Lifespan Religious Education -- Adult Programming

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The purpose of our adult religious education programs is to nurture and stimulate the religious and personal growth of the adult church community and the community at large, all within the context of the larger Unitarian Universalist tradition and religious community. 

We especially encourage new members and people considering Unitarian Universalism to participate. 

We offer short-term, long-term and ongoing programming and invite you to participate in those that feed your soul, cultivate your sense of wonder, and guide you in your search for meaning and truth. It is only by connecting with others, and in the hearing and telling of our stories, that our understanding of our world is deepened, strengthened and nurtured.

Below is a listing of our NEW upcoming classes and workshops, as well as other adult programming of interest.

Please contact Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  regarding any Adult & Multigenerational Religious Education Growth & Learning opportunities.

Spring 2017 Classes and Workshops 

LESSONS OF LOSS
Four consecutive Thursdays (01/26/17, 02/02/17, 02/09/17 and 02/16/17)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the lounge
There is no fee for the class
For Adults Only
Class size Maximum-12
 
It has been said that “losses litter our lives,” including such losses as the loss of a job, the loss of one’s health, the break-up of a meaningful friendship/relationship, the death of loved ones, etc.  The experience of loss is unique to each of us and includes a variety of thoughts and feelings.
 
The well-received Unitarian Universalist Association Program, “Lessons of Loss” will address a variety of aspects of loss, including such topics as:  defining loss; evaluating personal and societal attitudes about loss; identifying losses in our lives; understanding our response (including spiritual) to loss; commemorating loved ones whom we have lost in our lives. 
Kevin Ford will facilitate the program.  A longtime member of our congregation, Kevin has facilitated the program a number of times in past years.  He notes that UUCLB members who have taken the class have been emotionally and spiritually fulfilled by the content of the program. 
 
Common Read 2016-17
The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement
3 consecutive Wednesdays (02/08/17, 02/15/17 and 02/22/17)
6pm-8pm in the lounge
There are no fees for the class
Open to ages 16 and up
Class size Maximum-15 (Other times will be opened if this one fills)
 
This book by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove has been chosen as the 2016-17 Unitarian Universalist Common Read. UUs were electrified at General Assembly 2016 by Rev. Barber's call for building and sustaining a movement for justice for all people. This is a moment for Unitarian Universalists to answer that call. The Third Reconstruction offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized.
 
Jan Seymour-Ford is a new member of UUCLB but deeply steeped in the UU tradition. 
 
CHILDREN OF THE SAME GOD: The Historical Relationship between Unitarianism, Judaism and Islam
1 class available 2 different dates/times (02/23/17; 02/28/17)
Thursday – 6pm/Tuesday – 2pm in the lounge
Cost of the book is $14 (Kindle copy for $9.99 at Amazon)
Open to ages 13 and up
Class size (for each available date) Maximum-12 
 
Written by Susan J. Ritchie, parish minister and Associate Professor of Unitarian Universalist History and Ministry, Children of the Same God is a 75-page, highly readable exploration of the centuries old history of Unitarian engagement with Islam and Judaism. In addition to her extensive and groundbreaking research, Ritchie also explores some of the implications that this inherently multi-faith history has for Unitarian Universalist identity today.
 
Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, will be facilitating this class.  She is a PhD candidate (Practical Theology: Interreligious Education) at Claremont School of Theology and brings to our community more than 20 years of church youth experience and interfaith work.
 
LONG STRANGE TRIP
6 consecutive Sundays (02/26/17, 03/05/17, 03/12/17, 03/19/17, 03/26/17 and 04/02/17)
7:30am-8:50am in the lounge
There are no fees for the class
Open to ages 16 and up
Class size Maximum-12
 
Long Strange Trip is a six-part video series by Ron Cordes that explores the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought and practice from the early, liberal strands in faith at the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism.  Each class will start with an hour long video followed by a facilitated discussion.  This is an excellent introduction to Unitarian Universalism and particularly speaks to those who are in their first 5-8 years of church life.
 
Julie James has been a member of UUCLB for 7 years, and has served the church in various ways during that time: As a member and chair of the RE Committee, chair of the DLRE search committee, an RE teacher, OWL facilitator, Thoughtful Thursdays facilitator, Worship Committee member, and member of the Board of Trustees. Her passion, as you can see, is Religious Education in all forms, for all ages. In her life outside of church, she runs an herbal education school in Long Beach.
 
