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Current and Upcoming Classes
A Course in Miracles
Sundays, 8:45-10:00 AM and Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM
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.
A Morning of Peace to Start the New Year
Saturday, December 29, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Facilitators: Jean Sloan
Location: Church
Overview: Take a break and find peace in the present moment at this half-day retreat. Come to practice meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Keeping silence, we will alternate between sitting and walking meditation (instruction will be given), and there will be a dharma talk and light refreshments at the close. All are welcome, whether new to meditation practice or experienced. Contact the church office if you plan to come to help us prepare both meditation/walking space and refreshments. You will be sent an information sheet prior to the retreat with information on how to prepare and be comfortable at this morning of mindfulness.
Conscious Aging, A Wisdom Circle
Third Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM (on hiatus until January 2019)
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.
Dependency & Addictions
not meeting on a regular basis
Facilitators: unknown
Location: unknown
Overview: If you have interest in AA, for Al-Anon, or Alateen, contact the church office at 309-688-5608.
Exploring Our UU Roots
Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
Facilitators: Michael Brown
Location: Conference Room
Overview: Have you always wondered how the courageous people who founded Unitarianism and Universalism came to their religious beliefs and how they survived in a time when religious expectations were more rigid? Do you want to look at those UU beliefs in depth? We invite all UUs whether visitors, newer members, long time members, or friends to this three session class. Bring your questions and learn more about the historical roots of our faith and the lively history of our congregation.
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.
Series Finale: Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication
Thursdays, January 3-24, 7:00-9:00 PM
Facilitators: Jean Sloan
Location: Conference Room
Overview: Join us on four consecutive Thursday evenings to view and discuss our third and final group of lectures in this video series with Prof. Bart Ehrman examining the very diverse forms of early Christianities and the process which determined, eventually, which books would be accepted as the "orthodoxā€¯ Scripture that became the New Testament. Each session will consist of two half-hour lectures and time for discussion.