Spiritual Exploration for Adults (SEA)
Spiritual Exploration for Adults (SEA) provides opportunities for adults in the church to deepen and explore their faith. SEA provides high quality programs on primarily onThursday evenings (but also at other times) which focus on spiritual development in three areas: theology, spiritual practice and ethics. Programs are compelling, high quality, of general interest and engage participants in personal spiritual development. Programs also serve to integrate participants into deeper relationship in the church community. The Spiritual Exploration for Adults Committee is responsible for the SEA program with staff support from the Director of Lifespan Religious Education.
Our work is not just a committee but truly a ministry at our church.
Through our programming we hope to help our parishioners…
- Develop sustainable, fulfilling spiritual practices
- Deepen our spirituality
- Strengthen and build relationships with each other
- Build knowledge about different practices
- Transform how people see the world
1. Theology/Spiritual Practice
2. World Religions (to include UU, Christianity and Humanism/Atheism
3. The Spirituality of Eco and Social Justice
4. Personal Growth and Development
5. Ethics and Philosophy
Register for SEA Courses
Registration is available ON LINE HERE or on Sunday mornings after the service at the Adult Programs Table in the Jones Building or you can email Marion Hirsch at hirsch.marion @ gmail.com or register on-line below.
Spring 2017 SEA Classes
“My Portion, My Shield": God's Gift of Refuge in the Judeo-Christian Tradition
Led Karen Jessee, OBD Thursdays 7-9 PM 5/ 4, 11, 18, & 25
We all experience times of insecurity when we feel threatened by life. Challenges posed by our financial, emotional, and social circumstances can cause doubt about our ability to face and overcome difficulty. In this course, we will explore how grounding in our spiritual life leads us to an experience of safety and sufficiency. We will be using excerpts from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures as prompts for group discussion and journaling. Please join us for a rich encounter with the wisdom of Judeo-Christian faith.
End of Life Series
Led by Carolyn Holt, Ivy Brezina, Rev Thom Belote Thursdays 7-9 PM, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2
Three sessions are offered, you may attend all or one or two! Join Carolyn Holt as she leads an active session on writing a legacy letter – a letter to send to those you care about at the end of their days or perhaps a letter that awaits your loved ones at the end of your life journey. The 2nd session will be a discussion led by Ivy Brezina, Retired Hospice RN about the end of life stages and green burial options. We'll view the the film A Will for the Woods, describing alternative burial options in Wake Forest, and one local couple's journey to this loving end. The final session will be led by Rev Thom describing our church’s role in helping members through the end of life, burial, and memorial process. Bring your questions!
Apocalypse: Think we live in "interesting times"?
Phil Torres Thursday 2/16, 2/23
Join guest author Phil Torres (The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse) for an exploration of "existential risk study" and the implications of religious movements that anticipate, even welcome The Apocalypse--- or in layman's terms, are fanatics trying to get us all killed? Copies of several articles by Phil will be provided to read before we meet.
God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, Book Discussion
Led by Joe Swain Thursdays 7-9 PM 3/9, 3/16, 3/23
In God is Not One, New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today.
Self Compassion by Kristen Neff, Book Discussion Group
Led by Caroline Sherman Thursdays 7-9 PM 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
Often our habitual behavior leads us to judge ourselves harshly. With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend. Using Dr. Neff’s book, meditations, and exercises, we will explore how to develop healthy self-compassion.
Led by Rev. Thom Belote Thursdays 7-9 PM 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4
Have you ever wanted to write and deliver a sermon? Join Rev. Thom for this intensive sermon writing course and then deliver your sermon during a summer service at church! This course is limited to 4-6 participants and attendance at every session is required. All races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and theologies are encouraged to apply. Contact Rev. Thom at email@example.com, if you are interested in participating in the course.
7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel
Led Mary Hulett Thursdays, 7-9 PM, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Following a curriculum developed by Unitarian Universalist for a Just Peace in the Middle East we will use our 7 UU principles to address the human rights issues for both Palestinians and Isrealis in a peace with justice framework. The sessions will be conducted based on a covenant that creates a safe space for sharing opinions, seeking truth and deepening community. Sessions will include readings, videos, activities and discussions and is appropriate for adults and high school youth.
Led by Joe Swain Wednesdays from 6-7 PM, starting on Jan through May
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system that has been called "meditation in motion." Whether you have years of practice, or no previous experience, join us to on Wednesdays for a peaceful interlude in the week. This is a drop-in class, so come and join the group any week.
Faith, Grace and Heresy, Biography of Charles M. Jones, Book Discussion Group
Led Karen Abbotts Wednesdays 2-3:30 PM, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
Karen Abbotts, the granddaughter of Charles M. Jones, who was the first minister of The Community Church will led a book discussion of Jones’ biography. The book written by one of Jones’ grandsons will you give a deeper and wider understanding of America’s struggle, yet ongoing, for social justice and an appreciation of the life and work of our first minister.
Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein, Book Discussion Group
Led Karen Tax Sundays 12:30 4/2, 4/9, 4/16In this workshop, we will explore the book Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein, and the theme of how to resolve conflict between spiritual integrity and economic decisions. These choices include decisions about work and money, which when made from the perspective of competition and scarcity, can create moral conflict for the spiritually minded person. We will explore how to resolve this conflict.
Past SEA Courses:
Articulating Your UU Faith
Long Strange Trip
UU Values in Action
After Sermon Conversations
Immigration as a Moral Issue
(The) New Jim Crow (1 week)
(The) New Jim Crow (3 weeks)
Purposeful Use of Life’s Energy
Values and Choices: Purposeful Use of Your Life’s Energy
Ethics in America: When It’s a Right vs. Right Decision
Your Legacy: How To Leave a Gift and Not a Mess
Contemporary Buddhist Thought
(The) Nature of God
Cakes for the Queen of Heaven
Science and the Search for Good
Concepts of Consciousness
Discovering a Sense of Place
Hungry for Change
Menu for the Future
Reconnecting with Earth
Spiritual Growth and Practice
Building Your Own Spiritual Practice
Building Your Own Theology
Creativity and Spirituality
Finding Purpose in Your Life
Finding Your Power
(The) Happiness Project
Story as Entry to Relationship
Using the Psalms To Write
Writing: Chapter and Verse
For more general information contact:
Marion Hirsch, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
hirsch.communitychurch @ gmail.com