Adult Programs

UUCF ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION CLASSES – FALL 2018

To register for all classes, please use the link above. With questions, contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org or 559.322.6146 x12.

** Childcare is available for all Adult Religious Exploration offerings. Please let Katie Hymans know ahead of time if you are planning to utilize the childcare so we can be sure to have it set up and/or can let the childcare providers know ahead of time that they don’t need to come.

CHALICE CIRCLES

Finding Connection and Community

Chalice Circle groups offer spiritual connection with 8-10 (minimum 7; maximum 10) people. Your group will meet monthly with a facilitator and listen deeply and intentionally to each other, your lives and your deepest selves.   Exploring a different theme each month, you will deepen your spiritual life and get to know a small group of people in a meaningful way. Ideal for someone who is new to the church and for long-timers. Choose one time. Chalice Circles meet in the youth room.

Group Meeting Times

2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:00noon

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm

2nd & 4th Fridays, 9:30-11:00am

2nd & 4th Sundays, 6:30-8:00pm

 

FAITH AND FILM SERIES

Faith and Film: Moccasins and Microphones

Thursday, September 20

Thursday Morning Session (10 am – noon)

Thursday Evening Session: (7 pm – 9 pm)

Rev. Tim Kutzmark, Facilitator

Join Rev. Tim to watch and discuss Moccasins and Microphones, a documentary film that follows a team of indigenous youth who create and perform original poems centered in Native American spirituality.  Watch as these students prepare to present a theater production of their finest poems woven with traditional and contemporary song and dance, as they continue the ancient tradition of Native storytelling through the powerful new medium of performance poetry.

 

Faith and Film: Looking for Mrs. Locklear

Thursday, November 8

Thursday Morning Session (10 am – noon)

Thursday Evening Session: (7 pm – 9 pm)

Rev. Tim Kutzmark, Facilitator

Join Rev. Tim to watch and discuss Looking for Mrs. Locklear, a delightful documentary film about two childhood friends who decide to locate Mrs. Locklear, their first grade teacher.  To do so, they decide to rely solely on face-to-face contact with people, avoiding all modern forms of communication.  This leads them into the very center of an obscure tribe of Native Americans, the Lumbee of North Carolina.  A story of a search for a teacher quickly becomes the story of a people’s search for significance and legacy.

 

 COURSES

Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History

Tuesday, September 25 and October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Tuesday Morning Class (10 am – noon)

Tuesday Evening Class: (7 pm – 9 pm)

Rev. Tim Kutzmark, Facilitator

Join Rev. Tim for this exciting workshop that will plunge you deep into the history of Unitarian Universalism from a social justice perspective.  We’ll explore a basic framework to understand social justice as a religious response, and then look at five moments in UU history: Response to Slavery; 19th Century Women’s Peace Movement; Just War, Pacifism, and Peacemaking; Utopianism; and Free Speech.

 

Roots and Wings: Self-Awareness & Self-Discovery

Carl Jung believed our most sacred duty is to know ourselves and become all we can be. In this workshop, we will draw on his theories and methods of self exploration, especially his concept of “shadow”—the darkness in us, so obvious at this time in history. Touching our shadow connects us to the light within–our “better angels.” Rather than talking a lot, I will act as a facilitator, using active imagery, meditation, pair and group sharing.  Occasional dream processing is an option if our group feels led in this direction. Class size limited to 15. Registration deadline November 1.

Al McLeod was a professor at CSUF for many years, teaching social psychology.  He led his own workshops for nearly thirty years, and taught at Esalen Institute (his primary spiritual home for 25 years). His book, The North Wind Knows My Name, is in our book store.

Wednesdays, November 7-December 12 9:00am-11:00am

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Al McLeod

 

OLDER ADULTS

Elder Self-Care Workshop Series

Join a group of facilitators for a one-day series of workshops addressing a variety of topics relevant to the lives of older adults. Connect with fellow participants over a light lunch (provided), 12:00-12:30pm. Registration deadline November 7.

Tuesday, November 13, 10:00am-1:30pm

10:00-11:00am — Get Organized!

Over our lifetimes we have accumulated a LOT of Stuff! With stuff come responsibilities, obligations and stress. Aging will undoubtedly bring about new challenges, and dealing with our stuff eventually becomes a necessity. Whether it is to downsize to a more manageable living space or eliminating clutter to make our homes safer, at one time or another we will be faced with the need to purge. This interactive discussion is meant to be informative as well as enjoyable.

Facilitated by Jeri Stubblefield.

11:00am-12:00noon — Prepare for the Inevitable  

What are the most important things you want folks to know about your life, your family, your achievements?  How do you want your life celebrated and where? These are just a few of the items we will consider in this workshop as a way to honor death.

