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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.)
Conscious Aging, A 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.
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.
Film Viewing - The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life/The Great Liberation (1994)
Thursdays, August 2 and 9, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Facilitators: Jean Sloan
Location: Conference Room
Overview: Come to view and discuss this two part series which explores ancient teachings on death and dying central to Tibetan Buddhist culture. Translated into English and published as, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, in 1927, the text known as the Bardo Thodol has often been misunderstood in the west. Join us to encounter teachings designed to prepare one to navigate in the “bardo” – the interval between death and rebirth.
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.
Video Lectures - Francis of Assisi and Clare of Assisi
Thursday, July 26, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Facilitators: Jean Sloan
Location: Conference Room
Overview: Come to view and discuss two video lectures by Prof. William R. Cook, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History on Francis and Clare of Assisi, the great figures who changed church history by embracing poverty and simplicity. We’ll hear a half-hour lecture on each, have some refreshments and then discuss their mythic images, their actual achievements, and why they continue to inspire almost eight hundred years later.