COUPLEHOOD AS A SPIRITUAL PATH
6 consecutive Tuesdays (04/04/17, 04/11/17, 04/18/17, 04/25/17 and 05/02/17, 05/09/17)
6:30 pm to 9:00pm in Rooms 1/2
There are no fees for the class
Open to open to all couples
Class size Maximum-15
Child Care Provided
 
In a world that is upside down, the foundation for many of us is our partnership with the one we love.  More than ever, what we all need now is a spiritual context to sustain our connection to each other, our families and our community.  Human love is the very essence of spirituality.  As a couple, we are asked to love by breaking down our self-delusions and facing our own truths as we reveal ourselves more deeply to each other on this very delicate journey.   
This six week course for couples is based on the Imago relationship theory created by Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt.  Since we at UUC know that love is the very essence of spirituality, we need to provide our couples with a place to know they are held and cared for. 
 
This program is presented by Waverly Farrell, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. 
 
ISLAM 101: A Brief Introduction to the Faith of a Billion
1 class available 2 different dates/times (03/23/17; 03/28/17)
Thursday – 6pm/Tuesday – 2pm in the lounge
A suggested donation of $5 to cover the cost of handouts/materials
Open to ages 13 and up
Class size (for each available date) Maximum-12
 
It seems just about everyone is talking about Islam, but what do we really know? What sources of information are trustworthy and accurate? If you’ve wondered what this growing tradition is all about, then this workshop is for you. In just two short hours, you’ll be introduced to the prophet Muhammad, the history of Islam from 7th century Arabia to 21st century America, the basic tenants and practices of the faith, and an attempt at debunking harmful stereotypes. At the end of the class, you’ll be given a few resources for further study.
 
Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, will be facilitating this class.  She is a PhD candidate (Practical Theology: Interreligious Education) at Claremont School of Theology and brings to our community more than 20 years of church youth experience and interfaith work.
 
 

Thoughtful Thursdays
 
THOUGHTFUL THURSDAYS is an all-church monthly meal, presentation and fellowship opportunity for everyone in our congregation. We host a series of speakers who will introduce our congregation to various organizations and/or current events in our community.
If you'd like to take a break from cooking and flipping channels, we'd love for you to join us in this communal meal and lively conversation.  Families with children are absolutely welcome, and childcare is available.
 
We meet the second Thursday of the month (less June or July), from 6-8:45pm, in Wylder Hall; the evening begins with a fellowship dinner, an opening/centering reading, then a 20-30 minute discussion on the evening's  topic and followed by a small group guided discussion. 
We provide the main course and participants are asked to bring their own drink and dessert. Suggested donation is $5.
 
Here's what's up for the Spring:
Elahe Amani: Chair of Global Circles at Women Intercultural Network
Dania A. Alkhouli: Co-founder of A Country Called Syria
Frances Hale:  Heifer International Community Engagement Coordinator
Alexandra Billings:  Actress, teacher and activist

To ensure we have adequate seating, food and childcare, please RSVP by the second Sunday of the month! You may RSVP here or at the LRE Cart on Sunday mornings.

 

Ongoing Classes

The following Adult RE classes/events are self-sustaining and meet on a continuous basis. This is not an exhaustive list. 

BLUE CLIFF ZEN SANGHA
Facilitator: Jan Ford
Blue Cliff Zen Sangha under the guidance of James Ford Roshi, a transmitted Zen teacher. We invite you to experience meditation within the fellowship of a supportive sangha (community). Newcomers are always welcome, and orientation to the practice is provided weekly. Blue Cliff Sangha is a practice group affiliated with Boundless Way Zen: www.boundlesswayzen.org.
Tuesday, 7:00PM, Chalice Building
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BUDDHIST STUDY/MEDITATION GROUP
Our focus is on the psychological insights of Buddhism. Through readings and meditations we share practical ways of enhancing our religious values.
Friday, 10:00AM, Lounge
 
CHALLENGES BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Facilitator: Marti Evans
Members of this group select books by consensus from the fields of science, religion, politics, and philosophy, usually selecting books that bridge the gap between science and the humanities. Participants contribute to the discussion from agreed upon reading assignments, their areas of knowledge and interest. Discussion leadership rotates around the group.
2nd & 4th Wednesday, 7:30PM, Room 1
 
CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE BOOK CLUB
Facilitator: Bette Smirnoff
Join us in our reading and discussion of late 20th and early 21st century books.
4th Sunday, 10AM, Room 1
Information: (562) 596-2848
 
“WHAT THE BLEEP” STUDY GROUP
Coordinator: Bill Huff
The purpose of this dialog is to present an overview of the major scientific principles of psychology, biology, physiology and physics along with their metaphysical implications regarding the great synthesis of science, philosophy and religion.
4th Sunday, 12:30PM , Rooms 2/3
Information: (562) 490-0186
 
WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY CIRCLE
Coordinator: Joan Marshall
An inclusive gathering of women on a wide range of spiritual paths, we gather once a month to discuss the underlying truths, the mysteries, and the stories that make up our religious journeys. 
4th Sunday, 4:00PM, Lounge
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WRITER’S WORKSHOP
Coordinators:  Debbie Rodriguez & Joyce Wheeler
Instant creativity. No prior writing experience required; just bring your creative spirit.
1st Sunday, 12:30PM  Lounge
Information: (562) 438-5511 or (562) 673-7042
 
 
Affinity Groups
 
We have anticipated your coming and organized specific affinity and/or identity groups for you to meet others in a relaxed setting that encourages conversation, spiritual connection and an opportunity to be of service.
 
