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Adult Enrichment

At UUFE, we strive to offer opportunities for spiritual and intellectual growth to adults in a variety of formats.

You may want to take one of the classes to learn and explore ideas and practices.  You might participate in one of the small “covenant” groups that are offered from time to time and make deeper connections through reflection and discussion.  These are offered by the minister, the Adult Enrichment Coordinator, and other volunteers.

Other presentations, including talks and workshops, pop up from time to time, as do field trips.  These depend on volunteer inspiration and energy.  Programs may be offered after the Sunday service and during the week, both days and evenings, in order to accommodate the wide range of schedules.  We welcome your input and participation.

We also host other groups that you may wish to join, e.g., the Easton Meditation Group.

Information can be found in the weekly UU LiFE e-newsletter, the order of service, the foyer display board, and on this website’s calendar.  

If you would like to know more, please see the Adult Enrichment Coordinator or the minister.

 

Adult Enrichment, Spring 2018

 

Harriet Tubman UGRR Visitor Center

Intergen Field Trip on March 18 to the

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Our caravan loaded with kids and grown-ups headed out to this new Federal-State park site that honors the Eastern Shore’s most revered native daughter, Harriet Tubman.  Born into slavery, she escaped North–and then courageously returned over a dozen times to lead others to freedom. If you missed the group trip, be sure to plan your own excursion to this powerful exhibit situated within the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

 

listening hearts

Sharing Circle: Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm

on March 1, 15, 29 and April 12

Would you like to have deeper conversations about topics of living, such as fairness, legacy, serenity or forgiveness? Starting in March Rev. Sue will facilitate a small group conversation on these and other topics. The group will be guided by the format and topics in the book Listening Hearts by Christina Robinson and Alice Hawkins.

Note:  This group is no longer open, however more groups will be formed as interest permits.  See the Rev. Sue Browning.

roots and wings

Spirit of Life workshop series, ongoing.

How do you dare to be UU aside from Sunday mornings?  

How do issues of compassion, justice, nature, ritual, tradition, and hope manifest themselves in your own life?  How do you keep the spirit of life alive during the week?  How do you express your unique spirituality?
 
Here’s an observation from the UU World (2007):  

No other song, no other prayer, no other piece of liturgy is so well known and loved in Unitarian Universalism as “Spirit of Life” by Carolyn McDade.

It is our Doxology, or perhaps our “Amazing Grace.” Many congregations sing it every Sunday, or at least enough to know the words by heart. Sermons have been devoted to this one song… It is sung at weddings and memorial services, around campfires and at demonstrations, at cradles and hospital bedsides.

In six short lines “Spirit of Life” touches so much that is central to our faith-compassion, justice, community, freedom, reverence for nature, and the mystery of life. It finds the common ground held by humanists and theists, pagans and Christians, Buddhists and Jews, gay and straight among us.

Here at UUFE, we have adopted #123 as our traditional opening hymn.  I’ve noticed that many sing it from memory and with visible joy!  I especially love the line, “Roots hold me close, wings set me free.”

Does the song elicit a feeling in you? If so, what feeling?  Do you identify this feeling with a sense of spirituality, and in what way?

If you find these kinds of questions engaging, join us for the Spirit of Life workshops starting after the service February 18 and continuing through May.  
As UUs, claim to value deeds more than creeds, we will explore how we manifest our theology and spirituality in our daily lives.  This will be a special opportunity for spiritual growth and sharing in a safe space.  Dare to be UU–and discover what that means to others in our beloved community.