Virtual Opportunities for Connection, Learning (& Un-learning), Discussion & Healing
Ka’m-t’em , A Journey Toward Healing with Berti Welty
by Kishan Lara-Cooper & Walter J. Lara Sr.
Berti Welty invites you to join another book group. This 2019 book is by one of our local, Indigenous scholars who is deeply involved in her culture. It focuses primarily on the Tribes of Northwest California, yet speaks to many of the issues faced by all Indigenous persons. It includes traditional and personal stories. It is a good introduction into not just what is currently happening, but also why and by whom. Books are available at North Town books, and at the library.
Yoga for Strength and Resilience with Laurie Birdsong
A gentle Hatha practice for building balance, flexibility and vitality. Includes pranayama (breath practice) and meditation as tools for self care and compassion. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Modifications provided.
If you can, please bring to class…
*a pillow or bolster to sit on
*a scarf or strap for balance postures
*a lightweight chair or access to a wall for support
Laurie Birdsong has been practicing Yoga for 20+ years and teaching for 6 years. She offers a welcoming atmosphere for self inquiry and exploration. Feel free to contact her for more information or if you have specific questions or concerns: email@example.com
Creativity with Laura Phelan-Shahin
by Matthew Fox
Join Laura Phelan-Shahin, a mom of two littles (a 1.5 and 4 year old), an Expressive Arts Therapist and visual artist, and a member of the Fellowship. Come to explore the content in the book she’s currently exploring, through playing with words, art supplies and connecting with one another. No art experience necessary.
Multi-Generational Song Circle
A joint offering from some of our beloved HUUF songsmiths, including: Elisabeth Harrington, Bob Billstrom, Sandy Lynn & the Fitzmaurice Family, will be offering up a Song Circle for us all. You can expect everything from folk songs to rock’n’roll covers to show tunes to sacred chants and other selections. A chance to rekindle the joy that only music & fellowship can bring.
Building Resilient Communities
A collaboration between HUUF, Cooperation Humboldt (CH), and the American Red Cross (ARC). A 6-week course for community organizations and their members to engage more effectively in creating strong, connected and resilient communities. This course is intended to be more of a catalyst for action, rather than an informational course, but will include some introductory information to multiple methods of local resilience, disaster preparedness and response, and community organizing.
In addition, the course focuses on:
1) Assessing your organization’s needs and capacity for community resilience projects,
2) Sharing information and building strategies to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters,
3) Learning how to organize with neighbors and community members to build resilient, just and compassionate communities, and
4) Setting manageable plans of action for the future.
Did you miss the first few sessions? Now worries feel free to catch up and watch what you missed.
Additionally, Cooperation Humboldt and our local Red Cross has provided us with some resources for preparedness & resiliency, as well. Be sure to check them out:
Born on Third Base with Bonnie MacGregor & Kate McClain
by Chuck Collins
Study and Discussion Group. After decades of study and experience looking for ways to relieve poverty, Kate McClain and Bonnie MacGregor began to realize the problems of chronic poverty are not due to the people without resources but to the systems and beliefs that create extraordinary wealth inequality. In a 10-week ongoing study group we will read and discuss Chuck Collins’ book and reflect on how his revelations give us insight into our own lived experiences and into how we can work collectively to bridge the economic divide.
On the Porch – A monthly Soulful Home Exploration for Parents & Caregivers
Together, we’ll explore a collective practice to support our efforts within our homes & share in reflections upon the month’s chosen theme. January – IMAGINATION. February – BELOVED COMMUNITY. MARCH – COMMITMENT. Facilitated by Amy Day & Therese Fitzmaurice.
Ongoing Opportunities for Sharing & Connection…
Writers’ Circle with Eve Anderson
Bring a piece of your writing to share! No criticism, just sharing.
How We Nurture Ourselves in Place with Terry Uyeki
Share with each other how we have been nurturing ourselves, and our beloved HUUF and Humboldt community, during this socially-distanced time.
Open Soul Matters Sharing Circle with Amy Day
A small group experience created for Unitarian Universalist congregations that includes spiritual exercises, inspirational readings and questions that encourage reflection on daily living that helps participants explore monthly themes in more depth. January – IMAGINATION. February – BELOVED COMMUNITY. March – COMMITMENT.
HUUF Reflections Group
An open discussion group that does deep listening on a topic chosen the previous week.
Sharing Poetry Conversations with Pat McCutcheon
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Beginning of the Year Kick-off: Mid-September families and friends gather at the Fellowship to celebrate the kick off of a new year of religious exploration.
Fall Gleaning The youth walk next door to Redwood Roots Farm to glean food for the local food bank.
Halloween Festival The whole community creates a magical experience for the broader community. Families are greeted by the King and Queen of Halloween and then invited to follow their guiding light to witness a dozen short skits unfold along an enchanted path. Youth receive hand made crafts after each skit and are then are invited to enjoy a home made cup cake and a cup of cider around the bonfire. The festival is created for young children to have a magical and welcoming Halloween experience.
Thanksgiving Dinner Gather with Fellowship friends for an abundant and delicious Thanksgiving potluck dinner.
Parent’s Night Out Our RE staff create a fun evening from 4:30-7:30, usually the first weekend of December, while parents can have the evening to do whatever they feel inspired to do.
Winter Holidays and Rituals We offer a Pagan Solstice service and a 5:00 Christmas Eve service. In December, the youth are invited to participate in a special inter-generational service. Check the December calendar for details.
Hearts Together Auction In February, we gather for a dinner and auction to sustain and celebrate the beautiful building, grounds and programs we collectively steward.
Pagan Celebrations Based on ancient Celtic rituals, we often offer opportunities to celebrate the seasons in community. Check the calendar for upcoming offerings. The Yule Solstice and Beltane Maypole are two favorites for youth.
Coming of Age Service Every two to three years, the teen group completes a coming of age curriculum that culminates in a youth created service in May. Teens share their personal credos that express their guiding beliefs as they currently understand them.
Youth Service in June One Sunday in June is dedicated to honoring the experience and creations of our youth. This may take the form of a flower communion, milestone ceremony, or teen led worship.
RE Retreat The RE committee leads a one day reflection and visioning retreat in June most years.
Mattole Family Retreat The first weekend in August families and friends gather in a beautiful setting along the banks of the Mattole River. Through shared music, art and time in nature, we nourish our spirits and weave our hearts together.