70 PLUS GROUP
Facilitator: Phyllis Daniel 
This group of seniors; open to all who fall in the general elder adult age group meet monthly to discuss the topic of the day. Facilitators rotate.
3rd Tuesday, 1:30PM, Lounge
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ATHEIST
This group offers the opportunity to explore life, both personal and social, through atheistic roots. It’s a place for discussion about the meaning of atheism and its effects on our lives and relationships.
First and Third Mondays in the Lounge 7-9pm
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NATURE'S PATH
Facilitators: Pat McAllister and Pat Taylor 
This group explores Wiccan and Pagan practices and insights as well as celebrating all eight of the Wiccan sabbats. All are welcome! 
2nd Sunday, 2:00PM, Room 6
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PARENTS OF TEENS (12-18)
Facilitators: Karen Mourikas and Priscilla Ortiz
A place and time to discuss the joys and tribulations of parenting during the teen years. Topics for discussion are selected by the group.
4th Friday, 7:00PM, Lounge  resumes in Jan 2017
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ROOTED IN REVERENCE
Facilitator: Edie Mickey-Silveria
This group draws upon Jewish and Christian sources to deepen our UU faith and practice. Group discussion will explore contemporary historical writing and music, including biblical texts, prayers, and meditations in our reflection. 2nd Saturday 930am-11:30am
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LGBTQ
Facilitator: Linda Savard
This group will meet four times a year to celebrate, inquire, share and serve as LGBTQ members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach. Gatherings will take place starting in 2017 in January, April, August and December. Look for specific information in the monthly
ADVANCE or in the weekly Order of Service.
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YOUNG ADULTS
Facilitator: Neora Luria
Open for ages 18-35 to fellowship together around life as a young adult Unitarian Universalist. Celebrating your spiritual adventure here at church and beyond!
Third Sunday, 12:30PM-1:30PM in the lounge
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Contact Neora to join the Young Adult Facebook Group
 
FELLOWSHIP DINE WITH SEVEN-NINE
Coordinator: JoRae Zuckerman
Spend an evening in the relaxed company of members and friends of UUCLB. Every other month you will be invited to join a potluck group for dinner.
Last Saturday odd months, participants’ homes
Information: (562) 431-8396 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS GROUP
Coordinators:  Jeffrey Kessler and Phillip Kessler
Come and join other fans of role playing games for some D&D fun!  No experience needed, we will teach you as we play. Book and dice will be provided or bring your own. Ages 12 and up, all skill levels welcome.
2nd & 4th Sundays, 12:30PM, Chalice Building
 
FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Coordinator:  Jeffrey Kessler
Come play your favorite board games or learn some new ones. All ages and skill levels welcome. Bring your favorite games and snacks to share.
3rd Saturday, 6:00 PM, Rooms 2-3
Information:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (626) 319-7225
 
HIKER’S PACK
Coordinator: Chris Kempf
Encouraging families, children, individuals and friends to hike and enjoy the outdoors.
1st Saturday, 9:00AM, meet at UUCLB
Information: (562) 897-6582 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
Ways to Connect Beyond Lifespan Religious Education
 
MUSIC & ARTS PROGRAMS
CHOIR
Director of Music: Allen Ronk Lafoe
Our choir is made up of dedicated amateurs who enjoy singing and each other's company.  No audition or experience is required, merely a desire to sing, learn and get better. Wed rehearsal 730pm. Sunday 10:30am
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PASTORAL CARE
CARING HEARTS & HANDS
Coordinator: Gerry Evans
This adult group focuses on encouraging and developing creativity with craft and art projects to nourish ourselves and our souls.  Last Sunday of each month, 12:15 PM Lounge
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SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS
ECO-JUSTICE FILM SERIES
Coordinator: Carol Quinlan
Check church newsletter and order of service for upcoming films.
1st Friday, 7:00PM, Lounge
Information: (562) 338-3219
 
FACILITIES PROGRAMS
BUILDING & GROUNDS PARTY CREW
Coordinator: Elmer Taylor
Join a dedicated group of hard workers willing to give up part of a Saturday once a month to keep the building and grounds in order.  Lunch served.
2nd Saturday, 9:00AM , Church
Information: (562) 708-0035