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 Thursday 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 2018 Schedule (more courses to come)
Spiritual Retreat (RESCHEDULED DUE TO STORM)
Joy and Peace: Gifts of Awareness
Led by Karen Jessee
Saturday OCTOBER 20, 9:00-12:00
Join with others on for a morning of spiritual refreshment and renewal. Together we will explore spiritual practices from both Buddhist and Christian traditions which cultivate joy and prepare us to experience greater peace in our lives. The retreat day will include time for private meditation, small group discussion, and written reflection. Please bring a journal or notebook and sack lunch. Drinks will be provided. Address to the retreat house will be given upon registration. Limited Registration.
Led by Joe Swain
Wednesdays 6-7 PM, starting on 9/19 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.
Dragon Dao Yin: An ancient Qigong Form
Transform Grief and Sadness into Contentment and Oneness
Led by Dave Gulick
Tuesdays 7-8 PM, 9/18, 9/25, 10/9, 10/16 (no class on 10/2)
Learn an ancient form similar to Tai Chi while aligning your body to the energies of the Fall. This form helps: Strengthen and stretch the spine, Purge negative emotions, thoughts,and blockages, Increase flexibility and balance, Align your energies to the Fall season, Cultivate a sense of groundedness and peace. Dave has practiced Qigong for 8 years and Tai Chi for over 30 years.
Rebuilding Resilience: An Experiential Crash Course in Well-Being
Led by Bryan Sexton
Thursday October 4 7-9 PM
Are you spent, burned out, exhausted, or know anyone who is? Come spend an evening learning about the science and practice of bite-sized tools for enhancing resilience. Here we give access (via mobile phone or tablet) to tools you can use right away, and afterward, to build personal resilience. Tools are for cultivating gratitude, hope, awe and relationships, all critical for recharging your batteries... Participants need to bring a tablet or mobile phone with wi-fi to try the tools.
Wellspring 1: A Unitarian Universalist Program for Deepening One's Spiritual Journey
Led by Kari Andrade and Marion Hirsch
Year Long 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7-9 PM, starting Oct 3
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 email@example.com.
Building Your Own Theology (BYOT)
Led by Steve Warshaw and Karen Rossie
Thursdays 7-9 PM 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8
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.
Led by Rev. Thom Belote
Thursdays 7-8:30 PM 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/21
Join Rev. Thom at a local watering hole to discuss theology. Four topics over the four weeks. Thom will offer Coffee House theology in the spring.
God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, Book Discussion
Led by Joe Swain
Thursdays 3-4:30 PM, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15
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.
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