Adult Religious Exploration
Jun
10
to Sep 30

Adult Religious Exploration

Here is a list of the topics for Adult RE for the foreseeable future. Adult RE will take on the UUA topic of "What Moves Us", a pre-written program by Rev Dr. Thandeka. The question I have is whether the weekly program can be adapted to 45/60 minutes or whether we need to plan on each workshop taking two weeks.  Please check back on this "event," and as we progress through these workshops we will add links, dates, and other information. 

 

Unit 6: (Starting June 10) What Moves Us - Sophia Lyon Fahs - For more than 80 years, Fahs developed and used her Theology of Religious Naturalism to show religious educators how to discover and nurture the emotional foundations of liberal faith. For most of her professional life as a religious educator, professor, writer, editor, and public lecturer, Fahs developed and used her theological system to track basic human emotions and show how they become religious emotions. To this end, her Theology of Religious Naturalism, which she called her "natural humanism," explored five basic emotional urges and needs she believed were foundational to the religious experiences of liberal faith.

Our next UU person of importance is Sophia Lyon Fahs. For most of her professional life as a religious educator, professor, writer, editor, and public lecturer, Fahs developed and used her theological system to track basic human emotions and show how they become religious emotions. To this end, her Theology of Religious Naturalism, which she called her "natural humanism," explored five basic emotional urges and needs she believed were foundational to the religious experiences of liberal faith. She believed the task of religious educators in particular and religious professionals (clergy and laity) in general was not only to recognize these core, ever-present, human emotional states, but also to develop programs that could transform these basic feelings into religious experiences of joy and wonder and more: personal religious experiences, as she put it, of God's presence in the natural world.

  • What does the term God mean to you? To what does the term refer for you? Do you find it a useful term when reflecting on your own experiences of creativity and creative engagement? Compare and contrast your understanding of the term God with Fahs' understanding of the term.
  • According to Fahs, human beings were originally impelled "to be religious because [they] needed something [they] had not yet found." Have you felt impelled to want to be religious? If you have not felt so impelled, reflect upon the circumstances that led you to become a Unitarian Universalist. Then find the emotions linked to these circumstances (e.g., feeling emotionally confused, feeling at risk, feeling alone, feeling free). Fahs believes that this emotional component of your experience led to the transformation of your feelings into religious sentiments. Do you agree?
  • Are you a Unitarian Universalist because you needed something and found it in this faith tradition? Are you seeking something you have not yet found? Do Fahs' claims here make sense to you based on your own experience?

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/movesus/workshop6/282673.shtml

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/movesus/workshop6/282666.shtml

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/movesus/workshop6/handout2

 

Unit 7: What Moves Us - James Luther Adams - This workshop formally introduces the Pragmatic Theory of Religious Beliefs, a theory many Unitarian Universalists already affirm though they may not know it by this name. Developed by Unitarian Universalist minister, theologian, and social ethicist James Luther Adams, the theory, simply stated, is this: Belief is revealed in deeds, not creeds. This workshop uses as a focal point the conversion experience that lies at the devotional heart of Adams' pragmatic theory.

Unit 8: What Moves Us - Forrest Church - This program introduces Forrest Church's Universalist Theology for the Twenty-First Century. Church developed this contemporary "theological universalism" to address what he called a principal challenge to the creation of a viable theology today: social fragmentation. As he put it, we live in a world "where togetherness is no longer a luxury but a necessity; where we are thrown together by realities that shape our common destiny." Those realities include the global economy, global communication systems, and global nuclear and environmental threats.

Unit 9: What Moves Us - Rev. Dr. William F. Schultz - This program introduces the Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz's theology, Unitarian Universalism in a New Key. Schulz, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations from 1985-1993, executive director of Amnesty International USA from 1994-2006, and current president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, created this theology to "sound Unitarian Universalism in a new and more melodic key."

Unit 10: What Moves Us - Rev. Dr. Thandeka - Our personal faith as Unitarian Universalists begins with our own life experiences. This is a conclusion of the 2005 Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) Commission on Appraisal Report, "Engaging Our Theological Diversity," which found that "almost universally among UUs, personal experience is considered the most important source of religious conviction." The report calls for "theological literacy," inviting us to deepen and clarify our theological understanding of personal experience "individually and collectively." To this end, we must do two things, says Thandeka: We must investigate what personal experience means for us today as Unitarian Universalists and we must explore how our individual personal experiences become Unitarian Universalist religious convictions.

