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

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

Check for new films in the fall!

 

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.

 

RETREATS

Check back for new retreats in the fall!

 

 

YOUNG ADULTS

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: Amanda Monaco, alm.monaco@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

Check back in the fall for new offerings!

 

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.