Courses in liberal theology, history, world religions, spiritual practice, and other topics of interest are offered at UUCW. Maria O’Connor, Director of Religious Education, is the coordinator for these offerings.
Soul Matters Sharing Circles
Soul Matter Sharing Circles are monthly-meeting groups that run from Fall through Spring and use monthly themes to help congregation members and friends create connections with one another and enjoy spiritual growth and renewal. Maria O’Connor, Director of Religious Education, coordinates the Soul Matters Sharing Circles program.
UU Orientation Class
The UU Orientation is a both a pre-membership class and a basic introduction to Unitarian Universalism and to UU Church West. It covers Unitarian and Universalist history, the story of our congregation, and what we offer members, and the idea of life as a spiritual journey. It takes place over three sessions and is offered several times per year by the Rev. Joyce Palmer, Assistant Minister.
UU Wellspring is an intensive 10-month spiritual deepening program for Unitarian Universalists offered at UUCW. Program participants are guided through a journey of claiming, re-imagining, and practicing the ever-evolving living tradition of our Unitarian Universalist faith and are asked to think about how their faith sustains them and what it calls them to do in the world.
The program has five core components:
- Spiritual practice – commitment to regular, intentional practice
- Spiritual direction – self-reflection with a guide
- Unitarian Universalist history and theology – reading, listening, reflecting
- Small group – participation in a community of seekers
- Faith in action – what we are called to do in the world
Reading and discussion topics include spiritual practice, Unitarian and Universalist Roots in America, Transcendentalism, Welcoming the Soul, Humanism, Buddhism, UU Perspectives on Death, Human Nature and Forgiveness.
UU Wellspring begins with a day-long retreat, and monthly between September and June there are two, two-hour group meetings. Participants and facilitators also take time for a daily spiritual practice, reading and reflecting on assigned matter, and a monthly meeting with a spiritual director (for which there is a fee).
The UU Wellspring Program opens to new participants each May. Coordinators are the Rev. Suzelle Lynch and UUCW member Patricia D’Auria.