The Adult Enrichment Committee initiated a series of educational courses in 2018 that kicked-off Sunday, September 9, 2018. Each course will be four, one-hour sessions that will run from 12 Noon – 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary most Sundays. Childcare is available in the nursery and various activities (think summer religious education) will be prepared for the younger ones who’ve aged out of the nursery.

 

The Epic of Unitarianism

Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30

Facilitated By: Dave Dunn

Rediscover our UU and liberal religious roots through a literary survey of the writings of prominent Unitarian and Universalists from the 16th – 21st centuries. How did we first part ways with the Catholic Church and the Protestant reformers? What is significant about the year 1805 for Unitarians? Who were Channing and Emerson? What was Theodore Parker’s heresy? How did Humanism shape 20th century Unitarianism? What’s next for UUism. This survey is based on the writings contained in the book “The Epic of Unitarianism” edited by David Parke.

 

An Introduction to Islam

Dates: October 7, 21, 28; November 4

Facilitated By: Roswell Community Masjid

An introduction to Islam that will begin with the proper use of terminology relating to the religion. It will then introduce Muslim demographics and the universality of the faith. It will finally cover the basic values and beliefs of the religion and how these are reflected in daily life and practice.

 

Life’s Excellent Adventure: Naming and Claiming Your Whole Person Health
Dates: November 18; December 2, 9, 16
Facilitated By: Dwana Bush, M. D.; Aleksandra Jeremic, MS, LPC

 

“Health is soundness of body, mind and spirit that satisfies you and allows you to make a meaningful difference to others”.

The Whole Person Health Assessment was developed over 25 years by Dr. Bush with input from scientific colleagues in the process of daily patient care. “We want more health, not just more health care”. Aleksandra Jeremic, a licensed therapist is assisting her in expanding the application as a tool to guide collaborative care strategies between healing practitioners and the clients and communities they serve.

Participants will complete a confidential 20-minute online assessment one week prior to the first session. Your responses will only be seen by Dwana and Aleksandra. A personalized graphic “snapshot” will be provided to each attendee in a sealed envelope on the first day of the class. Responses are displayed in a graph strengths and challenges in four major areas:

1) Resilience (energy, pain, limitations from physical and emotional challenges) 

2) Relationships (spiritual, family, friends)

3) Sacred Reciprocity (making a difference from a foundation of balanced give-and-take) 

4) Stewardship (Self-care and Earth-care)

By the final session, each attendee will have created their own strategic plan.

1) Sunday, Nov.18 – Your Whole Person Health “snapshot”: A picture is worth a thousand words

2) Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 – Connection: Peace and satisfaction in your relationships

3) Sunday, Dec 9, 2018 – Contribution: “Beyond Words” exercise to clarify your goals of life

4) Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 – Stewardship:  Practical next steps to care for yourself and the earth

Class size is limited to the 20 participants.

1) Class registration: (sign up on list and I will send you a link to sign up genius)

2) Survey completion: Registered participants who complete the online survey by 11/10/18 will be guaranteed to have their Whole Person Health “snapshot” at the first class.

3) Plan to attend all 4 sessions.

4) Educational component will be videotaped

If interest dictates, the course may be offered again in Spring of 2019.

Dwana M. Bush, M.D. email: dwanamariebush@gmail.com

 

Faith Forward Inquirers Series
Dates: January 13, 20 and 27; February 3, 10, 17 and 24; March 3.
Facilitated by:

Why Unitarian Universalism? Why UUMAN? Faith Forward Inquirers Series aims to help those new to our community investigate our faith and our congregation and develop a strong and sound understanding of why they choose to be UU, and why they choose be a member at UUMAN. If you are new to our community and either considering membership or just wish a firm grounding in what UU is and how UUMAN works, please join us for Faith Forward Inquirers Series. The course will be presented in hour-long sessions, on eight consecutive Sundays after worship, beginning on January 13.

 

Additional courses will resume for the spring semester following the New Year’s holiday. The courses currently in the planning stages include:

  • Earth Ministry Course (exact course title as yet to be decided)
  • Five Smooth Stones – A summarization of the core foundations of the Unitarian Universalist faith as stated by UU theologian James Luther Adams.
  • Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents – The thematic and theological significance of these dystopian science fiction novels authored by Octavia Butler.