Wellspring Wellspring Classes are offered most Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. During the coronavirus pandemic, classes are taking place by Zoom.

Many classes are single-sessions classes and no sign-up is required to attend. A few classes last multiple sessions and may require sign up. Visitors are welcome to attend these classes.

See upcoming classes here.

Past Classes/Sessions

How Your Local Government Works [ONLINE]
Wednesday, December 15, 7:00 p.m.
Learn how local government works in Wake County from a former insider, Harold Broadwell, attorney and former mayor of Wendell.  Harold will share his knowledge of how municipalities in Wake County collaborate, cooperate and compete with one another and how average citizens can influence their local governments.

A Taste of Soul [Room 101, Lower Level, Peace Hall]
Sunday, December 19, 12:00 p.m.
Curious about Chalice Circles and Soul Matters? In this Wellspring program, Chalice Circle facilitators will discuss the ideas behind Chalice Circles and the Soul Matters curriculum. Program attendees can participate in a modified Soul Matters session. There will be two sessions – December 19th and January 16th. You are welcome to check out one or attend them all. For more information, click here. http://www.uufr.org/2021/10/28/a-taste-of-soul/

Mindful Eating [ONLINE]
Wednesday, January 5, 7:00 p.m.
Janice Horner will present a program on Mindful Eating

A Liberal Religious Path: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism [IN-PERSON – FOUNDERS HALL]
Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. & continuing December 15
Rev. James’s six-session continues in December with two final sessions. This six-session class will keep meeting in Founders Hall on Wednesday nights, 7 – 8:30 p.m., on the first and third Wednesdays of December (12/1 and 12/15). For more details and to sign up, click here.

Real Happiness At Work, 4 Sessions [ONLINE]
Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. & continuing first and third Wednesdays in October and November
In this four-part Wellspring series with John Luecke, Erin Edgar and Kathleen Bardin, students will try practices and discuss bringing their values and spirituality into their work life with materials from the book by the same title by Sharon Salzberg. Students do NOT need their own copy of the book in order to participate in this class, but if you would like to have your own copy to read, the book may be purchased HERE on Amazon. From the book: “Bring the profound benefits of meditation into the workplace and discover how to improve all the positives of working life, such as accomplishment, creativity, the challenge and joy of engaging in communal effort—and mitigate the negatives, such as stress, exhaustion, or the feeling of being overwhelmed and underappreciated.” This four-session class will meet on Wednesday nights, 7pm, on the first and third Wednesdays of October and November. These dates include October 6 for chapters one and two, October 20 for chapters three and four, November 3 for chapters five and six, and November 17 for chapters seven and eight

Youth Welcome & Inclusion In Our Justice Efforts [ONLINE]
Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.
Do you serve on a UUFR justice ministry team? If so, join Tryst and Rev. Sasha for an overview of youth inclusion best practices. UUFR has long wanted to make our justice programming—and all our programming—more welcoming, inclusive, and positive for our young folks, and this session is an opportunity to learn about some concrete steps your UUFR team can take to do just that! The more the merrier, but if each team could send at least one person to attend this important session, that would be a big step in the direction toward making our dream of youth inclusion a reality.

Supporting Black-owned Businesses [ONLINE]
Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Annette Simmons. This Wellspring event will supply you with a list of black owned businesses in our area as well as personal testimonials from fellow church members who want to recommend businesses we love to support.

Unplugging the Christmas Machine [ONLINE]
Sunday, November 21, 9:00 a.m.
Presented by Chris Abbate. Based on a book by the same name, this program will discuss ways to create a more joyful, spiritual holiday season and to approach the holidays more mindfully. We will discuss ways to curb commercialism, reduce preparation anxiety, and engage loved ones in a more meaningful celebration.

