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Adult Religious Education

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Current and Upcoming Classes
A Course in Miracles
Sundays, 8:45-10:00 AM
Facilitators: Jinny Gunnar and 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 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.
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.
Grief Support
2nd Tuesdays, 7 PM and As needed
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: Sanctuary
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)
First Sundays, 9:45 AM and 4th Tuesdays, 7 PM
Facilitators: Kevin Cashmer, Jo Lakota, and Dale Moss
Location: Sundays: Patio or Jr. High Room ; Tuesdays: R.E. Meeting Room
Overview: Members from the Council at Pimiteoui will gather each Sunday morning before the regular Sunday Service to offer a few moments of Native American spirituality practices. The brief gathering will include smudging, inspirational readings from Indian elders, and personal reflections. The gathering will begin at 9:45 AM on the patio. In the event of poor weather conditions, the gathering will be in the Jr. High Room.
Qi Gong Gentle Exercise
Wednesdays, August 2-September 6, 1:00 PM
Facilitators: Nancy Venzon and Sandy Meskimen
Location: RE Commons
Overview: Join us for a series of Qi Gong gentle exercises integrating physical movement and breathing techniques, along with some meditation. Nancy has been trained as a Qi Gong instructor, and Sandy has led arthritis exercise classes in the past, as recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. This activity can be done standing or sitting and can be done by sedentary and more active individuals. An opportunity to make a small donation to the church will be available.
Video Course: Prof. Bart Ehrman on “How Jesus Became God”, Part Three
Thursdays, August 24 - September 7, 7:00-9:00 PM
Facilitators: Michael Brown and Jean Sloan
Location: Conference Room
Overview: Join us for Part Three of our series, as we view and discuss lectures which will take us into the earliest views of Jesus as being more than human. Each session will feature two video lectures, a break, and time to discuss the ideas presented.
Wisdom Circle
Third Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
Facilitators: Helen Martin
Location: Conference Room
Overview: 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.