Archive for June, 2011

How to Forgive When You Can’t: Special 1-day Workshop

June 15, 2011

Special 1-Day Workshop:

How to Forgive When You Can’t

 (based on the award-winning book)

Saturday, June 25   ~   10:00 am – 4:00 p.m. 

Led by award-winning author

Dr. Jim Dincalci

  •  Imagine your world and your life free of resentment and anger!
  • Discover the 13 blocks to forgiving, and how to break through them to achieve a life of inner peace and joy.
  • Release and let go of the victimhood and guilt so you can experience peace of mind, abundant love, and empowered living!

This is what you will take away from this incredibly powerful workshop! Sign up in the USLC foyer area, email, or call us at 919-471-3504.

Dr. Jim Dincalci, a university instructor and retired child & family therapist, brings 41 years of work in healing therapies, including nine years teaching forgiveness in universities, hospitals, and public seminars. He is the creator of The Forgiveness Foundation.


It’s Been a Busy Two Months! Monthly Activity Report: April and May

June 14, 2011

Adult Spiritual Education ~ Monthly Activity Report, April & May 2011

Thurs., Mar. 31 ~ Revs. Bil & Cher conducted Leadership Training for UCR

Sun., April 3 ~ Healing Class: Exploring Past Lives

Wednesdays, April 6 – April 20 ~ Keep a True Lent, classes 4-6, led by Shawna Donaldson

Wednesdays, April 27 – May 25 ~ Search for Historical Jesus, led by Jim Cox

Sunday, April 17 ~ How to Walk a Labyrinth Training, led by Rev. Cher and Leslie Gernon

Saturday, April 30 ~ EarthCare Seminar, led by Michele Grunwald

Sunday, May 1 ~ Rev. Bil conducted Membership Training for UCR

Friday, May 13 ~ PosiPalooza!! Featured singers: Karen Drucker, Daniel Nahmod, Richard Mekdeci, and Sue K. Riley

Sun., May 15 ~ Reiki Certification Training, led by Rev. Donna Fitzgerald

Sun., May 29 ~ Science & Spirituality Class: Stem Cell Research and More! Led by Eric Donaldson and Callie Martin

===== Other Items of Interest =========

Postings to Adult Spiritual Education Blog.

Planning for upcoming months!

Preparation for SEE in June.

Rev. Cher took Webinar on QuarkXpress, to help in design work for USLC.

Rev. Cher presented keynote program for National Speakers Association, Georgia Chapter.




Cher & Bil

Revs. Drs. Bil & Cher Holton

Spiritual Leaders—Unity Spiritual Life Center

2604-H Carver Street, Durham, NC 27705-2796

Church Office Phone: 919.471.3504

Home Office Phone: 919.767.9620

The Positive Impact of Meditation: Feedback from the class

June 8, 2011

During our Potpourri of Meditation Techniques class, we practiced a Meditative Art meditation. The following poem emerged for Connie Miller as she participated in this activity, and by request of our class, she graciously agreed to allow us to share it here:

Release the past
Into the wind
Can't take control
Can't make amends
For what is past
For what's to follow
A bitter pill
Is hard to swallow
Embrace the new
The here the now
Relax, let go
Then you'll know how
(Connie Miller)

Thanks, Connie, for sharing your spontaneous expression from your meditative art experience.

Here is the technique, for those who would like to try it:

Meditative Art Meditation

 This is an excellent meditative experience, designed to help you better envision your hopes and desires, and gain insight and guidance from your Christ Center.

  1.  Gather together colored paper, pens, crayons, paints, and any other type of art media you desire. Lay them out in front of you, before you begin your meditation.
  2.  Determine the focus for your meditation. It might be a goal you have set for yourself, a challenge you are facing, or a vision you desire for a new direction in our life. Write your  focus in the center of your paper.
  3.  You may want to light a candle to signify your meditation time. Spend 5-10 minutes in silence, breathing deeply as you enter a meditative state, reflecting on the focus for your meditation. Do not force anything; simply reflect on your area of focus, remaining in a state of gratitude and joy as you remain in the quiet.
  4.  As you feel led, simply pick up a pen, crayon, or other art media available, and begin to write, draw, or doodle on your paper, expressing any feelings, expressions, or thoughts that come to you. As you need, add additional sheets of paper to your collection.
  5.  When you are finished, spend a few more minutes in the quiet, in gratitude for the guidance you have received.
  6.  After you come out of this meditative experience, spend time looking at what you drew, and reflect on what it says to you. It is extremely helpful to sit with another person, and describe what you have drawn; you will discover new meanings that you did not realize while you were drawing.
  7.  You may want to write about this experience in your journal, to help you capture the impact of the experience.

CLASS: Potpourri of Meditation Techniques ~ Wednesdays, June 1-15. 7:00 pm

June 1, 2011

Having trouble making meditation work for you? This highly interactive class provides a variety of different meditation practices, allowing you to explore and discover what will work for you!  Learn how to:

  • tame your “monkey mind,
  • create time for a regular practice, and
  • get the most our of your meditative experience.

Facilitated by Rev. Cher Holton

Download All Class Handouts Here: MeditationClass-Handouts

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