UU Adult Religious Education   Winter/Spring 2017     Thursday, January 26, 2017
  Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
   Congregation founded 1949
   LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation since 1995
   Green Sanctuary since 2007

Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World

Welcome.  We hope you will join a class this season!
   To register, contact the church office at office@uubloomington.org or 812-332-3695.  Registration for NAMI Family to Family Class is with the instructors. 
   Childcare may be available if at least two families need it for a given event, and if they request it by two weeks in advance of the class meeting, by contacting Kitty McIntosh at rea@uubloomington.org  .  All classes are free unless there are materials expenses noted by the instructor.

Strangers in Their Own Land:
Anger and Mourning on the American Right 
Book Discussion Group
with Tomi Allison, assisted by Rev. Barbara Carlson 
Saturdays, January 21-February 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Library
     Why do a sociable people with strong kinship and community ties who live in an environment devastated by oil and chemical industrial waste hate the EPA and government and identify with Tea Party politics?   Author Arlie R. Hochschild spent time with them to understand their concerns.  Her analysis of how the personal, the historical, the religious, and the political are intertwined helps us understand the seeming contradictions.  Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right was listed in 100 notable books of 2016, New York Times Book Review, 12-4-16.
     Tomi Allison is a former Bloomington mayor.  She and her husband, Jim, are active leaders in the movement to reverse Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that has allowed vast sums of secret money to be poured into our political process. Reverend Barbara Carlson is Minister Emerita of our congregation. 
Classic Yoga Philosophy and Practice with Chris Haynes
Tuesdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 7-8 p.m., Room 112
     Ancient Yogic knowledge includes philosophical insight and practical techniques, which extend far beyond the common conception of yoga.  Through sharing, discussion, and practice, we'll explore approaches for a peaceful, meaningful, and healthy life in a troubled world.  All are welcome to attend any of the sessions. Chris Haynes is a Datta Kriya Yoga instructor.
Third Thursdays, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20, May 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Room 210
     How is the "Feminine" showing up in your life? Where have archetypes and expressions of the Feminine manifested throughout history, and in world cultures?   In these classes, we will explore expressions of the Divine Feminine in books, music, art, and in our own lives, as we explore what "She" is asking for the earth, and of us at this time in history.  This is an opportunity for women of all ages to come together to contemplate and discover the ways the divine feminine is whispering to us. The class is experiential and each month we will cover different expressions of the Feminine archetype.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family to Family Class with Laura Jesseph and Joanne Shaver
Tuesdays, Feb. 21-May 16, 7-9:30 p.m., Library
Family to Family is a 12-week course provided free of charge to family members and caregivers of people with a serious mental illness.  The curriculum teaches about mental illnesses and provides problem solving and coping skills.  If you are interested, please call Laura Jesseph at  812-333-0341 for more information.
First Steps: Introduction to Unitarian Universalism 
with Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator 
One Session offered the first Sunday of each month, 10:35-11:05 am or 12:35-1:05 pm, Room 112
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism?  If so, join us for the First Steps class! First Steps is a 40-minute class that provides a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation.  Free childcare is available in Room 108.  No registration is required.  If you have questions, please contact Ann at  connect@uubloomington.org .  
  Continuing Classes--join at any time!

Shambhala Meditation Every Monday at Noon
Join us at  12 noon every  Monday in the Library for an hour of Shambhala Meditation, walking meditation, and Shamatha yoga with Sarah Flint, sflint.ktv@gmail.com. Beginners welcome in this 2500-year-old  tradition. 
  Traditional Taiji on Tuesdays and Saturdays
   Brian Flaherty leads Taiji in Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. This form practices the "Wu (Hao)" style of taijiquan, including practice of standing exercises, forms, and "pushing hands." Anyone is welcome, even those with no experience.
     Please wear loose-fitting clothing.  

Open Mind Zen Bloomington 
Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
   Join Frank Seisho Diaz for meditation, talks, and discussions on Zen Buddhism,  Mondays 7:00-8:30 p.m.,  in Room 110 here at the church. All are welcome regardless  of faith or experience;  freewill donation.         More info:  openmindzenbloomington@gmail.com  or 

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