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

 

FAITH AND FILM SERIES

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.

 

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

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

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.

 

What is Environmental Justice?

Thursday, March 28, 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Marisol Aguilar, Director of the Community Equity Initiative with California Rural Legal Assistance

As we continue to grow and develop, we see unwanted side effects: increased pollution, contamination, waste disposal.  These side effects affect the environment and the communities around them.  But what if they are only affecting certain communities?  Or if the majority of the pollution is borne by a few?  Environmental justice aims to ensure the fair treatment of people in the implementation and enforcement of environmental laws and policies. Come dig in to learn more about environmental justice, with specific examples of how it plays out in the San Joaquin Valley.

Join Marisol Aguilar from California Rural Legal Assistance for this chance to look at environmental impacts through a justice lens.

 

Climate Change 101

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Room 5/7

Facilitator: Linda Tolladay

How do we know what we know about climate change?

Join congregant Linda Tolladay, a science teacher, to discover the many lines of evidence with provide us with the knowledge of how the climate on earth has changed over time and the trends which indicate how it will change in the future.  A great introduction for those who have some basic idea that climate change is happening but don’t really know what that means.

 

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.

CURRENTLY ON HIATUS

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.

 

Independent Living Strategies for Older Adults: Fall Prevention, Home Safety and Mindfulness.

April 9 at 10am – 1pm

Join us for a series of workshops.

Home Safety

Jeri Stubblefield, CSA is a Certified Senior Advisor and Elder Care Manager who offers a wide range of services designed to help our aging population age-in-place, including comprehensive home safety evaluations and fall prevention education.  Jeri will share some startling statistics related to falls, ways to prevent them and make helpful recommendations related to home safety.

Fall Prevention

Jenny Martin Gaede, DPT, is a geriatric physical therapist. Falling in one of the top reasons people lose their independence as they age.  Jenny will focus on instruction with evidence- based exercises that improve strength and balance, which reduces falls. These simple exercises can be done 2-3 time a week at home, and will help maximize your daily function and safety.

Meditation:  Taming and Reframing Stress

Diane Dimon, DrRS is director of Matters of the Mind, a Fresno-based company that teaches meditation and other mind-body techniques for health, happiness, and high performance. Stress is a culprit at any age, and it wears and tears on our precious body and mind. Diane will share simple, versatile and proven skills that reverse the stress response and outgrow thought patterns that cause stress.

 

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.