Classes & Workshops

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Our Adult Enrichment (AE) classes and workshops are designed for those who wish to deepen their philosophical understanding in a safe and accepting environment.  Members, friends, and  newcomers are welcome! We hope you will find an offering in the list below that interests you.

To find out about Groups, click here.

To register for any class or workshop, email adultenrichment@uucvan.org.

The Adult Enrichment committee is always open to new ideas for classes and ways to enhance our program. If you'd like to facilitate a class or workshop, click here for more information.

If you have a suggestion for a class or workshop you'd like AE to present, or if you have any questions about our program, contact Sara Cloe at adultenrichment@uucvan.org.


Ongoing class and workshop offerings: 

The Skeptic's Guide to American History  • Yoga and Brown Bag Lunch 
 "A Course in Miracles"  • Qigong Practice
Humanist Study Group  • Tai Chi Practice

Special Presentations and Workshops

Stay tuned for more as we enter spring and summer. Social Action Steering Committee is offering movie night with discussion.

 


Adult Religious Education Classes

The Skeptic's Guide to American History, a DVD lecture and discussion

The Skeptics Guide to American HistoryBeginning September 11 — Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., RE Main (see dates and topics below)

Everyone recognizes as myths the idea that Columbus was the first to discover America or the story that George Washington admitted to cutting down a cherry tree. But very few people realize how much of what we think we know about American history is also mythical and mistaken. As historians often emphasize, many popular beliefs about history in general -- and about U.S. history in particular -- are myths, either totally false or, at best, only half true.

Join us for stimulating discussion after the lectures.
 Everyone is welcome. No charge. Newcomers encouraged and drop-ins welcome. Questions? Contact Carol Alice. 

12 Feb.     19. World War II Misconceptions and Myths
19 Feb.     20. Was the Cold War Inevitable?
26 Feb.     21. The Real Blunders of the Vietnam War
5 March    22. Myths about American Wars
12 March  23. Who Matters in American History?
19 March  24. History Did Not Begin with Us

 

 

 

Questions? Contact Carol Alice 


"A Course in Miracles" 

photo of book Beginning September 11 — Sundays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in RE #4. 

Meditation is followed by study groups. "A Course in Miracles" is a non-dualistic philosophy which was written by Helen Schucman and William Thetford (both psychologists.) It is a self-study curriculum which assists its readers in finding inner peace. It aims to "remove the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your inheritance." The introduction to the book contains the following summary: "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. No charge. All are welcome.
Questions? Contact facilitator Tommy Neal by email: Tommy Neal. You may also reach Tommy at (360) 901-5213.


Humanist Study GroupHumanism-Symbol

2nd Thursday of each month, 2 to 3:30 p.m., RE Main

Can YUU be a HUUmanist? Humanism is one of the most influential and most misunderstood philosophies of our time. It has arisen in every culture, and few people know what it is and why it has been so influential. Questions? 

  


 

 

Yoga and Brown Bag Lunchyoga

Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm, Class in Sanctuary, then Kitchen & Library for lunch

This is a gentle yoga class, taught by Joanne Galloway, an experienced UUCV Member. Questions? Contact Joanne Galloway

 


Qigong Practice

 A Chinese system of prescribed physical exercises or movements performed in a meditative state.Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary or RE Building.

Free but donations to UUCV are welcome.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused attention. The word Qigong (pronounced Chee Gung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Qigong means cultivating energy: It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: They all involve posture, breathing techniques and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it or emit QI to help heal others. The slow gentle movements can be practiced by all age groups as well as the physically challenged. Recharge your body and relax your mind practicing this self-healing art. Please join us and bring a friend.
Questions? For more information, please contact Liz Bolza or call (360) 546-2831.


Play Tai Chi at UUCV with Emmett Grote and Grace Ju

tai-chi
Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary (Free but donations are welcome)

The Chinese refer to the practice of Tai Chi as “ playing Tai Chi” the slow graceful movements of Tai Chi are designed to achieve a harmonious flow of energy (qi) throughout the entire body. This gentle low impact exercise has been proven to have a positive effect on overall health, relaxation, flexibility, and balance. Open to all ages and level of experience. After a few minutes of qigong style warm up exercises we will “Play Tai Chi”. Emmett has several years of experience Playing Tai Chi. Grace Ju has received some trained from a well know master in Taiwan. The emphasis will be on health improvement rather then the martial art aspect of Tai Chi. Although the fundamentals that make it more then “just a dance” will be stressed. For additional information contact Emmett Grote at taichi@uucvan.org

 

How to start a class, workshop, or group at UUCV*HowTo

1. Decide what type of venue you want to facilitate
2. Chose a title and write out a description in 120 words or less
3. Talk to people you think might be interested in attending, and with them:
4. Select a day, time, place you would like to meet
5. Submit the information to Adult Enrichment Council, Sara Cloe at adultenrichment@uucvan.org

*Also check out How to...at UUCV!

Classes and workshops are presented by the Adult Enrichment Council: Sara Cloe, DRE; Carolee Allen, Groups; and Kitty Hibbs, Webpage Editor.