There is an important discussion happening within our faith about white supremacy and the need to do better as UU's. This panel looks great and I look forward to hearing more from the people of color in our organization. ...
(also, do remember that UUFLG members do not pay for these classes - so it's a great value!)
Please mark 'going' if you can make it! ...
Easy Tai Chi - Health and Self Defense for every body
March 25, 2017, 2:00pm - March 25, 2017, 6:00pm
The fluid movements of Tai Chi are widely known to promote health and peace of mind, but it is also a practical art of personal self-defense. In this two part class, we’ll study first the forms and breathing to create peace within, and then we’ll move on to study some practical applications of these movements for helping keep us safe on the outside.
Attendees are welcome to attend either hour-long section of class, or to both, for best results!
Suggested donation: $20 - no one will be turned away for lack of funds!
Compassionate Communication - how to connect with anyone!
March 17, 2017, 7:00pm - March 17, 2017, 11:00pm
This class is about how *anyone* can learn to talk with *anyone*. We all fall into different types. Some are introverts and some extroverts, some have specific political or religious ideologies. Some people need special care around certain topics.
In this class, we'll learn ways to use our *own* strengths to make a heartfelt connection with another, no matter what "type" they may fall into.
If you're an introvert and want skills for knowing how to start or stay in a conversation, this class is for you.
If you're an extrovert who wants to learn to have a deeper impact in the way you share, or care for those with more sensitive nervous systems, this is a great opportunity.
If you're looking for new ways to make connections with others, no matter who you are, or who they are, this is the class for you! Hope to see you there!
Suggestions on how you would like to see UUFLG act on proposed drastic cuts to the EPA? From the article: "Large scale cleanup and restoration efforts on iconic waterways such as San Francisco Bay ... would be scrapped entirely." ... "The budget would also make good on Trump’s promise to retreat from climate action. It discontinues all funding for the landmark Clean Power Plan, which aimed to cut power plant emissions, as well as the international climate change programs and climate research." ...
Brainpickings has a great thought-provoking newsletter that comes out every Sunday. Here's this week's lead article. Check out their website for more articles on a wide range of topics or to subscribe to the newsletter. The article begins: “I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson lamented. Nearly half a century earlier, Hannah Arendt captured the crux of the problem in her incisive reflection on thinking vs. knowing, in which she wrote: “The need of reason is not inspired by the quest for truth but by the quest for meaning.”
This distinction between truth and meaning is vital, especially today, as political propaganda and the “alternative facts” establishment manipulate a public that would rather know than think, preying on the desire for the certitude of ready-made meaning among those unwilling to engage in the work of critical thinking necessary for arriving at truth — truth measured by its correspondence with reality and not by its correspondence with one’s personal agendas, comfort zones, and preexisting beliefs. ...