YEAR 2018 PAST  ADULT  PROGRAMS:

JANUARY 2018:

7 January 2018: TBA
14 January 2018:
The discussion topic will be Sexual Harassment
21 January 2018:
TBA
28 January 2018:
TBA

FEBRUARY 2018:

4 February 2018: Eva Lott from the Unity Church will tell us about
her spiritual journey.
11 February 2018: Adult RE: TBA
18 February 2018: TBA
25 February 2018: Adult RE: TBA

MARCH 2018:

March 4 2018: Paige Britt, a children's author, will be speaking to us on "Wisdom Begins In Wonder"; it's about the power and importance of curiosity.

March 11 2018: Adult RE, Charles Capen: Is it time to discuss gun control?

March 18 2018: Hulda Berger will speak. Her topic is "At-one-ment: Finding Balance Through Reconciliation." Topic include a story of racial reconciliation within the UUA, a game called the human knot,and writing apology cards to seek individual forgiveness in our own relationships.

March 25 2018: Adult RE, OK Smith : The American Constitution

MAY 2018:

06 May 2018: Animal Blessing service.

13 May 2018: Adult RE: The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives, a TED talk. Charles Capen will lead the discussion.

20 May 2018: A short service followed by the Annual Spring Business Meeting. Please do make plans to come, we need a quorum.

27 May 2018:  " Can a Divided America Heal?" This is a TED talk and discussion will be led by Charles Capen.

JUNE 2018:

03 June 2018:  Jean Kubala will do a presentation on STONE SOUP -
OR WHY BOTHER? If you've ever wondered why you drag
yourself to the Fellowship on Sunday mornings, here are five
reasons why it isn't worth the hassle and one why maybe it is. Thank you Ms. Jean, this was a wonderful presentation... and without notes, even! 

10 June 2018: Stephanie Burgar will lead the discussion today. Her
topic is: Can Imagination form Reality? 

17 June 2018: Father's Day Service.

24 June 2018: Cindy Brown and Lanell will lead a discussion revisiting
The Welcoming Community, what it is, how it has grown and changed.

JULY 2018:

05 August  2018:  Dr. Brene Brown: Listening to Shame/ What to do When You Struggle With Trust/ Boundaries.

08 July 2018: Dr. Brene Brown: Compassion for People (The Power of Vulnerability/ Blame/ The Power of Empathy).

15 July 2018: Dr. Brene Brown: You Have to Make a Choice: Am I Going to Show Up?

22 July 2018: Dr. Brene Brown: Living Brave/ Whole Hearted. 

29 July 2018: UU Cleanup Sunday: This is a fifth Sunday, and according to our tradition, they are cleaning days; so come on out in some comfortable clothes, roll up your sleeves, and help our UU home receive a thorough cleaning! Many hands make light work! We will have a sandwich/ salad/ chips potluck afterwards to celebrate our achievement and our month.

AUGUST 2018:

05 August  2018:  This is our Welcome Back opening service for the new UU year! Roxann Patrick will present a 7 tables- inspired fellowship activity.

12 August 2018:  Charles Capen presents TED talk: "History of Human Emotion"  by Tiffany Smith

19 August 2018: Water Ceremony: This meaningful, empowering communal ceremony will involve whole- family participation. Please remember to bring water and anecdotes of its significance from your adventures  this summer!

26 August 2018: Charles Capen presents TED talk:  "Make Some Space for Solitude" by Sherry Turkle. 

SEPTEMBER 2018:

OCTOBER 2018:

07 October 2018: Guest speaker Josh Clements

14 October 2018: Cindy Brown presents: Did they leave a note? When depression turns to suicide.

21 October 2018: The plight of the Refugee

28 October 2018:  Tracy McCloud presents: How to Be a Better Ally to the Vulnerable: A Discussion on Standing Up and Speaking Out ( This was actually presented by Roxann Patrick)

NOVEMBER 2018:

04 November 2018: Guest appearance by Laura Zucker, singer/ songwriter.

11 November 2018: Charles Capen presents: Diversity and Affirmative Action

18 November 2018: This is our Congregational Meeting. A Thanksgiving celebration will follow with a potluck and a concert from our choir. Bring your pre- leftovers! :) 

25 November 2018:  Charles Capen presents: TED talk Avoiding the Single Story

02 December 2018: Happy , a film presentation about a comparative measurement of happiness around the world.

09 December 2018 RE: Karen Armstrong- Let's Revive the Golden Rule

16 December 2018 Sunday Service: A Christmas Carol revisited

23 December 2018: Christmas Eve celebration

30 December 2018 RE: Lanell Mikeska presents a meditative close to this year and opening to the next. 

06 January 2019: Sunday Service: An Introduction to Mindfulness: Vitamin You

13 January 2019 RE : Charles Capen presents: Me Too is a Movement, Not a Moment

20 January 2019 RE: Hulda Burgar presents: How We Live an Undivided Life

27 January 2019 :Sunday Service: Guest Speaker Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa

03 February 2019 Sunday Service: Grandma Jean Kubala presents: Recipe for Turning Water into Wine

10 February 2019 RE : Charles Capen presents:  Part 1 of Nationalism Vs. Globalism by Yuval Harari, who wrote Sapiens and Homo Deux.

