Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm, Room L
Why Free Will is Real: Response to Harris, Coyne, and Other Determinists
Presented by: Gary Whittenberger
Gary will present a video of an interview by Michael Shermer of Dr. Christian List on the topic of his new book — “Why Free Will is Real: Response to Harris, Coyne, and Other Determinists.” Gary will then lead a discussion and delve into the intricate and difficult issue of free will vs. determinism.
All are welcome to attend!
Yoga in the Sanctuary!
Thursday, June 20, 6:30 pm
Instructor: Delilah Thomas
Grab your mat and join us! All skill levels welcome!
No registration needed! Just show up! Donations are welcome!
Contact Suzanne Ripka for more information.
Delilah began her journey with yoga in 2013 and received her Certified Yoga Teacher Training 200-hour with Horizon Blue Yoga in 2015. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance -RYT200, which encourages continuing education within the yoga community. Delilah shared that “Yoga has provided me with many profound benefits, those of which include increased flexibility and strength due to the physical practice, as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits. Yoga is a very holistic practice. What I do on the mat often transfers off the mat into other areas of my life. One of the best benefits that yoga has provided for me is learning the practice of self-care. I am genuinely excited and committed to sharing the tools of yoga with others and to help them find their own benefits from the practice.”
Emergent Strategy Discussion
Thursday, June 20, 7:00 pm, Room 3
Every 3rd Thursday!
As our congregation moves through transitions, builds relationships for the work of social justice in the community, and commits to an intentionally anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural beloved community, we face many challenges for “how to do the work” and stay in right relation with each other.
We invite you to read the book Emergent Strategy by writer and pleasure activist Adrienne Maree Brown (or review online summaries) as time permits, but definitely don’t let that hold you back from joining the discussion.
We’ll unpack the rich wisdom of incorporating an emergent, adaptive, and growth mindset into our personal lives, how we relate to each other as a congregation, and how we can leverage these values in our work for justice in the wider world. You can purchase the book through the inSpirit UUA Books & Gift store. Contact Anna Bethea for more information.
People of Color Meet Up
Sunday, June 23, 9:30 am, Room C
Every 4th Sunday!
Members, friends, and visitors of color at UUCT are welcome to our monthly meetup! We will be deepening our relationships with each other, Unitarian Universalism, and our congregation through sharing spiritual practices and stories of showing up with our whole selves.
Contact Anna Bethea at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our Shared Life in Poems
Sunday, June 30, 12:30 pm, Room L
Childcare provided and a light lunch too!
(will also take place on July 7th & 21st at the same time in the same location)
Facilitated by UUCT Minister, William Levwood
As Unitarian Universalists we draw on many sources: personal experience, the lives and teachings of prophetic people, science and reason, the poetry of Mary Oliver!
We draw on biblical sources as well but rarely do we get together to engage in bible study. What if we engaged in a kind of bible study of one of our other sources. In a way, this is what our Freethinker Forum does every Tuesday, focusing primarily on science, reason, current events, and contemporary topics. What if we applied this approach to poetry?
With this in mind, our minister, William Levwood, will be offering an opportunity for a deeper exploration of how poetry can be a source of wisdom, compassion, and guidance in our lives. There is precedence for this, even a podcast that uses biblical interpretation methodologies to explore Harry Potter as sacred writ. In this study of poetry we will look at poems from beloved poets like Marge Piercy, May Sarton, David Whyte, Jellaluddin Rumi, Naomi Shihab Nye, and, of course, Mary Oliver!
So please join us as we explore selected poems and what they have to offer us.
Getting to Know UUCT
Sunday, July 7, at 12:15 pm, Room K
Every 1st Sunday!
What is UUCT all about? Learn more by joining the Welcome Team. In less than an hour, we will introduce newcomers to UUCT, answer questions, and invite you to share what brings you here. To learn more about this session, contact Sally Andersen, or Terri Martin.
Dandelion Pagan Collective
Sunday, July 7, 4:30 pm, Sanctuary
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday!
Facilitated by: Rei Myers & Sarah Tso
Bring a item to place on our community altar during the meeting. It can be anything you like, the same thing or something different each time. During introductions, tell us what you brought and why.
TEA AND SNACKS AFTER
We have tea for during and after the meeting! If you like, bring something extra to share during social time after the meeting.
Dandelion Pagan Collective is an intersectional, open and accepting group about Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, Shamanism and other related paths for people in and around Tallahassee, Florida. Our meeting include discussion, workshops, presentations, rituals, and community building. We are open and accepting of all people regardless of their race, gender, age, culture or ability.
Women’s Lunch Bunch!
Wednesday, July 10, 11:30 am, Uptown Cafe
Every 2nd Wednesday!
Contact: Linda Oaksford
1325 Miccosukee Rd, Website: http://www.uptowncafeandcatering.com/
Come share a meal and spend some time with other members of the UUCT community.
Saturday, July 13, 9:00 am
Every 2nd Saturday!
Coordinator: Bonnie Abellera, Community Connections Chair
Refreshments & tools provided!
Come for an hour or join us all day. There are no rules for how long you should stay! No time is too short, and no job is too small! We welcome your help!
We appreciate it all!
Sunday, July 14, 12:15 pm, Sanctuary/Veranda
Every 2nd Sunday!
Coordinator: Will Atkins
Everyone is invited to bring a dish to enjoy in fellowship with other members, friends, and guests! Please either contact Will Atkins, or just jump in, if you can help with set up and/or clean up!
Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 pm, Room 3
Every 3rd Tuesday!
Facilitated by combinations of Anna Bethea, Trudy Deyle and Sally Andersen
You are invited to join a special Small Group Ministry, UU Explorations, for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. This is a sharing and listening circle about topics that relate to the theme: What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? It is an opportunity to get to know others on a deeper level and reflect together on important topics and concepts in Unitarian Universalism. At each gathering, we: check in with each other on how our lives are going, share our thoughts on one of twelve topics, simply listen to one another, and then share any further reflections we have. The circle is specifically not a class or discussion group.
The group began with newcomers from the past two years who were interested, and each month, any new members or supporting friends has been invited to join us. Each person remains in the group for a year, at which point the topics will begin to repeat for them. The sessions have been so interesting and informative that they’ve been opened up for the congregation’s participation.
Each month’s topic will be announced in the Meridian with a few questions to reflect on and a packet of readings. However, we start each meeting by introducing the topic, so if you don’t have time for reflecting or reading ahead of time, it is still be perfectly fine to come. The topics we’re covering are listed below.
- April – 2. The Six Sources of Unitarian Universalism
- May – 3. The Theological Diversity in Unitarian Universalism
- June – 4. Science, Religion, and Reverence (CANCELED)
- July – 5. The History of Unitarian Universalism
- August – 6. Freedom and Belonging in Unitarian Universalism: For Individuals and For Congregations
- September – 7. The History of UUCT (A History of Congregational Polity and the Democratic Process)
- October – 8. Covenant: At UUCT and In the Unitarian Universalist Movement
- November – 9. Spiritual Practice
- December – 10. Gratitude, Forgiveness and Reconciliation as Spiritual Disciplines and Practices
- January – 11. Shared Ministry and Stewardship of Our Faith and Liberal Presence in Tallahassee: Sharing Our Gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure
- February – 12. Compassion and Social Justice as Spiritual Practice
All are welcome to attend!