“Our spiritual programs seek to stir the mind and to awaken the soul”
Adult Spiritual Enrichment
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron is committed to spiritual growth and learning across the lifespan. Rather than teaching one set of beliefs or focusing on a single sacred text, our goal is to explore and draw wisdom from the totality of life and experience in order to help people of all ages lead lives of meaning and purpose.
Our spiritual enrichment programs engage the head, the heart, the body, and the spirit. We draw on diverse sources of truth and employ a wide variety of teaching methods. Members participate in church-sponsored classes and events as well as opportunities offered by groups renting our space.
Recent offerings include weekly meditation, monthly book discussion groups, and a very diverse assortment of classes. Past classes have focused on a number of themes, including Buddhism, Ethical Eating, Unitarian Universalist principles and sources, "The Artist's Way," the spirituality of dance, and conversational spanish.
To learn more about how Unitarian Universalism understands spirituality and spirtual growth, listen to Rev. Tim's sermon
If you are interested in our adult spiritual enrichment opportunities, please consult our newsletter or contact the church office.
Adult Enrichment Classes
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron offers courses throughout the year for adults seeking to deepen their spiritual lives. Our courses create a space in which people can listen, learn, grow, and share their spiritual journeys with others.
WINTER/SPRING 2013 CLASSES
The Wisdom of Many Faiths: Islam
Rev. Tim Temerson
Offered in two sections (Tuesday evenings 7-9PM and Thursday mornings 10AM-Noon)
Beginning on Tuesday February 19 & Thursday February 21 for 7 Weeks
Unitarian Universalism affirms wisdom from the world's religions as a key source of spiritual truth and meaning. In this seven week course, we will explore the history, beliefs, and practices of one of the world's most important, influential, and often misunderstood religious traditions - Islam. The class will include both large and small group discussion, the use of audio-visual materials, and guest speakers. Enrollment is open to all.
Menu for the Future
Jenni Papp & The UUCA Food Justice Team
Offered on Thursday Evenings from 7PM-9PM for 6 Weeks
Beginning Thursday, January 31, 2013
Menu for the Future is a six week discussion course that explores food systems and their impact, offers insights into practices that promote personal and environmental well being, and that challenges participants to consider their role in creating and supporting sustainable food systems. The class is based on a book by the same title containing the writing of leading voices in the ethical eating/food sustainability movement, including Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, Thich Nhat Hanh, Barbara Kingsolver and many others.
Class participants will be asked to buy the text Menu for the Future, which can be purchased from the UUCA book table or from class leaders. Some scholarships will be available.
Carol Temerson & Brenda Whitmore
Tuesday Mornings, 10-11AM for 8 Weeks
Beginning Tuesday January 8, 2013
A basic Spanish conversation class, perfect for beginners or those looking to "brush up" on their Spanish. Material from last year's beginner's class will be reviewed and we will continue working with the book Easy Spanish, Step-By-Step. Online resources will also be utulized.
UUCA Christian Fellowship
Are you a spiritual seeker curious about Christianity? Do you find truth and wisdom in the life and teachings of Jesus? Are looking for a spiritual path or practice to deepen and enrich your life? If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, then the UUCA Christian Fellowship is for you!
Next Meeting Wednesday, January 9 @ 7PM
All Our Welcome!
Questions can be directed to Bob Fabre
Small Group Ministry (SGM)
Small Group Ministry (SGM) is one of the most popular and fastest growing spiritual movements within Unitarian Universalism. Consisting of 8-10 church members meeting every two weeks, SGM deepens our spiritual lives through community, conversation, and service.
A typical small group meeting consists of opening words, the lighting of a chalice, a personal check-in, a reading and questions focused on a specific spiritual topic, conversation emphasizing deep listening and open-heartedness, closing words and a personal check-out. All SGM groups meet at the church and are led by trained facilitators.
What makes Small Group Ministry so unique is its emphasis on community, deep listening, and spiritual growth. Rather than being debates aimed at finding the correct answers, small group conversations are about making connections, learning from others, and opening the heart and mind to the truth and wisdom that lives in each of us.
During the 2012-13 church year, we will offer two different kinds of SGM experiences. The first is our traditional SGM group, which meets for six months twice monthly, beginning in October of 2012. In addition to their regular meetings, six month groups will complete a service project. In an effort to make SGM more available for those who cannot make a six month commitment or who may be new to SGM and want to try it out, we will also offer three month groups that meet twice monthly, beginning in October of 2012. Three month groups will not complete service projects. Registration is currently open for both six and three month groups.
If you are interested in learning more about Small Group Ministry or would like to register for an upcoming group, please contact Jann Miller of the SGM Leadership Team