CURRENT OFFERINGS

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


A BOOK STUDY: “ZEALOT – THE LIFE & TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH – In Progress
Facilitator:  Paige Rappleye 
When
:  Jan. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Where: UUCS Social Hall
Registration: Contact Sharon Moore ([email protected] – Subject: Zealot Or 602-793-5851)

The material we are exploring is controversial; the subject matter is often tied to deeply held beliefs. The intention of this book study is not to change your mind but to challenge your beliefs. That is, our initial objective is not to believe what Reza proposes but to be open to consider the validity of his proposition. In so doing, we empower our beliefs through the dynamics of our evolution of consciousness.
About the Facilitator: Having been a participant in a similar group at her UU Fellowship in Montana, Paige is excited to bring it to UU Surprise. She is an all-age Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator and a theology/world religion enthusiast.


GREAT DECISIONS 2024
Leader:  Dr. Bonnie Saunders
When
:  8 Monday Sessions, Starting February 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Zoom
Registration: At Questers Sunday Table OR contact Jeff London ([email protected] – Subject: Great Decisions – OR 952-200-0643).  NOTE:  YOU MAY JOIN GREAT DECISIONS AT ANY TIME DURING THE 8 SESSIONS & DON’T NEED TO HAVE THE BRIEFING BOOK. Each session features a different foreign policy topic.

As always, the Great Decisions 2024 topics are extremely relevant: Mideast Realignment, Climate Technology and Competition, Science across Borders, U.S.-China Trade Rivalry, NATO’s Future, Understanding Indonesia, High Seas Treaty, Pandemic Preparedness. Same as last year, books will be available from Susie Bowman in Surprise ([email protected]) for $27. After you sign up, you can e-mail her, and she will let you know how to get the book.  Come, listen, think, ask questions, discuss, agree, or disagree. Bonnie says, “We always have civil discussions.”


AGING CHECKLIST: Planning Now for Greater Healthspan
Leader:  Libby Christianson
When
:  3 Thursday Sessions, March 7, 14, 21, 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Social Hall
Registration: At Questers Sunday Table OR contact Sharon Moore ([email protected] – Subject: Aging Checklist OR 602-793-5851).  

Here we are together, but none of us is aging in the same way. Come explore different aspects of aging to promote a greater healthspan. Over three workshops we will review the seven dimensions of wellness, expecting the unexpected, anatomy of a fall, resilience, and brain health. The workshop is interactive, and all ages are encouraged and welcome to attend. It’s never too early to start expanding your healthspan. Why wait?


UNLEASH YOUR IMAGINATION: Transform Your Life
Leader:  Dennis Kleidon
When
:  Friday, March 15, 10:00-Noon
Where: Social Hall
Registration: At Questers Sunday Table OR contact Carol Calkins ([email protected] – Subject: Unleash – OR 952-200-0643).  NOTE:  If you participated in Unleash Your Imagination last year but still have work to do, come and continue your unleashing with Dennis on March 15.

“Unleash Your Imagination” is a two-part presentation including a lecture and workshop that takes you through a journey of self-discovery, showing how imagination, innovation and optimism can transform your life. By unleashing your innate creativity and using proven design thinking, you can create a plan to identify and achieve your dreams, put problems in perspective, and design a life filled with excitement, accomplishment, and well-being. As the designer of your life, you can plan an extraordinary life and develop a plan of action to see your dreams become a reality.


UUs PRAY?
Leader:  Sharon Moore
When
:  Saturday, March 30, 10:00-Noon
Where: Social Hall
Registration: At Questers Sunday Table OR contact Sharon Moore ([email protected] – Subject: UUs Pray OR 602-793-5851).  

Through the millennia, people have conducted/created/participated in spiritual rituals. Prayer is a major one of them. Interestingly, after decades of disregarding prayer, there is an ever-growing call among UUs to pray as well. However, whereas other faith groups pray TO something/someone, most UUs don’t recognize an entity to direct prayer toward.

UU prayer can be part of your daily spiritual rituals. Participants will learn about the option of prayer beads and how they can be used in in UU prayers. They will also receive beads to make their own prayer beads if they want to include the practice in their rituals.


MICROAGGRESSIONS:  What are they, and what can I do?
Leader:  Dr. Lynnette Brouwer
When
:  Thursday, April 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Social Hall
Registration: At Questers Sunday Table OR contact Carol Calkins ([email protected] – Subject: Microaggressions OR 425-387-0784)

Have you heard the term “microaggression”? Merriam-Webster defines microaggression as “a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group.” Has a microaggression been directed toward you? Have you witnessed one and not known what to do? Do you want to know more? Yes? Then let’s talk.
ABOUT THE LEADER: Dr. Brouwer holds a Ph.D. in organizational studies and master’s in public administration. She has worked in the public and private sector and taught primarily leadership and service quality courses as a tenured professor in the University of Wisconsin system and online with a variety of universities. She has a family member who has become her own personal microaggression coach.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

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

UU MEN’S GROUP
When:  2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7:00pm – Sept. through June
Where: In Person in UUCS Social Hall & on Zoom
Open Sign-ups: Email [email protected]

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 [email protected].

UU WOMEN’S GROUP
When: 1st Tuesdays, 10:30am-Noon
Where: UUCS Social Hall
Open Sign-Ups &/or Further Information: Email or call Judy Reynolds – [email protected] or 623-882-6012

Would you like to spend time with a group of dynamic, interesting women?
Would you like to participate in discussions on a wide range of fascinating topics and build new friendships at the same time?
If so, we invite you to join us.

BUUK Circle
Leader: Brooke Gaunt ([email protected])
When: Every second Tuesday, October – May, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: UUCS (In Person)
Open Sign-ups: Email

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. If you are unable to attend a discussion, we hope you will find time to read the book. For information, contact Brooke Gaunt ([email protected]).
THE MARCH BOOK
“The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich

 

 

 

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