Fall 2020 Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

In these Corona times, we’re all looking for something to think about beyond ourselves.  After all, there’s only so much Wheel of Fortune one can watch!

We are happy to invite you to participate in any or all of these upcoming Faith Formation Opportunities offered here at 1stUUPB!  This list includes opportunities made available by other congregations who have invited our members to participate.    Let’s use this opportunity to stimulate our minds, touch our emotions and invigorate our souls.   

1stUUPB News Talk
Sundays, 9:00am – 10:00am
Led by Allen Maxwell, Drew Davis and Bob Burns, this long-lived staple of our congregation continues to provide excellent review of current events and how they impact our lives.  Our minister says that if they had awards for such series, this one would win one, for sure.  Grab a cup of coffee and come by if you can, don’t worry about missing or how long you can stay. All are welcomed.  Check the weekly newsletters for links to the Zoom meeting.

Film Series
First Fridays, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
The 1stUUPB Tradition continues!  Our First Friday Films is back – Corona-style.  We choose films for adults which you can watch prior to the meeting and then we will gather on Zoom to discuss them.  Henry Gruen is your host.

Racial Justice Workshop
Mondays in November, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Former 1stUUPB member, and now member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville (UUFH) Judy Bonner invites us to participate in UUFH’s Virtual Racial Justice Workshop.  The workshop will be presented by Rev. Michael Carter and Rev. Judith Long, both are recognized professionals in the field of Racial Justice.  Each session will include a discussion in smaller break-out groups.  Those who have pre-registered will receive weekly Zoom links and reminders via e-mail.  Send an e-mail with the word “Workshop” in the subject line to judybonner1@outlook.com to register.


Timely Topics for Tough Times
Tuesdays, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Reverend Ed’s home congregation of Greenville, SC and a small consortium of other South Carolina congregations invites all members and friends of 1stUUPB to participate in their Adult Religious Exploration Series.   This is very similar to 1stUUPB’s Teaching Thursdays, although some of the formatting may be different.  Those who have pre-registered will receive weekly Zoom links and reminders via e-mail. Click here to register.  This fall’s topics are:

Small Group Ministries
Varies, Varies
Small Group Ministries, known throughout Unitarian Universalism as “Covenant Circles” or “Covenant Groups” or by other names are standing groups ranging from 6 to 12 individuals who agree to meet on a regular basis (normally every other week).  The meetings involve check-ins and discussions of various meaningful topics.  Groups are forming and disbanding all the time, but generally meet for a year or two as agreed upon by the participants.  Contact Chari Campbell at chari70@icloud.com if you’re interested in learning more.

Lunch Bunch
Thursdays, 12:15PM – 2:00PM
Reverend Ed would like to invite you to a weekly drop in lunch on Zoom.  No agenda, no discussion topics, just a chance to be somewhat in the same “room” and make some connections.  Come by if you can, don’t worry about missing or how long you can stay. We will use the same Zoom account as Sunday Services. Starts October 15.

Tea-Ology
Tuesdays, 9:15AM – 11:00AM
Reverend Ed would like to invite you to a weekly discussion over a nice cup of tea (or coffee).  We will start with a theological construct of some sort and have a loosely guided discussion that may wander into spectacular areas.  Come by if you can, don’t worry about missing or how long you can stay. We will use the same Zoom account as Sunday Services.  Starts October 20.

Theology on Tap
Thursdays, 7:15PM – 9:00PM
Reverend Ed would like to invite you to a weekly discussion over your favorite pint.  We will start with a theological construct of some sort and have a loosely guided discussion that may wander into spectacular areas.  Come by if you can, don’t worry about missing or how long you can stay. We will use the same Zoom account as Sunday Services. Starts October 21.

White Lies
Thursdays November – January (skipping holidays)
November 12 & 19
December 3, 10 & 17
January 7, 14 & 21
A consortium of congregations from Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina will be holding a two part study of the National Public Radio podcast entitled ‘White Lies”.  The sessions will be lead by the lead minister of Reverend Ed’s home congregation the Reverend Lisa Bovee-Kemper.  White Lies looks into the death of white Unitarian Minister James Reeb in Selma, Alabama on the eve of the Selma March in 1965, as mentioned in the film Selma.  Reverend Bovee-Kemper has personal family ties to people who were there with Reverend Reeb and has taken a personal, lifelong interest in the events.   All members and friends of 1stUUPB are invited to participate.   Pre-Registration is required to get the weekly Zoom links and reminders. October dates will be communicated once known to those who have registered.   Click here to register.  

The Work of Byron Katie Working Group
Two Group Meetings each week:
Wednesday, 7:15PM – 9:00PM or
Fridays, 1:15PM – 3:00PM
Reverend Ed would like to invite you to a weekly working group in Byron Katie’s The WorkThe Work is a way of identifying and questioning your thoughts on a path to self-realization.  It is not without controversy. It is easy to learn and hard to do.  We will use the same Zoom account as Sunday Services. Starts October 30-31.

Book Group
Second Saturday (Nov – Apr), 10:00AM – 12:30PM
Dorie Maxwell embarks on the 2020-2021 season of the Book Group.  Most of our selections are contemporary novels, complemented with a few classics and non-fiction. We enjoy broadening our awareness by reading books set in various parts of the world. All are welcome to these discussions. Invitations to the Zoom meeting will be sent each month.  To sign up, contact doriemaxwell@mac.com or call 561-301-4204.   Starts November 14.  Here are this season’s books:  

You can also follow this link for more information:  http://1stuupb.org/second-saturday-book-group/

Teaching Thursdays
Nurture Nature, Dec 3, 7-8:30 PM, on Zoom
This discussion group started with the Nurturing Discussions and Practices: Nurture Nature, Yourself and Your Relationships by Rev. LoraKim Joyner & Gail Koelln, then concluded a study of An Environmental History of the World, by J Donald Hughes and has now moved into other environmentally related studies, while keeping the basis of our connectedness to Nature.

The Dec 3, session will be a discussion of Drawdown 101:  An Introduction to the Science of Climate Change Solutions.  Contact Suzanne Schluter, schluter_s@yahoo.com for more information.

Class link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87329644818?pwd=VFZLbU1uVk12Q2Y5L0xqTmVtYWo1QT09

Teaching Thursday Description:
Combining food, fellowship, and education, these programs and classes are provided for members of our congregation and for the community at large. All programs are free. Leaders vary from week to week; most are from our congregation.  And we’re looking for teachers!  If you have a skill or interest, and if you’re willing to share that interest within the community, please contact Bob Burns and let him know!  You can reach him at burns.rjb@gmail.com.