Classes and Workshops for Adults
For over twenty five years UUCB has offered classes and workshops that express the Unitarian Universalist value of drawing inspiration from diverse faiths, philosophies and various wisdom traditions. As we develop psychologically, emotionally and sacredly, our social actions become more compassionate. Classes and workshops provide an environment for the realization and enhancement of our connection with the larger reality in which we live. Anyone interested in pursuing transformative experiences may enroll.
Coordinator: Lonnie Moseley; Advisor: Lynnette Delgado
8th Series – “Engaging Mystery”
Led by Richard Stromer, Ph.D.
First Tuesday of each month, Jan. 6, 2014 - June 2, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Fireside Room
Suggested donation: $ 60 for series, $ 8 for individual sessions.
Information: Richard Stromer, (510) 682-6302; registration: Lonnie Moseley, (510) 655-1444.
Cinema is a powerful and captivating medium for exploring the mythic, archetypal nature of our experience as human beings. This class will continue exploring a rich variety of mythic and archetypal themes and characters from the world of film. In addition, this eighth series of film discussions will also focus on some of the perennial mysteries of the human condition, including the evolution of consciousness, the power of love, the enigma of faith, the magic of imagination, the perplexity of madness, and, that ultimate unknown, the mystery of death.
Each session will include a presentation about the archetypal and mythic themes central to the movie being discussed. Some of the archetypes we will explore in this series include the Child, the Traveler, the Guide, the Mystic, the Stranger, the Detective, and the Lover. Discussions will also include questions on how each of these films relates to the collective mythologies of our society and culture, as well as to the understanding of our own personal myths.
|Jan. 6 - What Dreams May Come (1998)||Feb. 3 - A Beautiful Mind (2001)||Mar. 3 - Vertigo (1958)|
|Mar. 31 - Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)||May 5 - A Passage to India (1984)||June 2 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)|
Note: The movies are not being played during the sessions. Please pre-watch the movie(s) to provide time for discussion and Q&A.
Led by Richard Stromer, Ph.D.
Third Wednesday of each month: Sept. 17, 2014 - May 20, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Meditation Rm.
Suggested fee: $ 60
THIS SESSION IS FULL
For information about Fall 2015 session, call Richard Stromer (510) 682-6302
In this study group we will explore the mythic nature of our personal experience of the sacred. In the process, we'll also consider how stories from the world’s great 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 opportunities for reading and shared reflection, we will endeavor to expand our appreciation of the personal and communal dimensions of our sacred myths.
As a part of our exploration this year, we'll also expand and deepen our understanding of some core archetypal motifs, themes, and characters from the world's great mythological traditions. These will include the perennial and universal trinity of Mother, Father, and Child; the nature of the Heroic Task; the function of journeys of Descent/Death and Ascent/Rebirth; and the mythological nature of divinity. Our text for this year's exploration will be Mythologems: Incarnations of the Invisible World, by noted Jungian scholar and psychologist James Hollis.
Richard Stromer has a doctorate in mythological studies viewed from the perspectives of both world sacred traditions 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. For the past eight years, he has been teaching myth classes at UUCB. To learn more about his approach to working with myth, please refer to his website: www.soulmyths.com
The Afterlife in the World of Art
Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Safir Room
Led by Roberta Shaw
Suggested fee: $15. The course fee will be donated to Frederick Shaw's non-profit health project in a slum in India, Developing Indigenous Resources, which is affiliated with UUCB.
Damnation and torture? Perfect paradise? These and other beliefs regarding the afterlife have been portrayed in the art of various world religions and cultures in their attempts to answer the age-old question of what happens after death.
It is fascinating to explore the beliefs of many religions, ancient and modern, by looking at art depicting the afterlife. We might ordinarily consider the subject of sinners enduring eternal punishment as somewhat depressing.
But fear not – in looking at art from many parts of the world, we will discover that the artists who depicted these rather gruesome topics did so with great verve and imagination. The results are paintings and sculptures which – though originally designed to engender fear in the hearts of their viewers – strike us today as quite delightful in their inventiveness.
Well known European artists such as Hieronymus Bosch will be featured along with artists from ancient Egypt, Tibet, Japan, and many other world cultures and religions. If all this gets heavy, we will lighten up with some views of heavenly pleasures!
A returned Bay Area native and longtime member of UUCB, Roberta Shaw has spent a total of 14 years of her adult life overseas, living and traveling in areas which have enriched her appreciation of the diverse arts, cultures and history of our world. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in History, with Honors in Humanities, she earned an M.A. in Art History from U.C. Berkeley. She has taught Art History in several U.S. colleges and locally for U.C. Berkeley Extension, and for the past nineteen years at the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco, always with an emphasis on the relationship between the visual arts and their historical and cultural context.
Explore Your Bodymind through Yoga, Nature, and Writing
Saturday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Safir Room
Led by Lynn Hammond
Suggested fee: $ 45 (includes lunch)
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” Elsewhere he exhorts, “Live the life you’ve imagined. . . . Simplify your life.”
Do you sometimes think you are too busy to pay attention to what really matters? Simplify your life for a day. Be inspired by Thoreau and Unitarian Universalist poet Mary Oliver to contemplate what you want to do with “your one wild and precious life.”
This workshop will invite you to unwind, pause, and look inward. We will retreat from our busy lives and explore ourselves more deeply through gentle Yoga, communing with nature, and journal writing. Gentle Yoga stretches and breathing techniques will help us tune into the body and quiet the mind, so that we can hear messages that we often ignore. Communing with nature will draw us back to our sense of belonging to a bigger whole. Inspiring quotes and journal writing will be interspersed throughout the day to help us pay attention and remember what we are noticing when we go home.
Although there will be time for sharing, much of the day will be spent in silence. Lunch, which will be provided, will be a silent, meditative experience. Expect to leave feeling refreshed, invigorated, and ready to carve out more contemplative time in your life.
Appropriate for all levels of fitness. The Yoga will be about listening to our bodies—not about doing strenuous postures, and we will not walk great distances.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Bring a hat, a journal if you have one, implements for writing & drawing, and a desire to explore your unique being in a timeless atmosphere.
Lynn Hammond holds a Ph.D .in English and has taught Writing, Literature, Women’s Studies, and Drama in colleges across the country. She loves combining the physical with mental and spiritual parts of ourselves and has taught courses such as “Reading, ‘Riting and Roaming.” She has been deeply nurtured by being alone in wild places unreachable except by kayak or cross country skis, including Glacier Bay, Alaska; the Quetico Wilderness in Canada; and the high Sierra. She studied Yoga for many years and lived at the Kripalu Yoga Ashram in Massachusetts, where she became a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. She has been a member of this church for 18 years.
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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.
Meditation for the Heart
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., First and Third Tuesday of the Month, R.E. Office
Last spring some of us discovered how meditation practice can be used to develop compassion in our hearts. We also discovered that the power and energy of meditation is enhanced when we meditate together.
Out of that experience, we decided to offer an opportunity for meditation practice on a regular basis here at UUCB. We are working on finding a schedule for us to meet twice every month on a regular basis.
All are welcome. If you’re not an experienced meditator, no problem. We will offer basic meditation instruction, and we will share our experiences of different forms of meditation.
For more information, contact Rev. Craig Scott or 510 524-6300.