Conversations in Science and Religion: Emergence & Evolution of Life
January 6, February 3 & March 24; 11:30am - 1:00pm; Sanctuary
This series of four conversations recount the sweep of our creation story according to science. The first, Origins, was presented last spring and began with the Big Bang taking us up to the emergence of life on Earth. These conversations emphasize the most fundamental scientific principles guiding creation, from life on Earth through the rise of humans and, with only slight reinterpretation, the evolution of human culture and whatever lies ahead. These are principles that you can take with you and apply to your own understanding of today’s unfolding events, controversies, and thinking about the future. No registration required. Led by Robert Anthony Ph.D.

Community Freestyle Dance
January 11 & 22, March 8 & 22; 8:00 - 9:30pm; Sanctuary
Freestyle Dance offers an opportunity to build community and celebrate a shared joy of self-expression through movement. Come join us in creating an inclusive, respectful space to enjoy movement. All are welcome; we embrace diversity of all kinds including, but not limited to, physical differences, LGBTQ identities, religions and ethnicities. Preregistration is not required. Drop-ins encouraged. Contact Robin Feldman ( for more information.

God Talk
January 20, February 17, March 10 & April 28; 11:45am - 1:00pm; Library
Join Intern Minister Scot Hull for a monthly roundtable to talk about life’s “Big Questions”: What is the meaning of Life? Why is there Evil? Is there a God? Bring your questions, your experiences, and your coffee – and let’s talk! Registration not required; drop-ins welcome.

Meditation Retreat: "We Can Always Start Again"
January 26; 9:00am - 3:00pm; Sanctuary
You can always start again! Set new intentions and start the new year taking in the good!  This full-day meditation retreat provides a wonderful opportunity to practice presence and stillness for longer periods. Practicing longer has been shown to help change the brain and improve our ability to be less reactionary and calmer. The retreat will be mainly held in silence and will offer meditation instructions, periods of sitting, walking, movement, and mindful eating.  UUCR Members will receive a registration discount. Learn more online. Led by Steve Zappalla and Cheryl Harlan. Contact Steve Zappalla ( with questions and to register.

February 6, 13, 20, 27; 7:00 - 8:30pm; Sanctuary
Change happens, sometimes good, sometimes not. Losing a job or starting a new job, losing a relationship or starting a new one, moving, facing a health challenge, having to adjust to circumstances that we did not choose.  In Transitions, based on the William Bridges book of that name, we will look at how we navigate the changes in our lives. Led by Julia Norrgard. Email Julia Norrgard ( to register.

Nature Reading & Discussion Group
February 19; 7:00 – 9:00pm; Library
Curl up with a good nature book during these cold winter months, then come and discuss it with the Green Sanctuary Nature Reading Group. This winter we will read and discuss two or three books, depending on the group’s interest. We will first read The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben. Additional books and meetings will be determined by the group members. Outdoor venues are possible! Contact Caroline Ewart ( to sign up.

Spiritual Autobiography Reading Group
February 23 & March 23; 10:00 - 11:30am; Library
This once-a-month group will meet with Rev. Debra to discuss a spiritual autobiography.  The first book will be announced February 1. After the first two months, the group will jointly decide on the books for the year. Register online by February 15.

Introduction to Meditation
March 6, 13, 20, 27; 7:00 - 8:30pm; Sanctuary
Learn and experience meditation, breathing and relaxation practices to calm and control thoughts, emotions and outer sensations. This introductory meditation course will provide an understanding of the fundamental and underlying principles of the insight meditation tradition and the great benefits of regular meditation practice. Participants will learn techniques to relax deeply, replenish energy levels, counter stress and cultivate inner peace. Members will receive a registration discount. Learn more and register online. Contact Steve Zappalla ( with questions.

Important LLE Notes

Interested in leading a group or teaching a class? Contact the LLE Committee!

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To Register Online

Many LLE events request advance registration in order to allow for planning. To register online:

  1. Click on the event name for the event you are interested in. The event name is a link, clicking on it will take you to the event on the UUCR website calendar.

  2. If there is a green “RSVP” button, click on that to RSVP. Alternatively, if there is a “click here” to register link, click on that and follow the registration instructions.

  3. If you do not see a “RSVP” option, then advance registration is not requested.

Contact Life-Learning-Engagement Committee with questions:
Fall 2018 Offerings (PDF)