Oberlin Village History, Sponsored by the Anti-Racism Ministry [ONLINE]

Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Sabrina B. Goode. A Roadshow presentation that provides an overview of the community of Oberlin Village (just down the road from UUFR), one of the last known surviving antebellum communities founded by a free Black in the state of NC. Attendees will gain a greater understanding about the significance of this Raleigh community and why the physical and written history needs to be preserved and celebrated. In order to have a more complete understanding of the community, attendees are encouraged to view the documentary “Oberlin: A Village Rooted in Freedom” which can be viewed on the Friends of Oberlin Village website- friendsofoberlinvillage.org

Bhagavad Gita with Tom Atkinson [ONLINE]

Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Tom Atkinson.   The Bhagavad Gita (“Song of God” or “Song of the Lord”) is among the most important religious texts of Hinduism and easily the best known. It has been quoted by writers, poets, scientists, theologians, and philosophers – among others – for centuries and is often the introductory text to Hinduism for a Western audience. We’ll take an introductory look at the Hindu pantheon of Gods and Avatars and the Bhagavad Gita’s message as seen by Stephen Mitchell in in his translation.

A Taste of Soul [IN-PERSON – PEACE HALL, LOWER LEVEL, ROOM 101]

Sunday, October 31, 12:00 p.m. and continuing November 28, December 19, and January 16
Are you curious about Chalice Circles and Soul Matters? Then “A Taste of Soul” is for you! Soul Matters Chalice Circles offer the gift of spiritual connections through deep sharing and deep listening, and in “A Taste of Soul”, Chalice Circle facilitators provide an overview of Soul Maters and Chalice Circles curriculum, and program attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a modified Soul Matters Chalice Circle session to try it out for yourself. “A Taste of Soul” sessions are scheduled for 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m. on October 31, November 28, December 19, and January 16. All sessions are in-person and registration is not required. Themes to be addressed include Cultivating Relationships (October), Holding History (November), Opening to Joy (December) and Living with Intention (January). You are welcome to check out one or attend them all!

What’s Happening Next With One Wake?: Our Fall Actions [ONLINE]

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm

A presentation by our UUFR One Wake Core team about One Wake’s October and November actions and how you can get involved. The team will share updates on ONE Wake’s agenda, community impacts, and affordable housing actions in Raleigh and Cary.

Fishbowl on Work and Life [IN-PERSON]

Sunday, September 19, 11:45 am – (NOTE SPECIAL DAY OF WEEK)

Rev. James will host a “fishbowl” discussion on questions related to work and life on Sunday, September 19, at 11:45 a.m. Depending on the weather, it will either be held in Founders Hall or in the Lower Courtyard. People who are still in school, people who are working age, and those who are now retired are strongly encouraged to attend.

Mystical Experiences [ONLINE]

Wednesday, September 22, 7:00 pm

This past summer, Rev. Thom Belote offered a sermon on UU Mystical Experiences. This week’s Wellspring will provide our UUFR community an opportunity to share their own mystical experiences or just enjoy hearing about others encounters. Mary Kay Fruga will be guiding and facilitating this time for reflecting on the magic that surrounds us. Please feel free to review the sermon prior to this evening’s Wellspring.

Reparative Justice for the African-American Community in Raleigh [ONLINE]

Wednesday, September 29, 7:00 pm

During this session the Reparations Resolution which has been prepared by the Friends Meeting for action by the Raleigh City Council will be presented to the participants. In addition the presenters will provide some background about reparations and the history of its need in Raleigh, and give individuals a chance to discuss reparations and their purpose.

Wellspring Kickoff: What You Need to Know about Wellspring [ONLINE]

Wednesday, September 15th, 7:00 pm

Members of the Wellspring team will talk about the Wellspring ministry and explain how you can be a part of the exciting Wellspring programs coming up this church year.

