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

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 28, 9:30 am – 12:45 pm (lunch provided).
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.

Resources:

Time & Dates (September 2017 – June 2018):

  • Fourth Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Fourth Sunday, 12:00-2:00 pm
  • More groups may be added

Registration:

Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide Program

The Canadian Unitarian Council has brought together a team of incredibly committed people to create what has become the “Truth, Healing & Reconciliation Reflection Guides.” These guides are just that,
rather than a ‘curriculum’ they provide rich and varied material to reflect on the impact of the historical relationship with indigenous people.
In addition to the sessions, there will be Taking It Home activities, reflections, and readings to be done between sessions (approximately 1-2 hours). These resources are online, so computer access to the internet is required; if this is a problem, let us know and we can find someone you can buddy with who has online access. The program will cover such things as: Engagement and Locating Ourselves, Understanding Colonization, Colonization and the Indian Residential School System, Present Realities and Racism, Resilience, Healing and Vital, How to Build Respectful Relationships, Reconciliation through Justice and Relationships, Continuing the Journey.
The program will begin with the Western Regional Gathering TRC stream held on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Thereafter, there will be six sessions at the church.

Time & Date for first session – Western Regional Gathering TRC Stream: Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Wild Rose United Church, 1317 1 St NW, Calgary (use link to register for this one-day event).
Registration for the first session: at the CUC website.

Times & Dates for subsequent sessions: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 22, and Nov. 29.
Facilitator and Contact: Rev Debra Faulk with a team of guests and co-facilitators
Registration for subsequent sessions: Register via the Program Registration Form, click on “Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide Program” in the drop-down menu.

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Drop-In Groups

Buddhist Meditation Group (Wildrose Sangha)

In 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

Laughter Yoga with the Travelling Laughter Club

The Travelling Laughter Club – Laughter Yoga – will meet about twice monthly September – December. What is it? Laughter Yoga is a program of exercises, silliness, and laughter along with yogic breathing and some meditation. Laughter, along with the easy exercises, energizes the body, stimulates the brain, and lifts the spirits. Laughter Yoga is a healthy means to lighten up lives at home, at play, and at work. Most important: it’s fun and FREE!!! Exercises are modified to fit anyone’s ability, and can be easily done while sitting. No special equipment needed – just wear comfortable clothes.

Time & Dates: Mondays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm. September 18, October 2, 16, and 30, November 6 and 20, December 3.
Admission is Free.
More Information: For information contact Sheila Ward.

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, dates TBD
Location: Wickenden Hall
Contact: Ronnie Joy Leah

Needlecrafters

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

Tea with the Minister

This offers a casual opportunity to meet with our minister, the Rev. Debra Faulk, in her study during the fall and winter. Everyone is welcome to drop in. The conversation will be determined by the participants.

Times & Dates: 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Thursdays, September through December.

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Retreats

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 16
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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