Adult Programs

Adult Enrichment Opportunities  September 2014 to June 2015 

It is exciting to begin the year with the calendar for adult enrichment set with a variety of opportunities for connection, community and spiritual formation.  The diversity of programs are open to UUCC members and friends and members of the greater Augusta community.   Please note some programs are designed to encourage participation and support specific groups.  We hope you will be inspired to sign up for one or more option, to do so please contact the UUCC Office Administrator at 622-3232 or admin@augustauu.org

YEAR LONG PROGRAMS 

Seasoned Souls is a group of older church members who began gathering as an Adult Education class to study a particular book on aging.  They enjoyed being together so much they decided to name the group and continued meeting as a study/support group. Seasoned Souls is open to any church member who has a Medicare card and wishes to talk openly about topics related to the aging process. 

Date: Every First and Third Wednesday. Time: 10:30am until Noon. Location: Fellowship Hall.  

The Way of the Naturalist As Unitarian Universalist we strive to respect the interdependent web all existence of which we are a part.  This program offers five stand alone session that offer an experience and an opportunity to discuss how we are all interdependent with each other and the natural world.  These sessions offer participants an opportunity to  connected to the earth and to each other, to share about their own personal experience, and to deepen their understanding about the natural world.

 This program is part of our Congregations and Beyond ministry whereby we bring our values and principles out into the greater Augusta community.  Members and friends of UUCC are also very welcome to sign up for these events.  Participants are not required to attend all session.  Each session designed as a “stand-alone”, so that participants may attend one, or all.  These sessions will be designed for adults over 18. 

 The Way of the Forest,  Sunday, October 5, 2014 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.,  China School Forest

 The Way of the Owl,  Sunday, November 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Hidden Valley Nature Center

 The Way of the Moon & Stars, Sunday, February 15, 2015,  To Be Determined

The Way of the Birds,  Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. , Viles Arboretum

The way of the Flowers, June ?, 2015,  Rail Trail

 Leaders: Melanie Lanctot and Cheryl Ring  (629-8889 or cherylringmaine@gmail.com)

            

Matters of Faith: Yours, Mine, Theirs  Matters of Faith is a book study group for the spiritual seeker who is looking to explore their personal spiritual journey with other curious and open minded individuals.   Participants will examine the religious impulse through the spiritual writings and memoirs of authors from a variety of faith traditions.  Participants will explore and share their faith journey, bear witness to the journey of those gathered and glean wisdom from the diversity of beliefs that span the globe. We will begin in September by getting to know each other and exploring a variety of book options from diverse religious traditions.   The group will select eight books. 

This program is part of our Congregations and Beyond ministry whereby we bring our values and principles out into the greater Augusta community.  Members and friends of UUCC are also very welcome to sign up for these events.  Sign up for this class will be limited and preference will be given to new friends who sign up via meetup.com. 

 Dates: Fourth Monday of the Month, beginning September 22nd and ending in May;  Time: 6:00 – 8:00    Location: Cause 4 Paws

 Co-Leaders: Rev. Carie Johnsen & Michael Conley. Enrollment for this group closes OCtober 26, 2014. For more information:  Revcariejohnsen@gmail.com, 623-3663 

 Writing Your Sacred Journey Writing as spiritual practice can be a rich, active form of paying attention to the self and the world.  Writing as contemplation can focus us, center us, slow us down and allow us to simply observe, be present, open, aware and appreciative of what we have, here, right now. We are excited to have a different leader facilitating each session series.   The diversity of leadership will allow for varied styles of leadership, structure, facilitation, activities and creative writing assignments.  This program will be offered in three distinct sessions.  Participants may sign up for one session, two sessions or all three.  Class is limited to 10 participants. 

Location for all three sessions: Drew House

Fall Session (5 gatherings),  Leader: Rev. Carie Johnsen (623-3662 or revcariejohnsen@gmail.com)   Tuesday evenings 5:30-7:30 pm: September 23; October 7th, 21th; November 4th, 18th

Winter Sessions (6 gatherings) Leader: Roberta Record (623-2848 or rrecord2002@yahoo.com)    Sunday afternoons 12:00-2:00pm: January 4th, 18th; February 1st, 15th; March 1st, 15th

Summer Sessions (6 gatherings) Leader: Rita Cherubini ( or cherub1@rocektmail.com)  Wednesday mornings 10:00am-noon: April 15th, 29th; May 13th, 27th; June 3rd, 17th) 

FALL 2014 PROGRAMS

Unitarian Universalists Praying  We will have a six session long exploration and conversation about prayer – its role in our lives, our relationship with it, our hopes for it – and we will pray.  Prayer is complicated for Unitarian Universalists, being private, public, universal, personal, and intimate – and also so traditional.  Help me sort this out on Sunday afternoons this fall.   Participants will read Anne Lamott’s, Help. Thanks. Wow: the Three Essential Prayers and Simply Pray by Eric Walker Wikstrom. This program is designed for members and friends of UUCC with a distinct Unitarian Universalist identity or curiosity about prayer in our faith. 