Beyond Retribution

Thursday, September 9th, 7:00 pm – (NOTE SPECIAL DAY OF WEEK)

As part of UUFR’s 9/11 activities, a special Wellspring program presenting the video, “Beyond Retribution” will be shown. Taped in 2005, it features a roundtable discussion with those who lost family members as a result of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the war in Iraq. Together, they explore the individual responses of those most closely affected by terrorism, violence and war, and offer ways to move beyond retribution and towards sources of real peace. UUFR member and 9/11 family member David Potorti will lead a discussion afterwards. READ MORE

 

A People of Stories: A Presentation by Robin Kitson

Sunday morning, May 16, at 9:00 am

A People of Stories presented by professional storyteller, Robin Kitson. Robin will talk about the importance of stories in our lives and will share some of her own stories. Robin loves taking an audience along with her. Her trips of the mind are much like those she heard as a child in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans where stories roll down the river clothed in fog. Robin’s motivational tales come from firsthand experience, having to take welfare to get by, to being topped out in her job at the power company. She often has folks rolling in the aisle as they listen to stories about her life in the land of the Cajuns and her days living in a tin house overseas.

 

Everyday Leadership: How All of Us Can be Leaders Everyday

Wednesday, May 12th at 7:00 pm

Are you a leader? Have you ever had a lollipop moment?  We will view the famous TED talk from Drew Dudley on how all of us can be leaders every day and then have a group discussion in which we will share stories on how we may have influenced someone or someone influenced us in a lollipop moment.

 

RICH Park — How it Happened

Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm

In 1967, UUFR very courageously joined four other churches to create RICH (Raleigh Inter-Church Housing) Park, a low-cost housing development. Hear the history of how and why it happened. You can take a self-guided tour of RICH Park before the May 5th session – download directions here.
View recording of session

 

Get to Know Your CSA Farmers

Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 pm

Want to learn more about the fresh produce being delivered weekly to UUFR? Join us to learn about our participation in this unique Farm-to-Church CSA (Community Supported Agriculture.) Meet our partner farmers, hear their personal stories, their farming methods and initiatives in the Triangle to support farmers of color and women. Get a sneak preview of plans for the summer CSA! A great way to build community while enjoying fresh, locally grown produce. Whether you are already a member of the CSA, or interested in learning more about the program, this program is for you.

 

UUA Common Read: Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, by Imani Perry

Sunday, April 24th at 9:00 am

Join us for a lively discussion of the 2020-21 UUA Common Read. The purpose of the UUA Common Read is “to build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience and shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.” For more information check out the UUA webpage.

 

 

A People of Becoming presented by John Luecke

Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00 pm

Throughout April our Chalice Circles have been asking, “What does it mean to be a people of Becoming?” The Soul Matters curriculum provides a mix of readings, exercises, and questions to help us answer this question. In this Wellspring program, we will view 12 Truths I’ve Learned from Life and Writinga TED Talk by Anne Lamott, reflect on it, and then move into some questions provided by Soul Matters.

 

Poetry Writing Workshop: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 pm

Are you itching to write great poems and need some help getting started, or do you already have some opening lines that need a little punching up? In this generative workshop, we will examine the beginnings of poems from poets such as Mary Oliver, W.S. Merwin, and Emily Dickinson, and how they effectively draw us into the poem. Then we will use these models, along with the poetic elements of imagery, tone, and personal narrative, to write our own poems.

 

“Mystery Wellspring” 

Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 pm

Want to know what the topic is? You’ll have to join the Zoom call to find out!

 

Five Racist Anti Racism Responses “Good” White Women Give to Viral Posts

Wednesday, March 17, 7:00 pm

Join the discussion of “Five Racist Anti-Racism Responses ‘Good’ White Women Give to Viral Posts & The Only Kind of Response That’s Acceptable” by Katie Anthony. This post identifies five of the most common racist anti-racist mistakes made by well-meaning would-be allies, analyzing the intention behind them, recognizing the harm of their impact, and presenting an alternative to these harmful mistakes. Please read prior to session.

Facilitated by the Antiracism Ministry Team. For question, email [email protected]

 

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Sunday, March 21, 9:00 am

The topic may sound daunting but come learn about this practice designed to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter. Janice Horner will share tips from the book by Margaretta Magnusson including what exactly death cleaning is, why you should consider doing it, and when and how to start.