Facilitated by Joyce Aiken.

12:30-1:30pm — Grief Counseling

The Pastoral Care Team is offering this workshop to offer tools for managing grief when the inevitable happens and we lose a loved one. Facilitated by Kathleen Garabed of the Pastoral Care Team.

 

Chair Yoga

Nice, gentle yoga exercises without having to get on the floor! Come stretch your body, mind, and spirit with our compassionate, skilled instructor. $3 donation accepted.

Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm.

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Jenny Rohan, 559-281-7972 or sarayuyoga@gmail.com

 

YOUNG ADULTS

Young Adult Brunches

Join a group of fellow 25-40 year-olds for coffee and a breakfast potluck before the service. Take an opportunity to connect with others in your age range and build community. Bring something to share. Coffee will be provided. Childcare provided upon request. If you’re planning on coming, please register at https://tinyurl.com/y8htxb64

Sundays, September 23, November 18, and December 9, 9:00-10:30am

Location: Office Conference Room

Contact: Emily Kuizenga, emilykuizenga@gmail.com

 

Young Adult Night Out with Rev. Tim

Join Rev. Tim at Gazebo Gardens for some casual theological conversation over munchies from the food trucks and drinks from the gardens.

Friday, October 26         6:00pm

Location: Gazebo Gardens, 3204 N Van Ness Blvd, Fresno

Contact: Emily Kuizenga, emilykuizenga@gmail.com

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY SERMON SERIES

Come experience some of the moving sermons and lectures from the 2018 General Assembly. Presentations at General Assembly show the pulse of the denomination and help unite us in our faith development. All of these viewings take place on a 1st Sunday of the month when there is a meal offered by the high school youth group for $5. Purchase a meal and come grow spiritually while soaking in the recorded wisdom from GA.

Rev. Sofia Betancourt: The Missing Remnant

Rev. Sofia’s sermon at the Service of the Living Tradition addressed the ongoing association-wide work to dismantle white supremacy. In her powerful way, she called on us, as Starr King Ministry’s website says, ‘to honestly address the ways that we are and are not living into the fullness of our UU values and spoke of the challenges and blessings that truly, honestly engaging in this work can afford’. Rev. Sofia is Assitant Professor of Theology and Ethics at Starr King School for the Ministry and served as Interim Co-President of the UUA in 2017. She was also Interim Minister at UUCF from 2013-2015.

Sunday, October 7, 12:15pm, Sanctuary

 

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray: No Time for a Casual Faith

Rev. Susan is the current President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, having previously served at the UU church in Phoenix, where she was heavily involved in justice work. In this moving sermon, she talks about how we in the UUA are clear about our core commitment to the dignity of all people but how we are challenged when putting that commitment into everyday practice. Reflecting on her time on the frontlines of the call to Charlottesville during the white supremacist rallies, she calls on all of us to ‘find new ways of living our faith by letting go in order to say yes, reaching out more boldly, loving, and faithfully with one another for justice.’

Sunday, November 4, 12:15pm, Sanctuary

 

JUSTICE

All-Church Read: ‘Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want’

Join UU congregations across the country in the UUA Common Read for this year. Daring Democracy lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that has led to our current presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save our democracy and to take our civic life to a place it has never been. The book provides a vision and practical guidance for advancing our justice-making work in the public square. Book available in the church book shop. Registration deadline October 1.

First discussion Friday, October 5 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Santuary

Facilitator: Rita Townsend and the Social Justice Team

Follow-up discussions will be scheduled at the first one

 

PARENTS AND FAMILIES

UU Family FUUn

Every month, a family organizes an opportunity to gather socially for fun and fellowship. Each month is a different activity, from pool parties to potlucks to potato bars, hosted by a family that volunteers. Locations vary depending on the host. Contact Alisha Mancinas for details: fgz4life@gmail.com

 

What Does Parent as the Main Religious Educator Mean?

Join Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration for a conversation about what it means to be your child’s primary religious educator. How can Sunday’s lessons be tied in at home? How does one reinforce Unitarian Universalism at home and help to develop a UU identity? What can support your own religious development as a parent? We’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about the larger discussion that’s happening throughout the denomination about the changing nature of Sunday School and faith formation activities. Pizza, salad, and cookies provided! Minimum registration 10. Registration deadline October 8.

Friday, October 12 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Katie Hymans

 

Postpartum Support Group

This is a monthly gathering for people who identify as moms are and are within the first two years postpartum. We come together to build community, foster friendships, and help each other navigate postpartum emotions. New motherhood can be such a tumultuous time, no matter if it’s your first baby or fifth, and nobody understands that better than people who are ‘in the trenches’ with you.

