Adult Religious Exploration
The Adult Religious Exploration program provides spiritual experiences that inspire, transform and sustain our members and friends. Adult RE offerings are open to everyone and are designed to provide opportunities for people to tell their own stories and ask their own questions, to encounter worldwide wisdom traditions, including the Unitarian Universalist traditions, to engage with ethical and moral questions, and to work within the congregation and the wider world to build communities of justice and love.
Current and upcoming offerings are listed in the right column. Class information is also available on the UUFCO Calendar, ACE (weekly All Congregation Email), and at the kiosk in the Gathering Hall. Some classes require registration and are fee-based while others are free. Recent classes have included opportunities for exploring what each of the principles of Unitarian Universalism means to us, "Spirit of Life," and “A Long Strange Trip,” exploring 2000 years of Unitarian Universalist History.
In addition to class offerings, there are small facilitator-led groups that meet throughout the year. Although these groups are offered without cost, some may require registration, while others encourage drop-ins. These small groups are listed below.
Sunday Morning Meditation: All are welcome to this weekly drop-in Sunday morning meditation before the worship service. No experience needed. This group meets in the Founders' Fireside Room at 9 a.m., and in good weather often walks to the labyrinth.
Soul Matters: Groups are formed each September and meet monthly through June at various times. Each group of about 12 participants is led by a trained facilitator. Members receive a Soul Matters theme packet by email at the beginning of every month and meet to share their reflections on questions raised in the readings. The packet is also available to anyone who wishes to follow the themes on their own. For more information, go to the Soul Matters page.
Spiritual Book Club: This group meets monthly, usually on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The group is primarily a shared interactive experience in which participants share their own reflections of how different themes from the selected books relate to their lives. The group usually spends 3 to 4 months discussing a single book; discussion questions are emailed to participants a week or so in advance. However, drop-ins are welcome and it is not necessary to read the suggested reading before the meeting or to have received the questions in advance. Recent books the group has explored include Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown; and Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall Rosenberg. Contact Spiritual Book Club for more information.
Women's Spirit Circle: This is a circle for women to explore their spiritual interests in a safe, small group gathering. It meets monthly and drop-ins are welcome. Contact Congregational Life Facilitator for more information.
Men's Groups: Membership in one of these groups provides an opportunity for men to advance their own personal spiritual journey within a supportive group of peers. Each group’s discussions are confidential and each group develops its own operating agreements and times to meet. The seven principles of Unitarian Universalism inform and underpin our interactions. The relationships are covenantal. Periodic orientation sessions are scheduled for men who are interested in joining an open group, or for those who may be interested in starting their own group. Check the kiosk in the Gathering Hall for contacts and announcements.
Our Adult RE programs also include embodied spirituality classes, such as Dances of Universal Peace, yoga, and qigong. All are welcome!
Dances of Universal Peace: The Dances of Universal Peace celebrates spiritual traditions through song and movement. No experience is necessary. Dances are held monthly and are free of charge. Drop-ins are encouraged.
Yoga: Gentle yoga for every “body” contributes to improved strength, stress reduction and balance. Classes are a gentle guided practice supporting your overall health. This is a supportive practice with available props. Beginners are welcome. A variety of instructors and practices are offered throughout the year.
Chinese Essence Qigong: Qigong is a self-healing art form that combines movement, breath and mindfulness. Regular practice can prevent and treat illness, reduce stress, balance the emotions, and integrate body, mind & spirit. You may register for the qigong class series in advance at a reduced rate. This class is for all levels of experience and ability. If you are a first-time student, come a few minutes before class begins to sign a liability form and to pay the class fee. Currently on hiatus.
Contact Adult RE for more information about classes and programs.
Current & Upcoming Offerings
Registration forms are available by clicking on event name on the calendar:
Changes Group: launch meeting October 29, then 4-6 p.m. the second Sunday of the month in Linus Pauling
A UUFCO member and her colleague will facilitate a Changes Group for people interested in participating in Focusing exchanges. The group welcomes practitioners of various levels of experience with Focusing, a mindfulness-like practice performed alone or with a companion. This group is for people with previous instruction; those new to Focusing may observe and obtain resources for further instruction. For details and to RSVP, click on the event in the calendar.
Poetry Workshop with Central Oregon writing mentor Ellen Waterston: Wednesday, November 1, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Linus Pauling Room
Poet, writer and arts advocate Ellen Waterston, founder of the Writing Ranch, will present a free poetry reading and workshop under the auspices of Numero Uno Book Club. She will read from her latest volume of poetry, Hotel Domilocos, and provide a time to engage with poetry.
Introduction to the Enneagram: Wednesdays, 7:15–8:45 p.m. (September 20–November 22) The Enneagram is a powerful awareness tool that explores one of the most profound questions we can ask: Who Am I? The Enneagram offers deep insights into—and an appreciation for—others by exploring nine distinct ways of viewing and relating to the world. These nine Enneatypes hold distinct worldviews, are driven by distinct motivations, and have distinct challenges and strengths. More information and to register.
Spiritual Book Club: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Linus Pauling Hall. Our current book is Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin. Drop-ins are welcome.
Sunday Morning Meditation: Sundays from
9–9:45 a.m. in the Founders' Fireside Room. (Drop-in)
Women's Spirit Circle: 3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Dances of Universal Peace: 4th Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Linus Pauling Hall. (Drop-in)
Mindful Yoga for Every Body: Tuesdays 9:30–10:30 a.m. Linus Pauling Hall. Suggested donation $8-10. This grounding mindful yoga practice will deepen awareness of mind, body, spirit and breath. This class is designed to settle the mind, open the body and acknowledge our presence through a practice of meditation, asanas (postures) and breathing techniques. Suitable for all levels and varied physical abilities, this is a gentle, accessible practice using props to assist each student to go at their own pace. This practice will include standing and moving up and down from the floors.