 

UUA Common Read: Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 pm

UUFR member Chris Wise leads this discussion of Imani Perry’s Breathe: A Letter to My Sons. The New York Times calls the book “an elixir of history, ancestry and compassion, which, together, become instruction…a parent’s unflinching demand, born of inherited trauma and love, for her children’s right simply to be possible.” Learn more below.

 

Life Care Directives Workshop

Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 pm

Take control over how you want to be treated if you cannot speak for yourself. We will cover advanced directives which give written instructions about your healthcare. This is one of a series of workshops covering healthcare, spiritual care, guardianship and estate management.

 

Food Insecurity in Our Community: Views from the Frontline and How You Can Help

Wednesday, March 3rd, 7:00 pm

Learn about food Insecurity in our community from Dr. Peter Morris, Executive Director of Urban Ministries of Wake County. Find out about UUFR’s new Food Security Ministry Team and how you can get involved in current volunteer efforts.

 

Purim: “O Today We’ll Merry, Merry Be”

Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00 pm

Join Cantor Karen Kumin of Yavneh Jewish Renewal Community for a lighthearted introduction to Purim, the Jewish holiday that is simultaneously serious and silly. Based on the Biblical Book of Esther, Purim has it all–not-too-bright kings, brave and defiant queens, and tyrants to vanquish. Not to mention costumes, songs, lots of noise, and cookies shaped like silly hats. This is a joint program with Yavneh.

 

Dey Was Human too: Understanding and Exploring Slavery in the Triangle

Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00 pm

Ernest Dollar, Director of the CIty of Raleigh Museum, has prepared this special program for us. His presentation will inform our antiracism work using local historical experiences of slavery. There will be time for questions following the talk.

View a recording of the session here.

 

Watchers of the Sky (Part Two)

Sunday, February 21st, 9:00 am

Watchers of the Sky is a documentary film about Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who created the term “genocide” and current efforts to bring those who commit genocide to justice.  Features Samantha Power, former U.N. Ambassador from the US, journalist, and author of “A Problem from Hell”.

Join Marjorie Lynch at 9:00 am for a discussion of the film and how the heroes in the film attempted to use international legal norms to address acts of violence by governments against their own people.

 

A Living Room Conversation on Race and Faith Communities

Wednesday, February 17th, 7:00 pm

This program will provide UUFR members and friends with an opportunity to explore their experience of race within the context of their faith community. Living Room Conversations offer participants a simple, sociable and structured way to listen to others, to build understanding and to strengthen relationships. Click here to learn more about the program.

Understanding the Bible!

Wednesday, February 17th, 7:00 pm

NOTE: This is the final session of a three-part series, and geared to those who have attended the first two. Understanding Hebrew and Christian scriptures is vital if we are to understand fully and work in common cause with our Jewish and Christian religious neighbors. But did you know that Unitarian Universalists also have our own unique understanding of these texts that can help us understand our own UU tradition more deeply? Join Rev. Sasha for this 3-part course in which we will read and discuss the book Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals by Rev. John Buehrens, former President of our Unitarian Universalist Association.

 

Life Care Directives Workshop

Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00 pm

Louise LaPlant will lead this workshop using the book, Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To. Planning ahead is important to seniors, people facing serious illness, family caretakers, parents, and people planning travel or deployment. This session is open to everyone in the congregation. Please contact Louise LaPlant for more information.

 

The Movement for Black Lives

Wednesday, February 3rd, 7:00 pm

Led by Jerri Meisner, UUFR Anti-Racism Ministry Team – We will begin to prepare you to join the national dialog around the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 150 Black-led organizations that make up the broader Black Lives Matter movement. We will review the history of the BLM movement, learn about its guiding principles, its evolution, as well as debunk some of the common myths that continue to mislead the public about this racial justice organization. We will talk a bit about how White people can work with Black-led organizations effectively.

