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 and inform 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
  • Reflection on readings and resources for each session
  • Commitment to live out our values in the world


Facilitated by Rev. Meghann Robern and our Interim Director of Lifespan Faith Development, on Zoom videoconference.

Opening Retreat: Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Regular sessions: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., every other Wednesday, from October 6, 2021 to June 29, 2022.

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)
  • Please contact Rev. Meghann Robern for a private discussion about subsidies

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

Retreat – Saturday October 2, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Welcoming the Soul

Direct Experience

Everyday Theology
Spiritual Histories

Prophetic People

Prophetic Voices of Our Unitarian and Universalist Ancestors
Prophetic Voices of Today
Solstice Ritual (attend a solstice ritual in Winnipeg or online anywhere)
Your Own Prophetic Voice: Vulnerability and Courage

Jewish and Christian Teachings

Jewish and Christian Teachings
Reimagining God

World Religions

World Religions
Forgiveness and Letting Go

Earth-Centered Spirituality

Nature as Spiritual Guide
UUism and the Crises of Life
Theology of Joy

Humanist Teachings

Good without God
UU Perspectives on Death and the Afterlife
Let Your Life Speak
Celebration and Reflection

Required Books

  • Read as much as possible before retreat:  Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life, Scott Alexander, editor.
  • Read or view* before Session 1: A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, by Parker Palmer. Often available in public libraries.
  • Read before Session 10:  You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, by Thich Nhat Hanh. Often available in public libraries.
  • Read Before Session 18: Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, by Parker Palmer. Sometimes available in public libraries.
  • One or both as possible, used throughout: Voices from the Margins: An Anthology of Meditations edited by Jacqui James and Mark D. Morrison-Reed or To Wake, To Rise: Meditations on Justice and Resilience edited by Rev. William Sinkford. (Both are valuable resources, but because each selection is short, they can be shared in the session. Valuable resources, but unnecessary to purchase.)

*Optional links for the videos of A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer.

Chapter 1: The Primacy of Wholeness
Chapter 2: The Great Divide
Chapter 3: Journey Toward an Undivided Life
Chapter 4: Circles of Trust
Chapter 5: Establishing the Conditions of Circles of Trust
Chapter 6: Characteristics of a Circle of Trust
Chapter 7: Common Ground and Third Things

Registration closed on September 23, 2021

Please note that you’ll be expected to attend the opening retreat on October 2, and sessions begin on October 6.


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