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
Our Topic/Teaching Blocks
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 on Sunday mornings after the service at the SEA Table in the Jones Building or you can email Marion Hirsch at hirsch.marion @ gmail.com or sign up on-line HERE.
FALL 2017 Schedule
Saturday 1-4 PM, 9/9
Led Ivy Brezina, Jean McKinney
This workshop will be an introduction to how to work with dreams in a group. We request that, if at all possible, you bring a typed copy of a night-time dream. Using Jeremy Taylor’s principles, we will create a safe space and work with as many dreams as possible within the time frame.
Led by Joe Swain
Wednesdays 6-7 PM, starting on 9/ 20 through 12/20
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.
Following the Red Bird
Thursday Sept. 28, 7-9 PM
Kate Rademacher grew up in the UU church -- she took her first steps (literally) in her family's UU church in Massachusetts and she attended the Community Church when she moved to Chapel Hill after college. Seven years ago, she felt God unexpectedly calling her in a new direction and in 2012, she was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal church. She has recently written a memoir about her journey, *Following the Red Bird*, which was published this summer. Kate will join us to share more about her story, read an excerpt from her book, and discuss the topic of discernment. Participants will be invited to explore the ways that we can listen for the "still, small voice" in our lives. You can read more about Kate's book at www.kateradmacher.com.
Exploring Nature Through Art
Led by Valerie Vickers
Sundays 12:30-3 PM, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1
Explore the land around our church and let it speak to you artistically over three weeks during the time around the Autumnal Equinox. We will begin each session with queries about what draws us to nature. Next, we will have quiet solo time exploring or finding a special place to commune outside. Finally, we will take time to conjure poetry, sketches, watercolor, collage, music, dance or a combination and share them each week. You may come to just one or two sessions.
Rev. Thom Belote
Sundays 12:30-2:30, 9/24, 10/ 1, 10/8
Join Rev. Thom Belote after worship services on 3 consecutive Sundays to learn about the spiritual practice of labyrinth walking. Each Sunday we will take a field trip to a local labyrinth. Please make sure to bring a lunch or snack and comfortable footwear.
Building Your Own Theology (BYOT)
Led by Steve Warshaw and Laura Lauffer
Thursdays 7-9 PM 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
BYOT addresses five questions that characterize any personal religious quest: Who am I? How do I know what I know? Who or what is in charge? What is my purpose in life? What does my death mean? It is a discussion-based course. There are readings and/or exercises to do in preparation for each class meeting. By the end of the course each participant will have written her/his personal creed.
Building Your Own Spiritual Practice (BYSOP)
Led by Karen Rossie,
Thursdays 7-9 PM 10/5, 10/12, 10/19
The first in a series of three-week courses that aims to support participants in building a personal spiritual practice that is tailored to meet their needs by providing an experiential overview of different types of spiritual practices. We will discuss each category of spiritual practice, participate in exercises that introduce various practices, and share our experience. The first three week course introduces the series and theories of adult spiritual development and then covers several personal and community spiritual practices. Based on Spirit in Practice: Ten Workshops for Unitarian Universalist Adults, a UUA curriculum.
Secularism & Ethics, or Being Good Without God
Led by Joe Swain
Thursdays 7-9 PM 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
The fastest growing religious identification for the last 25 years is "None of the above" (noting that this encompasses a wide spectrum of belief and nonbelief). Working with topics covered in *Living the Secular Life * by Phil Zuckerman, this discussion group will explore how Secular people around the world are addressing questions about defining morality, building community, raising children and coping with death, with a spirit of "Aweism".
Transform Anger through Dragon Dao Yin: An ancient Qigong Form
Led by Dave Gulick
Thursdays 7-8 PM, 9/21, 9/28, 10/05, 10/12
Use movement, intention and sound to transmute anger into its true purpose – rightful action. This class will increase your flexibility and balance, open stuck joints and meridians, strengthen and stretch the spine, purge negative thoughts, emotions and toxins, cultivate groundedness and peace. Dave has practiced Qigong for 8 years and Tai Chi for over 30 years.
Wellspring 1: A Unitarian Universalist Program for Deepening One's Spiritual Journey
Led by Deborah Day and Marion Hirsch
Year Long 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7-9 PM, starting Oct 5 The program invites participants to deepen their individual spiritual callings through an intentional program of daily spiritual practice,spiritual mentoring, focused study and reflection, and small group meetings guided by the principle of deep listening. Wellspring participants make a commitment to a nine-month program of bi-weekly meetings as well as to developing a daily spiritual practice. Given the commitment required by this program, people interested in the program are asked to apply to the program. Contact Marion Hirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Wellspring 1 is HERE.
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