Adult Education Program
Our adult class offerings feed the soul and refresh the mind. Forums, discussions, and classes on a variety of topics are held throughout the week.
BUDDHISM - COMPASSION AND HEALING CLASS
Widening the Circle of Compassion presented by Jason-Aeric Huenecke
(Jason-Aeric is the Principle Researcher at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. He has been an explorer of Tibetan Buddhism and Shamanic traditions for 24-years.) Please join us on Sunday, February 2nd and Sunday, March 9th from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm as Jason-Aeric returns to UUCM. Come to one or both sessions!
The reason we learn to take our seat in meditation or spiritual practice is to learn how to remain present when faced with adversity and suffering in the delicate dance of human relations. It is not easy to maintain our seat when faced with sickness, differing views on politics, religion, spirituality, education, or finances. To understand compassion and healing from the Buddhadharma we must come to know the basic nature of mind as pure, limitless, expansive, like the sun shining in a clear sky. Not an easy task for Minnesotans who lose sight of the sun for long periods of time during lengthy winters.The inner conflicts and accompanying sicknesses we experience are like clouds obscuring the sun. The clouds temporarily block the sun but are not of the same nature as the sun, our sicknesses are temporary and the causes of them can be understood and eliminated. How do we do it? Come explore a seemingly impossible task. Explore the mind as the creator of sicknesses and health. These two 90-minute talks will explore mindful empathy and cultivating a compassionate body. Please join us for an inner journey that will delight your heart and mind.
A suggested donation of $10.00-$30.00 and scholarships are available. To sign up, please contact email@example.com.
JESUS OF NAZARETH BOOK DISCUSSION
Please join us on Wednesday, March 19th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm as our Ministerial Intern, Kim Banz leads this evening of disucssion on the book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesos of Nazareth" written by Reza Aslan. Few people in human history have been as controversial, fought over, or misunderstood as the charismatic storytell, faith healer and Roman Empire resister Jesus of Nazareth. Called Teacher, Messiah, Son of God, through his brief life, death and ministry, Jesus altered the lives of billions. Unitarian-Universalists generally reject a Trinitarian definiation of God, but find points of commonality in Jesus's calls for justice, mercy and right relations.
There will be art, food and lots of ideas, please join us and contact please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us.
SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHTS
The Social Justice Team is offering a once-a-month Friday Evening film event on the second Friday of each month from 7 – 9 pm starting in the Fall of 2013. The series is to promote discussion around critical issues facing our world today. The topics for the films will cover a variety of issues such as Climate Justice, Food Sustainability, Victims of Torture, Gun Violence, Health Care, Immigration and Racial Inequality.
The movie schedule currently is and will be updated as movies are chosen:
- September13th "Bidder 70" (civil disobedience, climate justice).
- October 11th "Fresh" (sustainable agriculture).
- November 8th "God Loves Uganada" (GLBT Justice/Religious colonialism).
- December Holiday Break
- January 10th, "Chasing Ice" (Climate Justice)
- February 21st - HEALTH CARE FORUM (click here for more details)
- March 14th - “Inequality For All” In this film Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under both the Carter and Clinton administrations examines the crisis of the widening income inequality in the United States.
- April 11th TBA
- May 9th TBA
If you have ideas for the film series and/or questions about the Social Justice Team please contact Stephanie McCullough-Cain. The register please contact the church office at email@example.com..
Socrates Cafe meets the third Friday of each month in the North Room at UUCM. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share. We brainstorm ideas and then vote for the one we want to discuss. We have had some lively, enlightening discussions. The sessions start up again this Fall, with the first meeting on Friday, September 20th, 2013 and running through until May 2014. Hosted by Peggy Gentles. For further details, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have other topics/ideas or want to facilitate a class? Please contact the church office at office.