Last Sundays of the month 4:30-6:00pm

Location: Youth Room (garage of office building)

Facilitator: Sara Kate Regan, allfamiliesdoula@gmail.com

 

MULTIGENERATIONAL

All Ages Rock Painting Party & Finger Food Potluck

Join Rev. Tim for an evening of painting rocks to be spread throughout the campus. A fun activity that also serves as a spiritual practice, join in one of the latest crazes. Chalices, inspirational words, mandalas — find your own design and place it in your own spot on campus to bring delight to those who visit our church. Bring a finger food to share. Minimum registration 10. Registration deadline October 30.

Saturday, November 3         5:30-7:00pm

Location: Rooms 1/2/3

Contact: Katie Hymans, khymans@uufresno.org

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

Would you like to learn more about Unitarian Universalist beliefs? Do you have questions about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist? Are you thinking about becoming a member of the church? Do you want to feel more connected and involved? Join Rev. Tim and Patty Bennett for this engaging introduction to our faith and this church.

Saturday, November 10, 8:30am-12:45pm (breakfast included)

Sunday, January 27, 12:30-4:45pm (lunch included)

** To register for this class only, contact Patty Bennett, Member Services Coordinator, at msc@uufresno.org or 322.6146.

 

JesUUs Conversation

Are you someone who finds hope and meaning in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and are wondering how to connect that with Unitarian Universalism? Rev. Tim was asked to host a meet up for discussion and exploration.  Light refreshment provided.

Sunday, Sept. 23 from 12:30-2:00 pm

Contact: Tennille Tunnell, thefresnotuns@gmail.com

 

 ONGOING SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

Sarayu Yoga  

Certified instruction in the techniques and spiritual practice of Sarayu Yoga. Designed for all ability levels. Includes brief meditation, breath work, energization exercises and hatha yoga asanas. Donations accepted toward UUCF Building Fund. Childcare available on Thursdays, when requested.

Every Monday, 6:30-8:00pm and Thursday, 5:00-6:15pm (Check church calendar for cancelled dates.)

Location:  UUCF Sanctuary

Facilitator: Jenny Rohan, 855-4472, sarayuyoga@gmail.com

 

Fresno UU Buddhist Fellowship

The Dharma Without Dogma Sangha is an inclusive meditation and study group in which the participants feel an affinity with UU principles and Buddhism. All Buddhist practices are welcome, as well as all interested individuals. Democratic decision-making is followed in this peer-led group in order to create a safe and accepting environment.

Every Wednesday, 2:00-4:00pm

Location:  UUCF Sanctuary

Contact:  Linda Mack

 

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION

Earth Centered Unitarian Universalists (ECUU)

ECUU gathers to celebrate the turning of the wheel of the year with Wiccan/Pagan style rituals and get-togethers. Generally, we discuss the holiday and its origins, and how it can relate to Unitarian Universalism, We always include a craft and/or spell to go along with the theme of the sabbat, and do a ritual that follows a general Wiccan structure. All paths and seekers are welcome! No registration necessary.

Meeting times depend on the holiday. Check https://www.facebook.com/groups/ECUUFresno/  for updates.

Location: Youth Room

Contact: Cynthia Malm

 

Unitarian Universalist Humanists of Fresno

UUHF gathers monthly to connect with other Humanists and expand our understanding of our Humanist beliefs. Guest speakers are invited who have knowledge and expertise in particular areas. All are welcome. No registration necessary.

Third Sundays of the month, 12:00-2:00pm

Location: Youth Room

Contact: Devin Carroll

 

INTERFAITH SCHOLAR WEEKEND

SAVE THE DATES!

Annual Interfaith Scholar Weekend

Featuring Unitarian Universalist Theologian Rev. Dr. Thandeka

March 1-3, 2019

(First time a Unitarian Universalist scholar will be featured!)

The Rev. Dr. Thandeka was given the Xhosa name Thandeka, which means “beloved,” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984. She is the founder of Affect Theology, which investigates the links between religion and emotions, using insights from affective neuroscience. She wrote Learning to Be White: Money, Race, and God in America. Her new book, Love Beyond Belief: The Access Point to Spiritual Awareness, which explores the intersection of unconditional love and brain science, was published in September. Thandeka’s numerous publications in journals include essays in American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, The International Journal of Practical Theology, and Harvard Theological Review. Thandeka has taught at San Francisco State University, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Williams College, Harvard Divinity School, and Brandeis University, and has been a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont California and Union Theological Seminary in New York City.