Adult Religious Exploration offers members and friends the opportunity to come together for spiritual enrichment, intellectual questioning, and self-exploration. Check out our current and upcoming offerings below!
Ongoing Small Groups:
Check the calendar for schedule
Meditation Sessions – Sitting and walking mindfulness meditation
Every other Saturday morning, 10am-12pm
Groupe de croissance spirituelle – Cercle mensuelle qui permet un partage plus profond axé sur l’écoute et l’échange sans discussion
Women’s Discussion Group – Discussing women-centred issues in our minds and on our hearts.
Monthly on Monday evenings
Themes for Contemplation: Monthly Discussion Circle
First Sunday of the month at 12pm (Unless otherwise noted)
This Fall, our Adult Religious Exploration program will build on our now-familiar Themes for Worship. Once a month, all are welcome to join a casual discussion circle following the service to delve into the theme of the month. Discussion circles are an opportunity for spiritual growth and exploration, for getting to know oneself, and one’s neighbours, and to spend 45 minutes engaging with the monthly theme in an interactive way.
- January 12th : Faith | How has your faith changed and evolved? How do you define “faith” in comparison to “religion” or “spirituality” or “belief ” or “hope?” How do you articulate our theologically diverse Unitarian Universalist Faith Tradition?
- February 2nd : Black History Month | How has your understanding of history been influenced and shaped by the different histories of people of colour? Has your connection to this annual recognition of people of African heritage changed over time?
- March 1st : Inclusion| How do you actively include people in your community? What does it mean to be radically inclusive? Do we need to step outside our comfort zones, in order to better include a greater diversity of people and experiences into our circle?
Articulating Y(OUR) UU Faith Workshop
Saturday, January 25th 10am-12pm
Our “Faith Tradition” is one that is theologically diverse, which gets confusing when people get curious about us. Our unique approach to religion can also result in some difficult questions from those who have yet to experience the warmth of our spiritual community.
Have you ever had the uncomfortable experience of trying to answer questions about being a Unitarian Universalist, from friends, colleagues, even family? It’s so common to come away from these interactions feeling like you didn’t quite say what you meant.
This two hour workshop will explore some of the common misconceptions about Unitarians, how to answer those awkward questions, and prompt participants to practice their own version of a UU “Elevator Speech.” Challenge: Explain what it means to be Unitarian before the elevator reaches the 6th floor. Whether you’ve been struggling with articulating your faith for decades, or have just started joining our UU worship services, there will be room to explore and deepen your own understanding of what it means to be part of this community.
Deep Listening Workshop
Saturday, October 26th 1pm-4pm
What does it mean to listen deeply? To be fully present for one another? Spirit, mind, and heart are offered the opportunity to expand in the spaces offered by silence, and the safe space held open to one another through a listening ear. In this three-hour workshop, Rev. Ellen Bell will introduce participants to the process and practice of Deep Listening.
Advanced Care Planning Workshop
Saturday, November 30th, 9:30am-12:30pm
This workshop focuses on what you will need to consider and what steps to take to prepare for the possibility of losing the capacity to make decisions around your personal health care before or near the end of your life. It is designed to help you clarify who to select as your representative for personal care and what that representative needs to know about your wishes when you can no longer express them.
There will be a Powerpoint presentation with the opportunity to discuss issues in small groups and to ask questions. Printed copies of the Powerpoint presentation will be available for $2.
Refreshments including coffee, tea and water will be available.
PRESENTERS: Your workshop facilitators are volunteers with the Ottawa chapter of Dying with Dignity.
REGISTRATION: Please register in advance by sending your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org Registration is on a first come, first served basis. There is no cost to attend.
MATERIALS: You will need a copy of the Dying With Dignity Advanced Care Planning Kit. (Click to download)
You may also request a copy to be printed from the office by emailing email@example.com by November 25th