Programs for Adults

We have a variety of religious exploration and social programs for adults including:

  • Classes and Seminars (special courses or talks, registration is typically required)
  • Drop-in Groups (meet regularly all year, can be attended on a drop-in basis)
  • Retreats
  • Choirs – Please see the Music page for more information on how you get involved in the wonderful music programs at our church!

For more information, please contact our Adult Programs Committee, and they will direct your question to the appropriate contact person.

Classes and Seminars – Registration required

Death is Not an Option

A practical and heart centred look at death and dying while living our lives to the fullest. We will discuss being prepared for illness and death, including having a will, a personal directive, enduring power of attorney and end of life ceremony plan. Being prepared also includes looking death in the face — understanding the dying processes, end of life care options including medically assisted dying, and coming to terms with our mortality — physically, psychologically and spiritually

Time & Date: Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, October 3-31.
Registration: Register via the Program Registration Form, click on “Death is Not an Option” in the drop-down menu.
Contact: Adult Programs Commitee

Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

Have questions about our faith and history? Come to an interactive workshop and explore your aspirations for spiritual growth and opportunity for community connection and social justice opportunities. Choosing a new church community that “fits”  you and your family is a very important decision. Will the Unitarian Church of Calgary meet the needs of you and your family?

Time & Date: Saturday, October 20, 9:30 am – 12:45 pm (lunch provided, please provide information on any food sensitivities).
Registration: Register via the Program Registration Form, click on “Introduction to Unitarian-Universalism” in the drop-down menu. Childcare available on request.
Contact: Membership Committee, attention Barbara Lane

Theme-Based Listening Circles (TLCs)

Unlike some religious traditions that emphasize concepts of sin and forgiveness, Unitarian Universalism responds to the challenge of the human longing for connection. We see ourselves and many around us hungering to re-connect to our deepest selves, life’s gifts and needs greater than our own.
At the Unitarian Church of Calgary, we bring together individuals with differing needs, gifts and beliefs, and we are inspired and encouraged to live life as an expression of our common values. We do this by creating an environment and opportunities for contemplation and celebration, loving interactions with one another, lifelong learning, and engagement in social action, together or individually. All of this is supported by the deep listening that takes place in small groups – our Theme-Based Listening Circles (TLCs).
TLCs are held towards the end of the month at various times throughout the city, and beyond. This is an invitation to reflect, participate, and experience a deeper sense of connection.


Time & Dates (September 2017 – June 2018):

  • Fourth Sunday (two groups), 12:00-2:00 pm (please register)
  • Third Thursday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm: Drop-in group (no registration necessary)


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Drop-In Groups

Buddhist Meditation Group (Wildrose SanghaIn the Vietnamese tradition of Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, we sit for 25 minutes of silent meditation, practice tea meditation, chant briefly and discuss Buddhist philosophy and practice. Please bring a pillow or bench – chairs are also available. There is no cost and no experience required. Everyone is welcome!

Times & Dates: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Mondays
The group also organizes an annual meditation retreat in Canmore and bi-monthly days of mindfulness.
More information:  Wildrose Sangha

Moving with Spirit: Sacred Circle Dances and Dances of Universal Peace

All are invited to join the circle and dance, to celebrate the spirit within all of us, to experience the joy of connecting with music and movement. Dances will be taught by Ronnie Joy Leah, an experienced dance leader who has shared dances with us at our church. The dances will deepen our understanding of themes explored in Sunday Services and Reflections. They create sacred space for peace, healing and community celebration – with our bodies, voices and spirits. Ronnie Joy is an educator, activist and workshop facilitator. She has a Doctorate in Education, is a university lecturer and a Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner. Ronnie Joy is a teacher of Sacred Circle Dance and she is being mentored in the Dances of Universal Peace.

Time & Dates: Sundays, 2:00 – 4:30 pm, fall through winter, see the Events page for dates
Location: Wickenden Hall
Contact: Ronnie Joy Leah


Needlecraft Circle for quilters, sewers, knitters, and others. Bring a handiwork project (quilting, sewing, knitting, etc.) that you would like to complete in the company of others. Bring whatever supplies and equipment you need, task lighting, extension cords, and any kind of handwork that’s relatively easy to transport. This is on a drop-in basis, so those who wish to attend a particular session should ensure that someone with a key will be in attendance.

Times & Dates: 10:00 am on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
Location: Location varies and will be listed in the church Calendar. Wickenden Hall if free.
Contact: Loretta Biasutti

Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation

As part of our commitment to reconciliation, we will host viewing and discussion of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network’s (APTN) mini-series First Contact. There are 3 one hour episodes in the series. We will watch an episode and then have a discussion.

Time and Dates: Tuesdays in November: 13, 20 and 27, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Contact: Pam Rickey and Rev Debra

Ukulele Group

Here’s Your Chance to Play Ukulele in a Super Group!
The Ukuleteers, whom you may have witnessed playing on Sunday, April 1, are going to meet every month, starting in May 2018, on the first Wednesday at 1:00 pm and the first Friday at 7:00 pm. We’ll only practice for 1 hour. (And we’ll break for the summer months.) We’ll be playing just for fun, and if we happen to get a gig; well, that’ll be exciting! If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you! And we’ll provide you with a loaner ukulele for the first couple of months! This invitation is open to all ages.

Times & Dates: First Wednesday at 1:00 pm and first Friday at 7:00 pm
Contact: Brandis Purcell

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Turn of the Wheel Spiritual Retreats – Quarterly on Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

We offer a half-day spiritual retreat the Saturday prior to the change of each season (solstice or equinox). Join us for the quarterly “Turn of the Wheel Spiritual Retreat” marking this transition. We will take time to reflect individually on the four areas of our lives: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. We will spend time on each aspect, looking back over the past season and consider how we are doing in that area, and then make concrete plans on what we plan to do in the next season. Most of the time will be spent in individual reflection. This time is a gift to yourself.

Time & Date: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Saturday, September 22, 2018
Contact: Rebekah Mobley-Kasner
Registration: Register via the Program Registration Form page, click on “Turn of the Wheel” in the drop-down menu.

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