 

 

Watchers of the Sky, a documentary film in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Wednesday, January 27th, 7:00 pm

This documentary film is about Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who created the term “genocide” and current efforts to bring those who commit genocide to justice. Features Samantha Power, former U.N. Ambassador from the US, journalist, and author of A Problem from Hell. Join Marjorie Lynch after the film for a discussion of the film and how the heroes in the film attempted to use international legal norms to address acts of violence by governments against their people.

What’s the Deal with Retirement Communities?

Wednesday, January 20, 2020, 7:00 pm

Want to learn more about Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)?  Wondering if Springmoor, Waltonwood, Magnolia Glen and Glenaire are all the same?  How much do they cost?   What’s the difference between rental and equity models?  Is a CCRC the right choice for you, or for your mom and dad?  Our speaker Emily Smith is a CCRC marketing director and has been in the senior housing industry for 19 years.

View a recording of the session here.

Download the slides here.

 

 

Life Care Directives Workshop

Wednesday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 pm

Take control over how you want to be treated if you cannot speak for yourself. We will cover advanced directives which gives written instructions about your healthcare. This will be a multi session workshop covering healthcare, spiritual care, guardianship and estate management.

 

WOOP it up in 2021 to achieve your goals/desires!

Wednesday, January 6, 2020, 7:00 pm

Help make those New Years resolutions actually happen in 2021! Join Janice Horner for our first Wellspring program of 2021 and WOOP it up! WOOP is a science-based mental strategy that people can use to fulfill their goals/wishes. It builds on the concept of positive thinking but helps individuals overcome obstacles that are holding them back. Participants will learn the WOOP technique and have a chance to apply it to a New Year’s goal or wish.

 

Virtual Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 7:00 pm

Join us from the comfort of your own home for a family-friendly intergenerational holiday gathering with UUFR friends of all ages. Put on your jammies or coziest holiday sweater, grab yourself a cup of cocoa or wassail, turn on your most festive virtual background or decorate your room where the camera can see, and bring your holiday cheer! We’ll have a holiday story and a very special guest will lead us in a holiday game. Everyone is encouraged to bring a special holiday item for show and tell that is meaningful to you and your family—or just really cool. And there may even be a special present for one lucky winner who asks the right questions to help them “Guess the Gift.”

 

Doing Good in a Pandemic

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 7:00 pm

Even during this long period of physical separation, UUFR members and friends are finding ways to build a better world together. Please join UUFR’s Social Justice Council for a Wellspring program where you’ll hear about UUFR social justice ministries, learn how to get involved with the existing teams or create a new team, and offer ideas for doing good in the midst of difficult times.

 

How to Buy a Home

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 7:00 pm

Thinking about buying your first home? Join Becky Harper, UUFR Member and successful real estate broker in Wake County for a primer for first time homebuyers.

 

A Taste of Soul- Curious about Soul Matters and Chalice Circles?

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 7:00 pm

In this Wellspring program, “A Taste of Soul,” Sandy Pearce and John Luecke will discuss the ideas behind Chalice Circles and Soul Matters. Participants will have an opportunity to attend a modified Soul Matters discussion. Soul Matters Chalice Circles offer the gift of spiritual connections. We do that : (1) by listening deeply and social intensely to each other without responding, (2) by holding still and offering space for each person to share without questions or challenges, and (3) by holding out and holding up, by offering gratitude and noting meaningful connection to others about what they share.

 

A Liberal Religious Path: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

Continues on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 7:00pm

With Rev. James Kubal-Komoto

For more information about this class and to sign up, visit here.

 

Communication/Conflict Resolution – Learning to Engage in Difficult Conversations

Continues on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 7:00pm

Member John Luecke will be facilitating a discussion of the book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (2010) by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen. By attending this course participants will learn a step-by-step approach to having difficult conversations at home, at work and at church, all with less stress and more success. Each week we will read two to four chapters of the book and come together to discuss the content and relate it to our own difficult conversations. All meetings will be held on Zoom, on alternate Wednesday evenings, beginning September 23, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are expected to obtain their own copies of the book. The Wake County Library system has 21 copies, and it’s available for purchase from Amazon for $13.50 (new), $4.00 (used). The sessions will be held via zoom and are limited to 15 people. Register for sessions here.

