Adult Faith Formation Workshops/Classes

Facing Death with Life Classes

Monday, Dec. 9th

6:30-8:00pm • Fellowship Hall

Death is an experience that we all will have to face sometime, but more often than not we avoid talking about it. As a society, we tend to consider the subject taboo. In the Facing Death with Life classes we will acknowledge the fact that death is a part of living and we will find out that talking about death doesn’t have to be frightening. In this class you can be a part of of a community while you increase your comfort in talking about death and dying; have the opportunity to discern and share your own personal understanding and theology of death; document your end-of-life decisions and advance directives; and explore the concept of a good death. Facing Death with Life is an UUA curriculum.
Cost is $10 per class for members of HPUCC and Unity; $15 for nonmembers.
The cost can be reduced by committing to all 4 classes — $35 for members of HPCUU and Unity; $50 for nonmembers.

Journaling Workshop

Saturday, Dec. 14th • January 4th and February 1st

9:30-11am • Fellowship Hall

Journaling helps us to see and know ourselves. It is a way to expand on half-formed thoughts — bringing to the light parts of ourselves that reside only in our unconscious mind. Once acknowledged, we can start to work with those once hidden emotions and beliefs in a new way. In this workshop we will talk about the value and the practice of journaling. We will have several short writing sessions (that won’t requiring sharing). Please bring a journal with blank pages and a pen.Cost is $10 per class for members of HPUCC and Unity; $15 for nonmembers.

Please pre-register for the Journaling Workshop and Facing Death with Life classes classes by emailing info@mindfulgriefsupport.com or office@hpcuu.org
Sonya Bergeron will be leading both the Journaling Workshop and the Facing Death with Life classes.
She recently completed her graduate requirements at Naropa University and she will be receiving a Master of Divinity degree in December 2019.

Spirit in Practice

A series of six workshops on Monday evenings —
January 13th through February 17th — from 6:30pm to 8pm
These workshops are designed to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it. One of the things that makes our movement unique is that we do not insist that everyone take the same route. Rather, we encourage people to find the path that most suits them. And then we go a step further—at our best, we keep gathering together to discuss and share what we’ve seen and done on our journeys thus far. Please join Sonya Bergeron, recent graduate from Naropa University and Buddhist practitioner, and others, in this grand exploration!

From Fear to Faith – Activating Religious Commitment in the Public Square

This adult education class of six 90-minute sessions, will take place from 9:30-11:00am on Saturdays.
The times we live in are deeply troubled and our communities are divided. We seem to have lost the interest and ability to seek the common good, the well-being of all. Our socioeconomic system appears increasingly to be ill-suited for maximizing the conditions and opportunities for all to thrive with healthy, happy, and harmonious lives.
Yet, into this mix come persons of deep commitment in the progressive religious tradition and belief in the strong moral values that it promotes. We explore issues and questions about how our religious traditions can influence our lives as citizens and shape our participation in the public life. Our interest is nurturing a faith that animates our desire to improve the quality of life for all.
This class will be led by Rev. Dr. Douglas R. Sharp, Professor of Theology, Religion and Society (retired). The fee for each session is $10 for members of High Plains Unitarian Church and $15 for non-members. The fee can be paid at the door. If paying the fee for all 6 classes is a challenge, but you’d still like to attend, please contact Rev. Julia as she has scholarships availble.
There is a PDF reading materials that goes along with these classes, in order to sign up and then download the PDF, please sign up (sheet is on HP bulletin board) and provide us with your email, or contact the office at 260-1080 or email: office@hpcuu.org.
January 18
1. Politics & Religion – What Is to Be Believed and What Is to Be Done
    A look at The Seven Principles of the UUA and what is meant by the common good
January 25
2. The Good Life – Where Politics and Morality Meet
     How faith and public life can be paired in a democracy
February 8
3. Parsing Political Polarization – A Useable Religious Tradition for Social Justice
    There are several ways faith is a foundation for the Social Justice Statements of the UUA
February15
4. What Have We to Talk About? What We Have to Talk About! – Framing the Issue
     Approaching the policy issues of Affordable Housing, Criminal Justice, Immigration
February 22
5.   Practical Dimensions: Having That Difficult Conversation
   It is possible to have a substantive conversation that engages differences of opinion
February 29
6.   Practical Dimensions: Advocacy with Decision-Makers – Skills, Research, Collaboration & Presentation
     What is always required in advocacy on contested issues is an informed strategy