Join Us for Fun and Fellowship!


Everyone is invited to join us for the special events and activities listed below! Visit our Worship tab for a listing of upcoming services. Everyone is welcome; we do everything we can to accommodate the needs of any person who would like to worship with us or participate in other activities. Contact the senior minister or church office with any questions or accessibility requests.

August

Saturday, 8/23: Michigan Pride begins at noon. Join us at 200 Grand Avenue for the march to the Capitol. The Festival in Old Town runs into the evening, and we will have a UUCGL booth. Sign up here to participate with other UUs and "Stand on the Side of Love."


September

Saturday, 9/13: All-Church Picnic
Sunday, 9/21: Inequality for All film presentation at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) 

Are you interested in planning an event at church? Be sure to bring your ideas to the Program Council, which meets on second Wednesday evenings.  

Classes for Adults

There are many opportunities to expand your creativity, mind, and body with an Adult Religious Education class. Teachers and facilitators include members of the congregation as well as members of the larger community, and everyone is welcome to sign up. Newcomers and those interested in joining our church as members are encouraged to try our welcome and membership classes.


Summer Classes

Nia (free samples)
Pat and Andy Quinn
Wednesday, July 16, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (taught by Andy)
Saturday, August 2, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (taught by Pat)

All adults are welcome to enjoy music and movement at either or both classes.

Fall Classes

Parenting Styles: What’s Your Evolution?
Judy Goth-Owens, facilitator
Tuesdays, September 16 – 30, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

As a parent, where have you come from, who are you, where are you going? Explore your parenting approach and create for yourself more awareness of how you got where you are. Develop confidence and skill as you continue the parenting journey and your children grow and develop.

Poetry: From Haiku to Prose
Edith Gibson, published poet, college professor, and creative writing instructor
Tuesdays, September 23 – October 14, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
$15 fee

We will explore legendary poets who uphold the dreams, vision, and/or tradition of the Unitarian Universalist faith. Participants will learn the history of haiku, tanka, free verse, spoken word, and prose poetry through diverse voices. This class offers a chance to explore and create different types of poetry. You are invited to engage in a reflective process to listen and share your own poetry as well as workshop old and new material. We need a minimum of four participants for poetic quorum.

Nia 
Patricia Quinn, certified Nia Blue Belt instructor
Wednesdays, September 24 – November 26, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$50/series or $5/class (drop-ins welcome)

Nia is a practice that blends martial arts, healing arts, and dance arts to exercise the mind and body. Each individual expresses the joy of movement to music in his or her own body’s way. All fitness levels are welcome to Nia classes, which are done barefoot and deliver whole-body conditioning while connecting the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

Meditation for Beginners
Kurt Scholler, meditation teacher and coach
Wednesdays, October 1 – 29 (except October 15), 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
$10 suggested donation per session

Meditation is a practice than anyone can start at any time. It offers the possibility for direct experience of the mystery of life, or at minimum, it is a simple way to reduce your stress. In this class, you will learn the essential meditation techniques of a variety of spiritual traditions with plenty of time for practice and discussion. This class also includes online guided meditations for home practice. Classes build on each other, so commitment to all four is best. Kurt has been meditating since 1996 and teaching classes and coaching individuals since 2009. He is sharing his passion with our congregation for a second time.

Winter Classes

Articulating Your UU Faith
Bob Lovell and Bill Benallack, instructors
Thursdays, January 8 – February 5, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This five-week course is designed to help you decide what you say after you say you’re a UU. This class will help you organize your thoughts and beliefs into a coherent statement about Unitarian Universalism based on UU history, the seven principles, various readings and discussions, and your own unique perspectives.

Nia
Patricia Quinn, certified Nia Blue Belt instructor
Wednesdays, January 14 – March 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$50/series or $5/class (drop-ins welcome)

Nia is a practice that blends martial arts, healing arts, and dance arts to exercise the mind and body. Each individual expresses the joy of movement to music in his or her own body’s way. All fitness levels are welcome to Nia classes, which are done barefoot and deliver whole-body conditioning while connecting the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children
Teresa Putnam, DLFD, and Harmony Gmazel, facilitators
Thursdays, January 22 – February 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Book purchase required, $10 - $11

If you’re interested in the spiritual development of a child, then this class is for you. We’ll read The Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children, and we’ll consider the core religious values in a child’s upbringing, our culture that pulls families away from church life, and the importance of family participation in religious community for the benefit of our children’s and our own spiritual growth.

Spring Classes

Birding for Beginners: When Seconds Matter
Lise Schools, outdoor educator, designer, and Audubon volunteer
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (indoor workshop)
Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (outdoor field practice)

This two-part workshop includes a two-hour indoor technique session and two hours in the field at a local birding area. The emphasis is on characteristics to identify in the few seconds a bird is in view. Training will also focus on print and electronic field guide options and optical equipment use. If you own or can borrow binoculars and/or field guides, bring them to the workshop. The field day will require moderate walking.

Lise Schools has been a professional outdoor educator for over 30 years for agencies including the Forest Service and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. She currently owns Interpretive Ideas, a company that designs educational materials for natural resource agencies. Lise started birding with her father when she was four years old and has conducted birding trips and outings for her job and as a volunteer for Audubon chapters.

Register at church during coffee hours on Sunday mornings, or contact the church office. Scholarships are available for classes with fees, and childcare and accessibility needs can be arranged. Fees can be paid by check, cash, or online here. Please contact the facilitator of a class or the church office if you have questions or want to sign up within 10 days of the first class.

Programs for Children and Families

In this year's Summer Religious Education program for children and youth, we’re growing produce to sponsor a garden for a family in Haiti. The food we raise we’ll sell to the congregation as we participate in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s 100 Garden Project. If we raise $250, the UUSC will help one family in Haiti receive training and materials for their own gardens. The goal is to help 100 Haitian families grow their own food and achieve food sovereignty and sustainability. Register for Summer RE in the Garden during Sunday morning coffee hours.

If your family is new to the congregation, or if you haven’t been with us in Summer RE yet, check us out. After the Story for All Ages, follow the trail of children downstairs to the Rainbow Room, where we’ll get to know each other, share joys and sorrows, play games, hear stories, work in the garden, and engage in special activities.

In Adult Religious Education this coming church year, we’re offering two parenting classes. We’ll begin in September, when professor and child development expert Judy Goth-Owens offers a class on parenting. In January, Teresa Putnam, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, will offer a second round of Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children.