CURRENT OFFERINGS

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

TAKING INVENTORY & DESIGNING OUR NEW NORMAL
Leader: Libby Christianson
When: Thursday, Oct. 7, 10:00-11:30am
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church in Surprise Choir Rm.
Registration: Email Carol Calkins at carolpcalkins@gmail.com – Subject: Taking Inventory, or call her at 425-387-0784.

This ninety-minute workshop explores the seven dimensions of wellness: Emotional, Social, Physical, Vocational, Spiritual, Intellectual and Environmental. By taking a look at each of these dimensions, we can understand ourselves better. Together we’ll take inventory and then explore how to bring more of what we need and want into our new normal.
About the Leader: Before retirement Libby Christianson enjoyed a long career in hospitality and senior living communities. In Human Resources and as a program director she developed and presented workshops on a variety of topics. She encourages sharing of ideas and experiences. There will be homework!
Questions??? Email Libby (maestro25@comcast.net)  or call her (847-975-6745)

FINDING THE HAPPY PLACE
Leader: Tom Reemtsma
When: Thursdays, Oct. 14 – Nov. 18 (6 sessions) 10:00-11:30am
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church in Surprise Social Hall
Registration: Email Jeff London (jvlondon@yahoo.com) – Subject: Happy Place, or call Jeff (952-200-0643).

This is a 6-week course based on The Enneagram, Relationships and Intimacy: Understanding One Another Leads to Loving Better and Living More Fully by David Daniels and Suzanne Dion. There will be exercises each week building the foundation for a better relationship with self and others.
About the Leader: Tom and Connie Reemtsma joined this congregation upon moving here from Toronto, Canada, in 1997 where they had been affiliated with ICA International, a community development organization. Tom has held classes on our 7 principles, taught at the Academy for Global Churchmen in Brussels and done extensive studies in Jungian psychology and Enneagram.
Questions??? Email Tom at reemtsma623@msn.com or call him at 623-583-5473.

OUR STORIES
Leader: Ray Mahoney
When: Saturdays, Oct. 23 & 30, Nov. 6 & 13 (4 sessions) 10:00-11:30am
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church in Surprise – Multipurpose Rm.
Registration: Email Carol Calkins (carolpcalkins@gmail.com) Subject: Our Stories or call Carol (425-387-0784)

Like to hear others tell stories and to tell your own?
We all have a wealth of life stories. We’re from many different places and have done a lot of interesting things in our lives. Let’s share some of these experiences with each other.
Using photos as a prompt, this offering will encourage people to share their unique stories, so that participants can learn about each other and grow together. Participants will have time in each session for one of their stories and feedback.
About the Leader: As an anthropology major the leader, Ray Mahoney, has had a lifelong fascination with peoples’ stories and cultures and has found this method especially effective for telling stories and initiating fruitful discussion.
Preparation Prior to First Session:  Find 4 or more photos you’d like to share and, if possible, mail a copy of each to Ray (mahoney58@yahoo.com), so that he can make copies. Or you can bring your photos with you to the first session.
Questions??? Email Ray (mahoney58@yahoo.com) or call him at 928-485-1033.

ONGOING OFFERINGS

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

UU MEN’S GROUP
When:  2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7:00pm
Where: Zoom
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. Now snow birds can also join us via Zoom on every 3rd Tuesday.

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 at azwambach@icloud.com

Upcoming Books

Sept. 14—“The Overstory” by Richard Powers
“This book is about five trees whose unique life experiences with nine Americans bring them together to address the destruction of forests. Powers was inspired to write the work while teaching at Stanford University, after he encountered giant redwood trees for the first time.” (Wikipedia). Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, the William Dean Howells Medal, and Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Oct. 12—“Susan, Linda, Nina and Koki” by Lisa Napoli
This non-fiction book is about the founding mothers of NPR.
Nov. 9—“The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson
This historical-fiction book is about a traveling library project in Appalacia during the depression, plus the blue people of the area. (Similar to Jo Jo Moyes “Giver of Stars”)

INSIGHT MEDITATION GROUP
Leader: Yvonne Bentley
When: Saturdays, 2:00pm & Wednesdays, 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, there are 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.
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.