ABOUT THE OUUC ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM

OUUC’s adult education program offers a wide range of classes to help members and others in their spiritual development and in a broad variety of life skills, as well as to increase knowledge in specific areas, or just to have fun. The Adult Education Team reviews ideas for classes, finds and assists instructors, and publishes seasonal catalogs of the class offerings with the goal of supporting Lifelong Learning.

Registration for classes is open to all members and friends of OUUC and members of the larger community. To help us keep these offerings sustainable, we suggest a donation of $10 for a single session class, and of $20 for a longer course. The Pandemic has limited our ability to offer the many types of classes we have in the past, but we are always interested in your ideas.

To reduce the chance of class cancellations because too few people have signed up, please register at least a week before your class begins.  Click on the title of the class you would like to take, and you should arrive at the Registration Page. Please contact us if you have problems.

Unless otherwise noted, all class leaders are members of the OUUC community who generously contribute their expertise, time and hard work to develop their course material, completely gratis. Please make every effort to attend all sessions of each class for which you have signed up, or let the class leader know ahead of time if you can’t attend. Newcomers to OUUC can find classes relevant to this faith tradition marked with a chalice logo.

The Adult Education Team welcomes offers to lead future classes from members of the broader community as well as from the OUUC congregation. Please direct proposals or inquiries to the Adult Education Team, c/o the OUUC Office (dre@ouuc.org / 360-786-6383), or contact a committee member. A member of the committee will contact you and guide you through the process of setting up your class. Current members are: Margo Curl, Joanne Dufour,  Kathy O’Connor,  Julie Rosmond, John Snyder, Gary Worthington (Chair), and Sara Lewis (Staff).

 

CURRENT CLASSES OPEN TO REGISTRATION:

Learn About Social Media!

Mondays 6pm-7:30pm, Oct 25th- Nov 29th

Virtual only, on Zoom

Led by Kristen Howard

Do you want to know what your kids and/or grandkids are up to online? Have you ever wondered what the buzz is about these social media platforms? Then this is the class for you! In this six week course via Zoom, we will cover the top six favorite platforms that are used by Millennials and our newest Generation Z. We will see how you can use the platforms to help you stay informed and entertained. We will look at a new social media platform every week. We will cover Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Snap Chat, and YouTube. Finally, I will cover a bonus platform, and one of my favorites, Pinterest (whatever your interest may be, Pinterest will have it)!  I will provide emailed handouts on each platform so you have something to refer to after the class. So come join in on the fun, bring your questions and be ready to explore the fascinating world of social media!

Kristen Howard has  a Master of Education and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. She has had many years of experience teaching and training both adults and children.

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12 Movements of Resiliency

Tuesdays 6:30-8pm, September 21-November 30th

Virtual Only, On Zoom

Taught by Sara Lewis

Are you interested in exploring ways to expand your own resilience in the face of the challenges we face in the world today? This program explores 12 aspects of life and uses spiritual, practical, and community exercises to increase the capacity to respond to what comes our way. Each week we will gather to share what has worked for us and to discuss reflection questions that help us delve into this aspect of our lives. You can see the whole program here. Join us to explore and grow together.

Class is FULL

Art Journaling as a Spiritual Practice

Saturday October 16th 9:30-noon

Taught by Linda Selsor

 

Art journaling can be an engaging form of spiritual practice that blends more traditional journaling and intuitive painting or collage. You’ll learn the basics and ways to adapt the practice to make it your own. We’ll try it out after learning a bit about the benefits of this form of spiritual practice.  At the end of our time together we’ll share our pages (if comfortable) and talk about some resources and tools that might help you incorporate art journaling into your daily spiritual practice. Prior to the date Linda will send you a suggested supply list—no need to go out and buy a bunch of art supplies. Optional follow up meetings to check in are available if interested.

Linda Selsor brings her background as a “practicing” abstract artist who has had solo shows at the Unitarian Church of Tucson, OUUC, Olympia Little Theater and Cliff Creek Cellars in Newberg, OR. She has been in juried shows and won an Honorable Mention. She’s also spent the COVID lock down art journaling and reading extensively on creativity and its relationship to spiritual practice. Linda is an active member of the Olympia Art League.

If you have questions, contact Linda.

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OUUC Book Group: 2021-2022

If you are interested in being on our mailing list, contact us for more information: Nancy Brickell  or Pat Sonnenstuhl. Important Updates for this book group can be found on Realm in the Events section. Printable Book List. We meet on the Fourth Thursdays 6:30-8:30 on Zoom. 

Books selected for Fall of 2021 to Summer of 2022.

September 23 – The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

October 28 – The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

November 18 – Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry

January 27 – The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson

February 24 – Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

March 24 – The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

April 28 – A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan

May 26 – The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes

June 23 – The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

We usually meet on the 4th Thursday. Evening Book Group (Thursday) We meet on the 3rd Thursday in November and don’t meet in December.

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Membership Class

Saturday October 23rd, 10am-3pm

Taught by Rev. Mary Gear, Sara Lewis, and congregational leaders

 

Not a member yet? For those who are new to Unitarian Universalism, completing the following three classes is required for membership. Already a member? You may refresh or deepen your understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. Classes will offer ample opportunity for discussion and reflection.

Together, we will explore UU and OUUC basics such as our theology or beliefs, how we are organized, and what we do together as a faith community. It’s the basics, but with plenty of time for going deep in your understanding of those core elements of being a member here.

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