 

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 The Relationship Between Social Action and Spirituality
Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

The Relationship Between Social Action and Spirituality

Lay Leader: Jan Snedigar

Program Presenter: Bob, Ken, Susan, and Valerie

Program Title: The Relationship Between Social Action and Spirituality

Description: Does social justice activism deepen our Spirituality? Or does spirituality deepen our commitment to social justice activism?  Or do they operate together?  Which is more characteristic of our fellowship, spirituality or social justice activism?  Which characterizes you, and why?  Four panelists will present their opinions, and then we will all explore these questions together.

NOT a pot luck because July 1 is the annual meeting and that will be a pot luck :)

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Why should we try for Welcoming Congregation recognition from the UUA? A Panel Discussion
Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

Why should we try for Welcoming Congregation recognition from the UUA? A Panel Discussion

Lay Leader:

Program Presenter: BHUUF Welcoming Congregation Task Force

Program Title: Why should we try for Welcoming Congregation recognition from the UUA? A Panel Discussion

Description: Society at large and especially religious spaces haven't always been a welcoming place for those on the sexuality and gender spectrums.  As UUs we are called to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and this includes individuals in the LGBTQ+ population.  Each of us has worth and that includes those on the gender and sexuality spectrum. How can our congregation be as inclusive as possible to affirm and welcome the LGBGTQ+ population of the Black Hills area to our space? This Sunday the Welcome Subcommittee will be talking about their work of looking as ways to make our congregation as welcoming and affirming a space as possible for the Black Hills LGBTQ+ community, and how this will help us gain UUA recognition as an LGBTQ+ Welcoming Congregation and steps to achieve that.


 

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The Songs of Slavery and Freedom, Banishment and Homelessness, and Hope
May
20
4:00 PM16:00

The Songs of Slavery and Freedom, Banishment and Homelessness, and Hope

Lay Leader: Matie Tyson

Presenter: Bob Fowler and Choir

Program Title: The Songs of Slavery and Freedom, Banishment and Homelessness, and Hope

Description: The BHUUF choir will present a program of music and commentary.  The focus this year is on freedom songs; songs about hope in the midst of homelessness, and freedom in the midst of slavery.  The songs we will sing employ the close harmonies of songs of Africa, and the close harmonies of African American freedom songs.

Program Type: Discussion

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Stewardship and Visioning for the Future
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Stewardship and Visioning for the Future

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Presenter: Jane Galbraith

Program Title: Stewardship and Visioning for the Future

Description: Successful religious communities do three essential things. They care for one another, they provide and engage in opportunities for spiritual growth and transformation and they are committed to serve the needs of others.

Program Type: Formal

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America's Obsession With Guns: Prying Guns from the Hands of Dead, Cold People
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

America's Obsession With Guns: Prying Guns from the Hands of Dead, Cold People

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Program Presenter: Brian Bach

Program Title:America's Obsession with Guns: Prying Guns from the Hands of Dead, Cold People

Program Description: This program will discuss the psychology of gun ownership in America and touch upon the deep currents that drive our obsession with guns, gun violence, and the myth of security.

POT LUCK SUNDAY! Bring a dish to share, but don't let that stop you from coming if you can't!

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Earth Day
Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

Earth Day

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Program Presenter: guest Rick Bell

Program Title: Earth Day special program

Description: Rick Bell, President of Sustainable Environmental Engineering and current President of the Dakota Rural Action Black Hills Chapter will be the featured speaker. He will speak about his work as an environmental engineer and why Earth Day is so important.

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Hashtag Movements: Voices Rising to Change the World
Apr
15
4:00 PM16:00

Hashtag Movements: Voices Rising to Change the World

Lay Leader: Jan Snedigar

Program Presenter: Mahala Bach

Program Title: Hashtag Movements: Voices rising to change the world

Description: #MeToo and #TimesUp are part of a movement of empowerment and justice, bringing sexual harassment and sexual violence awareness into our everyday conversations. What do these movements ask from us and are we ready to respond with honesty and a willingness to act with bravery? People are telling their stories, telling their truth. Are we listening? And, if we listen, what is the next step?

