Classes and Workshops for Adults
Awakening Wisdom Classes is the new name for UUCB’s Center for Spiritual Development.
For over twenty five years UUCB has offered classes and workshops that express the UU value of drawing inspiration from diverse faiths and philosophies. Anyone interested in pursuing spiritual practice as a transformative life experience may enroll. As we develop psychologically and spiritually, our social actions become more compassionate. Classes provide an environment for the realization and enhancement of our connection with the larger Reality in which we live.
Chair: Lynnette Delgado
Led by: Richard Stromer, Ph.D.
First Tuesday of each month, Feb. 4 - June 3, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Fireside Room.
Suggested donation: $ 40 for series, $ 7 for individual session.
For information, call Richard Stromer (510) 682-6302.
To register, call Martha Helming (510) 528-3417.
Cinema is a powerful and captivating medium for exploring the mythic, archetypal nature of our experiences as human beings. As we have done for the past five years, this class will continue exploring a rich variety of mythic themes and archetypal characters from the world of film. We will also focus on the idea of destiny as a factor in the human experience. What is this mysterious force, and how may it be guiding our lives? Participants are expected to view these films on their own before class.
|February 4: Howard's End (1992)|
|March 4: As It Is in Heaven (2004)|
|April 1: House of Cards (1993)|
|May 6: Grand Canyon (1992)|
|June 3: The Life of Pi (2012)|
Led by Richard Stromer
Third Wednesdays: Sept. 18, 2013 – May 21, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Meditation Room
Suggested Fee: $50
For Information: call Richard Stromer (510) 682 – 6302
For registration: call Martha Helming (510) 528 – 3417
This study group will continue exploring the mythic nature of our personal experience of the sacred. In the process, we’ll consider how stories from the world’s religions and wisdom traditions mirror our own experiences of the holy. In addition, we’ll also seek to deepen our relationship to the images and symbols that reflect our experience of holiness. Through reading and shared reflection, we will endeavor to expand our understanding of the personal and communal dimensions of our sacred myths.
Our focus this year will be on a posthumously published work of Joseph Campbell about the relationship between mythic consciousness and religious experience, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphors.
Richard Stromer has a doctorate in mythological studies viewed from the perspectives of both comparative religion and depth psychology. He has a counseling and teaching practice based in Oakland that specializes in the application of the concept of personal mythology to issues of psychological and spiritual development. To learn about his approach to working with myth, refer to his website: www.soulmyth.com
Reading ancient texts to unlock mysteries for modern spirits.
Led by: Carolyn West
February-June, 2nd Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Fireside Room
Suggested fee: $ 40
To register, please email Carolyn.
In this 5-part workshop, we will look deeply into mythological texts, using the structures and particular "grammars" of how they were put together to liberate insights that continue to inspire. We will look at both Eastern and Western myths, as well as ones from the New World. We'll look into psalms, parables, mysteries, and myths. This workshop will provide a spirited practicum in the techniques and ideas presented at Carolyn West's Personal Theology. No prior experience is necessary. However, please bring a helping heap of curiosity.
Carolyn West has a degree in comparative Religion from Princeton University, and an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson. She is a published poet and essayist, and has taught classes throughout Berkeley. She is the Storyteller at Northbrae Community Church, and a community friend of UUCB.
Navigating The Tricky Conversation With Those Closest To You
Led by: Jan McClain
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Fireside Room
Suggested fee: $ 40
You can talk with your friend about anything and everything, but you realize that you are not talking to your daughter about (.......) at all.
At certain points in life, we can find ourselves holding back or feeling tongue-tied with the very people that we care about most--our adult children, our partners, our co-workers. We may feel shy or nervous about expressing our feelings and desires. Or maybe we just don’t know where to start.
This one-day workshop offers time and space for you to:
- Unpack the layers of what you deeply want to say and what (perfectly understandable) things may be stopping you. There will be time for both writing and discussion; you will be able to work with your specific topic privately, while participating fully in the group work.
- Discover how to approach these conversations--what actually works (and what potholes to sidestep!).
- Find sustainable ways that you can create, through these conversations, the connections you desire.
This really is an opportunity to have a conversation with yourself---before you have a conversation with the one or ones you love.
Jan McClain has a life coaching and teaching practice in Berkeley, using tools from both the coaching world and the education world. She shows couples and individuals how to energize their most important relationships and find their true desires. She has moved from an intensely shy girl with not much “voice” at all, to an advocate for having those conversations that create authentic, meaningful connections. To learn more, check out her website: www.janmcclain.com
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Facing Our Grief, Freeing Our Spirits
Saturday, April 5, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Meditation Room
Many of us carry regrets over what we had hoped for or strived for in life, but did not turn out as desired. There may be unfulfilled longings. It is important throughout life to grieve these circumstances, reach acceptance, and move on. Often, however, these circumstances do not bring to mind the need for grieving. In this 3-hour workshop, we will explore the ways that facing this grief can free our spirits. Learn the indicators that there is grieving to be done; and learn effective techniques for processing this grief toward acceptance and letting go. The workshop will include discussions, interactive exercises, meditation, and gentle movement. For more information and/or to register, contact UUCB member Natalie DaSilva, MFT, [email protected] The deadline to register is Monday, March 31st.
Please note: This workshop is not for those grieving the loss of a loved one.
Everyone can sing well, we just need to know how!
Are you new to singing hymns? Do your pipes feel rusty? Do you mouth the words because you're afraid someone might hear you? Join Michèle Voillequé in the Fireside Room after Vespers on first and third Thursdays (January - May, 2014) from 7:30-8:15 p.m. Learn to sing with ease and courage. Anyone wanting to sing better is welcome! Email Michèle for more information.
Nurture Your Spirit
This monthly program (second Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.) offers time to rest, reflect, reconnect, let go, set intentions, and feel the embrace of loving community. We'll sing, listen to words and music, sit in silence, and light candles. We'll sing praises, speak words of gratitude, send healing wishes, and let go of that which no longer serves us. Come nurture your spirit. Led by Rev. Sue Magidson.
Covenant-Based Conflict Resolution
We know the values we want to live by. Our covenants beautifully name them. The challenge is to translate them into the problems of daily living: Should I eat this cookie? What can I do about my impossible boss? Why doesn’t this committee to see my point?
There is a highly powerful and spiritually transformative process that effectively bridges the gap between affirming our UU covenants in principle and having the skills to live and model them in community when the going gets rough. This class brings the skills and processes of Compassionate Communication to living into the covenantal way of being while resolving conflict at the deepest, most satisfying and long-lasting level.
Join us for this fourth Thursday evening class series, 7:30-9:00 beginning September 26, following vespers.
Rev. Cat Cox