course with optional weekly email discussions and two in-person meetings. Dr. Susan Ritchie, previous Associate Professor of UU History at Starr King School, teaches the online portion. Paul Brynteson and Scott Youmans from BVUUF will facilitate weekly online and two in-person discussions.
Nov 4: Review logistics and become acquainted, 11:30 a.m., meet at coffee hour and go to another location in Lafayette.
Next 6 weeks: Devote 1 hour/wk at a time convenient to you to complete the 6 modules online, and join optional weekly email discussions.
Week of Dec 16: Potluck and spirited in-person discussion. Meeting date TBA
Cost $15 per course and is reimbursable from the Leadership Development Committee at BVUUF.
Enroll by October 15: Go to https://www.uuinstitute.org/on-demand-courses/ search for “Unitarian Universalist History 111” and follow the directions AND
Poetry and Contemplative Reading on the Soul Matters Themes
Poetry awakens the heart and feeds the soul. Pause long enough to reconnect and restore. Each month, we create a supportive environment for people to reflect on two poems that relate to a new theme. We read, journal and share our individual responses. Deep listening to our inner wisdom and each other is emphasized. This is an engaging and meaningful process for meaning making. No prior experience with poetry or contemplative reading practices necessary!
First Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Longmont Public Library (watch monthly updates for possible changes) Drop in each month for a new theme.
Contact: Stephanie Pache. An RSVP is helpful but not necessary.
Memoir Writing Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Lafayette
Contact: Paul Gibb
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (Potluck)
In this feature documentary, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Join us for a potluck, viewing and discussion of this moving film. Sponsored by the School of the Spirit and Racial Justice Task Force.
Friday, Nov 30 5 p.m. potluck & movie, 6-7:30 p.m. discussion, at the First Congregational Church of Boulder
Wednesday, Dec 5, 4:30 p.m. finger food, 5 p.m. movie, 7-8 p.m. discussion, at the Lafayette Public Library
Contact: David Beumee
A morning of Improvised Embodied Spirituality based on the monthly themes using the tools of Interplay (interplay.org). Led by Rev. Lydia
First Saturdays, 9:30 – 11:15ish in the Sanctuary
Drop in each month
UU Intra-Religious Dialogue
Even as we may all identify as Unitarian Universalists, each of our individual religious lives is framed around unique combination of the Sources from which our Living Tradition draws. Inter-religious dialogue is a specific kind of conversation that reflects appreciation of the Truth as larger than one’s own concept or experience of it while remaining firmly planted in one’s own tradition. This ARE workshop will explore principles of Inter-religious dialogue and apply them to Intra-religious dialogue, sharing with each other how our particular approach to Unitarian Universalism informs our lives in various areas. The goal is understanding rather than convincing, but as Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change… We have to allow what is good, beautiful, and meaningful in the other’s tradition to transform us.” So be prepared to learn more about yourself as well as your neighbors!
Two Saturdays: October 13, 1-3 p.m. & October 27, 9-11 a.m.
Alfalfa’s Community Room, 785 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville (2nd floor)
Contact: Rev. Penny Rather
Let’s Talk About Aging
We will read, journal, and share about issues of aging such as health issues, looking forward to the unknown, feeling our mortality, the welter of emotions we experience in our aging, coming to acceptance of our earlier lives, money issues, and others, using the book “Landscapes of Aging” and Parker Palmer’s new book On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old.
Second Tuesdays 7 months, Oct. 9 to April 9, 2 – 4 p.m., at Meadows Branch Library in Boulder
Contact: Sheila Brown and Rev. Catharine Harris, minister emerita CLASS FULL
Wise Women Spirituality Group
A monthly open circle for trans and cis women providing a safe, confidential space for spiritual exploration, affirming each woman’s inherent wisdom, and forming deeper relationships and bonding in sisterhood. Second Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., Meeting in Lafayette.
Contact Kelly LoGiudice
Women’s Meditation Group
We sit together for 45 minutes in silent meditation, followed by an optional sharing circle. Open to all who identify as women, and to all meditation traditions. Basic meditation instruction is available.
Meets every Thursday morning 10:00 – 11:15 a.m., at One Being Wellness Revolution, 409 South Public Rd, in Lafayette.
For more information, contact: Dana Samani or Lu Wright.
Spanish Conversation Group
Practice conversing in Spanish about activities, current events and ourselves and using Spanish in our Immigrant Support Work (Usando el español en nuestro trabajo de apoyo de inmigrantes)
First Sundays at 11:15 a.m., in Thoreau Room at the Fellowship.
Contact: Marc Killinger
Non-Violent Communication Group
Based on the book Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg, the group is led by an outside NVC practitioner, Genevieve Keller. New folks are always welcome.
2nd & 4th Sundays 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Community Room, Lydia Morgan Building, 1450 Lincoln Ave, Louisville. Contact: Mary Headley
Small committed groups focused on consciousness and spiritual exploration and group activities. Specific groups include parent-friendly, men’s group, LGBTQI+ and more.
Contact: Charlene Jourdan
Introduction to Shamanic Journeying
Through the ancient practices of storytelling and shamanic journeywork, this workshop will help you call in support from your Guides, find or affirm your life purpose, and more fully embrace your own innate brilliance and Divine Essence. During the guided journey, you may sit or lie down, so bring a yoga mat or blanket if you want to do the meditation on the floor.
Friday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. BVUUF Sanctuary
Contact Kelly LoGiudice
About Leslie Grasa: Leslie is initiated and teaches in the Hungarian Basca Shamanic tradition and is a Reiki Master and teacher in the Usui Shiki Ryoho System. She also holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and an MA in Theatre from Florida State University. Whether working with clients and students, or performing original work inspired by dreams and fairytales, she is passionate about the ancient practice of using stories and ritual to bring healing to individuals and communities.