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He Who Sings Prays Twice
Apr
8
4:00 PM16:00

He Who Sings Prays Twice

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Program Presenter: Laural Lantz

Program Title: He Who Sings Prays Twice

Description: Reclaiming our spiritual voice, inspired by the book Singing Meditation, Together in Sound and Silence - Ruthie Rosauer and Liz Hill 

"The mystery of sound is mysticism; the harmony  of life is religion. The knowledge of vibrations is metaphysics, the analysis of atoms is science, and their harmonious grouping is art. The rhythm of form is poetry, and the rhythm of sound is music. This shows that music is the art of arts and the science of of all sciences; and it contains the fountain of all knowledge within itself." - Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

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There Is A Crack In Everything; That's How The Light Gets In
Mar
25
4:00 PM16:00

There Is A Crack In Everything; That's How The Light Gets In

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach or Jan Snedigar

Program Presenter: Bob Fowler

Program Title: There Is A Crack In Everything; That's How The Light Gets In

Description: How do you feel when you are confronted by unyielding and pervasive bigotry, racism, misogyny, small mindedness, and deliberate distortions of the truth? For guidance, we will look at some wisdom from ancient India, the Greek philosopher Plato, and the life of a martyr of the civil rights movement Viola Liuzzo. These teachers and activists remind us that there is a crack in everything, including a crack in unrelenting hatred and in pervasive lies.

POT LUCK SUNDAY! Bring a dish to share, but come even if you can't!

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Seeds or Weeds?
Mar
18
4:00 PM16:00

Seeds or Weeds?

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Program Presenter: Katie Frooman

Program Title: Seeds or Weeds

Program Description: Springtime is so close we can feel it!  With the equinox upon us and the Earth preparing to once again burst forth with new, green life, we also look at how our own lives and cycles mirror that of the Earth.  This spring, are our own personal gardens of the soul cleaned up and ready for new seeds, or will our opportunities for change and growth and all things new be choked out by the same old weeds?  Join us for a delightfully pagan spring cleaning of the soul-garden. 

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The Spirit and Nature of Travel
Mar
11
4:00 PM16:00

The Spirit and Nature of Travel

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach or Jan Snedigar

Program Presenter: Valerie Naylor

Program Title: The Spirit and Nature of Travel

Description: There's a characteristic of many people that can only be described as severe restlessness of the soul, the wandering spirit, a culture of vagabonds. Join vagabond Valerie Naylor for a trip to the heart of why travel is spiritually good for us.

 

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Love Is A Wild Goose
Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

Love Is A Wild Goose

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Program Presenter: Mahala Bach and Bob Fowler

Program Title: Love Is A Wild Goose

Description: Ancient Celtic Christian tradition symbolized the Holy Spirit as a wild goose. Many Unitarian Universalists conceptualize Spirit as love. If we combine these two ideas does that mean love is like a wild goose? If so, we are called to celebrate a love that is loud, bold, courageous, and untamed!

 

Please join us on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00pm for Adult Religious Exploration. This Sunday we will be looking at another liberal religion great, Charles Chauncy. Chauncy was the liberal opposition to the “Great Awakening” of the 18th century. Considered one of the most influential religious leaders of his time, he stood in stark contract to Jonathon Edwards, a revivalist and leader of a puritanical return to the fundamentals of Christianity. Edwards wrote the famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" published in 1741.

We will:

1) Learn about the Chauncy's “Four Human Capacities” for Spiritual Transformation

2) Discover our own experiences with UU-ism in the context of the Four Human Capacities

3) And ask ourselves, how do Chauncy’s four categories help strengthen or deepen our own experience?The links below will help in our understanding of the time, and its place in American history.

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/movesus/workshop2/282489.shtml

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/movesus/workshop2/282493.shtml

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/movesus/workshop2/282494.shtml

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Great_Awakening


 

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Truth Like The Blanket That Leaves Your Feet Cold
Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

Truth Like The Blanket That Leaves Your Feet Cold

Lay Leader:

Program Presenter: Ethan Gutierrez

Program Title: Truth Like The Blanket That Leaves Your Feet Cold

Description: Does god play dice riding on an schizophrenic beam of light?  Does the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences give us insight into universal truth?  Ethan Gutierrez will make no attempt to answer these and many other fun questions as he invites you to play with him in that divine state of questioning.  

