Adult Religious Explorations: New Ones Begin, Future Ones Considered

Our Congregational Conversation during zoom coffee hour this month explored ideas about what might entice you and your friends to participate in an Adult Religious Exploration (RE) group or event at CVUUS. Scan our current small ministry and affinity group options here. Here are new Adult RE options that started in January.

Exploring Prayer

Rev. Barnaby is leading an Adult Zoom Class on Prayer on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7 PM in January, February, and March. The class meets for an hour and 15 minutes. We are looking at the varieties of prayer, loosely following the structure of Rev. Kate Braestrup’s book Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer into Your Life (Free Press Division, Simon & Schuster, 2010). But a large part of it is devoted to looking closely at some of the world’s most famous prayers, writing our own versions of them, and sharing those personalized prayers among those of you who are willing to do so. The class is divided into groups of two or three to provide writing buddies between classes. Please contact Rev. Barnaby (revbarnaby@cvuus.org) to sign up!

Breathe Book Group

Jean Terwilliger and Mike Greenwood are leading a group reading of this year’s UUA Common ReadBreathe by Imani Perry on the third Wed of the month at 7:30 pm for four months starting Jan 27th and concluding April 28th. Please let Jean at jtwigvt@gmail.com or Mike at mike802vt@comcast.net know if you are interested. You can order a copy from  www.uuabookstore.org or from www.vermontbookshop.com. “In Breathe, Perry offers a lyrical meditation that connects a painful, proud history of African American struggle with a clarion call for present-day action to protect, defend, and celebrate the promise of the next generation.”—Stacey Abrams

Intro to Meditation

If you’re interested in developing a meditation practice, you’re warmly invited to join Colleen Brown & Dinah Smith on Sunday mornings online 9:15-9:45.  It’s open to folks of all ages and all levels of experience with meditation. Each session includes instruction and three 5-minute guided meditations. It’s aimed especially at those who are just beginning a meditation practice. During these trying times, it seems we all benefit from connecting with the place of silence and peace within, and this program is intended to help us locate and occupy that space with greater ease.  Please feel free to contact either Colleen or Dinah with any questions. Zoom link here

Membership Classes

Explore the UU history and principles in a series of three to four classes led by Rev. Barnaby Feder and Marjorie Carsen every Fall and Spring for those exploring membership at CVUUS. The Fall 2020 ones were online and the April 2021 ones will likely be online. Watch the Blast for details and links.