 

Life Care Directives Workshop

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 7:00pm

UUFR member Louise LaPlant will lead this workshop discussing the book Get It Together; Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To. Planning ahead is important to seniors, people facing serious illness, family caretakers, parents, and people planning travel or people on deployment.

 

Unplugging the Christmas Machine (Covid Edition)

Sunday, November 15, 2020, 9:00 am

Presented by Chris Abbate.  Based on a book by the same name, this program will discuss ways to create a more joyful, spiritual holiday season and to approach the holidays more mindfully. We will discuss ways to curb commercialism, reduce preparation anxiety, and engage loved ones in a more meaningful celebration.

 

Mindful Eating: Changing Your Relationship with Food

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7:00 pm

Presented by Janice Horner.  The goal of this program is to explore the principles of mindful eating to help facilitate healthy weight management. Tools and strategies will be shared, and participants will engage in a mindful eating/taste awareness exercise. This program may be helpful for anyone struggling with emotional eating as well as those who want to prevent or minimize weight gain over the holidays. Participants will need to have a small food item available for the taste awareness exercise (something like a raisin, grape, or almond works well).

 

The Gospel of Inclusion

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7:00 pm

In this program led by UUFR member Randy Lewis we will examine what happened when a prominent, predominantly African American Pentecostal church with a developing Universalist philosophy found itself without a home and how a simple act of hospitality expressed by a Unitarian Universalist minister has set him and his primarily Caucasian flagship UU congregation on a path that tested their values, called them to step outside of their comfort and to live out their principles. We will discuss how we can better live out our own values and principles and apply them to the work we are called to do.

Higher Dimensions led by Bishop Carlton Pearson, was once one of the largest churches in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, drawing crowds of 5,000 people every Sunday. But then, scandal engulfed the minister. He didn’t have an affair. He didn’t embezzle lots of money. His sin was something that to a lot of people was far worse: he stopped believing in hell.

Once he started preaching his new revelation, the church fell apart. What followed were the swift departures of his pastors and an exodus from his congregation, which quickly dwindled to a few hundred people.

Carlton Pearson would eventually dissolve the church and join, along with the remaining congregants, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Tulsa. Randy Lewis was a member of the Higher Dimension New Dimensions congregation, and he will share his experiences of what happened when over 600 Pentecostals came to Unitarian Universalism.

 

An Evening of Immigrant Stories

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 7:00pm

Join members of the UUFR Immigrant and Refugee Ministry team to hear stories about immigrants and refugees. We will provide you with some understanding of the challenges experienced by local immigrants and discuss the benefits of volunteering to work with them. The Zoom meeting will include personal stories and breakout sessions.

Effective Solutions to Climate Change

Sunday Wellspring Session, October 18, 2020, 9:00am

Dr. Gail Powell of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and the Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle (ICCT) and Russ Outcalt of the UUFR Environmental Justice Ministry Team will give a presentation introducing “Drawdown,” a summary of the most effective solutions to fight climate change and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Most of what we see about climate change is alarming and discouraging, but this presentation will give a hopeful and interesting summary of how we can take control of our climate future and pass a livable planet on to future generations.

 

Memories of New Orleans Public School Integration

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 7:00pm

UUFR member Robin E. Kitson will share what she personally witnessed as a child during desegregation at William Frantz Elementary in New Orleans. White supremacy ruled the South during that time. Little Rock Arkansas desegregated in 1957 and closed their schools. New Orleans was pushed by politicians to do the same. School principals decided against it and on November 14th, 1960, Robin stood in front of her school along with 500 to 1000 angry white people protesting. Robin was a 10-year-old girl in foster care, and she was doing what she had been taught to do. When the car pulled up and a small black child stepped out, chaos ensued and Robin’s heart sank. She clearly heard a voice inside her head, “Never will you act like this again.” Robin didn’t know the name of that little girl until 1998 when she learned it was Ruby Bridges. Robin has been telling the story that changed her life for 50 years. She has investigated the times and politics and found her neighborhood was picked for integration due to the ignorance and poverty of its residents.

