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)
  • Groups (meet regularly all year, can be attended on a drop-in basis)
  • Dinners
  • Retreats
  • Choirs – Please see the Music page for more information on how you get involved in the wonderful music programs at UCC!

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

Classes and Seminars

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, March 11, 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 Leslie Buckle

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Groups

Book Discussion Group

A 30-minute presentation on a book of interest is given, followed by an hour of friendly discussion over coffee and tea. Participants do not need to read the evening’s book in advance. For details about the upcoming discussion, please see the Events page.

Times & Dates: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Sundays during the fall and winter
Contact: Bruce Godwin

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

CUU*rious Coffee and Conversation

Most people who find their way to a Unitarian Universalist (UU*) community come with curiosity – some with theological questions, some with doubts about religion in general, some because an internet quiz said they were UU, some wondering why they never heard of us before and all longing for a sense of connection and community. These dialogue sessions will provide some information and be shaped by the curiosities expressed. Hosted by the Membership Committee and Rev Debra Faulk.
Registration is not required; please drop in.

Time & Dates: 12:00 noon, fall through winter, dates for 2017 TBD
Location: Check the Events page.

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 UCC. 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, 2017 dates TBD
Location: Wickenden Hall

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 beginning in September.

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 Friday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Fourth Sunday, 12:00-2:00 pm

Registration:

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Dinners

Second Sunday Suppers

Come share a meal and lively conversation on the second Sunday of each month from fall through spring. Doors are open at 4:00 pm and supper is served at 5:00 pm. Children are welcome! Supper is provided and donations welcomed to cover food costs.

Time & Dates: Monthly through the fall and winter, 2017 dates TBD. Check the Events page for details of the next supper.
Register: By the sign up sheet in Wickenden Hall or notify the organizers.

Retreats

Winter Weekend Retreat – Kamp Kiwanis, Bragg Creek

Stay tuned about details of our next retreat, possibly in February 2018.

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

Now in its sixth year, 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, Saturdays, fall through winter, 2017 dates TBD
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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