17 February 2019 Sunday Service: Sharon Glockzin presents Kindness is Hard!

24 February 2019 RE: Charles Capen presents: Part 2 of Nationalism vs. Globalism by Yuval

03 March 2019 Sunday Service: Sheila Oliver presents: Awakenings

10 March 2019 RE : Charles Capen presents: TED TALK: Is Religion Good or Bad?

17 March 2019 Sunday Service: David Epstein presents: The Purim Tradition

24 March 2019 RE: Charles Capen presents: TED TALK: Letting Go of God.

31 March 2019: Cleanup Sunday! We'll join forces and tackle some tasks best accomplished with teamwork! Wear your comfy clothing and shoes! For those who will help with painting, please bring a smock or apron if you need to protect your clothing. 

07 April 2019 Sunday Service: Stephanie Taylor presents this year's Animal Service. Participants are encouraged to bring a pet!

14 April 2019 RE : Charles Capen presents: Atheism

21 April 2019 Sunday Service: Flower Communion. All participants need to bring a flower to exchange with another for this beautiful memorial service.

28 April  2019 RE: Charles Capen presents:  Richard Dawkins atheism: what do you think?

YEAR 2018  PAST CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS:

JANUARY 2018:

Middles:
January 7:
saddlebags of courage and conviction
January 21:
stethoscope of listening
Youth:
January 7:
What does it mean to be UU? How can we respectfully share
our beliefs?
January 21:
The first U, what does God is one mean?

FEBRUARY 2018:

Middles (K-5th): continuing Toolbox of Faith
Feb 4: Gloves of love
Feb 18: Sandpaper of humor

Youth (6th-12th): continuing Amazing Grace exploring right and
wrong
February 4: the second U, if god is supposed to be loving, how do we
explain the popular story of the flood or the belief in hell?
February 18: How do we balance social justice and individual freedom?
In your opinion, who is Jesus; fictional, historical, or divine?

MARCH 2018:

March 4:

Middles: continue to work on "Toolbox of Faith with the Sandpaper of Humor".

Youth: will continue Amazing Grace with Faith in Action; how do we balance social justice and individual freedom?

18 March: Children's RE coordinator, Hulda Burgar, shares their lesson with entire congregation during service. Tilte: "At- one-ment: Finding Balance Through Reconciliation." The topic includes a story of racial reconciliation within the UUA, a game called the human knot, and writing apology cards to seek forgiveness in our own relationships.

APRIL 2018: 

April 1: Children will participate with families in Flower Communion.
April 15:
Middles: continue the Toolbox of faith series with “the water bottle of Spirit”
Youth: continue Amazing Grace series with “Where does our conscience come from?”

MAY 2018:

Middles (K-5th)

06 May 2018: The children will participate with their families in the Blessing of the Animals Service.

13 May 2018: Open discussion: " What do You do When No One is Looking?"

20 May 2018: " Toolbox of Faith" series continues: " The Chalk of the Democratic Process."

27 May 2018: Open discussion: " How can Faith Help You Change the Rules You Feel are Wrong?"

Youth (6th-12th)

06 May 2018: Animal Blessing Service.

13 May 2018: Discussion on conscience continues, "What do You do When No One is Looking?"

20 May 2018: "Where Do the Rules in Your Life Come From?"

27 May 2018: " How can Faith Help You Change the Rules You Feel are Wrong?"

JUNE 2018:

Middles (1st-5th):

03 June 2018: National Treasure part 1- “Those who have an ability to take action have a responsibility to take action.” Ben Gates. What makes a person a patriot? 

10 June 2018: National Treasure part 2- Is there ever a time when doing what is considered wrong is the right thing to do? 

17 June 2018: National Treasure 2 part 1- Ben Gates is trying to reclaim his family’s honor. How does our heritage effect our
actions and beliefs? 

24 June 2018: National Treasure 2 part 2- “People want to believe the president is an honorable man that will defend the Constitution.” Ben Gates (summarized) What defines an honorable man?"

Youth (6th -12th):

03 June 2018:  National Treasure Part 1- " Those who have an ability to take action  have a responsibility to take action. " Ben Gates. What makes a person a patriot? (OR RE)

10 June 2018: National Treasure part 2- Is there ever a time when doing what is considered wrong is the right thing to do?

17 June 2018: National Treasure 2 part 1- Ben Gates is trying to reclaim his family’s honor. How does our heritage effect our
actions and beliefs? (OR RE)

24 June 2018: National Treasure 2 part 2- “People want to believe the president  is an honorable man that will defend the
constitution.” Ben Gates (summarized) What defines an honorable man?

JULY 2018: 

KIDS' (S) PROGRAMS:  JULY IS KIDS' (S) CAMP MONTH! Kids' (s) Camp takes over the sanctuary this July!  Come enjoy (Not Just) Christmas in July as we explore 5 winter holidays from 10 a.m- 12 p.m. every Sunday. Each festival celebrates the coming or returning of The Light. Since our symbol is the chalice, perhaps we can all use a reminder about sharing our light with the world: the light of Truth, the warmth of Community, and the fire of Commitment.