Dates: Sundays October 5th, 19th, November 2nd, 16th, December 7th, 21st :   Time: 12:30 – 2:30  Location: Drew House 

Leader: Gary Chapin (458-1726 or garyparkerchapin@aol.com)

Ethical Wills: What are They and Should I have One? We will all leave remnants of our lives behind when we depart this life. We will leave possessions, be they many or few, we will leave sums of money, be it large or small, and we will leave memories that will be unique to the person who will be remembering us. But what do YOU want people to remember you best by? What values have you cherished most that you hope to have passed on? Has your life exemplified what you had hoped to teach the world? If you want to be very clear, why not write an ethical will? Ethical Wills have a long history in the Hebrew religious tradition, and Rabbi Erica Ash will be here to guide us as we learn to write our own ethical wills. We will be inviting members of our neighborhood churches in an effort to expand our adult education beyond our own walls.  We'll also have a pot luck lunch together as we meet from 10 a.m. until 

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014  Time:  10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.     Location: Fellowship Hall

Leaders: Nancee Campbell and Rabbi Erica Asch. For more information please contact Nancee at nancee1944@gmail.com

WINTER 2015 PROGRAMS

The New Unitarian Universalist Class  The New UU Class is an opportunity to get together with those who are new to this Faith or those who are familiar with UU’sm and wish to re-focus.  The beginnings of Unitarians and Universalist religions, their merge and how we see our work in the local community and wider world will be discussed and how our principles guide us.  Participants will share their religious journeys in a safe and supportive environment.

Dates: Tuesdays, March 3rd, 17th and 15th   Time: 5:30 – 7:30     Location: Fellowship Hall

Leader: Membership Committee with Rev. Carie Johnsen     Contact Information: Rita Cherubini ( or cherub1@rocketmail.com)

The Four Agreements The book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz offers an opportunity for the participants to explore how their thought process is developed by influences and symbols. The four agreements offer the participants an avenue to open up to awareness through the four teachings: be impeccable with your word, don’t take things personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.  Participants will explore how to use these practices to free them from their teaching and allow them to open to the possibility of their own interruptions of what fits best for their lives, as opposed to what is expected or engrained in their belief system.

January 2015  Day, time and location to be determined

Leader: Helen O. Paré   (623-1925 or helenjoepare@aol.com)

Living My Faith We will use the book Not For Ourselves Alone edited by Laurel Hallman and Burton D. Carley and the SGM format to move  more deeply into the spiritual practice  of Unitarian Universalism.   Each session will be preceded by reading a section of the book.  Group discussion will focus on our personal reactions to that section and how it applies in our lives.  Participants will discover spiritual depth through the exploration of our relationships with others and with that which is larger than all of us.  (The Holy)  A primary goal is for participants to find their own answers to questions such as: to whom or what am I committed, and how am I accountable.  Participants will also gain an appreciation of the diversity of theological orientation that exists within Unitarian Universalism as members share their reflections. 

 Identity as a Unitarian Universalist and a willingness to read the appropriate chapters of the book are necessary.  This time limited Small Group Ministry circle will be offered in six session in the late winter and spring of 2015     

Leader: Kathy Kellison (622-4774 or kell6787@gmail.com)

SPRING 2015 PROGRAMS

Steps on the Pagan Path - Introductory Session.  While there are as many different versions of Paganism as there are Pagans (or perhaps more) there is a lot of common ground between them as well. This would be a basic introduction to earth based spirituality, its diversity and its beauty, from the Unitarian Universalist perspective. If there is further interest, this course would provide a stepping stone to a second course offering a more didactic and experiential approach to walking the Pagan Path.  A second course would the text Paganism, an Introduction to Earth Centered Religions, by Joyce and River Higginbotham.

Leader: Rita Moran (446-9994 or kennebecblue@gmail.com)

Conversations with Emerson and others of that ilk Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Amos Bonson Allcott, Elizabeth Peabody and others will join as we discuss transcendentalism. We will apply there thoughts to our own, linking the past to the present and, perhaps, the future. The fifth session will be a discussion of the historical model “March” about a civil war chaplain.

Wednesday, March 25, April 8th & 22nd, May 6,h & 20th   Time: 6:00 - 8:00  Location: Drew House

Leader Charles McGiiicuddy 215-4092, vosemcgill@msn.com