Adult Enrichment

 SUMMER CLASSES

Let’s Write
Mondays starting June 5, 2017
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Facilitator: Lyn Stafford
Where: Grady Nunn Library, lower level, Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham
Bring a notebook and pencil as the class will spend the first 30 minutes writing on the topic of the day.
Bring a brown bag lunch with a drink.
Please sign up with name, phone number and email on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary or call the church office at 205-945-8109

Book Discussion: Parable of the Sower
Facilitator: Lisa Moyer
Time and Place Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 – 7:30pm Grady Nunn Library, lower level, Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham

Book Discussion:  The New Odyssey
Facilitator:  Lynda Wilson
Time and Place:  Sunday, July 23, 12 noon-1:00 pm, Volker Room, lower level, Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham
Description:  Book discussion of The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-First-Century Refugee Crisis. by Patrick Kingsley, the Guardian’s first-ever migration correspondent.  Kingsley travelled through 17 countries from April through October 2015 and puts human faces and stories into reenactments of the refugees’ flight across the Mediterranean and then through Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Germany and Sweden.  He presents the big picture about why the global responses to the migration crisis, from welcoming them to building walls, will not be effective.

Ethical Controversies in Elder Health
Facilitator:  Andy Duxbury, M.D., Professor of UAB Geriatric Medicine
Time and Place:  Three Wednesdays, July 26, Aug 2, & Aug 9 (or July 19, July 26, & Aug 2), 7:00-8:30 pm; Volker Room, lower level, Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham
Description:  Class # 1: Health insurance, money, and financing; Class # 2: Death and dying; Class # 3: Institutional care and living solutions.

Trip to the BMOA (Birmingham Museum of Art)
Facilitator:  Susan Barrow
Time and Place:  After First Sunday Lunch, July 2
Description:  Participants will caravan from the church parking lot to meet a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art to tour Third Space/shifting conversations about contemporary art, the largest exhibition of contemporary art from the Museum’s collection.

Ongoing Classes and Events

Cottage Suppers
Coordinator: Mary Ann Plant Place: at the homes of the hosts (Interested in hosting? Contact the Church office) To participate: Fill in sign-up sheet or contact the Church office. Description: Each participant brings a dish to a pot-luck dinner hosted by a church member or friend.

Meditation Group
Contact person: Mary Williams
Time and Place: Volker Room – Sunday mornings from 9 – 10 am.
Description: Silent meditation in the Thich Nhat Hahn Buddhist tradition occurs for the first 30 minutes, followed by reading and discussion.

MidSomethings Group

The Young Adults Group has changed it’s name to the MidSomethings Group in to highlight the fact that they seek to build relationships among church members in their Mid 20s, 30s, AND 40s.

Whether you’re a member, a friend of the church, or a new face, the Group welcomes you to join them at any of their monthly activities. These activities include both a family friendly meet up, an adult night out, and a lunch with discussion of socially and politically relevant topics every third Sunday.

MUUsicShare meets in the sanctuary the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Join us to play and sing your favorite folk and popular songs.
All acoustic instruments, all players and/or singers at all levels and all ages are welcome.
Contact Julie Shum or Debra Burrell for more information.

Small Groups
SGM happens when a group of committed folks come together to focus and explore a variety of topics and to encourage listening more than speech making, and the sharing of personal stories more than critique.  It is soul tending time; a time to form new friendships and connect to others. As of March 2017, there are currently five groups up and running at UUCB with a total of 34 individual participants.  A new group may start anytime.  Anyone may put together a group or join a new group. All that is needed are two co-leaders and 7-11 members.

  • Leigh Shaffer has joined Kim Spidell in co-leading Small Group Ministry.  You may contact Kim at kkspidell@aol.com and Leigh at friendleigh3@yahoo.com
  • Keep an eye out for some of the current UUCB SGM participants sporting a blue lapel button that reads ASK ME ABOUT Small Group Ministry. We would love to get more folks involved in this grassroots movement.

SUUnday ForUUm
Contact people: Jim Albea and Janice Williams
Time and Place: Sunday morning from 9 to 10:30 am, Room #122.
To participate:  just show up, visitors and newcomers are welcome.
Description:  For most sessions, participants will view a 30 minute video from a Learning Company series first, with discussion to follow.

UU101- Membership
Contact: Linda Corliss Time and Place: TBD. Description: What do we believe in?  Are we the kind of people you want to hang out   with? This is a good time to get to know other UU’S and ask questions. Take the class and join whenever.  Meet people who are searching for community and purpose.

Visitor Q & A
Facilitator: Membership Committee member
Time and Place:  3rd Sunday at 11:45 am in the Pickett Room
Description: The Visitor Q/A is for any visitor that has questions about Unitarian Universalism or our church.  A member of the membership committee will meet with the visitors and have a variety of pamphlets and handouts available.