Our adult enrichment and lifelong learning programs take on engaging and thought-provoking topics to guide meaningful conversation and opportunity for personal growth.
Classes and group discussion opportunities are offered throughout the year.
- Chalice Circles are once per month discussion gatherings with a small group of no more than eight other participants. The discussion centers around our monthly Worship and programming themes. A small amount of reading or listening preparation is expected. Chalice Circles are a great opportunity to meet other members and to share meaningful conversations to help everyone grow and deepen as Unitarian Universalists.
- Personal interest classes and groups include Meditation, a Humanist discussion group, our Jewish Heritage group, Tai Chi, Comparative Religions – all led by Church members.
- If you have a program that you would like to provide for Adult Enrichment you can submit a proposal. For a Sunday morning class submit a proposal here. For non-Sunday morning classes or if you are not sure submit a proposal here.
Upcoming and Ongoing Classes
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS
October 3 to November 7, 2023
Are you interested increasing your sense of calmness and wellbeing? Neuroscience research has shown that developing a daily practice of Mindfulness Meditation can help cultivate these qualities in ourselves. Mindfulness can be viewed as a method of mental training in which we learn over time, to abide more and more in the present moment by focusing on our body, heart, mind and milieu, supported by an open, curious and friendly attitude towards ourselves and others.
The five weekly 90 minute, in person classes will teach participants basic principles of Mindfulness using experiential guided meditation, explanatory lectures, practical tips and Q&A. This workshop is open to beginners as well as seasoned meditators.
Join Mary Kullman, certified meditation teacher and co-facilitator of Present Moment Meditation Group, from October 3 through November 7, (excluding Oct. 31), Tuesday evenings, from 7 to 8:30 PM, for this 5 week course, in person.
Since these classes are sequential, it is important that you plan on attending all 5 evenings.
To register or for questions, email Mary at: email@example.com or call or text 630-388-9409. (If you contact me with text, please include your email address.)
Comparative Religion Discussion Group
Sunday October 22, 2023 at 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Church and on Zoom (4th Sunday)
Topic: What would have happened if Christianity had developed differently or not at all?
This is a continuation of the concept that if Jesus had never come to be considered God, or Paul never became an apostle, or Emperor Constantine adopted a religion other than Christianity, Western civilization as we know it would never have developed as it did. Would it be for better or worse or just different? For our discussion today we will look back in time to see how things might have turned out differently. These three events occurred during the Roman Empire where the Pagan Religion was dominant. so, we will need to briefly review the Greek and Roman Pagan religions as our starting point. We also examine if the Reformation did not occur, and the Catholic religion ruled unimpeded until today. What do you think would have happened and why? Is religion a primary driver of history, if not, what role does it play?
This topic of discussion benefits from reading the foundational reading material (2 papers) which will be provided upon request. For further information please contact Bob Wunderlich.
Are you interested in meeting once a month with others to discuss lifespan issues – both pro and con? Do you want to share your story and hear others’ stories, with friendly conversation and a few laughs along the way? Consider coming to the DUUC Elder Circle, which welcomes both congregants and friends. We meet monthly on the fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m. for two hours. It is a hybrid meeting–both in person and on Zoom. A discussion guide on an interesting topic is provided before each meeting. For more information, contact Bev Becker or Bob Harris.
Mondays 7:00pm – 8:45pm in the DUUC Learning Center and on Zoom.
This mindfulness meditation group is open to anyone who has interest in meditation from beginners to more advanced. Our time together consists of sitting meditation, walking meditation (when we meet in person), a short teaching and responsive group sharing.
For more information, go to our website: www.presentmomentsangha.org,
or contact Mary Kullman or Elaine Waite for Zoom link.