Adult Enrichment

Don’t Miss This Unexpectedly Transformative Netflix Series

Let’s pitch a show to Netflix, one designed to lessen racism and homophobia.  Maybe a documentary, complete with talking heads, statistics, and some up-close-and-personal stories. . . that only the choir would watch.  So stop the preaching already! Fortunately Netflix already airs a show that moves people through mere tolerance to warm acceptance.  As a fan … Continued

Creating Rituals with Cakes, Clans, and Oms

Have you ever invented a ritual to celebrate a special moment in your family or social group? Rituals and celebrations figure centrally in communal life.  They add meaning and purpose to major live events, help us embrace change, allow us to express important emotions, help build community, and enhance our connections with the sacred. Birthday … Continued

Why Bother with Rituals?

WHAT DO RITUALS MEAN TO YOU? As the Easter season unfolds, what spring rituals will you celebrate–if any? Many UUs experience a love-hate relationship with rituals, especially if they were previously involved in a ritual-rich denomination, e.g., a Catholic or Episcopal church.  This ritual-ambivalence surfaces most often around the winter and spring holidays, I’ve noticed. … Continued

Believing in Nothing

How do you respond when someone asks you this: “So you are a UU. What do you believe?”  Is your UU elevator speech fuzzy? Limited to what you have rejected? Can you clearly articulate your beliefs? Several UUFE members and friends explored and defined their personal theology in a four-part weekly series in October and … Continued

On Belief and Adult Exploration at UUFE

How do you respond when someone asks you this: “So you are a UU. What do you believe?”  Is your UU elevator speech fuzzy? Limited to what you have rejected? Can you clearly articulate your beliefs? Several UUFE members and friends explored and defined their personal theology in a four-part weekly series in October and … Continued

Afterlife: How I See It

In October, a dozen UUFE members and friends met each week after the Sunday service for our “I Believe…” discussion group led by Amanda Schaller.  This is how Gayle Scroggs, UUFE’s Adult Enrichment Leader, described the class objective: How do you respond when someone asks you this: “So you are a UU.  What do you believe?” … Continued

The inherent worth and dignity of every Stitch

~ Denise Stahre I’ve been doing cross stitch since I was nine years old.  I learned at Girl Scout camp, and fell in love immediately with everything about it:  the counting of the stitches, the slide of the needle through the canvas, how the floss feels as it comes through the fabric, that smooth sound … Continued

Creativism is a state of mind

~ Shalagh Hogan Often, as I’m engaged in one of my creative projects for the UUFE community like decorating the Christmas tree or the Sanctuary for a fundraiser, people exclaim,”Oh Shalagh, you are so creative.” If you were someone who said this, thank you. But  besides giving me a compliment, what I hear them saying … Continued

“It’s not what you look at, it’s what you see”

What do you see when you look at nature?  As Thoreau’s quotation suggests, we might all be looking at nature. . . but we are not all seeing the same thing. Our Seventh Principle reminds us of our connection to the earth and all living things. When do you feel that connection most deeply?  Walking … Continued

UUFE’s Common Read for Summer 2016:  Healing the Heart of Democracy

This summer our common read (a book selected for shared reading) is: Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker J. Palmer. (2011). We will have a shared conversation about the book at our service on Sunday, August 21, and will create additional opportunities for … Continued