Lifespan Religious Education programming is offered for people of all ages from 9:00-1:00pm most Sundays.
9:00-10:00 we offer Sunday Forum or Mindful Meditation for adults
10:30-11:45 Sunday service (classes offered for children and youth during this time)
11:45 (or noon)-1:00pm, we offer a rotating selection of Adult RE programs:
- A Chosen Faith (ACF) – most Sundays
- Lunchbox RE – 2nd Sundays
- Action/Reflection – 4th Sundays
Child care is always available between 10:30-11:30 and can be offered at other times by request: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All children and youth are invited to attend the beginning of each service as a family. They are then “sung to class” after the Time for All Ages.
1st and 3rd Sundays * 9:00am * Schweitzer room
Join Mindfulness Meditation in the Schweitzer Room, just off of the Starr King Room, first and third Sunday of each month through May of 2019. Meditation begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 9:55 AM. Come and sit, practicing being present, and living with intention. Facilitated by Wally Lewis
2nd, 4th, 5th Sundays * 9:00am-10:00am * Starr King room
Our Sunday Forum presents programs of interest to the congregation providing intellectual stimulation and spiritual inspiration related to our 7 UU Principles and sources of the living traditions we share.
Each Forum features speakers and panelists chosen from the congregation and the community on the basis of expertise in an area bearing on one or more of the seven UU Principles or illuminating one of the sources of our living tradition. Topics typically consist of issues and information related to social justice, religious freedom, spiritual growth, democratic values, exploration of other religious faiths, UU history, the right of conscience, the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and international relations as they bear on world peace and amity between nations.
A Chosen Faith
1st, 2nd, 3rd Sundays * 11:45-1:00pm * Library
From the Greek word “hairesis”, meaning, “choice”, we get the word heresy. And indeed, Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a faith which originated from ancient heresies and is still the faith of modern heretics, people who have decided to choose for themselves the faith that speaks to their own lives and values. If you are one of these people, we invite you to learn more about UUism and UUFNN.
ACF #1 The astonishing history of the UUA & UUFNN. How did the UUA wind up on J. Edgar Hoover’s hit list and other amazing stories.
ACF #2 What do you believe? And how does that fit with UU’s creedless faith?
ACF #3 Who’s in charge here? And how do we work to fulfill our mission to grow in love, faith, justice and joy?
Each session is held on the corresponding Sunday of the month (i.e. #1 on the first Sunday), 11:45-1pm in Emerson Room. We suggest attending at least #1 or #2 (if not both, in either order) prior to #3 if you are a newcomer.
Both newcomers who are curious about Unitarian Universalism and UUFNN and current members who want to deepen their knowledge and commitment will find these sessions informative and inspiring. Newcomers who complete all three sessions of this series are invited, should they wish, to become members of UUFNN at a special ACF #4.
2nd Sundays * noon-1:00pm
Join us for an hour to dig deeper into the themes we are exploring in any particular month. Lunchbox RE will be a facilitated conversation blending topics we have been exploring as a community (within UUFNN and outside of our walls). Bring a lunch (in a lunchbox or not!).
4th Sundays * noon-1:00pm
All are invited to a new offering designed to support our social justice initiatives at UUFNN. Focusing on one initiative at a time, we will explore together our justice work, share experiences of transformation, and make meaning of our shared work in the world. All are invited to attend these gatherings whether or not you have participated in the activities we will reflect on together.
Women’s* Retreat and Mini
Mini Retreat: October 27 * 10:00am-1:00pm * Sanctuary
Annual Retreat: May 17-18 * more soon
Our Annual Women’s retreat is a weekend of fun, social time, community building and spiritual nourishment. Held at the end of the church-year, it always feels like a LONG time until we are able to gather again, so this year, we introduce the “Mini” – a 3 hour retreat held at the beginning of the church year. Join either or both!
*By “Women” we mean anyone who identifies as a woman in a way that is significant to them, be they trans, non-binary, genderfluid, and gender non-conforming individuals. All are welcome.
Mindful Activism –Guided by Buddhist Principles of Wisdom & Compassion
1st and 3rd Thursdays * 6:00pm-8:00pm * Starr King room (begins October 4th)
A different kind of mindfulness group; a different kind of activism group. How so? Th
is group is not about what we do, but about how we do it. There are many wonderful groups already working with new petitions and marches and voter registration and fundraising and other political actions, and we certainly support and are involved in many of these actions. But this group is about how we hold our sense of inner equanimity and compassion in this “sea of troubles.”
We are all concerned about the rampant aggression, hatred, and greed currently swelling in our world and driving policy in this country. We believe we can only make a difference in this mess if we work honestly with our own blame and anger. Can we meet the horrors around us with equanimity and compassion? Not an easy undertaking. This group is about supporting one another as we strive to do just that.
This Mindful Activism group is inspired by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s mission statement, “Beginning with ourselves, aware of the interconnectedness of all things, mindfulness cultivates conditions for peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability within ourselves and our community.”
This group is for new and experienced activists, from any and all traditions, including secular humanism, who are wanting to approach their activism from a place of deep compassion and internal peace. Knowing that this mindful activism depends on being deeply honest with ourselves and one another, we believe that having a place to explore the internal and external challenges as they really are, will be a great help.
To this end, in our bi-monthly meetings we will include a period of mindfulness meditation and a presentation relevant to the challenges of being a mindful activist. We will have plenty of time for lively discussion. For more information, contact email@example.com.