Adult Religious Education at First Unitarian

 

 

AHA Meeting

The Oct.7, 7pm AHA Zoom meeting is shaping up as a very interesting discussion on the general topic of “Where is our UUA going?"  Included sub-topics will be UU Minister Todd Eklof being excommunicated (his word) and the proposed 8th Principle which has already been the topic of a First UU sermon and a workshop.  It is highly likely that there are opinions that need to be shared!  Planned participation is invited!  The meeting agenda will start with prepared comments from those who would like to speak. Several have already accepted the offer to present their thoughts and opinions. More will be much appreciated!  To get on the list just email AHA@firstuuomaha.org. Open general discussion will follow the planned comments. 
 
The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/my/firstuuomahareligiouseducation   
 
Here are related readings:
Point
           The Gadfly Papers by UU minister Todd Eklof (the book that he distributed at 2017 GA)
           The Gadfly Affair also by Todd Eklof (after being excommunicated)
           Used to be UU by Frank Casper and Jay Kiskel
Counterpoint
           A Unitarian Universalist Atheist Reads the Gadfly Papers by Rev. Dennis McCarty
           7 Essays by a Concerned Ex Member of UUCS by Elisa Long             
           Widening the Circle of Concern by UUA Commission on Institutional Change 2020
           Against Civility; the hidden racism in our obsession with civility by Alex Zamalin

Questions? Email AHA@firstuuomaha.org

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. Our discussion group, led by Mary Kay Peters and Della Bynum, will be following a Study Guide published by the UUA. The study guide is broken up into 11 sections. 

Well-fitting masks and socia distancing are required for these meetings. We're working on a hybrid model (allowing folks at home to join the meeting via Zoom. More info about that soon).

Schedule: Two Sundays a month (1st and 3rd) from 3-4:30pm in the Common Room starting Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 21, thru Dec 5 with a holiday break and then picking back up in February- April.  To reserve your place in the group, email Mary Kay at mkpnet11@gmail.com

Book Club 
Our next meeting is Monday, 10/25 at 7pm via Zoom. We will discuss The Conflagration by John Buehrens (former UUA President).  Questions? Email Dave at drichardson821@gmail.com.

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.