Chair Yoga –Meditation -Breath Control –
Deep Relaxation – Laughing Yoga – Chanting
Chair Yoga Classes are starting again at UUCD for women and men. Classes are FREE for all UUCD members and friends. The importance for seniors to maintain flexibility and mobility cannot be overstated. So often this vital human function gets lost or totally ignored. Perhaps it’s time to consider a new healthy activity and begin to create a more peaceful mind and body for yourself.
You’ll find the gentle stretches both sitting and standing can have a wonderful effect on a person’s body and sense of well being. All aspects of this class are designed to lead a person to a feeling of physical well being and learning to become calmer in their daily life.
You will have the opportunity to learn: Chair Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, special chanting techniques for calming the mind, tapping for health, laughter yoga and deep relaxing.
Come join this new class and become connected to our happy little group. We will start on Wednesday October 4th from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm UUCD lower level.
Participants need to contact their doctor or medical provider for approval before attending this Chair Yoga Class. In the event you have questions, concerns, or to register, feel free to call Joe any evening during the week after 7:00 pm.
Spiritually Speaking Group
Realizing the Purpose and Power of Conscious Awareness
In life today we are witnessing so much human dysfunction, unexplained emotional pain, and drama that clearly indicates there is a serious need for change. Changes are needed personally, collectively and globally.
This course in human development titled Spiritually Speaking outlined through “A New Earth” and ‘The Power of Now”, will start the path for transformation of human consciousness. It can begin the awakening process by slowly reading and studying the before mentioned text in such a way that a person can begin to experience positive changes in their life in a relatively short period of time.
The group participatory study format presented over the past 14 years has proven itself to be a powerful tool. This course of study and practice generates an eagerness in almost every participant to explore new ways of thinking. It supports people in wanting to continue to further understand more and more about themselves and bring a higher dimension of awareness and consciousness into their daily lives.
We will make it easier for new attendees to begin to understand some of the main themes associated with learning and practicing Present Moment awareness. This will be a different approach in providing new participants and previous attendees the opportunity to learn some of the basic principles and concepts in Eckhart Tolle’s writings even before we start reading the full text.
Each person will be required to obtain a copy of “A New Earth”, Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle. (Available in paper back on Amazon sold at approximately $15.00)
The group will meets every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. This free class is intended to continue until December 12th, 2023. For more information and sign-up, contact Joe Gillotti.
New Group for Caregivers of LGBTQIA+ Young People
On the first Friday of every month, starting October 6th, 7:30-9PM parents, guardians, and other caregivers of LGBTQIA+ young people are invited to a group for mutual support and celebration of our kids. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Your heart, courage, and brains are also needed for:
The Wizard of GenerOZity Auction!
Want to know more about UU Danbury’s Auction this year? (click the link!)
Right now we are most in need of donations of items to auction.
Here is a partial list:
- Services – what can you do that others may need?
- Timeshares – bring in a LOT for us,
- Dinners, parties, special events and baked goods are popular,
- Unwanted gift cards for “gift baskets”, or as prizes,
- Donations from favorite merchants!
- We welcome new volunteers on our team!
We will also fund two 8th Principle Projects in our community!
The Auction is FUN – be sure to save the date!
Music on the Ridge:
MUSTARD’S RETREAT at UU Danbury – Oct. 8
Well known to area audiences from past concerts and air play over the years, Mustard’s Retreat found success quickly based on their live performances and engaging original songs.
The performances are joyful, uplifting, intelligent, thought-provoking and insightful. A reviewer early in their career described their performance as “Music to cure what ails you.” In the past few years they have described their shows as “Defiantly Hopeful,” partly in terms of their long career, but more as a statement of what the music, and the folk community, has meant to them.
Circles of Connection
Interfaith Rituals for Healing after Miscarriage
Meet in a safe space for 4 sessions to honor your emotions and your loss with others who understand.
Facilitated by Chaplain Gina Cassetta and Rev. Sierra-Marie Gerfao and held at UU Danbury
September 17. October 8 & 29. November 19. 2023 2 – 4 pm
Limited spaces – sign up today $40 donation
Blessed Be Held
Questions’ contact Chaplain Gina at BlessedAndBeHeld@gniaill.com
Monthly Community Dinners –
and a New Neighboring Faiths Program!
We will re-start our monthly community dinners on Wednesday, October 11th. After that date, the dinners will continue to be on the second Wednesday of the month for the time being.
For anyone of any age who would like to stay for a program after dinner, this year we will be offering Neighborhood Bridges. This introductory multigenerational neighboring faiths program is focused on meeting neighbors in Greater Danbury and hearing a little from them about what is important to them about their faith traditions.
There are two components of this program each month:
- A visit to a faith community on dates TBA
- A gathering time after the community dinner to either prepare for the visit or check in with one another after the visit
The schedule is as follows (subject to change as visits are arranged with each faith community):
- October – meeting our Jewish neighbors at Temple Beth El
- November – meeting our Hindu neighbors on our campus
- December – BREAK (no program)
- January – meeting our Sikh neighbors in Norwalk
- February – meeting our Buddhist neighbors in Redding
- March – meeting our Baptist neighbors in Danbury
- April – meeting our Muslim neighbors TBD
- May – program wrap-up
UUCD Men Conversing over Coffee
UUCD Men Conversing over Coffee meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, October 11th at 10:00 a.m. at UUCD in the Fellowship Hall Lower Level. For more information contact Jeff Asher or Joe Gillotti.
Movies with a Message – October 14th:
Suze Shaner and Dan Brodax are facilitating Movies with a Message, using Spiritual Cinema’s movie shorts the second Saturday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. These nights will consist of 1-3 short movies that explore the big questions about life and living (i.e, Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we bound? and What can we become when we live at our highest level of potential? ) with discussion afterwards. You are welcome to bring your dinner. We will supply gluten-free popcorn and bottled water. Donations to UUCD accepted.
Even Adults Need Treats Sometimes!
We want everybody to have the joy of trick-or-treating this year, adults included! Please join us for our second ALL-Ages Trunk-or-Treating event after service on Sunday, October 29th. Costumes are most welcome but not required. Everybody please just come give and get treats! Joy all around! We will offer more detailed information as the date approaches, but here are the basics about how this works:
- RSVP when the Signup Genius invitation comes so we can let everyone know approximately how many people to expect (to help with treat preparation)
- When you park your car before the service, park in the designated area
You are encouraged but not required to decorate your trunk for Halloween – treats will go in or on your trunk
- Bring both wrapped, edible treats and non-edible treats, which you keep separate to avoid allergen contamination
- During the event after service, we will take turns both giving out treats from our own trunks and visiting others to receive treats
Please make sure that your decorations and costumes are culturally respectful and not racist, ableist, or transphobic. Learn more and get a list of costumes and decorations to avoid here: http://www.lspirg.org/costumes.