Adult Religious Education at First Unitarian

 

Widening the Circle Discussion Group

The Widening the Circle of Concern Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change was mentioned as recommended reading by Paula Cole Jones at her recent 8th Principle workshop. She recommends that all congregations devote resources and intentional effort to understanding the information contained in the report, with the hope that it might redeem the essential ideals and promises of Unitarian Universalism as a sustaining faith for all. Through this report, the Commission has done all the gathering and analyzing for us to be presented with the hard truth around our collective patterns of white supremacy culture within our churches. Our discussion group, led by Mary Kay Peters and Della Bynum, will be loosely following a Study Guide published by the UUA, which is broken up into 11 sections. We've already covered Theology, Governance and Living Our Values In The World.

We are meeting via Zoom every other Sunday from 3-4:30pm for 5 weeks starting Jan 23, Feb 6 and 20, March 6 and 20.  To reserve your place in the group, email Mary Kay at mkpnet11@gmail.com

Book Club 

Our next meeting is Monday,  January 31st  at 7pm online via Zoom. We will discuss  The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis.  

Questions? Need the Zoom meeting link? Email Dave at drichardson821@gmail.com.

AHA (Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics) Invites You:

 

AHA’s first quarter meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 3 online via Zoom at 7pm. The Zoom link is TBA. 

This meeting will explore interesting comments and concepts.  Discussion questions will include:  What does AHA mean for the church?  What does the church do for AHA?  What does AHA mean to you?  What do you mean for AHA?  How could AHA attract new church members?  Is that an appropriate goal for AHA?  What defines Agnosticism?  What is Atheism? What is Humanism? 

 

Humanism will be a topic of further discussion.  The book Good without God provides a wealth of insight into Humanism.  The author, Greg Epstein, is a Humanist chaplain with expertise in far-east and Judaic studies. He often includes Unitarian Universalism in his comments.  

 

Click here to read the Amazon description of his book, Good With God, published in 2009:

 

The book is moderate in size, 250 pages, and priced around $10 paperback or Kindle.  Beware it can draw you in so you probably won’t skim it.  Of course if you have not read the book you are still welcome!  

 

If you have questions or don’t regularly get AHA emails please email AHA@firstuuomaha.org to be sure to get the link or any new information.    

Morning Reflections

Happening online, Tuesdays & Thursdays,  8:15am to 8:45am.  

Join church members Kim Dunovan and Sharon Conlon  for a period of reflection and silent meditation/prayer on Zoom. Whether you’re seeking a regular spiritual practice, or just wake-up some mornings needing a little extra support and connection to our church community. This is an informal drop-in and all are welcome! Each gathering will open with a short reading, followed by shared reflections and time for silent meditation/prayer. 

Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81630843110?pwd=R0xpM2JTaGpxVDBpWDZ0S1JmdU5qdz09

Meeting ID: 816 3084 3110

Passcode: 371480

Questions? Email Kim at kimberly.dunovan@gmail.com.

Compassionate Communication Group

This group meets online using Zoom on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.  Using Compassionate Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, we learn to connect with ourselves and others with empathy and to act in greater harmony with our values. Learning to communicate more compassionately, like speaking a new language, takes practice. If you want to attend this class via Zoom, please contact Suzanne: at nvcsuz@gmail.com for details.

Other Classes

 
First Steps is a class for visitors and we welcome everyone to attend. Please click here for information about the next online session.

 

The Women's Religious Study Group is meeting via Zoom. Please click here for more information about this group.  

Soul Matters Groups are small groups that meet via Zoom. Each month they follow the Soul Matters theme. Click here to learn more.

First Unitarian Church is proud to have partnered with Richard Holland to bring the Holland Lecture Series to Omaha. The series is now

discontinued. Click here to see information about past lectures.