Five Wishes

Five Thursdays at 7pm: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

Five Wishes is an advanced healthcare directive designed to facilitate end-of-life conversations and directives among any adult and their loved ones. It is America’s most popular living will and meets legal requirements in 42 states, including Rhode Island. Members of the Care Crew will coordinate the sessions.

Leaders: Shirley DiMatteo, Steve McCloy, Rich Rudert

Five Questions

Six Thursdays at 7pm: Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14

A workshop for the head and heart, we will explore these five questions as a guide for transformative spiritual reflection:

  1. What does it mean to be human?
  2. How do I know what I know?
  3. Who or what is in charge?
  4. What is the meaning of life?
  5. What is the meaning of death?

Five Questions will engage all who attend to articulate their understanding of self, purpose, meaning, and connection, leading to a personal credo.

Leaders: Steve McCloy and Mel Shelly

Harvest the Power

Beginning late October

Many Unitarian Universalists experience a deepening commitment to their faith and congregation as a call to step into a position of leadership. Harvest the Power helps lay leaders grow in spirit as they develop as leaders. Twelve workshops, weaving strands of spiritual, ethical and UU faith development, offer opportunities for new and experienced leaders to enrich the skills they bring to their leadership and to experience their leadership journey as a Unitarian Universalist faith journey. Do you feel called to a deepening sense of identity and leadership here at First Unitarian? The exploration will begin with a dinner, then a Saturday retreat, and then regularly scheduled sessions. Specific dates will be announced.

Leaders: Cynthia Rosengard, Cathy Seggel, Jay Glasson, Kimberli Gray, Peter Van Erp

Setting Free your Inner Writer

Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 pm

It’s not always easy to start writing. In this workshop, we will used tools developed over a couple of years with a weekly writing group to help kindle or re-kindle your creativity.

Leader: Rev. Gwendolyn Howard

Dismantling White Supremacy: Who are we? Where are we going?

Fall date for interest gathering session to be announced

In order to do the ministry of anti-racism, there is much to learn about ourselves, our local culture, and beyond. We will draw on diverse readings and resources to inform our actions in working for justice.

Leaders: Tiffany Reed and Cathy Seggel

Mindful Grieving

Eight-week sessions throughout church year, dates to be announced

Mindful Grieving launched in response to the needs of members in our community who were grieving over recent or long-term losses. Participants come together to share their feelings in a safe, supportive environment.

Reimagining Religion

2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7pm

Reimagining Religion explores the best recent scholarship in coming to grips with issues raised by radically new developments in the study of religion. Join us as we attempt to achieve a fuller appreciation of what religious literacy entails in the 21st century.

Leader: Tom Hall