Adult Faith Development
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 offer programs for people who are brand new to Unitarian Universalism, those who are deepening their sense of UU identity, and those who are long-time, or 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.
Are you fairly new to our community?
New to First UU
Facilitator: Andrea James, DLFD and guests
Thursdays, January 17 to February 27, 2019
(There is no Saturday class)
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism, and/or new(ish) to this congregation? Discover what we believe and how we worship; our roots; how we grow at all ages; our focus on social justice; how we govern; and how to become a member.
Open to all, even those who aren't new at all!
Click here to reigster by January 13, 2018.
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, the rest of our Congregational Life Series offers a behind-the-scenes peek at how and why we do various elements of our community. People who attend these brief 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.
Presented annually, these short programs are offered on Thursday evenings prior to choir, to make it easy to attend both, or once on a Saturday.
How Can I Help?
Facilitator: Rev. Meghann Robern
Thursday Evenings, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
November 22 - December 13, 2018 (Makeup Session: December 20 if needed)
Saturday November 24: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (note: this class is ONLINE only)
Part of participating in a caring community is being able to support each other, with our time and our listening in addition to rides and meals. This class is for all who wish to deepen their skills of listening and engaging with others in meaningful ways -- creating the web of the community that keeps us in covenant with each other.
Click here to register by November 15, 2018
Facilitator: Andrea James, DLFD
Thursday Evenings, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
February 28 - March 21, 2019 (Makeup Session: April 5 if needed)
Saturday March 16, 2019: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (Light lunch provided)
Everything we do in this community teaches us how to be Unitarian Universalists, but we do have a specific ministry that supports our growth throughout the lifespan. We’ll explore foundational elements such as covenants, facilitation skills, healthy boundaries, and inclusion.
Click here to register by February 21, 2019
Worship Arts & Design
Facilitator: Rev. Meghann Robern
Thursday Evenings, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
April 4 - April 25, 2019 (Makeup Session: May 2 if needed)
Saturday April 27, 2019: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
What are the various elements of our worship services, and why are they meaningful? How do we strive to speak to the needs of all gathered? How can we creatively weave these varied threads together?
Click here to register by March 27, 2019
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!
Hosts: Liz Redston and Kay Gardiner
Facilitators: members of Community Deathcare Manitoba
Tuesday, November 27: 6:30-8:30 PM
Thursday November 29: 1:00-3:00 PM
This November, you’re invited to an open, respectful, and confidential space for people who want to talk about death. Refreshments and a comfortable environment will be provided.
Death Cafés were founded by Jon Underwood, based on the work of Bernard Crettaz. Hosted by FUUW members, with facilitation by members of Community Deathcare Manitoba, this event is open to the public.
Click here to register by November 25, 2018
In addition to the annual offerings listed above, each year we’ll do a deep dive into a particular topic. This year's focus is leadership development - skills to help you grow within our community and beyond.
Harvest the Power
Third Wednesday of the month (no class in December)
October 17, 2018 - April 15, 2019
6:30-8:30 in the living room
Harvest the Power provides leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. The program helps you grow in spirit as you grow skills. Today’s leaders operate at a time of rapid cultural change, both in and outside our congregations. Leaders need a broad range of skills, both technical and visionary. This year-long (6 session) program offers opportunities for both new and experienced leaders to enrich the skills they bring to their roles and to experience their leadership journey as a Unitarian Universalist faith journey.
Click here to register by October 10, 2018
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, speak to our Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Andrea James.
Enrolling in our Faith Development training, part of our Congregational Life series offered each spring, is a great idea too..
Faith Development Staff
Adult Programming Committee
Formed in 2010, the Adult Programming Committee encourages the development of members’ UU faith and promotes adult learning. Our goal is to enhance individuals’ physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being within our shared UU principles.
The Adult Programming Committee is comprised of volunteers, generally meeting at noon the first Sunday of the month. Current APC members are:
- Anne Belanger (Co-Chair)
- Sonya Watson (Co-Chair)
- Shannon Breckman
- Lynn Campbell
- Heather Emberley
- Kathleen Hays
- Ivor Lockhart
We welcome new Committee members with an interest in adult learning. This is a creative ministry, where you will deepen relationships, grow, and have fun!
Program facilitators are church members or friends who donate their time on a volunteer basis. We seek volunteer facilitators with knowledge of the subject matter, facilitation skills, and attitudes congruent with UU principles.