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Current and Upcoming Classes
A Course in Miracles
Sundays, 8:45-10:00 AM
Facilitators: Suzette Boulais
Location: Conference Room
Overview: The Course states that a universal theology is not possible; there exists different, yet valid, pathways to the Truth. The Course is one of those pathways. Maybe you've heard the Course referred to by Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, or Oprah Winfrey.
The way we experience and interpret the world depends on the ideas that fill our minds. If they are small, weak, superficial, and incoherent, life will appear insipid, uninteresting, petty, and chaotic. If our ideas are unlimited, strong, deep, and clear, anything is possible. Use your inner eye, develop your imagination, create the internal picture so we can collectively picture the world we desire. We are learning to walk in the world with a quiet sense of confidence, trust, and inner peace.
“There is no hell” (T.15.1.7:1), only the experience of searing pain that follows making the wrong choice. Release from this pain/hell lies in learning that the mind that chose wrongly can choose again. A Course In Miracles teaches that the mind has the power to choose between “heaven or hell” right here, right now. Just as UU is the “no hell” church, the Course in Miracles is a “no hell” path of spiritual psychology.
Join us anytime.
Buddhism ─ Paths and Practices
4th Sundays, Noon-2:00 PM
Facilitators: Jean Sloan
Location: Conference Room
Overview: We’ll look at Buddhist history and teaching for the basics (the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, forms of practice). We’ll look at what draws practitioners into this tradition, which many find especially well suited to modern life. Come to learn about this ancient, yet modern, tradition and the ways in which it is practiced. But also, come to share how/why you are drawn to the Buddhist path. (Note: Group will not meet in May or December.)
Buddhism Study/Discussion Group Takes a Break
4th Sundays, 12:15-2:15 PM
Facilitators: Jean Sloan
Location: Conference Room
Overview: Buddhism Study/Discussion Group will not meet in 2017 but will return in 2018. At that time, we will go back to basics, and look at the history, central teaching, practices, major traditions, and the spread of Buddhism into the west and into modern culture.
Conscious Aging, A Wisdom Circle
Third Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
Facilitators: Helen Martin
Location: Conference Room
Overview: We are on holiday break and will resume on January 16, 2018. In these gatherings, we explore the new purposes and meanings which arise in all our lives as we age. The times we live in are asking each of us, not only for our own lives, but for the lives of present and future generations: what is being called forth? And how do we rise to meet that? Within this small community, we consult various writers, artists, and performers to help us determine that.
Dependency & Addictions
not meeting on a regular basis
Facilitators: Phyllis Close, Dorothy Yaeger, and Frank Hubbell
Location: TBA
Overview: If you have interest in AA, contact Phyllis Close at 309-682-3850; for Al-Anon, contact Frank Hubbell at 309-256-1067; or, for Alateen, contact Dorothy Yaeger at 309-360-0032.
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World
Select Thursdays, February 1 to March 22, 7:00-9:00 PM
Facilitators: Michael Brown
Location: Conference Room
Overview: On Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15 and March 8, 15, 22 join us for six sessions on this best seller by Stephen Prothero. Running counter to most writers on world religions, Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. He feels each faith has grown from the need to solve a particular problem and they are not simply “different paths up the same mountain.” Eight chapters cover the major faiths; one chapter adds a “coda” on atheism. Described as “paradigm shifting” by one reviewer, this shift away from our familiar view of religions is bound to lead to some very lively discussion.
Grief Support
Contact Michael if you are interested
Facilitators: Rev. Michael Brown
Location: Michael's Office
Overview: When we have a loss in our lives, we go through grief. It is not optional; it is natural and inevitable. As we go through grief, there are ways to make the process more meaningful and perhaps a little easier to bear. You can explore some of those ways and be provided with caring support. If you have had a loss, please consider contacting Michael at 688-5608 or minister@peoriauuchurch.org.
Humanist Perspectives
First Sundays, 12-2 PM
Facilitators: Harry Elger
Location: Conference Room
Overview: What differences and compatibilities do humanists share with theists, free thinkers, skeptics, agnostics, atheists, secularists, rationalists, relativists, scriptural literalists, pagans, Earth-based religions, scientists, and critical thinkers? Are there innate human values, virtues, morals, and ethics shared by these groups? Put your thinking cap on and join us.
Monthly Meditation
Fourth Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
Facilitators: Rev. Michael Brown
Location: Michael's Office
Overview: Meditation is an ancient art that is more and more widely recognized as having real benefits. This group is for anyone who wants to learn a simple meditation technique, wants to explore the ideas behind meditation, or anyone that just likes to meditate with others. You can come in on any 4th Tuesday, regardless of whether you have come before. Call Michael at 309-688-5608, or email him at minister@peoriauuchurch.org for more information.
Native American Spirituality Gathering (Council at Pimiteoui)
Typically Second Sundays, 12:30 PM
Facilitators: Jan Roberts
Location: Conference Room
Overview: The brief gathering will include smudging, inspirational readings from Indian elders, and personal reflections. If you are interested in the Sunday afternoon group, please contact the church office at 309-688-5608 for future meeting dates.
TED Talks to Inspire Thoughts and Actions
Thursdays, January 18 & 25, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Facilitators: Jean Sloan
Location: Conference Room
Overview: Join us to discuss the familiar phrases: Embracing freedom. Loving inclusively. Growing spiritually. Healing our world. For each, we'll view a TED talk that presents an example of freedom, love, spiritual growth, healing, and discuss the possibilities behind the words. Dramatic, riveting, often cutting edge, TED talks may stop you in your tracks and start you thinking.