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.
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.
- 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 8th* : 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?
- April 5th: Earth | One of our Unitarian Sources for theological inquiry is “Earth-centred traditions.” What Earth-centred traditions or practices do you hold up as sources of wisdom in your life? How do you connect to the Earth? How has your relationship to our planet changed over time?
- May 3rd: Joy | What brings you joy? How do you bring joy to others? What role does joy play in your search for meaning, and spiritual fulfillment? How do you balance joy with compassion for others, grief, working for justice, and difficult times?
Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography
Saturday afternoons 1-3pm February 15, 22, 29, March 14, 28, April 4
This course will focus on writing as a means of focusing on one’s spiritual journey. Early sessions will include exercises to evoke settings, insights, feelings, etc. from our pasts, and some writing time.
Most of the READING, which we will do during our time together, will be from OUR OWN WRITINGS. We will be sharing meaningful and “sacred” experiences in our lives, so that being seen and heard becomes important, rather than receiving criticism or praise.
We will also read from Dan Wakefield’s THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE, and various other texts that explore writing as a means of focusing on one’s spiritual journey. We will occasionally read from examples of this type of writing, so please bring your favourite writers or passages.
- February 15: Session One: Introduction | Write Childhood Experience
- February 22: Session Two: Read Childhood Experience | Write Adolescent Experience
- February 29: Session Three: Read Adolescent Experience | Write Friend/Mentor Experience
- March 14: Session Four: Read Friend/Mentor Experience | Make Road Map
- April 4: Sessions Five & Six: Read Spiritual Autobiographies (1pm-5pm)