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Thursday - April 26, 2018
Week 17

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Memoirs - Boardroom
5:00 PM-9:00 PM Private Guitar Lessons with Eric Waters - Welcome Room
9:15 PM - 10:00 PM String of Pearls Rehearsal - Fellowship Hall
10:30 AM-12:00 PM Qigong - Chapel

Qigong is an ancient approach for achieving balance and vitality. The movements are gentle and can be done sitting, standing, or lying down. Qigong will meet in the Center from 10:30-Noon on Thursdays. Wear comfortable clothing. $10 suggested donation. Instructor: Carol Baker, Registered Nurse. No registration required, but appreciated. For more information, contact Carol at Bakerstrac@aol.com.
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM String of Pearls Rehearsal - Fellowship Hall
7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Seeking the Heart of Compassion Covenant Group with Melissa Nuwaysir - Room 16

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.

Registration is required.

7:00 PM-8:00 PM Pasta-Making Class with Kate Gallup - Room 6, Room 8
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Music Rehearsal (Bea Ann Phillips) - Parlor (Room 13/15)
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Allyship Workshop - Center Gallery
7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Sanctuary Singers Rehearsal - Sanctuary

The Sanctuary Singers rehearse regularly on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. For more information, contact UUCA Director of Music Mimi Bornstein at mimib@uucava.org.
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Beginning Connections with Frank Corsoro - Room 14
7:30 PM-9:00 PM English Improvement Class - Room 12

The UUCA ESOL program provides free classes and conversation sessions geared to adult foreigners who are fairly proficient in English speaking and writing but seek language enrichment, grammar improvement, accent reduction, plus increased knowledge of American culture and idioms. Teacher-led classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Conversation-only sessions are offered on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

 ESOL includes an email-based English Writing Improvement Program assigns English writing coaches to those wishing to have their writing reviewed and improved. This is an evolving program that might include face-to-face meetings in person or via the Internet.

 ESOL also serves to introduce students to Unitarian Universalism and its place among other religions. ESOL students sometimes attend UUCAVA events and have even become members or friends.

 ESOL volunteer teachers and facilitators find their participation a joy rather than a burden, but occasionally we experience the need for new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please contact Ric Blacksten (ESOL Chair), 703.980.5899, hricblacksten@gmail.com.

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Circle Dance - Chapel

We offer a meditative, movement-oriented spiritual experience. Most dances come from folk traditions from around the world. Newcomers welcome any time. All dances are taught.