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Monday - December 18, 2017
Week 51

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11:00 AM-12:30 PM Soul Matters with Sarah Anderson and Donna Brown - Off Site Church Event

Small groups offer opportunities to connect with others at UUCA. Covenant groups are the most popular type of structured small group in our large congregation, with recent participation rising to more than 300 congregants annually. These groups provide opportunities to form deep relationships, explore your personal story from a spiritual perspective, and share in meaningful conversations.

These groups are made up of 8 to 12 people who meet on a regular basis to help one another build community, grow spiritually, and carry out a service project to benefit the church or wider community. Group members get together at church or in homes to talk about spiritual topics such as joy, community, identity, mindfulness, etc. using varied materials such as videos, readings, poems, and insights. These are not intellectual discussions but a chance to share what touches your heart and soul with others.

Trained facilitators lead the groups, steering the conversation in a respectful and thoughtful manner where there is as much listening as talking and a real opportunity to develop close relationships. Groups identify a community service project where they volunteer together to share UUCA’s commitment to service, and deepen bonds among members.

This group meets at Goodwin House, Alexandria. Registration is required.

Pastoral Care, Rev. Aaron McEmrys - Room 16
6:30 PM-7:30 PM Mindfulness and Movement - Center Gallery

This class offers a form of movement that is particularly well-suited for meditation.  You'll explore practices that will energize and strengthen you, help you release deep-seated tension and cultivate a sense of presence and well-being. The class is designed to be inclusive for all levels of yoga, from new to experienced. 

Class begins as 6:30 and ends at 7:20, giving you time to gently transition to the guided meditation with Jonathan at 7:30.

This class is offered freely so that no one is denied access to the practices. Your donation helps cover the cost of the room and supports the teacher.

Contact Rita Moran at 301-452-8924 or info@ritanaomi.com

7:30 PM-9:00 PM Buddhist Meditation Class - Sanctuary

meditation mindfulnessClasses focus on sitting and walking meditation, different aspects of the Buddha’s teachings, and how to bring the practice into everyday life. Classes generally include a guided meditation, a dharma talk and/or experiential exercise. While the classes complement one another, they are also structured as independent from each other – i.e., whatever class you are able to attend should be informative and useful in and of itself. No fee, but donations accepted. Instructor is Jonathan Foust of the Insight Meditation Community of  Washington. See Jonathan's website for more information and class schedule here.
6:30 PM-8:00 PM S.M.A.R.T. - Room 10
8:45 PM-9:30 PM Buddhist After-Class Discussion and Mindful Dialog Group - Boardroom

Ray Manyoky and Tara Cassidy host a discussion group right after class.  This is a wonderful way to reflect and share on your personal practice and connect with like-minded people.  The group starts about 8:50 and ends by 9:30. 

7:00 PM-8:00 PM Debtors Anonymous (DA) - Parlor (Room 13/15)
7:00 PM-8:00 PM Silent Meditation - Chapel
7:00 PM-9:00 PM Understanding Inequality Book Group - Room 14

A new “Understanding Inequality” book group will meet Monday, November 20, to discuss The Hidden Rules of Race by Andrea Flynn, Susan R. Homberg, Dorian T. Warren & Felicia J. Wong. The recently released book aims to answer questions such as why black families own less than white families, why school segregation persists decades after Brown v. Board of Education, and other questions “by revealing the ‘hidden rules of race’ that create barriers to inclusion today.” In future months the group will meet generally the 3rd Monday of the month to discuss Evicted by Matthew Desmond on December 18, followed by Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi on January 29. All are welcome to join the discussion.