Spiritual Development Groups
Spiritual Practice Opportunities
Dream Workshop is open to anyone interested in sharing, discussing, and learning from their dreams.
Labyrinth Quest [2013-14]
Contact: Harriette Royer
Walks are monthly and held in the evening (7-9pm) but the specific monthly date changes seasonally. Contact Harriette or see www.labyrinthquest.org for up-to-date details.
Experience the transformative, spiritual, and healing qualities of walking the indoor labyrinth anytime between 7pm to 9pm. Orientation to the labyrinth and healing services: 7pm to 7:15pm. Reiki and other hands on healing are offered by local professionals and chair massage is periodically offered by the students of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. Sacred music is played by a musician/healer and local artisans offer hand-made goods in the Healing Boutique. Donations are appreciated to cover supplies. Labyrinth Quest is open to the wider community with all ages welcome.
Listen To Your Life With Tarot [2013-14]
Contact: Jenna Bernardi
Readings held 3rd Sunday of the month in Williams Gallery (September - November; January - April)
As an exercise in "Listening to Your Life", Jenna offers short Tarot card readings. Sign-up for available appointments is required that day at her table in the Williams Gallery. A recent member of our church, Jenna is a professional Tarot reader with a degree in Transpersonal Psychology. The readings are free, but donations to the "Grace Fund" will be accepted to honor the connection between gift and inspiration which Tarot exemplifies so well.
Beginning Meditation / Deepening Meditation One [Summer 2014]
Teacher: Jan Cook
381-6757; firstname.lastname@example.org (Please contact Jan to register)
Make up sessions may be interchanged with Thursday evenings.
Wednesdays, 12:30-2:00pm: July 9, 16, 23, and 30
All sessions will focus on the basics of Mindfulness Practice: comfortable posture, breathing, motivation, and establishing consistency in practice. The latest research in mind-body integration will be explored in practical application to daily life. We will look from a secular orientation towards balance and stress reduction, to some of the deep spiritual roots of compassion and wisdom, both on and off the cushion. No experience required.
Cost for a series of 4 classes is $40.00. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
For those who have completed Deepening Meditation One and want to continue to study the teachings of the Buddha. For those who have not completed DR One, but have consistent practice and would like to join, please contact Jan.
This is a practice and learning circle focused on The Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and the Way of the Bodhisattva. Class will include a 35 minute sitting, teaching and discussion, and a tea break. We will also be exploring the First Unitarian mission to Listen / Open/ Serve as an expression of the Bodhisattva path.
Cost for the series of two classes and two evening sittings is $20.00 - $30.00; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Guided Meditation [Spring 2014]
Contact: Jan Cook
Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30pm: April 16, 23, and 30; May 7, 14, and 28; June 4, 11, and 18
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm: April 17, May 1, 15, 22, and 29; June 12
Guided sitting practice for all levels, led by Jan or group. Recommended $2-5 donation to Adult Spiritual Development fund.
Description coming soon.
Qi Gong / Tai Chi [2013-14]
Teacher: Carmen Ramos
Meets on Fridays from 10am - 11am
(Newcomers, please come at 9:45am for Orientation.)
Cost: Suggested donation $10 per class
(no one turned away for lack of funds)
This old gentle Chinese practice has great benefits for your health. It is for anyone who hopes for healthier and more active years ahead. Even people who are not athletic or who have some disabilities can gain from it. All are welcome.
Tai Chi Practice Group [2013-14]
Contact: Tim Farnum
Open Classes / all levels: Wednesday 6:30 - 7:30 pm and Saturday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Intermediate-level Class: Saturday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Tai Chi (taiji) is an ancient Chinese exercise that is a physical embodiment of the ideas in Lao-tzu's (Laozi's) Tao Te Ching (Daodejing). The smooth movements improve balance and relax the muscles in order to allow freer movement of the fundamental energy Ch'i (qi). Focusing on physical balance and relaxation lead naturally to developing mental balance and relaxation, with the ultimate goal of becoming aware of and in harmony with the Great Tao, the fundamental organizing force of the universe in Taoism. The meditative aspect of the practice arises in repetition of familiar movements that calm and clear the mind. Tim Farnum teaches the 37-posture Yang-style short form of tai chi.
Turning Inward [2013-14]
Contact: Melissa Matson
Sunday Group Silent Time: 10:40am - 11:05am
Sunday Open Drop In-Time: 9am - 10:35am & 11:10am - 1pm
We offer a dedicated time of sitting in silence, open to all, on Sundays in the Thoreau Room (Room 200). Share silence in any way that is personally meaningful. Come and go as you wish during the Drop-In Time. Group Silent Time includes readings and a meditation bell signaling the beginning and end; please try to avoid entering or leaving during this session.
Vipassana Meditation [2013-14]
Contact: Gail Gucker
Meets every Monday: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Vipassana, from the Buddhist tradition, is a simple form of mindfulness and breath awareness. You need not be familiar with Buddhism or sit on the floor! Benches, bolsters, and pillows are provided. Participants take part in a 40-minute meditation that may involve sitting and/or walking. This is followed by a closing and then a time for discussion. All are welcome. We meet every Monday night except for national holidays when the building would be closed. Cost: $1 per session.
Yoga with Eileen 
Contact: Eileen Casey-Campbell
Meets every Friday, 6:00 - 7:00pm beginning January 17
A weekly yoga class, taught by Eileen Casey-Campbell will be offered at First Unitarian beginning on January 17. Eileen teaches yoga in the vinyasa style - an active and energetic format that focuses on the balance of breath and with physical poses. The class will be open to the public for a free offering, a portion of which will go toward the ministries of the church. Participants of all levels - from experienced yogis to nervous beginners - are welcome. It's a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and an open heart. This is a drop-in group, no registration is required. Check the lobby monitor for the room location.
June 23 2014