Our Adult SGD Catalog is Online

Look below to see our Spring Adult SGD class offerings. We are testing online class listing and registration, please use the links below to register. If you have any questions or feedback, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are interested in offering a class, please complete this form and return it to the church office or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Classes at a Glance

Dream Group - Multiple sessions available. Click on the date for information or registration.

Sunday, April 8, 2:00pm - 3:45pm

Sunday, May 13, 2:00pm - 3:45pm

Examining Whiteness  - Six sessions on Wednesdays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, and 5/16. Click here for information or registration.

The Fountain of Youth: Aerobic Training for Seniors and Others - Saturday, May 5, 9:45am - 11:00am. Click here for information or registration.

How to Show Love in Each Other's "Love Language" - Friday, May 18, 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Click here for information or registration.

Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism  - Seven sessions on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, and 6/6. Click here for information or registration.

Rediscovering Your Sense of Wonder  - Four sessions on Tuesdays from 6:45pm - 8:45pm: 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 and 5/22. Click here for information or registration.

UU Living Legacy Pilgrimage - From Selma to 2018  - Thursday, May 17, 6:45pm - 8:45pm. Click here for information or registration.

UUAA Community of Writers - Multiple sessions available. Click on the date for information or registration.

Sunday, April 8, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Sunday, May 20, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Class Descriptions

Dream Group

Two recurring sessions on Sundays from 2:00pm - 3:45pm: 4/8 and 5/13. Anyone is welcome at either session.

Bring your dreams and sense of adventure to these monthly play groups as we explore new landscapes, tap into sources of creativity and find guidance through the Lightening Dream Work process. With dream theater our dreams will come alive and through shamanic journeying we'll re-enter dreams and learn to bring back information for healing and transformation. Come find out how dream play can be a source of fun and healing. Everyone welcome at any class.

Facilitator: Julie Tumbarello <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location: Brown Room

Minimum class size - 5    Maximum - 12

Click on the date to register. April 8th or May 13th. Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Examining Whiteness

Six sessions on Wednesdays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, and 5/16. Attendance at all 6 sessions is required

When white people show up in racial justice spaces, we often wonder what we can do. The Movement for Black Lives has clearly answered us: we can talk to other white people about racism -- their racism as well as our own. That's what Examining Whiteness is about.

In a spiritually supportive space, this class is intended to foster a deeper understanding of issues that are essential to developing a white anti-racist identity. As we strive to do this, we will deeply examine whiteness on personal and structural levels. Since this is intellectual, emotional, and spiritual work, we all agree to approach it in good faith with an understanding that in discomfort, insight and growth can happen.

To guide us, we will use texts prepared by the Rev. Doctor William Gardiner, which are available to Unitarian Universalists through UUA, as well as readings from other Unitarian Universalist ministers, journalists, historians, and cultural critics. These readings are specifically addressed to white people interested in transforming their whiteness.

The class is divided into the following sections:

  • The History of White Supremacy in the United States
  • White Power and Privilege
  • The Emotional Lives of White People
  • Racial Identity Journey
  • Developing a Positive White Identity

Facilitators: Maryn Lewallen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> and Chris Good

Details: Six class sessions, Wednesdays 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16. Attendance at all 6 sessions is required.

Minimum class size - 8    Maximum - 12

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The Fountain of Youth: Aerobic Training for Seniors and Others

Saturday, May 5th, 9:45am - 11:00am

All exercises are good but it appears some might be better, based on an article that first appeared in the New York Times last year. An Endocrinologist from the Mayo Clinic believes High Intensity Training (HIT) holds special benefits for people over 65 years old. He believes it is as close to the Fountain of Youth as possible, and we can’t get these benefits from a pill. This class will show you the research to date and a brief demonstration – HIT is basically raising your exercise level to the point where you are breathing hard for 30 seconds to 4 minutes, alternating with rest periods.

Instructor: Robert Kropf <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minimum class size - 4    Maximum - 12

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How to Show Love in Each Other's "Love Language"

Friday, May 18th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

We each have desires and preferences in how we would like to be shown love. As partners, we have different “love languages.” Partners can’t read each other’s mind. Each of you can discover more about your own desires and how to express those desires, not with criticism, but with a direct expression of desire. Receiving love in one’s primary love language can be healing and connecting. Providing love in your partner’s love language can likewise be rewarding

There are five major areas for expression of love according to Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages. The five love language areas are:

  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

In this workshop we will discuss these five areas and you will clarify your own preferences and learn about your partner’s special preferences

What to Expect.

