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Adult Activities Coming Up this Weekend and Next Week at UUSS
June 7, 2011, 8:44 am
Filed under: Becoming and Being Part of a UU Congregation

Invitations to Members and Friends–

(Greetings to those on the web: If you have not visited UUSS yet, please come on Sunday to register for any of these courses or ask questions.)

Adult Enrichment summer courses:

Saturday Morning Meditation Retreat with Doug and Rich–
Last one till September 10!  Saturday morning,  Gather to learn and practice the strategy taught by the Buddha. Instruction will be offered. Most of the time will be spent in silent sitting or walking meditation. New and experienced meditators are welcome.  It takes place next Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm. at UUSS.  No charge but donations will be welcome.  Leaders: Rev. Doug Kraft and Rich Howard.  Questions?  Ask Doug.

UU Readers Monday night:  A Book that Changed My Life and a Book to Read in Summer–What are some books that have changed your life?  Choose one of them and bring it Monday.  Give a brief testimonial about what it has been important in your growth, maturation, transformation, inspiration, sense of purpose, love of life, etc.  What is a book you would like this group to read in the summer and discuss together at future meetings? Bring that book and give a 2-minute pitch for it as a group choice.  We’ll choose titles for July-October meetings.  All welcome to this new group!  We meet 6:30-8:30 PM, Monday, June 13 in the UUSS Library. Interested in facilitating a future session?  Please sign up for this group at the Adult Enrichment table so we have enough room! Questions?  Let me know.

Soulful Sundown–Summer–a mid-week spiritual service begins–6:45 to 8:00 pm on Tuesdays, June 14, 21, 28 & July 5.  This is not a class, but a worship-like group gathering.  Structure is similar to that of many small-group ministry programs, with opening words, chalice lighting, silence, reading, spoken reflection and deep listening on the spiritual topic of the week.  We will provide advance handouts a week in advance, or you can pick it up at Connection Central in the lobby.  Sign up so they know how many chairs we need in the circle!  Stop by this Sunday to find out more information or just show up on Tuesday the 14th a few minutes before 6:45 pm.  We may meet outside if the weather permits, or in the Library/Bookstore or Lobby.  Come to be replenished, to listen and to be listened to, bring your journey into sacred community.  (And if you don’t drive after dark, note this will end at 8!)  Open to teens if accompanied by parent/guardian.  No cost or fee, but please sign up.  Questions?  Ask Carole.

Tuesday night’s Poetry Circle–At an early May gathering, we heard the words of great poets, from Mary Oliver to Maya Angelou, Alexander Pope to Billy Collins, Woody Guthrie to Walter Whitman.  Jerry Hostler hosted the six UUSS members, some old, some new, who each brought two or three favorite poems.  There’s room for even more.  Come join us and make an early evening of it.  We’ll do it again, probably in the library/bookstore, Tuesday, June 14,  6:30 – 8:00 PM.

Journal and Journey–starts Wednesday morning–This course invites group members to discover themes of our lives by writing journal reflections based on specific questions and inspiration from the group.  Since the series was popular when offered in the middle of the prior church year, Carole is bringing it back for those who missed it or who have started attending UUSS since then.  Never written in a journal?  This is a great way to start, with the non-critical partnership and support of a group.  Journal & Journey starts Wednesday morning, June 15, 9:30 to 11:30 AM at UUSS.  Fee is $15 for the 4 session course, payable to UUSS.   Please sign up at Connection Central.  Questions?  Contact

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction– Find out how to reduce pain, anxiety & depression with “MBSR.”The multi-week course has already started, but have an interest in a future course, please stop by Connection Central and let our Adult Enrichment team know.    (There will be a fee for this course.  The leader is not a UUSS volunteer but a certified MBSR teacher, so we are paying for this valuable course.)

God and Spiritual Consciousness–Doug’s 4-part sermon series on God has generated a lot of conversation and interest.  Would you like a book version of the sermons, with a new introduction, a transcription of some of the dialogue that took place during those services, and a forward by the family minister?  More news to come!

Other Activities:

Gen-X / Boomers–a UUSS Fellowship Group–If you are from the Baby Boom or Generation X and have been to at least one Sunday service, please know you are welcome to attend.   If you have yet to visit a service, then show up this Sunday to meet the leaders.  This UU group  will be hosting River Cat Baseball for the entire congregation, June 12.  More below.   Next social meeting for fellowship, check-in and planning will held on June 13 at 7:00 pm at UUSS.  This social group has many other events happening.  Questions?  Contact Gen  X Boomers 

The annual All-Church Family Camp is June 17-19.  This Sunday is the last day to register and pay for your tent or dorm space!
Ways We Reach Out:
1)  The red grocery cart in the Lobby or patio area says Together We Share.   We join together in contributing personal care items and non-perisable food items.
4)  Every Sunday we give half of our monetary offering to an organization doing important work out in the world.  In June, we give half the plate to the UU Legislative Ministry of California.  There are 13 statewide UU advocacy networks around the 50 United States. Guess which one was the first!  That’s right, 10 years ago, here in Sacramento, UULM was founded.


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