Adult Faith Formation Programs
Facing Death with Life Classes
Monday, Oct. 28th & Nov. 11th, Nov 25th & 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.
November 25th “Preparation for Death” We will be looking at end-of-life planning, going over the importance of having a Medical Durable Power of Attorney, and completing the Five Wishes, which is an easy-to-use legal advance directive document written in everyday language. Five Wishes helps all adults, regardless of age or health, to consider and document how they want to be cared for at the end of life.
December 9th “Beliefs and Practices — What Happens When We Die?” We will explore beliefs and practices about death and mourning from Unitarian Universalism and some other religious traditions; share our own experiences with death and mourning rituals and practices; examine anecdotal stories and scientific research on near-death experiences; and reflect on what we believe happens at the time of death and afterward.
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.
Saturday, Nov. 9th & 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.
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.