  • You and your partner will better understand each other’s love language.
  • You both will rank your love language in priority order and share it with your partner.
  • You will create several positive requests of your partner.
  • You will share one of your requests with your partner in a safe format that will be taught and demonstrated.

Note: Even if you have read The Five Love Languages book, the review and the exercises will ensure that you integrate what you learn into your relationship.


About the presenter: Carole Kirby, lmsw is an Imago therapist and practices in Ann Arbor. She has over 40 years experience, primarily working with couples. She is passionate about her life and work and is committed to helping couples and individuals develop safe, loving relationships.

Presenter: Carole Kirby, LMSW

Facilitator: Rev. Cassandra Hartley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Minimum class size - 20 (10 couples)    Maximum - 40 (20 couples)

Pre-registration required. Please register each individual in a couple. Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism

Seven sessions on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, and 6/6. Attendance at all 7 sessions is expected

Want to know if you're a humanist?  Wonder how humanism relates to Unitarian Universalism?  Do you want to deepen your understanding of what being a humanist means?   Then this class is for you.

The class will discuss chapters in the book Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism by Gibbons and Murry (editors), available in the UUAA bookstore.  Chapters cover journeys to becoming a UU humanist, humanist history and core beliefs, what humanists stand for, and how humanism relates to diversity, social activism, religious education, community, and how we live.

Facilitators:  Bruce Gibb <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> & Hal Breidenbach, <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> with Terry Madden, Al LaRose, Tim Richards, Jim Breck, and John Edgren

Email Bruce or Hal to request a detailed course description.

Details:  Seven consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm-8:30pm, April 25 through June 6. Attendance at all 7 sessions is expected.

Minimum class size - 6    Maximum - 22

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Rediscovering Your Sense of Wonder

Four sessions on Tuesdays from 6:45pm - 8:45pm: 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, and 5/22. Attendance at all 4 sessions is expected

The Haikus of 17th Century Japanese poet, Basho, came through mindful attention to his immediate surroundings. Thoreau wrote in the early 1900s about being aware when walking. Noticing the beauty in the world is what made Ansel Adams an astounding photographer.  In her writings Rachel Carson called her observations developing "a sense of wonder". By the 60s and 70s, we had the Beatles and the Esalen Institute.  

There is no right way to begin so we will explore connecting using all the senses. There is no right way to express experience, so we will write, draw, sing, and move. 

Facilitator: Lorelle Otis Thomas <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Details: Four Tuesdays from 6:45pm - 8:45pm, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22 . Attendance at all four classes is expected.

Minimum class size - 6    Maximum - 15

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UU Living Legacy Pilgrimage - From Selma to 2018

Thursday, May 17th, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

The “UU Living Legacy pilgrimage” has been a 4-7 day tour of the key civil rights sites in southern U.S. for a decade, hosting over 500 “pilgrims”. Three members of UUAA will share this past March’s ten-year celebratory pilgrimage to Alabama’s sites: Fran Lyman, Cathy Muha and Barb Cherem.

Their pilgrimage included 34 others, and six leaders, two of whom were part of the Movement 50-53 years ago. It takes a somber view of the students, children and primarily black women who led the 14 year de-segregation struggle for what today is again under assault. Democracy is not a spectator sport and the UUs have a long tradition of social justice-seeking. It continues today with issues from voting rights, to equal public schooling, to safe public settings for all. Come hear about the insights from this powerful tour and the repercussions that they see in to today’s related activism.

Presenters: Barb Cherem <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, Fran Lyman and Cathy Muha

Minimum class size - 4    Maximum - 15

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UUAA Community of Writers

Two recurring sessions on Sundays from 1:00pm - 2:30pm: 4/8 and 5/20. Anyone is welcome at either session.

Adult writers (beginning, intermediate, advanced, potential) interested in an open, supportive community to foster self-awareness, spiritual growth, creative expression, communication, and social witness through the writing arts are invited to join the UUAA Community of Writers.

This group is based on the premise that every person is a writer.  In each session, everyone is invited to share their writings with the group, in confidence and with appreciative feedback. The group’s shared leadership means that any member, following the Community of Writers’ guidelines, may lead a session focused on a theme, purpose for writing, or form of writing, such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, personal essay, journaling, blogging, and more. In the past year the Community of Writers held three readings of their original writings to which the congregation was invited. Newcomers are always welcome.

Facilitator: Mary Lund <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Location: Young Room

Minimum class size - 6    Maximum - 22

Click on the date to register. April 8th or May 20th. Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..