Sunday, March 7 – 11 a.m. – Saying Yes and Saying No – Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery will present a centering and discernment practice designed for anyone working for justice who needs help setting boundaries around what they can and cannot manage. We will begin to connect to what our hearts and values – as individuals and as a community – most strongly call us to do for justice. Heather is the coordinator for Congregational Activism for the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice and the UU Service Committee.
Sunday, March 14 – 11 a.m. – Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19 – Autumn Spears & Lezley Troxell
The pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us face challenges that can be stressful and overwhelming. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of the virus, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you more resilient.
This talk will be led by Lezley Troxell and Autumn Spears, clinical director of Evolve Youth Services and former Lead Grief Support counselor and manager of Grief Support Services at Hospice of Humboldt.
Sunday, March 21 – 11 a.m. – Nurturing Wonder – Wendy Rowan
Plans have been drawn for a Nature Based Play Space on the Fellowship grounds for HUUF children and families. Some work has already been done, and the Religious Education Committee is currently mobilizing to realize the design this spring. Wendy will discuss what will be required for creating and sustaining it.
This idea is part of a national movement to provide play spaces that give children opportunities to connect with nature and further healthy child development, and it is well aligned with UU values. As John Rosenow, the chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, put it, “We need to help children learn to love the Earth before we can ask them to save it.”
Sunday, March 28 – 11 a.m. – Love’s Labor: Women’s History Here and Now – Karen Harris, M.Div.
Now more than ever, the conflict between an economic system powered by paid labor outside the home, and the necessity of caring for beloved children and elders, is played out in the hearts, minds and bodies of women who find themselves caught between disparate and conflicting worlds.
Women in the Fellowship, like women everywhere this past year, have been making history as they face this dilemma head on. Such a superhuman effort deserves appreciation, so join us for a celebration of the inestimable worth of the women whose care inside our homes and in services essential to our common lives – love’s labor – will be lifted up, praised and rallied behind.
Since retiring from ministry at HUUF, teaching religious studies at HSU, and offering yoga philosophy/spirituality to yoga teachers in training, Karen Harris has been sharing life on her small permaculture farm with friends and fellow seekers of the wisdom of nature.