Feed Your Body and Soul at UUCGL!

Everyone is invited to join us for any of the special events and activities listed below. Church members, friends, and new guests are all welcome. Visit the Worship tab for a list of upcoming Sunday morning services, including holiday celebrations.

December 

Saturday, 12/6: Deck the Halls Solstice Celebration
Sunday, 12/28: Un-Deck the Halls

January 

Saturday, 1/24: Game Night

April

Saturday, April 11: Passover Seder

May

Memorial Day weekend: All-Church Retreat


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.  

Get to Know Us at a Welcome Class!

Would you like to sit down and talk with church leaders and newcomers to learn more about our congregation and ask questions? Are you familiar with our community but want to get more involved? Are you considering membership at our church? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," consider taking a Welcome or Membership class. Sign up at the Activities Table during Sunday morning coffee hours, or contact the church office.


Welcome and Membership Classes

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism covers a brief history of our faith and the non-creedal tradition. If there isn’t a creed, what do we believe? Whether you’re new to Unitarian Universalism or a longtime member, you are welcome to attend this UU overview.

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Exploring UUCGL provides a deeper understanding of our particular UU congregation with an opportunity to get to know others exploring our faith as well as leaders in several areas of congregational life. The Membership Committee facilitates conversations with staff and some committee and group leaders. This class will start you thinking about your own faith journey, talents, and interests while presenting opportunities for involvement at UUCGL and explaining how the congregation conducts business and makes decisions. This class is perfect for those who have taken the Welcome class and for Unitarian Universalists who come from another church and want to learn about UUCGL.

Saturday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, March 24 and 31, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, June 2 and 9, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Taking the Leap is for those who have decided to commit to UUCGL as members. Our Senior Minister, the Rev. Kathryn Bert, will lead discussion and ceremony as new members join the church in covenant. If you haven't taken the Welcome and Exploring classes, please speak to Rev. Kathryn before registering.

Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Classes and Workshops

There are many opportunities to renew your creativity, mind, and body at UUCGL. 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. Programs for children and youth include Sunday school classes and other activities and events, some designed for all ages to enjoy together.

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.

Tao Te Ching
Kim Mathiot, study group leader
Saturdays, January 17 - February 7, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
required book: Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching, or The Way, is a centuries-old text written in China around 500 BCE by Lao Tzu, a teacher and scribe who worked at the imperial court of Zhou. The 81 chapters of the Tao have come to be recognized by many as a source of wisdom and an attitude for living life in balance, rather than as a spiritual goal to be attained. In this four-week course, we will delve into the verses of the Tao to seek our own interpretations and learn how to apply the principles contained within to our daily lives. Whether you are already a student of the Tao or are simply curious, it is the goal of this workshop that the Tao become a practical and comfortable part of your own spiritual practice. It is best for participants to have their own copy of the Tao, preferably without interpretation, for study in the class and at home. The recommended version is Stephen Mitchell’s translation, available from Amazon in print or Kindle versions, but any translation is fine if you already have a copy. Kim Mathiot and her family joined the UU church in 2013, and she has studied the Tao for many years, among other ancient spiritual practices, as a way to achieve peace and balance in her own life. Come and explore the yin and yang of the Tao with Kim.

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.