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.
UUCM hosts these opportunities for spiritual growth through programs held at UUCM. See details and times for these programs in the UUCM Calendar.
Adult Ed Monthly Series
Each program is presented twice at different times to accommodate different schedules.
Member Presentation: 2nd Tuesday (7 pm) and 2nd Wednesday (4 pm) of the month.
Surface of Mystery Winter series: 4th Tuesday (7 pm) and 4th Wednesday (4 pm). Nancy Baker will consider what five conditions we encounter in the world (aperion, innocence, fidelity, darkness and harmony) really mean by looking at explanations in philosophy, theology, mythology and art history.
Reading for Change
Reading for Change meets monthly 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.
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.
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 Harris – Mont Vernon – 2nd & 4th Weds, 6:30-8:30pm
- Linda Higgs & Linda Pellerin – Milford – 1st & 3rd Tues, 2-4pm
- Nancy Baker – via Zoom – 1st & 3rd Tues., 4-6pm (Time negotiable)
“Writing Your Life – One Story at a Time”
A Group for Memoir Writing Support
Leader: Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Sundays, 12:15-2pm – Granite Room
This memoir writing group is a renaissance of a group that met from 2016-2018. Newcomers have joined the original participants and the group is now closed due to the personal nature of the sharing of stories.
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.
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