Adult Enrichment

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

How is “letting go” part of your spirituality?

 When has life called us to let go and leap into something new?  With gasps of awe and vicarious fear, Soul Matters Inner Circle members watched the video Learn to Fly: The Parable of the Trapeze while pondering the reflection recorded over scenes of Tony Curtis and Gina Lollabrigida flying through the air, catching each … Continued

Why so few of us? Is it marketing – or mental development?

[Gayle Scroggs, UUFE Inner Circles] “I trust that there is not a young man living in the United States who will not die a Unitarian.”   Thomas Jefferson, 1822 Jefferson was certainly proven wrong, and there’s no sign that his prophecy will come true in our lifetime.  Despite our usual conversations, what if the major deterrent … Continued

On my way to Phoenix to follow Kumare!

JUST FINISHED MOVIE. AM ON WAY TO BWI TO FLY TO PHOENIX TO FOLLOW THE REAL KUMARE! [Eastern Spirituality, UUFE Inner Circle June Activity.  Comments by Gayle Scroggs.]   All kidding aside, I was very drawn to the character of Kumare even though I knew he was a fake guru.  I’d rather call him a placebo … Continued