Religious Education - Adults
The Mission of the Adult RE Committee is to nurture and stimulate the religious and personal growth of the adult church community. For individuals or groups seeking to teach an Adult RE class at Community UU Church of Plano, please fill out a Course Proposal form:
The Mission of the Adult Religious Education Program is to nurture and stimulate the religious and personal growth of the adult church community. We offer a varied and cohesive program within the context of the living Unitarian Universalist tradition and principles.
We offer a range of classes of interest to adults and youth on weekday evenings throughout the year. Each evening class begins at 7 p.m. and ends no later than 9 p.m. Sunday class begins at 12:05pm and ends at 1:30pm. Our programs include our continuing meditation group and a variety of topical classes.
CHILDCARE is available for all classes, upon request. To reserve childcare call the church office (972-424-8989) at least 48 hours in advance.
For more information on any of our courses, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for the Group for UU Discussion and Study (GUUDS), principally led by the Rev. Patrick Price. Child care is provided. This open-ended, ongoing study and discussion group is for first time visitors as well as long time practitioners of Unitarian Universalism. Using books by UU authors, we will examine the wide and deep intersection of human longing and experience with that which is greater than our individual selves, and calls us to heed the "better angels of our nature."
The Fall Series of Sunday morning book discussions are from the collection, Not For Ourselves Alone: Theological Essays on Relationship, eds. Laurel Hallman and Burton Carley, Skinner House, UUA, Boston. It can be purchased at www.uuabookstore.org and is available online in eBook format from other sources. "Twelve essayists encourage a shift in Unitarian Universalism from individualism to connectedness. Shows how we can grow our souls through our relationships with one another and with the Holy."
This series runs through November 8. After the Holiday break, the Winter/Spring Series begins January 17. The book for that series will be announced later, so stay tuned.
Clifton says, "Vipassana means insight into the nature of reality. It is a way of self-transformation through self-observation and introspection. Vipassana meditation is often referred to simply as "insight meditation." This is the backbone of our studies in Meditation on Monday nights. We invite you, as a beginner or as a practiced meditator, to join us on our exploration. We view Buddhism not as a religion but rather as learning the process of meditation to reduce the suffering in our lives and in the world around us. We explore through readings, dharma talks, questions and answers, group discussions and meditation. Join us and explore this process as we all grow together."
The Ven. Tashi Nyima, an ordained monastic in the Jonang lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, will lead the group in meditation, followed by a discussion on Eight Verses on Training the Mind, a seminal Buddhist text. You are invited to learn a method for cultivating beneficial motivations and attitudes, developing antidotes to undesired mental habits, and making friends with your mind.
Beginning October 13. Facilitator: John Crowley. The Northwest Earth Institute's discussion courses appeal to environmentalists, conservationists and sustainability motivated persons and groups. They inform and encourage group bonding. Choices for Sustainable living, the Institute's most popular course, challenges participants to re-examine commonly held notions of "sustainability," and even to change our behavior – without judgment or prescription. See their informative video at http://www.nwei.org/discussion-course-books/choices-for-sustainable-living/ which includes a testimonial by UU minister Rev. Katherine Jesch of the UU Ministry for Earth. Northwest Earth Institute provides a course book for participants. The cost for the course book is $27. For each session, there are 435 short readings plus several prepared discussion questions drawn from the readings. A typical session includes a review of the readings and a self-led group discussion centering on the prepared questions – and any others that emerge within the group. For some sessions brief videos are used to support the theme. Under the guidance of facilitator John Crowley, attendees will select sessions to facilitate on a topic of their interest. Please note that registration in advance is required.
Beginning October 14. Instructor: Benjamin (Bennie) Halfon, instructor at the Kabbalah Center of Dallas and a popular guest speaker at a recent Sunday Service. Foundations of Kabbalah is nothing less than a spiritual journey that will transform everything that you think you know. This course is designed to be both enlightening and practical, this wisdom is intended to be lived and experienced every day. Over many years, we've seen the wisdom of Kabbalah improve the lives of our students, their families, their communities and by extension, our world. This wisdom is meant for everyone, of all backgrounds and beliefs. "The Foundations class is your doorway to an inspired life, one of lasting fulfillment and purpose." The class includes a video and presentation, with a discussion following. There will be handouts. Classes are in a series so it will be most meaningful to begin with class one.
The Humanist Group meets in the Church Annex for a program that is discussion-centered on Humanist-oriented topics led by various speakers.
The Reverend Don Fielding is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and a friend of Community Church. Before he retired, he stood at the pulpit of several area UU churches. He has been teaching evening classes for several years, and is one of our most popular presenters. His video intros are always followed by lively discussions, and participants can benefit from his wealth of knowledge of the subject matter.
A Syllabus for (the second half of) 2015 - Continuing Origins of Civilization
The ADVENTURES IN ORIGINS Video/Discussion Group will begin a new exploration of the Origins of Civilization on December 4, 2014. This would be an excellent time to jump into this ongoing set of Adventures.
The Every single day of your life is spent within a civilization—an elaborate system composed of governing bodies, detailed laws, dense urban centers, elaborate trade networks, visual and written cultures, class structures, militaries, and more. And yet the experience of living inside a civilization has become so interwoven with our lives that it's easy to take for granted just how profound and recent the concept is. Consider that human beings have walked the earth for more than 150,000 years, but it was only 10,000 years ago that our distant ancestors began establishing and living within larger and more complex communities. Our world is forever indebted to a host of early states that paved the way for our current ways of life, including those of the Sumerians, the ancient Egyptians, the Chinese, and the Maya. Without the critical strides they made in areas of government, law, trade, social hierarchies, culture, and more, human civilization as we know it today would not even exist.
Answers to these and other dramatic questions form the core of the course.
Our classes start at 7:00 pm in Room G in the church Annex. This is a video/discussion format; we watch a video on the subject and then discuss what we have seen. Classes usually last an hour to an hour and a half long (depending on how lively the discussion is).
George Norwood has studied Integral Yoga Meditation with Swami Satchidananda and has participated in and taught many yoga classes. Equipment Needed: Some may want to bring their yoga mat. Clothing: Comfortable and loose fitting. Summary: 1) Introduction and safety 2) Meditation 3) Yoga Exercises 4) A few advanced postures. All students will be required to sign a release statement. If a person has medical problems the individual is encouraged to consult first with her/his doctor.