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Adult Ed Classes for 2017-2018

Artisan Circle

Facilitator: Darlene Rothwell

Meetings: TBA

The members of the Artisan Circle meet to combine their skills on periodic projects for the church. This year we will continue to create artwork for the sanctuary walls. If you are interested in being a part of the Artisan Circle please contact Darlene.

Contact: Darlene Rothwell (drothwell0303@yahoo.com).

Choir

Choir Director: Brenna Kupferman

Choir Practice: 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM on Sundays

The choir is always looking for new singers, so if you enjoy singing, we would love to have you join us. We sing a wide variety of music and have a great time doing it! We sing at least one Sunday a month in service and occasionally at other church-related occasions. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings right before service — you do not need to be present every Sunday to be in the choir. Youth and adults are welcome. No previous experience is required.

Contact: Brenna Kupferman (choir@uufhc.net | 443-739-5530).

Gentle Yoga

Dates: First and Third Saturdays of the month (no classes in October)

Time: 10:00 am - 11:15 am in the sanctuary

Instructor: Becca Motil

Exchange: $8 per class/$5 for students and retirees.

Please make checks payable to Rebecca Motil.

This is a gentle, meditative class open to any level of fitness or yoga practitioner. Please wear comfortable clothes, bare feet and a smile. If possible, bring your own yoga mat and a throw or beach towel to roll up as a bolster or use as a blanket.

Our next yoga session starts on Saturday, September 2 and will run through next June 16.

Becca Motil has been teaching yoga for more than 15 years and is certified in YogaFit style.

Contact: Becca Motil (Rmotil@aol.com).

House Band

Facilitator: Terry Kalka or Brenna Kupferman

Do you sing or play an instrument? Would you like to be part of a band that occasionally offers music for Sunday service and other church social events? We would love for you to join us! We play a wide variety of music, which is usually chosen by the band. The ensemble varies upon availability, but can include vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass, and light percussion. All musicians and singers of all ages are welcome. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed by the ensemble. 

Contact: Terry Kalka or Brenna Kupferman (music@uufhc.net | 443-739-5530).

Journaling

Facilitator: Dana Knighten

Dates: Thursday evenings, September - May (call Dana for exact start date)

Times: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Room 3

Do you feel called to explore your spiritual journey through journaling? If so, UUFHC's journaling group may be for you. This small group—which is going into its 11th year at UUFHC—explores spirituality through a variety of media such as journal writing, visual media (including SoulCollage®), and reading, discussing and writing from selected books.

The facilitated 90-minute meeting format includes time for check-in, a warm-up write, written or visual journaling exploration, discussion, and sharing of writing for those who wish to share in circle (always optional). This isn't a class in writing skills, a literary analysis group, or a writing critique group! We're a diverse group of fellow seekers on the spiritual path who happen to find that journal writing enriches our journeys in countless ways. No special writing or artistic skills are needed (and spelling and punctuation don't count--in fact, there are no mistakes in journal writing!).

Please Note

  • Since this group shares a great depth of connection, we ask that you commit to regular attendance if you're considering joining.
  • Membership caps at 8 due to format and time constraints; currently, there are 2 openings for new members.
  • Preregistration is required; call Dana at 410-452-5701.
Contact: Dana Knighten (blueheron@zoominternet.net | 410-452-5701).

Kadampa Buddhism Meditation Classes

Dates: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM in Room 4

Exchange: $12 / $8 for students, seniors (60+), and unemployed

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. Join us every Tuesday for classes lead by American Buddhist nun Kelsang Chondzin. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience! Classes are drop-in, meaning you can come to any of them at anytime.

Contact: www.MeditationMD.org | 410-243-3837.

Knitting and Crochet Circle

Facilitator: Pamela Lottero-Perdue and April Fritts

Save the date: We will meet on Sunday, Oct 1st from 9:15 to 10:15 in the middle school room. We’ll help new or long-ago knitters and crocheters get started on charity projects during this meeting. We will not be meeting each month; however, you can usually find Pam or April before or after church for some quick assistance. What should you bring to the Oct 1st meeting and what might you make?

Beginner: You’ll be making squares (technically, rectangles) for the Knit-a-Square project (there are crochet instructions, too!) - www.knit-a-square.com. Last year, we sent 50 squares to South Africa for orphans left behind by AIDS. How many can we make this year? Bring size 7 or 8 straight bamboo needles, or a crochet hook (size 7 - in between a G and an H). We have much yarn to share, so you do not have to bring any. If you want to purchase your own, bring a worsted weight (size 3 or 4 on the yarn council’s scale) yarn that is not black, does not have feathers or other wild bits, and that you like. Acrylic, wool, or wool-acrylic blends are fine. One skein is all you need to start.

Advanced Knitters and Hookers: We may be stocking up our stash of prayer shawls for the minister to give to members of our UUFHC community. More on that on Oct 1st. In the meantime, check out the patterns for hats, hand warmers and cuddly toys on the Knit-a-Square project website www.knit-a-square.com. Up for more of a challenge? Make knitted (or crocheted) knockers for those who have had mastectomies: www.knittedknockers.org. Bring needles, hooks and yarns for your project to our first meeting.

