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"A Course in Miracles" Study Group

This interactive study group meets every Monday evening in Adams Hall from 7-8:30.  Its purpose is to learn about and discuss the principles and everyday application of the spiritual text,  A Course in Miracles.   This meeting is open to all.  Further information on the Course can be found at www.acimstlouis.org

 

Contact: Corinne Esneault
Email: miracles@eliotchapel.org

Adult RE: Spirit in Practice
Shortly after the COVID-19 lockdown began, Eliot’s Adult Education: Spirit in Practice Team developed a continuing series of Zoom offerings to provide opportunities to engage with others in our church community with a focus on spiritual practices. 
 
 
Nature: Reverence & Reason 
Begins Wednesday, November 4
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Nature writers, and scientists in their popular writings, often speak of their subjects with awe, wonder, fascination, gratitude, and reverence, emotions typically associated with religions. Understandings of the Big Bang, the quantum realm, and evolution have enhanced nature-centered spiritualities and “respect for the interdependent web of existence” (the UU 7th Principle). This series of six sessions will explore the new scientific story of creation in the context of religious naturalism, a fruitful set of practices and principles compatible with the diverse worldviews found at Eliot Chapel. The sessions will be facilitated by Ted Lau, long-time UU, physics degree holder, and group facilitator on the Adult Spirituality Task Force. Sessions will be via Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm beginning November 4 (complete schedule: 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/13/21, and 1/27/21). Sign up today 
online or on Realm.

 

Eliot Connects: Rohr
Second & fourth Wednesdays 
4:00 to 5:15 pm
Our group  has met twice a month since May to discuss our various spiritual truths in response to reading The Universal Christ by Father Richard Rohr, a Franciscan Priest.  The group strives to create a safe space for each of us to grow. We share, raise questions, and support each other. We have decided to go forward with each member taking a turn in providing a reading or other piece of media as a jumping off point for discussion that week.  The emphasis is on how to make the spiritual applicable in our everyday lives. "Humor is seeing the irony in life," (Deepak Chopra).  We do laugh! If you’d like to join us please contact one of us: Karen Beargie, Karen Gender, Dan Dreyfus, Peter Wilson.  

 
Eliot Connects: Meditation Practice with Jeanne Kloeckner
1st Wednesdays
7 to 8:30 pm
This drop-in session will promote creating and holding space for the quiet stillness within as a form of self-care during our ‘safer-at-home’ time. We will share a centering topic each week that will provide a foundational base for our meditation practice and our discussion. Sign up to receive the group login information.
 
Eliot Connects: You’ve Got A Friend with Mary Meihaus  
This drop-in session will promote the premise of Carole King’s song, “You’ve Got A Friend.” Mary has chosen a centering topic each week that will purpose our discussion and help us get through these troubled times. Together, we will come out of the other end of this better for the journey. Drop in and join Eliot friends for an uplifting discussion. Sign up to receive the group login information.

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 
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Psalms for Comfort and Courage
with Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
Thursday evenings until November 5
7:00 – 8:30 pm via Zoom

 

For centuries, in both the Jewish and Christian traditions, the Psalms have helped people in difficult times. They have served as a container for the entire range of human experience, including joy, rage, peace, longing, and sorrow. We will use techniques like “Lectio Divina” and study different translations, as well as experiencing the psalms in art and music. We will try our hand at writing some of our own. People of all theologies and no theology welcome. You’ll get the most out of it as a live class, but all sessions will be recorded for you to watch on your own.

Please register here

 

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Approaching The Broken Heart of America and Healing Through History
with Rev. Krista Taves

Based on The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson

 Many of us want to better understand how racism shapes our country and our lives. We yearn to know the truth of our city and our state. We will use Walter Johnson’s eye-opening study as our guide. We will also consider how St. Louis Unitarian Universalists in the region have challenged, supported, enabled, resisted, and responded to the structural racism in our region through its long history and consider what our Unitarian Universalist faith asks of us now as we seek to acknowledge, undo, and end the harm of systemic racism. We will approach what can often be a difficult and painful history with both our minds and our hearts.  

Registration is closed for this series.

 

Find more Adult Religious Education opportunities at Eliot Chapel.