Adult Programs

UUCF ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION CLASSES WINTER/SPRING 2019

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 — Especially could use some more people

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

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

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

 

CONGREGATIONAL CONNECTIONS

New Member Connection

Sunday, January 27, 12:15 to 1:15 pm

Youth Room

Have you joined the church, but now want to feel a sense of connection and belonging.  Do you have questions about how to best make the most of UUCF?  Join Amanda Petersen (co-chair of Visitor/New Member Team) for a brief Connection Orientation based on the needs of those who attend.

 

FAITH AND FILM SERIES

The Last Boat Out and Silent River

A Double Feature About Water and Humanity

Tuesday, January 22, 10:00am-12:00pm OR 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Sanctuary                                                    

Join Rev. Tim to watch and discuss two insightful short documentaries about our spiritual relationship to water.  “The Last Boat Out” is the story of a family of watermen struggling to preserve their way of life working the waters of the Chesapeake Bay even as the Bay is battered by development and pollution. “Silent River” follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save the one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.

 

Women of ’69 —

Reflecting on 50 Years of Feminism and Life

Thursday, March 14, 10:00am-12:00pm OR 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Sanctuary         

No matter your age or gender, join Rev. Tim to watch and discuss the documentary film Women of ’69.  We listen as women who graduated college in 1969 look back on life from the age of 65: the enormous social changes that occurred during their college years, the struggles & joys & often unanticipated choices that followed over the decades, and their musing over what their legacy will be.  The film is a memory of a specific, turbulent time in American history, and how it affected (and was affected by) young women becoming aware of their true potential.  Because all of us will be older at some point, reflection & re-assessment become more important, as we attempt to make sense of the past while facing the future.

 

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Black Lives Matter Here?

Saturday, April 13, 9:00am-12:30pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Gregory C. Carrow-Boyd

How and whether Black people belong in Unitarian and Universalist spaces has been an active discussion throughout 300 years of history in North America. Over this time period, our Unitarian/Universalist institutions have frequently allowed systems of White Supremacy to fail to embrace the diversity and multiculturalism of community our living tradition imagines. Gather for a story-based workshop on the opportunities, failures, and successes that Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists have had in engaging Black Americans our faith.

Gregory C. Carrow-Boyd is a religious educator and seminarian who serves our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as a member of the Board of Trustees. Greg currently serves as Coordinator for More Than Sex-Ed, a Greater LA comprehensive sexuality education collective that takes the UUA and UCC’s values-based sexuality curriculum, ‘Our Whole Lives’, out into schools, home school groups, and the community.

 

Life Craft: A Unitarian Universalist

Perspective on the Meaning of Life

Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, 14, & 21, 10:00am-12:00pm OR 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Rev. Tim Kutzmark

How can we discover meaning in the shapes our lives have taken? How does our Unitarian Universalist faith inform the way we understand our life journey? Join Rev. Tim to explore the skill and the art of making meaning in our daily lives and also have fun in the process! Suggested text: the short and engaging Lifecraft: The Art of Meaning in the Everyday by Forrest Church, available through our church bookstore or online. If you don’t have time to read the book, that’s ok, you will still find this class meaningful. If you wish to read the book to deepen your experience, please note: the first class suggested reading is the Preface, Introduction, and Chapter One.

 

Love Beyond Belief: The Unitarian Universalism of Thandeka

Tuesdays, February 12 & 19, 10:00am-12:00pm OR 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Sanctuary    

Facilitator: Rev. Tim Kutzmark

Rev. Dr. Thandeka is one of the most influential thinkers in Unitarian Universalism.  This two-session class can stand on its own, or use it to prepare for Thandeka’s series of lectures as this year’s guest theologian at Fresno’s Interfaith Scholar Weekend (March 1-3, including joining Rev. Tim in the pulpit on Sunday March 3rd).  Explore her importance as a Black Feminist theologian, and discover why Thandeka believes the personal experience of love beyond belief is the binding principle of our Unitarian Universalist faith. NOTE: There will be a short reading assignment emailed prior to each class, so please register in advance to give yourself time to read the first article.

 

Fresno Interfaith Scholar Weekend

Featuring Unitarian Universalist Theologian

Rev. Dr. Thandeka

March 1-3, 2019

See www.interfaithscholar.org or call (559) 435-2690 for full listing of activities and a registration form.

The Rev. Dr. Thandeka is the founder of Affect Theology, which investigates the links between religion and emotions, using insights from affective neuroscience. 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.

 

This I Believe

Saturday, March 9, 9:00-11:00am & Sunday, March 10, 12:30-2:30pm

Location: Room 5/7

Facilitator: Robert Mitchell

The noted radio broadcaster Edward R. Murrow started a radio program called “This I Believe” in 1951. He invited a wide range of people to write a brief statement of one of their core beliefs and share it on his radio program. The program ended in 1955, but the approach has been revived on NPR. In the first meeting, we will read statements written by others and learn the basic guidelines for preparing a “This I Believe” statement. In the second meeting, we will share our own statements.

 

RETREATS

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Saturday, February 16, 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Al McLeod

Drawing on concepts from Jung and Buddhism, we will attempt to unpack and become more aware of the habitual patterns of thought, the many stories we tell ourselves every day. Our stories seem real, natural and “just the way things are” but this is not always so. We can always create better, less toxic stories. We’ll use a variety of exercises and sharing to explore our journey of discovery. Bring a lunch!

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. 

