Our Lifelong Learning programs are designed to help us live our 3rd and 4th principles: encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations, and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
Below is a list of current offerings at UUCM.
Additionally UUCM hosts other opportunities for spiritual growth through programs held at UUCM. See details and times for these programs in the UUCM Calendar:
- 2nd Friday Song Circle
- Insight Meditation
- Kundalini Yoga
- Sacred Circle Dance
- QiGong/Tai Chi
- Support Groups/Step Meetings
Current Offerings at UUCM
Transforming Hearts Collective Video Series
Transgender Inclusion in Congregations
This is a six-session course led by Rev. Mykal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan that includes lectures and questions for reflection and discussion. This is important work we can do together to grow our understanding and ability to welcome people, affirming the full breadth of gender diversity.
It’s free to watch the series on your own. Just follow these steps:
- Go to the course page (https://transforming-hearts-collective.teachable.com)
- Scroll to the bottom and select the $500 option
- Click “Enroll”
- On the next page click the red text “Add Coupon”
- In the box that appears, enter UUMILFORD and click “Apply” (the total will be adjusted to FREE)
- Continue with enrollment
Reading for Change
Reading for Change meets monthly at UUCM to discuss books and issues connected to the seven principles of Unitarian-Universalism. Past selections include The 57 Bus, White Fragility, and Justice on Earth.
While Reading for Change at UUCM is on hiatus until January 2020, we are currently participating in the Reading About Racism Book Group at the Wadleigh Library in Milford, NH..
You can also join the Reading for Change Facebook page, which will include an entry for each book we read where you can make comments and have a discussion with other readers.
‘On Being’ Podcast & Potluck — 3rd Friday of the Month
Join us at 6:30pm where we share a potluck meal and listen to a Krista Tippett On Being podcast, which promises “intelligent conversation on religion, meaning, and moral imagination.”
Following dinner, we’ll talk about what we heard. It’s like a book club with no homework! Questions? Call Leslie Bennett.
Small Group Ministry
Small Group Ministry (sometimes called Covenant Groups) is a lay-led group of about 8-10 people who meet twice monthly to share their lives and discuss meaningful topics with the opportunity for deeper spiritual exploration and search for meaning. SGM is a wonderful way to forge a deeper connection with members of the congregation. Groups reform each October and members covenant together to meet and support each other for the coming church year. Each group also chooses a small service project to complete.
Some groups may have space for new members during the year. Current meeting places,
times, and facilitators are as follows:
David Wheeler – Hollis – 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7-9pm
David Harris – Mont Vernon – 2nd & 4th Weds, 7-9pm
Linda Higgs & Linda Pellerin – Milford – 1st & 3rd Tues, 2-4pm
“Writing Your Life – One Story at a Time”
A Group for Memoir Writing Support
Leader: Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar
Starting Sunday, November 3
1st & 3rd Sundays, 12:15-2pm – Granite Room
This memoir writing group is a renaissance of a group that met for nearly two years 2016-2018, and then took a break. Some of the previous participants will be returning, and we welcome newcomers at this time as well. If you were not part of the previous group, and are interested now, please be in touch with Jeanne Nieuwejaar for some introductory information.
NOTE: Due to the personal nature of the sharings in this group, it will close to new members after the first 2 meetings. It might open again at a future date.
The group’s timeframe is open-ended, as our stories are open-ended, but we’ll plan to continue for at least six months and then assess how best to move ahead.
Please bring a piece of your life story, about 600-800 words, to the first meeting to share with the group.
- Write about a discrete event that is clear and strong in your memory. It can be about anything at all — from childhood, youth, or adulthood.
- Perhaps recall “a day I’ll never forget.”
- Write, not analytically, but descriptively, using lots of sensory memories.
The Open Door: A Biweekly Tidbit on the Monthly Theme
Want to add a little intellectual stimulation to your week? Every other week you will receive an electronic “tidbit” with a work of art, a poem or short bit of prose, and two essential questions to get you thinking about connections to ideas and other questions. The format will allow you to engage in dialogue on the Tidbit with its creator and other members of the group for two weeks – until that conversation closes and another begins. You may just want to enjoy but not enter the discussion. It’s up to you. All you do to participate is hit reply (for just me) or “reply all” and make a comment.
The tidbits are created by Nancy Baker. They are meant to be an online adult education opportunity that links UUs in Milford, Nashua, and Manchester so we can get to know each other better and hear new ideas and voices. You must sign up to receive them and make comments. They are not open to the general public as they are created for a UU adult ed audience. To sign up, contact Nancy Baker.
Work with others to create Collaborative Worship services.