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Laptop The ALE Committee publishes the Adult Life Enrichment catalog three times a year: fall, winter, and spring. The educational opportunities are coordinated and taught by volunteers.

We invite anyone who is interested in fostering development of adult courses to propose a course of their own. Contact any member of our committee, or read Guidelines for ALE Instructors where you will find our convenient online tool to propose courses.

You may also want to consider joining the ALE Committee. Contact our Kristin Worthington at dre@bruu.org.

The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism

UU’s agree to uphold the following principles to the best of their ability:

  1. Recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
  2. Observe justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
  3. Accept one another and encourage spiritual growth in our congregations.
  4. Pursue a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
  5. Respect the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation and society.
  6. Build a world community of peace, liberty, and justice for all.
  7. Respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

BRUU ALE Committee (ALEC)

  • Kristin Worthington, Chair
  • Kathy Sobrio
  • Frank Gregorio
  • Laura Coates

IMPORTANT PAST COURSE – Book Study:
How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

Over the course of six sessions, a group of BRUU members and friends studied Kendi’s book together, covering three chapters each session, with a goal of helping one another learn and practice antiracist behaviors. Carefully chosen questions guided reading and discussion greatly assisted the participants to think and feel deeply about the material covered in the book

Sandra Fox and Margaret McCalla co-facilitating this amazing book study, with their sincere hope that we all learn from our discussion of Kendi’s book and ultimately learn “How To Be An Antiracist.” Sandra and Margaret’s time, thoughtfulness and efforts contributed greatly to the experience and outcome.

The group was asked and decided to present their experience to the congregation in a Sunday Service, along with suggested sources for further study and future actions as an antiracist.

View a video of the Sunday Service: To Be An Antiracist

Learn more about Racial Justice and suggested actions

Course Offerings

Wellspring

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UU Wellspring is a bi-monthly small group that uses the tools of direct experience and deep listening to explore the UU Sources. If the seven principles are what we aspire to, the six sources are what inspires us. Participants in Wellspring are challenged by, comforted by, and inspired by each one of the six sources. They learn about Unitarian Universalism, and also how to integrate their Unitarian Universalist faith more fully into their daily lives.

How will you take care of your soul this year?

We all recognize that the Fall of 2021 will be as much of a rollercoaster as the last 18 months. Mary Oliver asks, “What will you do with this wild and precious life?” During these challenging times, UU Wellspring offers sacred grounding while journeying with other seekers to companion you on your journey to find what “you will do with your wild and precious life.”

What might open in you by creating this time and space?

In UU Wellspring we open hearts, learn to be present with one another and develop your UU lens to sustain your work for love and justice.

Current participant Scott says “Meeting with this group every other week keeps me mindful every day of the week. I am grateful for the time we spend together.”

New Group Begins in September. Contact Kristin at dre@bruu.org for more information.

When:
To Be Established by Particpants
Where:
TBA
Facilitator:
Kristin Worthington(dre@bruu.org)

ONGOING CLASSES

Beyond the Explainable


Participants in the Reincarnation discussion found many more topics to explore. This group will explore all the things we cannot see, touch or prove without a doubt. All perspectives along the spirituality – science spectrum invited. Each month will be discuss a book selected by the group at a prior meeting; the book title will be announced in the Roundup newsletter and sent in an email to registered participants.

Ongoing, Second Tuesdays each month, 3-5 pm

Ongoing:
Second Tuesdays each month; 3-5pm
Where:
On Zoom – register to receive zoom link 
Facilitators:
Beth Lynch and Preston Hewitt

Discussion and Study of Lau-Tzu’s Tao Te Ching

 

Around 500 BC, a wise man in China named Lao-tzu dictated 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, to offer advice and guidance on how to balance moral and spiritual rules to achieve the most common good. Translated into many languages, it has become very popular in addressing social issues in today’s troubled world.

The Tao Te Ching, Ancient China’s book of wisdom will be presented for study and book discussion. Weekly throughout the year, we will use Dr. Wayne Dyer’s “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living The Wisdom Of The Tao.” Reading Dr. Dyer’s book in advance will be helpful.

When:
Meets each Tuesday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where:
On Zoom
Facilitator:
Richard Demaret (ric.demaret@gmail.com)

Seasoned Souls – Monthly Brown Bag Lunch

An on-going group that will utilize small group ministry and spiritual direction models, will draw from “Hindsight, Humor, and Hope” and “Facing Death With Life” (Tapestry of Faith UU curricula for adults), and include reading and reflection on the passages from the many excellent books on aging and spirituality. Participants are encouraged to make this a regular part of their schedules.

