meetingAt First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, adult programming is divided into two tracks: social justice (SJ) and religion and spirituality (RS). All Sunday-morning workshops are drop-in, but many evening and weekend programs require registration. In addition, we offer one-time lectures and special events.

Here’s what we have planned for 2017!

Block 3: January 15 – February 19

Healing Wounds – Hurling Stones: Listening to My Open Heart (SJ/RS)

Led by Rev. Dale Lantz

Almost 20 years ago my heart led me to join a Unitarian Universalist congregation. My path has emerged from the United Methodist tradition and the practices of the Buddhist tradition. I am still learning what it means to open my heart in the community of this gathering of UUs. Some of the time opening my heart has been inspired by the songs that we sing and the prayers that we share. And some of the time, you all help me get in touch with deeper sources of pain inspired by fear and anxiety and old wounds that I didn’t even know I still carry. In this class Rev. Dale Lantz will lead participants in learning a process of innward awareness called “Wholebody Focusing.”  A Workbook, “Free Your Spirit: A Guide to Meditation, Yoga and Focusing”  will be available.

Between the World and Me (RS)

Led by Jaki Alston

Between the World and Me is a letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s fifteen-year-old son, Samori. He weaves his personal, historical, and intellectual development into his ruminations on how to live in a black body in America. Come and let us discuss the finer points of this letter, together. 

Themes we will cover:
1.The Fear: Living powerfully, adamantly, dangerously afraid in America.
2.The Perils: Having to be “twice as good” and to take responsibility for the actions of other black people. 
3.The Realities: Having to know and follow “the rules,” and having to struggle more than everyone else.
4. The Nightmare Within The Dream: “I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.” by Ta-Nehisi Coates