Spirituals Growth is a 

Life Long Journey

and right now is great time to get back on the road  

Faith Formation for Adults

All we do is Faith Development
All We Teach is Unitarian Universalism
The Congregation is the Curriculum 

2021 Spring Schedule

Sunday, March 28, 2021 

4-5 p.m.

Zoom Room

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Let’s Talk about Money: How our attitudes about money form, change, and play out in our lives. 

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen

How we feel about money depends on many factors, but a major one is how we grew up and what that taught us and how we’ve reacted to it through out lives. Also, Capitalism, Contract Culture, and Consumer Culture takes a serious toll on all of us and we can think our self-worth=our net worth. Poverty is a socio-political construct. No one is paid what we are “worth.” Come share with others. The goal is to get more comfortable talking about money so that it is less about shame, guilt, and self-worth. IMPORTANT: This is NOT a “pledge drive” event nor is it a “stewardship” event. Just and open and honest facilitated discussion. 

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

7-8 p.m. 

Zoom Room

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Getting to Purple: How to Talk to People across the political divide. 

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen, revtonyuu@gmail.com

Using resources from Essential Partners, Rev. Tony leads some exercises that help us practice offering a dissenting opinion in a conversation, asking questions as a strategy to find common ground, and intervening in a heated argument. 

NOTE – Please contact facilitator at least 24 hours ahead of scheduled date and time if you plan to attend. If there is no interest before a scheduled event time, the event will be cancelled.

Sunday, April 4, 2021 

4-5 p.m.

Zoom Room

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Rev. Tony Lorenzen

The UU Who is a …….. Buddhist

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Using short quotes and readings from Unitarian Universalists who identify as UU Buddhists, Rev. Tony reflects briefly on the basics of Buddhism and then leads a discussion about Buddhism, Buddhist practice, and why this appeals to many Unitarian Universalists and how some UU Buddhists experience their UU-Buddhism. First in an ongoing series of conversations looking at the various spiritualities found in our faith such as Humanist, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan, Jewish, etc.”
NOTE – Please contact facilitator at least 24 hours ahead of scheduled date and time if you plan to attend. If there is no interest before a scheduled event time, the event will be cancelled.
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April 21, 2021 

  12 p.m.

Zoom Room 

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen  

Minster’s Book Group

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen, revtonyuu@gmail.com

Read novels with spiritual and religious themes and discuss with Rev. Tony. The group meets 3rd Wednesdays at NOON on Zoom during Lunch with the Minister, so bring your lunch and log on. The range of novels spans a wide spiritual and religious spectrum and includes a variety of fiction genres such as science fiction, memoir, fantasy, historical fiction, travelogue, and literary novel.

April 21 – The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk (Pagan)
May 19 – American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Multi-Pantheon Fantasy)

NOTE – No need to contact the facilitator, just read and come to lunch. Lunch will happen regardless, if people read the books, so much the better!
Come get some food & coffee to jump start your day!

The Bible for Liberals, Skeptics, and Non-Believers – New Testament/Christian Scriptures

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen, revtonyuu@gmail.com

Learn the basics of the literary-historical-critical approach to the Bible. We will take close looks at the four Gospels, the authentic letters of Paul, and Revelation. IMPORTANT: This is a fast hour of quick presentation and discussion that covers a LOT of ground. SO, Before the class, please visit Bible religious Liberals web page and read through the slideshows “Getting Started,” “Literary Elements and Definitions,” “
NOTE – Please contact facilitator at least 24 hours ahead of scheduled date and time if you plan to attend. If there is no interest before a scheduled event time, the event will be cancelled.
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Sunday, April 24, 2021 

4-5 p.m.

Zoom Room

Facilitator: Dr. Tricia J. Stewart

Unitarian Universalism and Intersectionality: Understanding Self and Others in our Evolving World

Facilitator: Dr. Tricia J. Stewart, Associate Professor in the Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership in the Education and Educational Counseling Department at Western Connecticut State University

This time together will help us foster an understanding of intersectionality. It will also include a discussion of ways that principles of Unitarian Universalism are a natural fit to support intersectionality as a theory and a lived reality. Part of the time in this session will be spent looking at the ways that each of us has many identities, as a way to ground the experience.

NOTE – Please contact facilitator at least 24 hours ahead of scheduled date and time if you plan to attend. If there is no interest before a scheduled event time, the event will be cancelled.

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First Fridays of the Month 

10-11:30 p.m.

Zoom Room

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Soul Circle Small Group Ministry with Rev. Tony

Facilitator: Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Using the Circle of Trust format popularized by Parker Palmer, Rev. Tony facilitates reflection on the month’s spiritual theme. IMPORTANT-each month we reflect on resources that are emailed well ahead of the meeting, so the earlier you let Rev. Tony know you are interested, the more time you have the material.
 Please contact facilitator at least 24 hours ahead of scheduled date and time if you plan to attend. If there is no interest before a scheduled event time, the event will be cancelled.   Click to contact facilitator

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UU 101: The basics of UU Theology and History

Learn the basics of UU history and theology via an individually paced self-study. The main slide show is used for our new members class, but contains all the basics and is great for a refresher or to fill in gaps in your knowledge. The webpage also includes a playlist of videos that are general introductions to Unitarian Universalism as well as a playlist of videos about more specific aspects of UU history or UU theology. This time together will help us foster an understanding of intersectionality. It will also include a discussion of ways that principles of Unitarian Universalism are a natural fit to support intersectionality as a theory and a lived reality. Part of the time in this session will be spent looking at the ways that each of us has many identities, as a way to ground the experience.
NOTE – Since YOU are the facilitator you set your own pace at your own convenience. IF you would like to discuss things you are learning with Rev. Tony and/or a group of people who are also interested, contact Rev. Tony at revtonyuu@gmail.com.
 
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