Educational Programs

Daring Greatly Workshop       The "Daring Greatly" Workshop
with DJ Horn, LPC

The "Daring Greatly" workshop is a great way to experience the life-changing work of Brené Brown. Led by certified "Daring Way" facilitator and church member DJ Horn, LPC, this two-part workshop blends video, workbook exercises and discussion to explore the topics of shame and vulnerability that often diminish authenticity. 

Come learn the practices of empathy and self-compassion, deepen connection to self and others, become familiar with the layers of "armor" and self-protection. Develop shame resilience and live life with love, connection and belonging. 

Sept 22 & 
Sept 29
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
in the Program Center 

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

Cost: $150    
All proceeds go to The Universalist Church.

To register, call DJ Horn at 860-241-1144 

Photography Skills & Spirituality at the Universalist Church of West Hartford   Photography: Skills & Spirituality
with Dan Bouchard, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Sundays: Sept 29, Oct 13, Oct 20
11:30 AM - 1 PM
in the Program Center 

In this new class participants will learn basic competencies with their DSLR cameras - often known as “all the settings”! We’ll learn about the concepts behind what makes our cameras work, and then put that knowledge to work with contemplative photography assignments.

Transformations with Rev. Dr. Adam Robersmith   Transformations
with Rev. Dr. Adam Robersmith

Sundays: Sept 29, Oct 13 and Oct 27
11:30 AM 
in the Multipurpose Room

We often talk about “transformation” in Unitarian Universalism, but it also usually sounds like some grand mystery that only occurs randomly, or with luck, or by a blessing. The truth is that we can encourage transformation within ourselves and our communities if we understand how it works. In this class, Rev. Adam will introduce you to a framework for understanding transformation and a process for encouraging transformation in your life.

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Understanding the Bible   Understanding the Bible:
An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals

with Dan Bouchard, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Mondays: Sept 29, Oct 13, Oct 20, Nov 4
7:00-8:30 PM
in the Lounge

This thoughtful, warm, and witty book by by John A. Buehrens is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, it encourages all who would find in the biblical heritage an ally and not an enemy in the quest for a more just and humane world.

Healing Garden Workshop at the Universalist Church of West Hartford  

The Wandering Garden Workshop

This special single-session program will be offered at three different times this fall. Choose the date that fits your schedule: 

Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, 1:00 - 2:30
Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, 7:00 - 8:30
Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5, 1:30 - 3:00

in the Program Center 

Learn about Healing Gardens and explore ideas for designing one for your own home.The demands placed on the home to provide a safe haven that promotes wellness and independence is a growing and very under-answered need. Therapeutic and Healing gardens help to answer that need. While on the surface the garden may look like just another pretty garden, every square foot is carefully planned to answer specific needs.

This workshop will give a brief overview of 6 very different therapeutic gardens you can do in your home, each type serving very different needs. We will then concentrate on a specific garden concept called “The Wandering Garden”.  A Wandering Garden was originally designed for Memory Care Facilities to encourage more independence and interaction with nature for residents with varying degrees of Dementia.

By bringing the Wandering Garden research to the home, these therapeutic gardens began growing in popularity and while addressing the more difficult issues around dementia, the garden transformations serendipitously incorporated healing properties for physical disabilities, especially sight, balance, and mobility. They work in large small, or shared outdoor spaces. We will finish with time to answer questions and explore ideas you might find possible in your own settings.

For more info, contact Anne Bailey.

West Hartford Ready for 100% Clean Energy   West Hartford Clean Energy Program

Sunday, Sept 15
11:30 AM - 1 PM 
in the Program Center 

A light lunch will be served.

Join us for a presentation and interactive conversation on with Samantha Dynowski and Bernie Pelletier of the West Hartford Ready for 100% Clean Energy effort. Climate change is a daunting challenge that cities and towns across the US are now facing. One in four Americans now live in a place that has committed to transitioning off fossil fuels to a 100% clean and renewable energy future. Why not West Hartford?

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