 

Day-long Mindfulness (Insight) Meditation Retreat

Saturday April 6, 10:00am-4:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Rita Townsend, ritatownj@gmail.com

Enjoy the rare opportunity of spending a day in silence—and your own Awareness. Appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditators, with instruction for sitting, walking, eating, and loving-kindness meditations. Please bring a bag lunch, so you don’t need to drive or leave the grounds. In this way, we might experience what it is to “step out of the battles, to see anew, as the Tao te Ching says, ‘with eyes unclouded by longing.’” (Jack Kornfield)

Rita Townsend has studied and practiced Buddhism for more than 30 years, and has had the extraordinary fortune of sitting retreats with Jack Kornfield, Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, Joanna Macy and many other esteemed teachers. She has facilitated meditation groups in a number of settings over the years. She aspires each day to keep Beginner’s Mind; it’s pretty easy for her, as she’s a very slow learner.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Key Climate Risks in the San Joaquin Valley

Thursday, February 21, 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Professor Joshua Viers

The State of California has released the Fourth Climate Change Assessment, which provides the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions. The Assessment addresses critical information gaps that decision-makers at all levels need addressed to protect California’s people, infrastructure, natural systems, working lands, and waters. This interactive discussion will highlight new findings on key climate risks impacting the San Joaquin Valley.

Professor Joshua Viers is the UC Merced Director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute. He also serves as co-Director of the UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative. In his capacity as a professor of environmental engineering, Dr. Viers has studied climate change and adaptation for over 20 years with a focus on CA’s water and watersheds.

 

All-Church Read: ‘Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment’

Sundays, March 17 & 31, 12:15-2:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Connie Young and the Social Justice Team, cyoungrn@sbcglobal.net

At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, recognizing that those on the margins are most affected, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes pathways for follow-up action.

Book available in Book Shop soon. Bring your own lunch.

 

YOUNG ADULTS

Young Adult Night Out with Rev. Tim

Join Rev. Tim and your fellow 25-40 year-olds at Hop PK for some casual theological conversation over delicious food and local drinks.

Friday, January 18, 6:00pm

Location: Hop PK, 820 Van Ness Ave, Fresno

Contact: Emily Kuizenga, emilykuizenga@gmail.com

 

Young Adult Lunches & Brunches

Join a group of fellow 25-40 year-olds for coffee and a breakfast potluck before the service — or lunch after! Take an opportunity to connect with others in your age range and build community. Childcare provided upon request. If you’re planning on coming, please contact Emily.

Sunday, February 24, lunch after church

Sunday, March 17, potluck brunch before church (9:00-10:30am)

More dates to be determined together!

Contact: Emily Kuizenga, emilykuizenga@gmail.com

 

PARENTS AND FAMILIES

Positive Discipline

Saturday, February 9, 9:00am-12:00pm and/or

Saturday, April 27, 12:30-3:30pm

Location: Room 5/7

Facilitator: Alisha Mancinas, fgz4life@gmail.com

Would you like to reduce power struggles? Encourage personal responsibility? Find more joy in parenting? Learn the underlying motivations of children’s behavior and the role we play in influencing that behavior. Have fun while learning new tools to build your child’s self-esteem, self discipline, problem-solving and essential life skills. This workshop is a powerful experience for participants using experiential role-playing activities and group discussions.
Facilitated by Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator Alisha Mancinas. Alisha has been a mom for 10 years and has been practicing positive discipline for 6 years and became certified to facilitate positive discipline workshops in 2015. Minimum registration 6; maximum 20.

 

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

 

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

 

OLDER ADULTS

Death Café

Sunday, April 7, 12:30-2:30pm

Location: Room 5/7

Facilitator: Robert Mitchell

The Death Café movement began in England with the goal of encouraging people to gather, share some food, and discuss death. Death Cafes are not grief support groups; instead, they are places for people of all ages to meet and discuss their thoughts and feelings about death in a safe and supportive environment.

 

Meditation & Balance for Older Adults

Learn meditation techniques to gain equilibrium in the later years. Separately, learn techniques to improve your balance. Dates and full details to come — stay tuned!

 

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. Bring a lunch and munch while you listen.

Brittany Packnett: Ware Lecture

Sunday, February 10, 12:15pm

Location: Sanctuary

Brittany Packnett is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice. Cited by President Barack Obama as a leaders whose ‘voice is going to be making a difference for years to come,’ Brittany is an unapologetic educator, organizer, writer, and speaker who has become a sought-after voice in the work of social change and empowerment. A former teacher, policy expert, and non-profit executive director, Brittany has committed her life and career to justice. She currently plays many roles, all focused on freedom. Her Ware Lecture at General Assembly this year impactfully and emphatically called on us all to examine our own roles in justice-making.

 

FAITH AND FILM WITH ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

Come Sunday

Sunday, April 14, 12:15pm

Location: Sanctuary

A crisis of faith sets renowned fundamentalist preacher Carlton Pearson on a new spiritual path that jeopardizes everything he holds dear. He eventually lands in a church that merges with a Unitarian Church, to become All Souls Unitarian in Tulsa, OK. Come hear about his journey in film format. Bring a lunch!

 

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.

Sunday, January 27, 12:30-4:00pm (lunch included)

Sunday, March 31, 12:30-4:00pm (lunch included)

Saturday, May 11, 8:30am-12:00pm (light breakfast included)

 

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

 

Unitarian Universalist Bible Study

Fourth Sundays of the month, 12:15-1:45pm

Location: Rooms 1/2/3

Contact: Tennille Tunnell, thefresnotuns@gmail.com

Join us for our monthly Unitarian Universalist Bible Study. We’ll have a passage from the Jewish or Christian scriptures and explore its spiritual wisdom and how it can inform our spiritual lives and relationship with God/Love. All are welcome.