Wellspring Classes are offered most Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and occasional Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. 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 past classes here.

Zoom link for all sessions (unless otherwise indicated): Click here to join by Zoom. (Meeting ID 574-108-518, Passcode: uufr3313)

Upcoming Classes

 

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.

 

A Liberal Religious Path: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

Continues on Wednesday, October 21, 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, October 21, 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.

 

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.

 

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