When:
Meets the 1st Wednesday of every month, 12 Noon – 1 pm
Where:
In Church Building
Facilitator:
Rev. Charlotte Lehmann(minister@bruu.org)

Grief Support – Monthly Brown Bag Lunch

 

This is an on-going, drop-in group for anyone wishing to talk with others about grief that they are experiencing in their life at the present time. We practice deep and attentive listening while we share thoughts and stories related to grieving personal loss.

When:
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month; 12 noon – 2 pm
Where:
On Zoom
Facilitator:
Charlotte Lehmann (minister@bruu.org)

 

Course Registration

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Do I have to register?

YES, it order to get the zoom link and other materials if required. Also the facilitator will know the number of participants expected for the class. Since registration includes your email address and phone number, you’ll be notified if a class is cancelled.. (We would’ve called you if only we knew…)

What if I’m not sure I can make it?

Register anyway. You can always contact the class Instructor before the class begins. Meanwhile, the class can go forward because the minimum number of signups has been met.

Is it okay to just drop into a class at last minute?

Sure. Just give the instructor a courtesy call or email.

How can I register?

Simply use our registration form above, since it is easy and facilitates notification to instructors of your intent to attend.


Teacher Bios

Rev. Charlotte Lehmann is BRUU’s settled minister. She is a life-long UU. Prior to ministry, Rev. Charlotte managed environmental geochemistry laboratories at colleges and universities; she still considers herself a geologist. The natural world is a source of nurture and inspiration to her.

Richard Demaret is a retired System’s technician with Washington Gas Corp. With B.A. and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration, he has years of experience as a facilitator for writers and discussion groups, and has substituted as facilitator of an Autism support group. He has a life-long interest in spirituality and philosophy, is interested in Psychology, and works with developmentally challenged people. It is Richard’s belief that understanding such spiritual classics as the Tao Te Ching can greatly help us to better interact with others and live happier lives.

Robin Fegeas was a geographer with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), leading the development of automated cartographic and geographic information systems and digital geographic standards until retiring 10 years ago. Since then he has been involved in a number of volunteer activities, including helping folks manage their finances and coordinating Destination Imagination tournaments involving creative teams of elementary, middle and high school students. At BRUU he has been actively involved since 2017 with VOICE, a non-partisan organization building relationships across multiple divides to successfully address issues of real importance to our local and regional communities. On a personal note, Robin is married to Dr. Patricia Kewer, a former university professor and current high school science teacher, and is very proud of “Dr. Mom” and his twin daughters, Michelle and Nicole–just ask him.

Sandra Fox has attended BRUU since September, 2019, and signed the membership book in February, 2020. She is a retired high school mathematics and English teacher and has also done private tutoring. She loves learning even more than teaching and is excited to participate in BRUU’s ALE.

Preston Hewitt Preston brings balance and humor to Beth’s presentations. Coming from a much more grounded background in physics and IT applied within the government and contracting environment, he has stretched to become active in all of Beth’s varied interests and adds his own perspective to all of her studies. Maybe this is less of a stretch than his own exploration of a near death experience in his early childhood. Together they present from their own experience. They delight in sharing their learning with others.

Twila Johnson will be demonstrating in the clay molding class and working along side you from her studio. Twila has been working in clay and grass for over 20 years. Her home studio is equipped with wheel, extruders, slab rollers, and kilns. Her favorite project was making prototype chalices that produced the chalice currently in use in the Sanctuary, and various other versions in use around our BRUU home.

Beth Lynch Beth’s passion is guiding people to make a positive difference in their own lives. Her history looks like an attempt to see how many lives she can fit into this incarnation: with degrees in pre-med and actuarial science and a 20 year career creating ground breaking pension valuation systems, she also made careers out so massage, doula childbirth support, animal communication, life coaching, and a variety of alternative healing practices. She ties it all together with a fascination for quantum physics, neuroscience, and spiritual studies. Her focus is on helping people achieve the life and relationship of their dreams through coaching, workshops, writing, and individual mentoring, especially in areas of spiritual, sexual and relationship growth and healing.

Margaret McCalla is a retired environmental scientist and administrator, Margaret has developed an analytical mind and realizes the value of sharing ideas with others as well as listening to others’ ideas. Thus, it is her sincere hope that we all learn from our discussion of Kendi’s book and ultimately learn “How To Be An Antiracist.”

Kristin Worthington is the Director of Religious Education at the Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Manassas, Virginia.