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: 

Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory  • Yoga and Brown Bag Lunch 
 "A Course in Miracles"  • Qigong Practice
Humanist Study Group  • Tai Chi Practice

Special Presentations and Workshops

Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory - DVD Lecture/Discussion
Sundays at 9:30 a.m., RE Main

2017-03-26 scientific26 March  Your Amazing Prehistoric Memory
  2 April     Encoding Information with Images
  9 April     Maximizing Short- and Long-Term Memory
16 April     Why and When We Forget
23 April     Keeping Your Whole Brain in Peak Condition
30 April     Human Memory is Reconstruction, Not Replay

What was the name of your first pet? Where did you put your house keys? How do you get to work every morning? Most likely, you didn't need to look up the answers to these questions. You remembered them. Memory is, without a doubt, the most powerful (and practical) tool of everyday life. By linking both your past and your future, memory gives you the power to plan, to reason, to perceive, and to understand. As long as thinking and insight are important in how we live our lives, memory will be critical as well. And the better your memory, the more information you'll have at your immediate disposal and the better your thinking will be.

Questions? Contact Carol Alice: cam2cats@gmail.com

April Movie & Discussion Night - Sponsored by the UUCV Social Action Steering Committee
Saturday, April 8th in the Sanctuary, 7pm to 9-ish

Join with others to watch and discuss a popular movie or documentary that teaches us how to make the world a better place. Arrive at 6:30pm. Movie starts at 7pm. Snacks and coffee provided.

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, yet the mythology of black criminality still exists. Presented by the UUCV Racial Justice Group. Contact Racialjustice@uucvan.org

Stay tuned for more special workshops and presentations as we enter spring and summer.

 


Adult Religious Education Classes

Questions? Contact Sara Cloe


"A Course in Miracles" 

coursebook 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.