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, Oct. 1 - 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.
|October 1: The Way (2011)||March 4: As it is in Heaven (2004)|
|November 5: The Natural (1984)||April 1: House of Cards (1993)|
|December 3: The Lilies of the Field (1963)||May 6: Grand Canyon (1992)|
|January 7: Ikiru (1952)||June 3: The Life of Pi (2012)|
|February 4: Local Hero (1983)|
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
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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.
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
Single and Thriving
If you are single, you are among a growing number of adults living this lifestyle. Come discuss your life as a single adult in an emotionally safe and supportive environment. Explore the challenges of being single in a couple-oriented culture; discover the sometimes hidden gifts of being on your own; and share strategies for living a rich, meaningful and fulfilling life as a single adult. The class will be held on four Mondays in November and December: (11/11; 11/25; 12/2; and 12/16), 6:30-8:00 PM in the Meditation Room, and will be led by UUCB member Natalie DaSilva, a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and single. To sign up for the class, or for any questions, contact Natalie at [email protected] Those wishing to participate need to contact Natalie no later than November 7.
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.