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Current and Upcoming Classes
South Africa: The Experience
Thursday, July 25, 7-9 PM
Facilitators: Rev. Dave Clements
Location: Conference Room
Overview: Learn about Rev. Dave's experience of serving in South Africa, including the Unitarians, the culture, the history, and the part that the Unitarians played. Taste the food and see photos of the people and the places. Child care is available if you contact the church office by Tuesday, July 23.
Transcendentalism
Second Thursdays, July 11, August 8, 7–9 PM
Facilitators: Jean Sloan
Location: Conference Room
Overview: Join Jean Sloan this summer to view and discuss video course lectures with Prof. Ashton Nichols on the Transcendentalist Movement — a tradition of thought that shaped American ideas and culture and profoundly influenced the Unitarian Universalist tradition. We will view and discuss two lectures at each session. Expect to define Transcendentalism, identify the major figures in the movement, and learn about its influence in UU history. Lecture topics for each session are:

June — Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism; The Roots of American Transcendentalism

July — Emerson and the Idea of America; Emerson and Transcendentalism

August — Emerson’s Influence; Thoreau—An American Original

Child care is available if you contact the church office by the Tuesday before the class.
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.
Dependency & Addictions
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Facilitators: To be arranged
Location: To be arranged
Overview: If you have interest in AA, Al-Anon, or Alateen, contact the church office at 309-688-5608.
Grief Support
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Facilitators: Ministers
Location: To be arranged
Overview:  When we have a loss in our lives, grief 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. Our ministers can help you explore some of those ways and provide you with caring support. If you have had a loss, please consider contacting the office at 309-688-5608 or office@peoriauuchurch.org to arrange for one of our ministers to meet with you.
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.
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.
Wisdom Circle
Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM
Facilitators: Various
Location: Conference Room
Overview: In these gatherings, we explore the new purposes and meanings that arise in all our lives as we age. Our meetings include learning, listening, gathering, and sharing. Each month a guest presenter discusses a specific topic, followed by a discussion of one chapter of the book Ageless Soul by Thomas Moore. We invite you to take part in this interesting and affirming group discussion. Think about substituting the word “essence” for soul, and consider the possibilities of incorporating all your thoughts and experiences, from early childhood memories to your current life, into your understanding and appreciation of people of all ages and life experiences. See the Builder newsletter for more information about upcoming meetings.