Other meetings: After seeing who is interested in being involved in our circle, we’ll schedule a winter and a spring knitting/crocheting get-together. Dates TBD by the group!

Contact: Pamela Lottero-Perdue (410-914-5582).

Lunch Bunch

Facilitator: Rev. María McCabe

Dates: First and Third Thursday of the month

Times: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in the library

Living Into Our Unitarian Universalist Values—Adlai Stevenson, lawyer, diplomat, and Unitarian, once famously said: it is easier to fight for our values than to live up to them. This year we will explore what it means to live up to our Unitarian Universalist values in this moment in history. Where can we go for strength and inspiration? Do our Seven Principles inform our lives? If so, how? Are they enough to guide us? Among many other topics, we will discuss the proposed 8th Principle, which addresses the need to confront racism in our religious movement. Bring your lunch, your mindfulness, and your curiosity.

Contact: minister@uufhc.net.

Musical Activities for All Ages

Facilitator: Brenna Kupferman

UUFHC presents many opportunities for people of all ages to make music together! If you sing or play an instrument at any level, this is for you! We make it fun, and there is no pressure, so please join us for any and all of these music-making opportunities.

We occasionally have other opportunities for singers and musicians to participate in services and other church-related activities. These can include playing during summer services, children’s worship, and the annual RE service, social activities (chili cook-off, auction, picnic, and annual MUUsic festival), stewardship gatherings, special evening prayer services, memorial services, and other events. If you or your child is interested in being a part of these or any other music-related opportunities, please contact Brenna for more information.

Contact: Brenna Kupferman (music@uufhc.net | 443-739-5530).

OWLS Circle (Older Wiser Loving Souls)

Facilitator: J. Sue Henry

Dates: Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month

Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am Room 4

Exchange: $15 for the year

This group of individuals starting at age 59 years (exceptions can be made!) meet to discuss:

  • the challenges and opportunities of aging;
  • experiencing practices and processes that enhance intention and passion for life;
  • sharing ways of serving the greater good in family, church and community.

The specific topics to be explored this year include:

  • The further identification of the joys, challenges and coping strategies for each of the stages of ageing.
  • Completion of the Five Wishes Workbook.
  • Exploring the beliefs of different faiths regarding the Afterlife.
  • Additional topics and activities will be determined by the group.

There are future activities, aside from the ongoing group, being planned for older, wiser loving souls. You may join at any time!

Contact: J. Sue Henry jsuehenry2@gmail.com.

Parent Support Group

Facilitator: Stephanie Kalka

Dates: Second Fridays of the month

Time: 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm in the sanctuary

Exchange: The cost is $5 per family for pizza, unless you’d like to bring a salad or dessert, and then there will be no charge.
Please RSVP as we will be ordering food!

In Parent Support Group, we explore how to raise children with UU values. Spending time with like-minded parents helps us build community and energize. Together, we find strength to meet the challenges of life. Bring the whole family on the second Friday of the month. We meet from 5:45pm to 8:00pm. We share a light dinner of pizza, salad, and dessert. After dinner, the kids go with the sitters to the RE Wing and the parents talk.

Please RSVP dre@uufhc.net.

Qigong, Tai Chi & Meditation

Instructor: James (Marty) Martin

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursdays: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Exchange: $5 per session or $10 per month

Qigong is an ancient form of self-healing through gentle movement. It is a movement practice focused on health, longevity, stress management and mental clarity. Marty will be teaching the Hauxia Zhineng Qigong (Chi Lel) system which was the world's largest medicine-less Qigong. The Chi Lel Qigong center in China had more than one hundred thousand patients with 180 different diseases and had a 95% success rate. James Martin (Marty) has been practicing Qigong for 23 years; he'll draw on 50+ years experience in the martial arts. He has taught Qigong in many different locales and will be teaching this beneficial healing practice at UUFHC.

Tai Chi is another ancient form of self-healing. Marty will teach the Yang style 24 movement Tai Chi short form. He will take you step by step through the most widely practiced Tai Chi form on the planet.

Contact: James (Marty) Martin (443-299-2434).

Sitting Meditation

Dates: Every Sunday morning

Times: 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM in the library

Exchange: None

The first ten minutes are devoted to Mindfulness techniques offered by a practitioner, and then shared silence. When the weather is good and the spirit moves, meditation can be done outside.

Contact: Gerre Wolff (410-569-3343).

Soul Matters

Facilitator: Rev. María McCabe

Dates: First and Third Tuesday of the month

Times: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Childcare will be available)

In this group we will delve deeper into out monthly worship themes, with an opportunity to explore spiritual practices that relate to the themes, have conversation about our sermon topics, and reflect on a set of questions that connect each topic to our life experience. The theme for October is What does it mean to be a people of courage?

Contact: minister@uufhc.net.

UU Christian Fellowship (UUCF)

Facilitator: Steve Thompson

Dates: First and third Wednesdays from September 6 to November 15, 2017

Time: 7:15 pm in Room 2

Exchange: $15 for the semester

The group, led by Steve Thompson, will continue the series we started in the spring on Paul versus Peter. This series explores the long standing feud between Paul, author of seven New Testament books, and the disciples of Jesus. The book A Tale of Two Missions by Michael Goulder is the basis for this course.

Contact: Steve Thompson (steventhompson2@yahoo.com |410-658-3341).