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.
- October 6th : Community | How does your community feed your soul? How do we form and create meaningful relationships? What different needs do different kinds of relationships (Family, friends, like-minded community connections) serve in our lives?
- November 3rd : Remembrance | How is our Remembrance of the past influenced by hindsight, history, and change? What connection or distance do you feel to our Unitarian and Universalist forbears? What emotions dominate when you practice remembrance?
- December 1st : Light in the Darkness | When times feel hard, what helps you to hold on to hope? How can you act as the light in the darkness to others? What is our role in providing hope in the world?
2019 Workshops and Course Offerings:
Getting to Know UU: Workshops Exploring our Unitarian Universalist Experience
Workshops: Sundays at 12:30pm
- Workshop 1: Postponed to February 3
Direct Experience—Sourcing the Spirit
This workshop will be an exploration of the Six Sources of Unitarian Universalism, and an opportunity to reflect on our own experiences, how they have shaped our beliefs, and brought us together in this religious community.
- Workshop 2: March 3
Faith in the Covenant— Exploring Our Sacred Promises
This workshop will be an exploration of the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, and the foundation of shared values, shared covenant, and the promises (both explicit and implicit) we make to one another, which characterize this unique religious tradition.
- Workshop 3: April 14
Worth-ship—Serving the Spirit
This Workshop will be an exploration of Unitarian Universalism in practice, and the rituals, and practices that characterize worship services both among UUs, and specific to our local religious community. We will explore the question: “If Unitarian Universalists don’t worship a particular deity, the what do we worship?” and delve into what practices are meaningful to each of us.
All are welcome at any or all of these three Unitarian Universalist-themed workshops coming up in Winter/Spring 2019!
Bring something to eat (there will be snacks, but not a full lunch provided), and stick around after the service to delve a little deeper into our shared faith tradition.
An Introduction to the Interfaith Journey
Every other Saturday 10am-12pm, March 9, 23, April 6
As Unitarian Universalists, one of our sources of inspiration and guidance is the “wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.” We are also influenced by Jewish, Christian, humanist and earth-centred traditions. For 3 bi-weekly Saturdays (March 9th, 23rd and April 6th), Evangeline will lead us in an overview of current interfaith frameworks and practices, such as integral theory, stages and styles of spiritual development, and interspirituality. We will have lectures, videos and engaging discussions, plus an opportunity to explore some of your questions about a faith tradition you are interested in. Limit of 15 to maximize group discussion and learning. Please sign up using the form below by February 28, 2019.
Registration is now closed for this course
Nurturing Reverence For the Earth: Organic Gardening 101
Saturday, April 20, 10am-12pm with Pat Lucey
As our 2019 gardening season approaches, Pat is here to support everyone who aspires to actively promote our Unitarian Seventh Principle (Respect for the Interdependent Web of Life) by growing plants in a healthy living soil. On Saturday morning, April 20th, she will be sharing her years of organic gardening experience with you in a two-hour workshop. She will give a presentation on best practices for organic gardening, including soil management, composting, optimal garden planning, starting your own plants, and keeping your plants healthy and productive the organic way.
There will be ample time for your questions about your own gardening plans for 2019, and we will all share our gardening wisdom with one another. Please join us in celebrating our Seventh Principle together at the start of our 2019 gardening year!
Pat Lucey is an organic gardener who regularly teaches gardening workshops for Canadian Organic Growers, and at other special events such as local Seedy Saturdays, and Transition Cornwall’s “Incredible Edibles” garden festival.