Multi-Session Classes January-June 2017
Developing Beliefs, Principles and Goals: A Pragmatist’s Guide to Spirituality
Leader: Rev. Ed Brock Time & Place: Three Sundays (Jan 15, Jan 22, and Feb 5), 12 to 1:00 pm, Volker Room. Description: Developing a clear statement of what we really believe and what our core principles are is a deeply personal and very important part of living well and with meaning. In this class we will explore this challenge with the goal of helping everyone in the class move toward developing their own unique beliefs, principles and life goals.
This I Believe
Leader: Barbara Koehler Time & Place: Three Sundays: February 5, 12 & 19 at 12 to 1:00 pm, Room #103 Description: We will each write an essay that expresses the core principles that guide our life – a personal credo. First we will read and discuss essays written by others, contained in the book, This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (paperback edition 2007). The second class will end with instructions on writing our own essay. On the third Sunday, we will read our own “This I Believe” essays, which may be the focus of a future Sunday service.
Dealing with Difficult People
Leader: Mary Ann Plant Time & Place: Four Sundays (Feb 12, 19, 26 and Mar 5), 12 to 1:15 pm, Volker Room. Description: Some people drive us nuts! And that’s stressful when the stakes in a situation are high, whether it’s a work conflict, a strained personal relationship, or an encounter between members of a voluntary organization (e.g., church??). Explore the ways in which such “difficult people” aggravate us, ways to counter and diffuse their tactics, and paths to more positive and satisfying communication. Sharing of personal experiences is welcomed—but optional.
Co-Leaders: Lisa Moyer and Corey Shum Time & Place: Two Sundays, April 9 and 16, Noon to 2:00 pm, Room #103 Description: Come to this workshop to educate yourself on some of the frameworks and ideas that transgender people use to understand and describe themselves and their gender. We’ll cover the basics of gender identity, how the T fits into the LGBTQ acronym, and some of the new and evolving language and terminology. Then we’ll focus in on how we can be respectful and welcoming to this community of people and those who care about them.
Building Your Own Theology
Co-Leaders: Bill Long and Anthony Hamley Time & Place: Seven one-hour sessions: April 23 & 30 (12:15), May 7 (12:45), 14, 21 & 28 (12:15), June 4 (12:45). Volker Room. Description: Who doesn’t wonder about the “big questions,” the great issues of life? Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Whether the universe we inhabit is an awesome stroke of luck? How do religious liberals lead virtuous lives without hope of heaven and fear of eternal hell? Where do we Unitarian Universalists find within us the enthusiasm and the stamina required to champion our free faith wherever we may go? If we live, breathe, hurt, cry, and pursue understanding, we cannot avoid “doing theology”! Doing theology is reflecting on life’s questions: thinking critically about the “whys” of human experience and the values and convictions we embrace. You are invited to embark on the adventure of exploring and expressing that which is of ultimate meaning and value in our lives.
Beaded Jewelry Making Leader: Angela Pruitt Time & Place: Angela’s home at times and dates mutually agreed upon. Description: Individual instruction or working with two people at the same time. You may purchase supplies from Angela, provide your own materials, or bring jewelry you would like to repair, update, or recycle. Contact Angela (call church office)
Book Discussion: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler Leader: Marilyn Kurata Time & Place: 6-7 pm, Thursday, Feb 2, Pickett Room Description: This 2016 novel is part of the Hogarth series that asks contemporary authors to reimagine and recast Shakespeare’s plays. Explore how Tyler updates the expectations of womanly behavior and marital relationships in this modernized version of Taming of the Shrew. The Empathy Project** Leader: Anne Ledvina, Director of International Programs, Birmingham Southern College Time & Place: 7- 8 pm, Saturday, March 11, UUCB Sanctuary Description: The Empathy Project is a performance piece that tells the stories of refugees moving across the world in search of safety, hope, and survival for their families and themselves. Feel what it must be like to leave your home due to forces outside your control, to leave everything you know and love behind and to traverse unknown lands and seas in search of refuge. Join Anne Ledvina, the playwright, and cast for a guided discussion following the performance.
Bird Walk Co-Leaders: Susan Barrow and Bob Koehler Time & Place: 8 am, Saturday, March 25. Meet at Birmingham Botanical Garden Description: Slow paced lasting approximately 3-4 hours (weather permitting). Remember to bring your binoculars.
Spring Hike Leader: Dick Echols Time & Place: Saturday morning, March 25, weather permitting, Red Mountain Park Description: Moderate hike lasting approximately 3-4 hours. To participate, contact church office for further information about exact meeting place at the park. Hike will be postponed in case of rain, so please contact Dick if weather is a concern.
Zaatari: Jordan’s Newest City** Leader: Dunya Habash, producer Time & Place: 7-8:30 pm, Monday, March 27 Description: Zatari is a documentary about the refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan. Dunya Habash is spending the year at Oxford University, but she will be joining us for the film screening and following Q&A. Dunya will be featured as a Birmingham Ted Talk speaker on March 25. (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19jsZxLkz5s for a link to this film)
Wildflower Walk Co-Leaders: Janice Williams and Marcia Mancill Time & Place: 2 pm, Sunday, April 2. Birmingham Botanical Garden Description: Join Janice and Marcia for an informative stroll through the BBG’s Kaul Wildflower Garden. Sign-up is required (contact the church office).
Tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Leader: Susan Putnam Time & Place: Wed, April 12. Meet at 10:00 am in front lobby of BCRI. Description: Susan has been a longtime volunteer at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. If you have never visited this iconic museum, the #1 sightseeing destination for international visitors to Birmingham, this is the time to go. If you have visited before, this is a great opportunity to return. Admission is $5 for seniors (over 65), $15 adults, $6 for college students with ID, and free for children. People may want to self-organize a carpool from the church. Free parking is available at the BCRI.
Ongoing Classes and Events
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.
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.
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.
Contact: Kim Spidell, Bill Long, or Mike Jablonsky
Description: Small Group Ministry (SGM) happens when people who come together, for a set number of meetings, to listen, to share and to make a deeper connection with others. It is an opportunity to connect through readings and thought-provoking exercises on selected topics ranging from balance, forgiveness, nature, to money and friendship. Topics are numerous. The emphasis is on generous listening with a quiet and loving mind.
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: 11:45 am on Sunday, May 7 and 14, in the Sanctuary. 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.
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