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.

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.

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, Thursdays, February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, 7-8:30 PM, on Zoom

On February 11, we began a new discussion format, Reconnecting with Earth, which is a 6-session guidebook from Ecochallenge.org, (formerly The Northwest Earth Institute). It’s OK to join in at any time. Below is a brief description:

Our world is changing at such an astoundingly fast pace. We get caught up in our daily lives and the problems we face—we end up losing touch with that deep connection we have to our planet. Reconnecting with Earth helps participants explore how our cultural beliefs and personal values affect the way we view and treat Earth. Together, you discuss how our well-being is inextricably linked to the well-being of our planet. Participants discover a deeper respect for the planet and a renewed commitment to act—a shift that could be the key to real and lasting change.

Click this link Reconnecting with Earth to learn more and order if you want to join in. Toward the bottom of this page, there is a link to get the first session free. If you have any issues ordering the guidebook, please contact Suzanne (schluter_s@yahoo.com). 

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 also touched on other environmentally related studies, while keeping the basis of our connectedness to Nature.

Contact Suzanne Schluter, schluter_s@yahoo.com for more information.

Zoom class link

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.