Standing on Sacred Ground

We gather on Third-Sunday Evenings to reflect on issues of social justice and equality. These evenings include documentary films, presentations, discussions, panels, and benefit parties on the third Sunday evening of each month, fall through spring.

On Sunday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m., join us at church to begin watching the four-part documentary series Standing on Sacred Ground, a portrait of indigenous people in eight parts of the world struggling to protect their traditional sacred lands and culture while defending their human rights and the natural environment critical to their cultural heritage. After each showing, you will have the opportunity to talk with Jennifer Castner, a UUCGL member who was involved in creating this series and who has worked extensively with the people of Altai, Russia.

The first film, Pilgrims and Tourists, starts with the Altaian people of remote Russia, at the crossroads of Central Asia and Siberia, confronting GasProm and its proposed natural gas pipeline through their sacred land. The Altaian story is followed by that of the Winnemum Wintu, an unrecognized tribe in northern California's Mount Shasta region, which stands against raising the height of a large dam in a place that is locked in a deep struggle with drought and climate change.

On Sunday, May 17, we will show Profit and Loss, documenting the story of indigenous people dealing with Canadian tar sands extraction and the story of people confronting destructive mining in remote Papua, New Guinea.

If these films are well received, we will show the remaining two films, Fire and Ice and The Islands of Sanctuary, in the autumn.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Tao and Everyday Life
First Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.
(drop-ins welcome)

For four weeks earlier this year, a group of folks met to explore the Tao Te Ching. We discussed some of the brief chapters in the Tao and how its meaning can influence our life perspective. It was such fun that the group is continuing. Anyone is welcome to join or drop in to The Tao and Everyday Life, a discussion group for those interested in exploring the Tao Te Ching and allowing it to inform your daily life. Bring any translation of the book, or download a free version from the internet. Contact Teresa Putnam with questions.

Patricia Quinn, certified Nia Blue Belt instructor
Wednesdays, January 14 – March 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$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.

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.