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
Led by Jeremy Taylor
Saturday, February 7, 9:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m., Sanctuary Chancel
Suggested Donation: $ 60
Please bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.
This intense one-day dream workshop will introduce you to the power of dream work using the technique, “In my imagined version of your dream.”
It will prepare you to work with and understand your dreams and the dreams of others. No previous experience is required. Jeremy will draw from a hat the names of people who want to work on a dream. If you wish to familiarize yourself with dream work, a good resource is Jeremy Taylor’s book Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill.
Jeremy Taylor, M.A., D. Min., is an internationally recognized innovator of group process in dream work. He is also a Unitarian Universalist minister. He has used dream work to promote peace between rival factions in Ireland and has written several books on dream work. The latest is: The Wisdom of Your Dreams: Using Dreams to Tap into Your Unconscious and Transform Your Life. His earlier books—The Living Labyrinth: Universal Themes in Myths, Dreams and the Symbolism of Waking Life; and Dream Work—have been translated into many languages. Jeremy teaches at many universities and seminaries, including Starr King School for the Ministry, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in Sacred Theology.
Six Tuesdays, February 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17 from 7:00 – 9:15 p.m., Fireside Room
Led by: Jeremy Taylor
Suggested fee: $ 150, limited enrollment
This much-sought-after small group is for people who have experience in Jeremy Taylor’s dream work. It will give you a chance to deepen your dream work practice. UUCB church members are given priority registration. If not a UUCB member, please call or email Lonnie Moseley to reserve space on the wait list.
Walt Whitman and Swami Vivekananda
Saturday, February 28, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Fireside Room
Led by Steven Herrmann
Suggested fee: $35
In this class we will explore Walt Whitman’s big notion of world-wide religious equality and Swami Vivekananda’s Vedantic teachings of religious unity, side by side. We will examine early Vedantic texts to see how Vivekananda’s postulate of the Spirit of Oneness existing across all religions (from his eloquent speech at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago in 1893) was an attempt to fulfill Whitman’s dream.
Vivekananda affectionately called Walt Whitman the “Sannyasin of America” and read Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Both Whitman and Vivekananda speak the same universal language of religious unity. We will explore this notion of Spiritual Democracy in the works of Whitman and Vivekananda and learn how to identify key points of convergence between these two seminal teachers.
The class will include finding personal ways to embody the teachings and gain direct access to the perennial knowledge, by experiencing ways in which the idea of Oneness lives as an archetype of supreme meaning in each and every person. We will accomplish such goals through lecture, discussion, and experiential practices, via writing and deep inward meditation.
Steven Herrmann, Ph.D., M.F.T. is recognized nationally and internationally. He has published over 30 papers and three books. His most recent book Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward. He has taught at the C.G. Jung Institutes of San Francisco, Chicago, and Zurich, as well as Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. Herrmann has also written on the writings of Swami Vivekananda. Herrmann’s expertise in Jungian literary criticism makes him one of the seminal thinkers in the international field and a foremost authority on Whitman and Melville in post-Jungian studies. He is also a scholar, poet, and Jungian psychotherapist with a clinical practice in Oakland, California.
Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Safir Room
Led by J. Ruth Gendler
Suggested fee: $ 30
Years ago when I was writing The Book of Qualities, I wrote about how Faith, who lives in the same apartment building as Doubt (their mothers are cousins). About Service as Devotion’s practical sister; and Truth who welcomes both Certainty and Uncertainty to his table.
Writing poetry, nonfiction, journals, and even old-fashioned letters offers us a way to weave together language and image, voice questions inside questions, map our journeys as we lose and find ourselves, and wonder and wait until (sometimes) the words and world make sense.
In this workshop we will investigate the questions that inspired us as children and whether they still echo in our lives today. Do our experiences of religion—its presence or absence in childhood, and the ways our families treated it—motivate and inspire our adult spiritual choices? What about solitude and community, ritual and faith?
During our time together, we will make a space to listen and remember, and explore qualities of soul and questions of the heart. Silence, conversation, and writing will be our tools.
By the end of our time together, you will be able to look at your spiritual journey with new eyes and new tools, record questions and discoveries in vivid language, and pause to honor the past as you step forward on your path.
J. Ruth Gendler is the author of three books, the award-winning Notes on the Need for Beauty, the bestselling Book of Qualities, and the anthology Changing Light. She is also a painter, a printmaker, and a longtime writing teacher for adults and children. Ruth loves using creative practices to explore our deepest questions, give voice to our souls’ yearnings, and reveal what we didn’t know we know.
Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity
Saturday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Safir Room
Led by Susan Moon
Suggested fee: $ 30
At the beginning of our time together, I will lead you in a conversation about growing older. After reading briefly from my book, This Is Getting Old, Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity, we will talk together about facing the challenges of aging. There are actually advantages to getting old, even though it’s hard to remember them from one minute to the next!
We’ll use discussion and some writing to share our experiences of aging and impermanence--our own and others. Without turning away from what’s difficult, we’ll find reasons to laugh and be grateful. And we'll get half a day older together.
Susan Moon is a writer, editor, and lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. She is the author of a number of books about Buddhism, including the humor book The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi and This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. For many years she was the editor of Turning Wheel, the journal of socially engaged Buddhism. Her short stories and essays have been published widely. Sue has been a Zen student since 1976, practicing in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi at Berkeley Zen Center, Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, Green Gulch Farm, and now with Zoketsu Norman Fischer’s Everyday Zen sangha. She received “entrustment” as a lay teacher in 2005.
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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.