01 July: Diwali

08 July: Chanukah/ Hanukkah

15 July: Soyaluna/ Soyal

22 July: Christmas, in place of Yule

29 July: This activity has been cancelled. This will still be a "Clean our UU" day.

01 July: Diwali

AUGUST 2018:

Our Youth (6-12th grade) will deepen their understanding of faith by studying world religions in the series “Building Bridges”

05 August 2018: Middles:  The journey begins at home; introducing our UU principles and sources.

05 August 2018: Youth:  The journey begins at home. How do faith communities help us understand our world?

19 August 2018: Children will participate with their families in Water Ceremony, where we share our summer journeys and welcome everyone back.

SEPTEMBER 2018:

Middles:
02 September 2018: Love is like a seed; how did everything come to be?

09 September 2018: What does your family value most? What do you believe in?

16 September 2018: Awesome Love; our shared sense of wonder.

23 September 2018: How can we work together if we don’t agree with each other? Love is like a seed; how

Youth:
02 September 2018: Judaism- the covenant of Abraham and the enduring values we all share
02 September 2018: Judaism- the covenant of Abraham and the enduring values we all share.


09 September 2018: 
How is your ethnicity connected to your faith? Share your family values or beliefs.


16 September 2018: 
Judaism- the laws of Moses and a passion for justice


23 September 2018: 
How can we respectfully discuss difficult subjects with others? Brainstorm strategies to understand opposing points of view.

OCTOBER 2018:


Middles:

10/7: We love to discover; fact, theory, belief, and dinosaur bones. 

10/14: How do our theories and beliefs affect our actions?

10/21: Love in our congregation; what is community and why is it important?

10/28: How do we build a more loving community?

Youth:

10/7: Ancient wisdom; introducing Confucianism, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism.

10/14: What is karma? Do you believe there is spiritual baggage from our actions?

10/21: the life of Buddha, the four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path

10/28: Reflect on the Eightfold Path, how can we be a mindful congregation? is your ethnicity connected to your faith? Share your family values or beliefs. 

NOVEMBER 2018:

4 November 2018: Love is Eternal: why death is like a banana tree

11 November 2018: “Our love is not gone, it is just enfolded”           

18 November 2018: We are loved flaws and all

25 November 2018: “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.”

Youth:

4 November 2018: Indigenous religion: the Earth speaks, are we still listening?

11 November 2018: How does being connected to nature benefit people?

18 November 2018: Buddhism 2: finding your Zen and bringing more compassion to life

25 November 2018: Where and when do you feel most peace-filled?

DECEMBER 2018:

Middles and Youth are combined for the month of December:

02 December 2018: “The Giving Tree” (Silverstein)


09 December 2018:
“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”


16 December 2018:
“Give Love” (Emerson)


23 December 2018:
Merry Christmas Eve- (ish) ! Children celebrate with their families.

30 December 2018: TBA. 

JANUARY 2019:

Weekly thoughts and take home challenges:

06 January 2019: How do we turn challenging characteristics into strengths?
- Listen to the song “How Could Anyone Ever Tell You” (Karen Drucker).

13 January 2019: What is a WOW moment?
-Take a wow walk with your family, point out little things that amaze you.

20 January 2019:
What does it mean to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy? 
-Check out a Magic School Bus book or video.

27 January 2019:
How do we stay grateful when we are disappointed?
-Make a list of things you’re thankful for. (Count your blessings)

FEBRUARY 2019:

03 February 2019: Stars are studied scientifically, and yet remain magical; how can something be both?
- learn about one constellation and an ancient story that goes with it

10 February 2019:
“Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.” (Crystal Middlemas)
- paint or draw your favorite place that has water

17 February 2019:
Scientific investigation does not diminish the beauty and mystery of nature.
- take time to watch the sunset together

24 February 2019:
What do you absolutely LOVE learning about?
- take turns in the car or around the dinner table, as a family, to share one thing you love to learn

MARCH 2019:

03 March 2019:  “What is religion? Compassion for all things that have life.”   -Hindu saying

List all the living things you see from your window; send them love. 

10 March 2019:   
 “We’re simply not as different from the rest of the animal kingdom as we used to think.”   -Jane Goodall

Visit a nature center or local zoo.

17 March 2019:  
“Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.”        -C. S. Lewis (born in Belfast, Ireland)

Discover three animals that come from Ireland.

24 March 2019: 
 “Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that. They live with greater peace than people do.”   -Gregory Maguire

Listen to “All God’s Creatures Have a Place in the Choir”

07 April 2019:  

Animals are such agreeable friends: they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” -George Eliot

* Try out some fun animal yoga poses at kidsyogastories.com

14 April 2019: 

Which is easier to hold on to, forgiveness or anger?

* Write or draw a time you were so angry at someone; then take three deep breaths, tear it up, and throw it away.


21 April 2019: 

I wish you a world of greater peace, justice, harmony, and beauty; a world that is more full of life.

* Enjoy a picnic dinner with your family.


28 April 2019: 
 

What does “exuding a feeling of loving kindness” mean?

* Do something nice for someone else.