 

 

 

Life Care Directives Workshop

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 7:00pm

UUFR member Louise LaPlant will lead this workshop discussing the book Get It Together; Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To. Planning ahead is important to seniors, people facing serious illness, family caretakers, parents, and people planning travel or people on deployment.

 

ONE Wake Wednesday Wellspring

Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. from Wellspring

Hear from a ONE Wake organizer and learn more about the specific proposals regarding affordable housing, living wage jobs, and equitable housing that ONE Wake will be making to candidates and elected officials at the October 13 founding assembly. Click here to join by Zoom. (Meeting ID 574-108-518, Passcode: uufr3313)

 

Creating a Personal Budget That Reflects Your Values

Wednesday, September 30, 7:00pm

Janet Swope presents an educational program about creating and balancing a spending plan guided by your personal needs, wants and values. She will share financial literacy tips, brainstorming and discussing ideas on how to incorporate personal values into your financial plan.

The program will include:
o Creating a personal budget that reflects your values
o creating and balancing a spending plan
o helping you organize your spending plan
o paying down debt
o writing down values that will help guide your spending
o sharing ideas on values
o adding some nuance to your game
o brainstorming ways to incorporate values into your plan

 

Communication/Conflict Resolution – Learning to Engage in Difficult Conversations

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Repeats every other week until Nov 18, 2020)

Based on the book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (2010) by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen. By attending this course participants will learn a step-by-step approach to having difficult conversations at home, at work and at church, all with less stress and more success. Each week we will read two to four chapters of the book and come together to discuss the content and relate it to our own difficult conversations. All meetings will be held on Zoom, on alternate Wednesday evenings, beginning September 23, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are expected to obtain their own copies of the book. The Wake County Library system has 21 copies, and it’s available for purchase from Amazon for $13.50 (new), $4.00 (used). The sessions will be held via zoom and are limited to 15 people.

Facilitated by UUFR member John Luecke

 

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Sunday, September 20, 8:45am – 10:30am

Special presentation by the UUFR’s Wellspring Committee featuring a screening of the award-winning, 60-minute film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope! This powerful movie is a conversation-starter and a perspective-changer. (See more about film here: http://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/) (Spanish subtitles are available.) This limited release documentary examines how abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) affect children’s development & health outcomes in adulthood. Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all income levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” Visit our website for great resources on ACEs and Resilence: www.publicschoolsfirstnc.org.

Short commentary/discussion before and following the film led by Dr. Yevonne Brannon and Dr. Terrance Ruth.

 

Where There’s A Will, There’s a Way (Wednesday, September 16, 2020)

This is a 1-session workshop discussing why writing wills and creating directives for health care and finance is essential for all adults, especially now during a pandemic. The program will discuss the required documents for an estate plan and align the discussion around Unitarian Universalist values and principles.

Presented by Erin Edgar, Attorney at Law

 

Building Authentic Relationships: Getting Back to Basics (Wednesday, September 16, 2020)

Discuss and learn how to master developing and maintaining true one on one authentic, meaningful relationships both personally and professionally.

Marla Goonan will present.

 

Solo & Savy: Responding to the Challenges of Aging Alone (Wednesday, September 9, 2020)

What and who are Elder Orphans? Whether the moniker we use is Elder Orphan, Solo Ager or simply “Solo” find out about this emerging demographic within the aging population. Rising in number, this population encounters unique challenges – and remedy. Learn about ways that persons aging alone can find solutions through planning. Presented by Nancy Ruffner from NavigateNC.
Navigate NC – Professional Patient Advocates and Care Managers who locate resources and manage housing and healthcare needs. We strengthen communication among Clients and their providers or step in on behalf of loved ones who may live elsewhere. View video of this session here.

 

 

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