New Book Groups and Upcoming Classes
Please sign up if you are interested in any of the following book groups! Once at least 3 people have signed up for a title, you will be contacted together so that you can coordinate dates and times of meeting.
Elite: Uncovering Classism in Unitarian Universalist History by Mark Harris
Eugenics and social control aren’t the first words that come to mind when Unitarian Universalists recall their proud progressive heritage. This provocative and critical look at class in Unitarian Universalist history reveals that today’s largely middle-class and educated congregants are descended from an elite cultural establishment. The wealth, standing, and religious conviction of these forebears converged in actions and ideas that would be appalling by modern standards. Mark Harris eloquently argues that this history needs to be known in order for the denomination to envision a broader, more inclusive future. Elite is a crucial new resource for the historical understanding of Unitarian Universalism and a call for greater economic diversity.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters at the End by Atul Gawande
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Here he examines its ultimate limitations and failures―in his own practices as well as others’―as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life―all the way to the very end.
This book is offered in anticipation of a spring class that will be offered by Rev. Kate on death and dying.
Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything by Victor Frankl
Eleven months after he was liberated from the Nazi concentration camps, Viktor E. Frankl held a series of public lectures in Vienna. The psychiatrist, who would soon become world famous, explained his central thoughts on meaning, resilience, and the importance of embracing life even in the face of great adversity.
Published here for the very first time in English, Frankl’s words resonate as strongly today—as the world faces a coronavirus pandemic, social isolation, and great economic uncertainty—as they did in 1946. He offers an insightful exploration of the maxim “Live as if you were living for the second time,” and he unfolds his basic conviction that every crisis contains an opportunity. Despite the unspeakable horrors of the camps, Frankl learned from the strength of his fellow inmates that it is always possible to “say yes to life”—a profound and timeless lesson for us all.
A UUA recommended read.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.
A UUA recommended read; perfect for the fall season.
Spiritual in Practice – Ten Virtual Workshops for Unitarian Universalist Adults. Facilitated by Erica Shadowsong on Thursday evenings.
Spirit in Practice was created to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however, they understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and/or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregations, the Spirit in Practice workshops offers a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich their faith journeys.
Faith Development for Adults at All Stages
Our program consists of several recurring offerings supporting life stages and Unitarian Universalist identity. We also host a variety of special programs based on those being offered in the surrounding community, special interest expressed by members, or other opportunities.
We strive to schedule our programming to accommodate the differing needs of families, young adults, students, and older adults.