Many Unitarian Universalists, young and old, are familiar with the seven principles, a statement of our most deeply held values that starts with “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” and ends with “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

In addition to affirming and promoting the seven principles, the living tradition of Unitarian Universalism also draws on six sources for religious knowledge and spiritual growth: direct experience, prophetic people, world religions, Jewish and Christian teachings, humanist teachings, and Earth-centered traditions. If the seven principles are what we aspire to, the six sources are what inspire us.

In Wellspring: Sources, participants are challenged by, comforted by, and inspired by each one of the six sources. They learn not just about Unitarian Universalism, but also about how to integrate their Unitarian Universalist faith more fully into their daily lives.

Wellspring: Sources incorporates five elements designed to balance a knowledge of UU history and theology with personal spiritual practice and engagement with the world. The five components that participants agree to are:

  • A commitment to daily spiritual practice
  • Participation in a small-group community (their Wellspring: Sources group)
  • Individual (or small group) work with a spiritual companion, monthly
  • Readings and resources for knowledge and reflection
  • Commitment to live out our values in the world

How to take Wellspring: Sources

All gatherings will be on Zoom videoconference for the entire year. There are two groups available:

  • Both groups attend a four-hour retreat on Saturday, September 26, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. then meet regularly either…
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m., the first and third Thursday of each month, from October 1, 2020 to June 17, 2021 – led by Andrea James, DLFD
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from October 8, 2020 to June 24, 2021 – led by Rev. Meghann Robern

Choose which group is best for you, and register below, by September 21*, 2020

* Please note, if you’re registering near the deadline, that there is a retreat on September 26 that you’re expected to attend.

There is no registration fee for the course, but there are costs involved:

  • Monthly spiritual companionship, one-one-one or in a small group setting (there are inexpensive or free options available)
  • You will need the books listed below (many are available at the library)

Participants are to arrange for their own spiritual direction (we can provide options) and their own books. All other resources will be provided.

Sources Topics

Session 1 —  Welcoming the Soul

Direct Experience

Session 2 — Everyday Theology
Session 3 — Spiritual Histories

Prophetic People

Session 4 — Prophetic Voices of Our Unitarian Ancestors
Session 5 — Modern UU Prophets
Session 6 — Your Own Prophetic Voice: Vulnerability and Courage
Session 7 — Solstice Ritual

Jewish and Christian Teachings

Session 8 — Our Universalist Heritage
Session 9 — Reimagining God: Process Theology
Session 10 — Experimenting with Prayer

World Religions

Session 11 — Buddhism: Religion as Practice
Session 12 — Forgiveness and Letting Go

Earth-Centered Spirituality

Session 13 — Nature as Spiritual Guide
Session 14 — UUism and the Crises of Life
Session 15 — The Theology of Joy

Humanist Teachings

Session 16 — Good without God
Session 17 — UU Perspectives on Death and the Afterlife
Session 18 — Let Your Life Speak
Session 19 — Celebration and Reflection

Required Books

  • Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life edited by Scott Alexander
  • A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, by Parker Palmer
  • You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, by Parker Palmer
  • One or both: Voices from the Margins: An Anthology of Meditations edited by Jacqui James and Mark D. Morrison-Reed and/or To Wake To Rise: Meditations on Justice and Resilience edited by William G. Sinkford.

Registration has closed

For information about any of our Learning programs, please contact our Director of Lifespan Faith Development (DLFD), Andrea James.