“Discoveries of any great moment in mathematics and other disciplines, once they are discovered, are seen to be extremely simple and obvious, and make everybody, including their discoverer, appear foolish for not having discovered them before. It is all too often forgotten that the ancient symbol for the prenascence of the world* is a fool, and that foolishness, being a divine state, is not a condition to be either proud or ashamed of.  Unfortunately, we find systems of education today which have departed so far from the plain truth, that they now teach us to be proud of what we know and ashamed of ignorance. This is doubly corrupt. It is corrupt not only because pride is in itself a mortal sin, but also because to teach pride in knowledge is to put up an effective barrier against any advance upon what is already known, since it makes one ashamed to look beyond the bonds imposed by one's ignorance.  To any person prepared to enter with respect into the realm of his great and universal ignorance, the secrets of being will eventually unfold, and they will do so in measure according to his freedom from natural and indoctrinated shame in his respect of their revelation.”

G. Spencer-Brown

Adult R.E.:

What Moves Us - Hosea Ballou - Ballou was the most influential and singularly important Universalist preacher, public theologian, editor, author, and pastor in 19th-century America. He believed human happiness is a mandate of liberal faith. We have a God-given right to be happy, Ballou insisted.

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Culture and Spirituality
Feb
11
4:00 PM16:00

Culture and Spirituality

Lay Leader:

Program Presenter: Irene Summers Temple

Program Title: Culture and Spirituality

Description: Exploring the intersection of cultural and spiritual identities. Recognizing bias and assumptions. Consciously engaging in identity exploration fosters growth.

Adult R.E.: Discussion about one of the Universalism’s founding fathers, George De Benneville. During our discussion we will learn about the life of De Benneville, his concept of unconditional love, and his emotional restoration to health and wholeness.

Activity 1: We will share our own personal stories of being loved.

Activity 2: Introducing George De Benneville: where we learn about the founding father of Universalism

Activity 3: Testing De Benneville: where we discuss spiritual crisis, feeling unconditionally loved, and how to marry our perception of love to our UU spiritual journey.

Plan to attend and read the following if possible:

http://uudb.org/articles/georgedebenneville.html

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/movesus/workshop1/282444.shtml

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/movesus/workshop1/282452.shtml

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/movesus/workshop1/282448.shtml

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No More Saviors
Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

No More Saviors

Lay Leader: Jan Snedigar

Program Presenter: BHUUF Book Club (Panel)

Program Title: No More Saviors

Description: The program will be a panel discussion from the UU Book Club based on the book, “No More Heroes”. The book and our discussion will focus on moving from a white dominated hierarchical patriarchy to, in the words of Harriet’s Apothercary, “co-creating accessible, affordable, liberatory, all-body loving, all-gender honoring, community healing spaces that recognize, inspire, and deepen the healing genius of people that identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of color and the allies that love us.”

Adult R.E.: What Moves Us - George de Benneville - De Benneville (BEN-eh-ville) was a medical doctor, preacher, teacher, writer, translator, friend of the refugee, advocate for Native American rights and the welfare of indentured servants, host to European nobility through his own aristocratic background, and friend to such men as Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush through his liberal foreground. Today, de Benneville is recognized as one of the spiritual forebears of the Universalist Church of America.

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Wider Circles
Jan
28
4:00 PM16:00

Wider Circles

Lay Leader: Jan Snedigar

Program Presenter: Mahala Bach

Program Title: Wider Circles

Description: Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to widen our circle of care. It calls us to expand circles of justice, respect, compassion, and responsibility. There are many practices we can bring into our lives, and this community, to help us push the boundary of our circle ever wider. As far as we know our universe is boundless and so can be our circle of care!

Adult Religious Exploration: What Moves Us (Introduction): This program peels back the doctrine-rich theological language that can prevent us from affirming our faith experiences with one another in the wider world.  Through shared direct experiences and reflection exercises, readings & lessons, and ethical deliberations, What Moves Us creates an adult faith journey for Unitarian Universalists who want to preach and teach what they already experience but have not been able to articulate: the spiritual power of our faith.

 

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Poetry As A Way to Connect
Jan
21
4:00 PM16:00

Poetry As A Way to Connect

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Program Presenter: Jess Charest

Program Title: Poetry As A Way to Connect

Description:Jess will explore how poetry can be used as a means of connection to the people around us and to the Larger Universe.

