Faith Like a River

Through April 21, 2013:
Faith Like A River
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the glass classroom
Faith Like a River explores the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history—the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. It invites participants to place themselves into our history and consider its legacies. What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present? What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future?

Explore Faith Like A River at:
http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/adults/river/index.shtml.
 

Jan. 13, 2013~Institutionalism
Rise in the Sea—Unitarianism II
This workshop examines the character and contributions of the Unitarian thread of our tradition. It considers the history of Unitarianism as a theology, a movement, and an institution, and highlights important people and events before the consolidation with the Universalists.
1.
    From Anti-Trinitarian to Unitarian
2.
    Remembering the Iowa Sisterhood
 
Jan. 20, 2013~Institutionalism
Rise in the Sea—Universalism I
     This workshop, and the next, examines the character and contributions of Universalism, both as part of our faith tradition and as an influence in the wider society. It considers the history of Universalism as an institution, and highlights important people and events that shaped its path before consolidation with the Unitarians.
1.    John Murray and the Deacon
2.
    Universal Salvation to Universalism
3.
    Origen
 
Jan. 27, 2013~Institutionalism
Rise in the Sea—Universalism II
1.
   We Are Universalists
2.
   Life-Changing Beliefs
 
Feb. 3, 2013~Institutionalism
As Tranquil Streams that Meet and Merge—Consolidation I
     This workshop, and the next, explores issues and events in the consolidation of the AUA and the UCA into a single entity, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. The workshop highlights important cooperative work done by the youth movements and religious educators of both denominations, which smoothed the way for the consolidation.
1.   From Why? To Why Not?
2.
   Kindred Spirits—Angus MacLean and Sophia Lyon Fahs
 
Feb. 10, 2013~Institutionalism
As Tranquil Streams that Meet and Merge—Consolidation II
1.
   Twelve Moments in History
2.
   Stronger Than We Look
 
Feb. 17, 2013~Prophets and Social Justice
I’ve Got Tears Like the Raindrops—Freedom I
     This workshop, and the next, talks about Freedom as a value integral to the Unitarian Universalist tradition. Does valuing freedom primarily mean that we uphold the right to individual stances in religious, social, or political life? Or does it call us to movements of liberation for all who are oppressed?
Slavery and Antislavery
1.    How is Freedom Achieved?
 
Feb. 24, 2013~Prophets and Social Justice
I’ve Got Tears Like the Raindrops—Freedom II
1.
    Martha and Waitstill Sharp: Unitaraian Ministers in Nazi Germany
2.
    Litany of Allies
 
March 3, 2013~Prophets and Social Justice
Mirages and Oases—Idealism and Utopianism
A vibrant stream of idealism runs through Unitarian Universalist history. This workshop, and the next, introduces Transcendentalism, spiritualism, and Utopianism, three 19th-century movements which perhaps represent a high point of idealism in the United States. Participants examine how these movements shaped our faith, and identify strains of idealism in Unitarian Universalism today.
1.    An Idealistic Time
2.
    The Hopedale Community
3.
    Brook Farm
 
March 10, 2013~Prophets and Social Justice
Mirages and Oases—Idealism and Utopianism Transcendentalism
1.            Innocence and Action
2.
            Spiritualism
 
March 17, 2013~Diverse Community
The Seven Seas—Globalization I
      Unitarian Universalism has enjoyed contact and engagement with people from many religions and cultures through much of its history. This workshop, and the next, presents representative stories of different ways people in our religious tradition have related to other religious traditions and cultures. Participants explore ways this engagement has enriched our movement through dialogue and cooperative action, and consider ways Unitarian Universalism may have enriched the cultures and traditions of others.
1. Khasi Hills Creation Story
2.
1893 World’s Parliament of Religions
 
March 24, 2013~Diverse Community
The Seven Seas—Globalization II
1.
Unitarian Universalism Around the World
2.
Women, Faith and Service
 
March 31, 2013~Diverse Community
The Water is Wide—Multiculturalism I
    Although the term "multicultural" is fairly new, the challenge and opportunity to embrace those with different experiences, perspectives, and ways of being in the world are not. As Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists, we have at times in our history followed societal norms in our willingness or reluctance to welcome diversity. At other times, we have confronted and refuted the accepted ways—sometimes our own accepted ways—in order to embrace diversity and invite it to transform us.
     This workshop, and the next, explores stories of multicultural encounter from our tradition; some are inspiring, and some ask us to examine past actions with candor and compassion.
1.  What is Culture? What is Hospitality?
2.
  The Utes and the Unitarians
3.
  Our Unitarian Universalist Culture
 
April 7, 2013~Diverse Community 
The Water is Wide—Multiculturalism II
1.
  The Empowerment Controversy
2.
  Claiming Our Identities
 
April 14, 2013~Prophets and Social Justice
Ripples in the Water—The Evangelists I
    We may not think of ourselves as an evangelical faith, but many over the years have worked to intentionally spread the good news of Unitarian and Universalist thought. This workshop, and the next, looks at individuals and groups in our faith history who helped our movement grow. These final workshops give participants an opportunity to review and reflect on highlights of the program and explore ways we can continue to make our heritage a living history.
1.  Quillen Shinn, Universalist Evangelist
2.  The Fellowship Movement
 
April 21, 2013~Prophets and Social Justice
Ripples in the Water—The Evangelists II
1.
  Is All News Good PR?
2.
  Reflection
 
This ends
Faith Like a River. Look for more offerings on other topics in weeks to come.