Adult Faith Development Plans for 2018-19
Faith Development (FD) is a life-long process. It’s about forming your own sense of who you are as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) as well as who we are as a congregation, and how we act and serve in the wider community. We aim to provide programs for people who are brand new to Unitarian Universalism, those who are deepening their sense of UU identity, and those who are lifelong UUs.
Every year, we will offer a guided path from an introductory level, to learning about the congregation and how we do things; personal growth in a number of key life areas; and a congregational focus. You might choose to follow the path in a linear way, or dive into the congregational focus then in and out of others. We’ll provide the path; you choose how you want to travel on it.
Fairly new to church?
The New UU is for newcomers, and those who have been attending for a while and are interested in becoming members. The program offers a chance to examine your own personal stories in the light of our Unitarian Universalist tradition and heritage, and it provides an opportunity to connect with long-timers.
The Next Step
Are you curious about how we do what we do? Wondering how to get involved or what your options are? Open to everyone, our Congregational Life Track explores specialized areas of service - how we are a caring community (November), how we provide faith development for all ages (March), and what goes into designing worship (April). People who attend these 4-hour workshops will come away with a greater appreciation of what goes into congregational life, and will be supportive of those who serve in these areas.
Every year we’ll provide opportunities to make meaning from, and grow in, some major areas of life.
- Our money track will rotate through 3-4 programs, one per year, so you can take one or continue to explore over a few years. It is intended for people to become comfortable talking about money; heal from shame and other emotions connected to their money story; and align their giving with UU values.
- One of our congregational approaches to reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation programs offer opportunities for learning, experience, and reflection on Canada’s history of Indian Residential Schools. With levels for children, youth, and adults, we hope to run at least one level every year.
- Similar to the money track, we’ll offer a different program each year about grieving, end-of-life, and/or death and dying. Programs will be intended to help people become comfortable talking about these areas of life; deepen connections; and align end-of-life choices with UU values.
- Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education is a lifespan program, offering two levels for children, two for youth, and three for adults. We plan to provide one or more level every year. In 2018-19, OWL will be offered to 6-7 year olds; 9-10 year olds; and junior high youth. Watch for OWL for Elders in the 2019-20 church year!
In additional to these annual offerings, each year we’ll do a deep dive into a particular topic. Next year, we’ll offer Harvest the Power, which provides leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. The program helps lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders. They need a broad range of skills, both technical and visionary. This program’s workshops offer opportunities for both new and experienced leaders to enrich the skills they bring to their leadership and to experience their leadership journey as a Unitarian Universalist faith journey.
Congregational Life: Faith Development
In order to provide such a rich program we need to develop and grow a strong web of facilitators. If you think you might be interested in co-leading one of these programs, register for our Faith Development training, part of our Congregational Life series, offered each March.
NEW! Congregational Life track
Are you curious about how we do what we do? Wondering how to get involved or what your options are? Our Congregational Life track explores specialized areas of service - how we are a caring community (November), how we provide faith development for all ages (March), and what goes into designing worship (April). People who attend these 4-hour workshops will come away with a greater appreciation of what goes into congregational life, and will be supportive of those who serve in these areas.
Faith Development Training
Facilitator: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Intended for people who are curious about how things work behind the scenes, and those who are interested in exploring and serving our programs for children, youth, and/or adults. We will cover foundational topics common to all three levels of group facilitation and specific to this congregation, e.g. how to create and use group covenants; healthy boundaries; and facilitation skills.
Saturday March 3: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (Light lunch provided)
Thursday Evenings, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
March 8 - March 29, 2018 (Makeup Session: April 5 if needed)
Register by February 28, 2018 for the Saturday; March 5 for the Thursdays
Minimum of 6 participants
The Adult Programming Committee is pleased to announce that Scrabble will continue regularly on the first Tuesday of the month for the next few months. We invite you to join us! Everyone is welcome!
Dates: April 3 and May 1, 2018
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Place: In the sanctuary, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg 603 Wellington Crescent
Hope to see you there!!