It’s never too late to cultivate the disciplines of spirituality, Humanist ethics and social awareness. Albany Unitarian Universalist is here to help you expand your horizons.
Resources for Adults
Rev. Trumbore and members of our congregation regularly offer workshops, classes and ongoing discussion groups which support the growth and development of members and friends of the congregation. Here are a few examples.
- Sunday Mindfulness Meditation – At 9:00 a.m. in the old Sanctuary, Rev. Trumbore offers a ten-minute reading, gives instruction and leads twenty minutes of silent meditation. He then facilitates ten minutes of discussion and leads a five-minute loving-kindness, or metta, meditation, which closes by 9:45 a.m.
- Weekend Mindfulness Workshop – On Friday nights, Saturday mornings and early afternoons, Rev. Trumbore gives participants instruction on traditional Buddhist mindfulness practices, as well as an opportunity to practice them. All are welcome from first-timers to experts.
- Unitarian Universalist History – A regularly offered, six-week class that highlights Unitarian and Universalist individuals, as well as liberal religious movements over the last two thousand years that have shaped who we are today.
- Nonviolent Communication Classes – Inspired by the work of Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication is an approach to communication between individuals. The focus is to help us connect to our individual feelings as well as universal human needs, leading to effective and peaceful resolution of conflict.
- White Privilege Study Group – Understanding white privilege is crucial to the work of dismantling institutional racism at all levels of society. Through reading books and watching video presentations, the group learns about white privilege, how to recognize it both in ourselves and in others, as well as how to interrupt its presence.
- Humanism in the Twenty-First Century – This ongoing discussion group meets to examine the evolution of Humanism over the last 100 years and to converse on topics that express Humanist ethics.
- Articulating our UU Faith – In this class, participants learn how to talk about their beliefs and values, and then to connect them to core principles of Unitarian Universalism.
- Lenten Bible Study – For six weeks during the season of Lent, we run a class which studies both the Jewish and Christian analysis of Biblical text using contemporary literary, historical, archaeological and critical methods. The goal is to gain personal meaning from the metaphors found traditional texts.
Seeking Truth and Deeper Meaning in Small Groups
Participating in our Sunday morning service is a great way to feel connected, experience a sense of uplift and joy, affirm core values, and be stimulated toward growth and development. Another way our congregation provides that experience is in a small group setting.
The three primary ways we currently do that are as follows:
Meaning Matters – Coordinated by Rev. Trumbore, Meaning Matters is a program that meets once a month, and focuses on sharing personal experiences, questions and insights. Each month, participants receive an approximately eight-page packet connected with the Sunday services’ theme for the month. The groups use this monthly packet of material, which includes links to articles, videos, books and movies based around the month’s theme, in order to prepare for the meeting. The meetings are then directed toward exploring the theme as a source for seeking truth and deeper meaning.
Small Group Ministry – Also coordinated by Rev. Trumbore, these groups meet twice a month, and focus on sharing personal experiences, questions and insights connected with a topic chosen by the group. Meant as a starting place for conversation, the topic changes each meeting, and are prompted by short reading materials provided by the group’s facilitator. While the groups’ members all come from various backgrounds and differing beliefs, the conversations are thought-provoking and help all involved find common ground.
Wellspring – This program requires a 10-month commitment (September – June). Participants meet twice a month, and go through a specific curriculum designed to promote personal growth and development. There will be specific (usually short) reading requirements before meetings. Participants must also agree to develop a daily spiritual practice and work monthly with a spiritual adviser. Dave Munro coordinates these groups.
These group opportunities are open to members, and friends of members.
To sign up for any of these groups: contact the office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 463-7135. Rev. Trumbore can be reached at 366-4532 or email@example.com