Adult Religious Exploration: A Few Crucial Instances of Grace: Insight and justice at the end of the worst year in American political History

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The Passionate Heart of Our Faith
Jan
14
4:00 PM16:00

The Passionate Heart of Our Faith

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Program Presenter: Bob Fowler

Program Title: Universalism: The Passionate Heart of Our Faith

Description: This presentation is about Universalism and its influence on our modern religious identity.  Bob will argue that Universalism is the passionate heart of Unitarian Universalism.   If you think that Universalism stood for emotion, and not intellect, be advised that Universalist ministers were known for their debating skills, and their aggressive willingness to buttonhole anyone who would listen to their arguments! Come find out more about this side of our UU faith.

Adult Religious Exploration: Finding truth in the muddied waters of gun violence - diving into a fact-based discussion about gun violence in America.

 

 

 

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Rapid City's Proposed Transformation Center
Jan
7
4:00 PM16:00

Rapid City's Proposed Transformation Center

Program: “Rapid City's Proposed Transformation Center”

Presenter: Charity Doyle

Description: Rapid City’s proposed Transformation Center seeks to provide a comprehensive approach to enable individuals to design self-directed lives with the support and wrap-around services they need to elevate their lives. This may include identity recovery, housing, workforce re-entry, addiction/mental health recovery, adult education, and more.  RCCI intends to tailor this facility to be welcoming to all walks of life, backgrounds, and beliefs through an environment that will allow each person to decide what spiritual component, if any, they wish to be part of their personal journey.

 We believe there is no greater investment we can make as a community than investing in human potential.

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Joyful Reminiscence
Dec
31
4:00 PM16:00

Joyful Reminiscence

Program: “Joyful Reminiscence: Recalling the Joy of 2017”

Presenter: Mahala Bach

2017 brought a lot of change in our community, our nation, and for many of us individually. What have we learned? How have we grown? What has inspired us on this spiritual journey? This Sunday is an opportunity to share our experiences and understand the powerful themes of 2017 that have shaped our lives. 

This is a potluck Sunday so everyone is invited to bring a meal or snack to share.  

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Setup and Greeting:

Snacks: Pot Luck!

 

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Cookies and Carols
Dec
24
5:30 PM17:30

Cookies and Carols

This service has been cancelled.  You are invited to attend service at this location by the United Church of Christ (UCC), from whom we rent space.  Their Christmas Eve service will be held at 5:30pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience due to late notification.  Thank you!

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The Heart of Our Faith: Selections from Rev. Guengerich
Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

The Heart of Our Faith: Selections from Rev. Guengerich

Program:

“The Beloved Community: What's In It For Me?”

Presenter: Jane Galbraith

Jane will talk about why she comes to the Fellowship Sunday after Sunday. Is it obligation or is there something else that draws her to this Fellowship?

This is a discussion Sunday so you will also get a chance to discuss, "What's in it for me?". 

Lay Leader:Bob Fowler

Setup and Greeting:

Snacks:

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The Truth About Thanksgiving
Nov
26
4:00 PM16:00

The Truth About Thanksgiving

Program: The Truth About Thanksgiving

Presenter: Jess Charest

The Truth About Thanksgiving, and Why It Matters: An exploration into the history of Thanksgiving and the Wampanoag people, who were forced to take a starring role in one of the most heavily whitewashed stories of all time.

Lay Leader: Jan Snedigar

Setup and Greeting:

Snacks:

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Samhain Service
Oct
29
4:00 PM16:00

Samhain Service

Program: Samhain Service

Presenter: Katie Frooman and Teri Weathers

Presented by members of the CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist PaganS) group of BHUUF, this Samhain service draws from several traditional aspects of pagan ritual surrounding this holiday for a blended Unitarian Universalist - Pagan interactive service. Embracing the Celtic New Year, this service aims to renew our congregational commitment to social justice work by remembering and honoring Black, Indigenous, Transgender, and otherwise marginalized people who are no longer with us. What is remembered, lives.

Lay Leader: Mahala Bach

Setup and Greeting: Teri Weathers

Closing: ?

Snacks: Pot Luck – Bring a dish to share!

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