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

 

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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