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.

UUCM EARTH DAY EVENT

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In honor of Earth Day, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on April 26th, UUCM Adult Education is sponsoring a class on Invasive Species Removal, highlighting what you should know and what you can do about Buckthorn and Garlic Mustard which are crowding out and displacing desirable native species in our yards and woodlands. Member Susan Goll will present the class and she and her husband John Ziegenhagen will be there to answer questions about how to identify, prioritize and successfully remove these plants. Susan and John are volunteers with the City of Minnetonka invasive species removal team and will discuss techniques for making sure that these plants do not come back even stronger, which can happen when they are not removed properly. In addition they can talk about the satisfaction of removing those plants with seeds to prevent further propagation as well as ways to "release" desirable plants that are being choked out by buckthorn.

If weather permits, Susan and John will lead a work party immediately following the class at 11:30 am that will travel to the building site for our new church and spend an hour or so removing Buckthorn and any Garlic Mustard found there. It is not necessary to attend the class to join the work party as class attendees can direct helpers. The site is quite hilly so we ask that only children willing to work participate. If you are coming to work, please bring work gloves and if possible a hand pruner or lopper. Please contact the church office at office@uucmtka.org if you plan to attend. You can make a difference!

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 "Sick Around the World" PBS Documentary
  • 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 office@uucmtka.org..

    SOCRATES CAFE

    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 office@uucmtka.org.

    Do you have other topics/ideas or want to facilitate a class? Please contact the church office at office.