CURRENT OFFERINGS

Current Offerings are open to all.  Feel free to invite a friend to join you.   

BUILDING A BUTTERFLY/POLLINATOR GARDEN IN THE LOW DESERT
Leader: Claudia Yeager-Smith
When: Saturday, May 29 & July 24, 8:30am-10:00 or 10:30, with last session in the fall, to be determined by plant sales.
Where: Claudia Yeager-Smith’s garden & Arizona Room
9856 W. Oraibi Drive, Peoria, AZ 85382
Registration: Email Carol Calkins at carolpcalkins@gmail.com – Subject:  Butterfly Garden.

What if you could create a beautiful low-desert garden to enjoy and at the same time contribute to the support of butterflies and other pollinators, including the endangered Monarch butterfly? Well, you can, and Claudia Yaeger-Smith is just the person to help you make that happen in this 3-session offering.
You will learn what low-desert plants might be desirable/suitable for your garden, where to acquire them, and where and how to plant them in your garden to attract monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
Requirements for Participants

Before Offering Starts: Have a desire to encourage butterflies/pollinators by adding plants to your garden that provide supportive habitat. Have an open mind using plants native to the low desert.
During Participation: Come with a desire to get down and dirty in your own garden and to seek out native plants that are safe, appealing and supportive of butterflies/pollinators. Become inspired by Claudia’s beautiful garden and gain tips and help from her to create your own. Be ready for plant buying expeditions in the Fall!
Questions??? Email Claudia (honeygirlmom@yahoo.com).

ONGOING OFFERINGS

Ongoing Offerings are open to all.  Feel free to invite a friend to join you.   

UU MEN’S GROUP
When: On Summer Break – Resuming Sept. 8 – 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7:00pm
Where: To Be Determined
Open Sign-ups: Email uumensgroup@outlook.com

It has been said that most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them.
Do you sometimes feel that way?
A good friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. Wouldn’t it be great to belong to a group of men who would do that for you?
We all know that the positive energy generated when men get together is a force for good in this world. With this in mind, our men’s group provides a supportive forum for conversations on a wide range of topics. Please join us at any time!  For further information contact Michael Piper at uumensgroup@outlook.com.

UU Women’s Group
When: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00am-Noon
Where: 1st Tuesdays in person at the church; 3rd Tuesdays on Zoom – Zoom link sent via email prior to each meeting.
Open Sign-Ups &/or Further Information: Email or call Judy Reynolds – jmr2642@yahoo.com or 623-882-6012

Would you like to join a group of dynamic, interesting women?
Would you like to participate in confidential discussions of a wide range of fascinating topics?
We discuss everything from, ‘best advice your parents gave you’ to ‘political issues of the day’.
Our group ranges from as few as 6 (in the summer) to as many as 20 when the snow birds are in town. During this time of Covid-19 we have been meeting on Zoom and many of our members are joining us from all parts of the country.

BUUK Circle
Leader: Julie Wambach (azwambach@icloud.com)
When: Every second Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: On Zoom during Covid-19 restrictions
Open Sign-ups: Email azwambach@icloud.com

BUUK Circle is a group that loves to read and discuss books chosen by the group. You are welcome to join this group at any time whether you’ve finished the book or not even started. For information, contact Julie Wambach azwambach@icloud.com.

Upcoming Books

June 8, 2021—“The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race” by Walter Isaacson
Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues opened a new world of medicine with the creation of a tool, called CRISPR, that can edit DNA. What are the moral issues associated with changing the human form?
July 13, 2021—“Hidden Valley Road” by Robert Kolker
The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. (Publisher’s synopsis)

INSIGHT MEDITATION GROUP
Leader: Yvonne Bentley
When: Saturdays, 2:00pm & Thursdays, 4:00pm
Where: On Zoom during Covid-19 restrictions
Open Sign-ups: Email Jeff London at jvlondon@yahoo.com to receive Zoom meeting links.

Have you ever thought it might be great to have a little island of calm that you could escape to? Well, starting Feb. 6 there will be two opportunities each week for you to drop in and practice Insight Meditation with the Insight Meditation Group.
This practice serves a community of those learning and developing the skillful use of meditation that leads to awareness in all aspects of individual, family, work, and community life. The group is appropriate for beginning meditators, as well as experienced practitioners. All you need to participate is a comfortable place to sit, i.e. a chair or cushion. Attendance is on a drop-in basis, so you are welcome to join any session as your schedule permits, beginning February 6.
Saturday, 2:00pm Session – Includes a reading, basic instructions and a silent 35-minute group “sit”. Those who would like more detailed instructions can join at 1:45pm.
Thursday, 4:00pm Session – Includes a guided meditation and short silent sit followed by discussion on the meditation.
Want more information? You can call the Insight Meditation group leader, Yvonne Bentley, at 623-521-2242.

LOOKING AHEAD

All offerings currently available are listed above.

The Questers Committee is hard at work getting the fall/winter offerings schedule set. Watch this space for previews of what’s coming.