By UUCW member Helen Ambuel

“I have participated in many Wellspring groups over the past decade. I continually go back for more. I’ve repeated Sources more than once. I return because it’s a unique space to explore my own beliefs and heart and to share, learn, and listen deeply. We share in a circle of trust that allows truth to find voice.”

UU Wellspring is an adult small-group program for the deepening of a distinctly Unitarian Universalist faith. Participants agree to attend an Opening Retreat; read, view, and respond to assignments focused on spiritual topics and UU theology; and meet twice monthly with their group of about 8-10 to practice deep listening and spiritual reflection. Members of each Covenant Group formed in the fall remain together as a cohort throughout the church year.

UUCW will be offering two UU Wellspring programs. “Sources”, the foundational class focused on the Sources of Unitarian and Universalist theology. It is a prerequisite to all other Wellspring classes, including the second program, “Spiritual Ancestors”, where participants delve into their own spiritual histories.

Wellspring Sources
The opening retreat for Wellspring Sources will be on Saturday, September 9th. That’s next weekend. We have space for 5 more folks to join. We need two more to meet the minimum number. In “Sources” we’ll explore our beliefs with our minds, hearts, and lives in the context of the UU Sources. The books we’ll reference are:

Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life, edited by Scott Alexander
Heartwood: The Art of Living with the End in Mind by Barbara Becker
Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
To Wake to Rise edited by Bill Sinkford and/or Voices from the Margins edited by Mark Morrison-Reed and Jacki James

Wellspring Spiritual Ancestors
If you’ve completed Wellspring Sources, there’s a brand-new Wellspring offering for you to consider. Family history and ancestry are so interesting…here is an opportunity to dive into your spiritual history and ancestry!  The program provides a framework for the exploration of our personal and collective ancestry and for the honoring of those we have lost. The required book, “Heartwood: The Art of Living with the End in Mind” by Barbara Becker is a deeply moving invitation to reflect on the legacies we receive and those we create.

Beth Ratigan and I will facilitate Sources beginning with the retreat on September 9th. Patricia D’Auria will facilitate the Ancestors program. We hope you’ll join us. Register today!

Helen Ambuel