Learn & Grow Together Nov. 23-Dec. 7

Walking Group Friday, Friday, Nov. 26 

Story Woods Park in Delhi Township, 694 Pontius Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45233

For an easy post-feast 1.4 mile walk, meet at noon near the right corner of the parking lot off of Pontius Rd, where the trail begins. Please let us know to expect you. Questions? Contact Paula Houston (513) 236-1860.

Please email programming@stjohnsuu.org if you would like to receive updates about the changing locations of walks and cancellations/delays due to inclement weather. 

Grief Support Group: Open to Everyone
11 a.m. to noon, Saturdays
Nov. 20 to Jan. 1
Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh and Kathryn McDonough, facilitators

All of us experience grief, but there are few opportunities to talk about it.
St. John’s UU Church is offering an hour a week where your grief is honored. Each week’s topic will provide an opportunity to share our own experiences and ask questions in a safe and supported space.  
No need to register.
You do not need to be a member of the church. People of all faiths or no faith are welcome.  
Attend all, one, or some of the in-person meetings.
Questions? Contact Rev. Mitra at 513-503-8600 or minister@stjohnsuu.org.
Our topics will be:
November 20 – “Normal” grief
November 27 – Holidays and grief
December 4 – What to do with your loved one’s belongings
December 11 – Changing relationships
December 18 — Physical impact of grief
(No meeting on December 25th)
January 1 – Hope

Thematic Thursdays

Are you interested in discussing big ideas? If so, consider participating in Thematic Thursdays, meeting weekly at 6 p.m. virtually. But not on Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, please watch “Mission: Joy” at home (or read The Book of Joy by Doug Abrams) before joining us in a Dec. 2 discussion:
Meeting ID: 997 0318 2788 Passcode: 611604
We will start with a film as a source of inspiration for our discussion. You are welcome to watch “Mission: Joy” on your own or in community at church. In either case, it is important to register via the fDalai Lama kidding with Bishop Tutuilm link. Church access to the link is contingent upon individual registrations. It is important to the funders of independent films to track the number of viewers.
“Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, ‘Mission: Joy’ is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. In their final joint mission, these self-described mischievous brothers give a master class in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them. They offer neuroscience-backed wisdom to help each of us live with more joy, despite circumstances.”
Nov. 11 Intro to the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu
Nov. 18 View Mission: Joy starting at 6 p.m. in Krolfifer Fellowship Hall or independently

Nov. 25 Off for Thanksgiving
Dec. 2 Discuss Mission: Joy
Dec. 9 TBA

Provocative wintertime reading, followed by discussion

Not “A Nation of Immigrants” Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure And Exclusion, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

Want a book to challenge your previously-held ideas about how our country grew?  You’ll find yourself stretched in this group that will start based on a new book and then expand where our questions take us.

Join Nat Kutcher and Carol Fencl in a three-session Wednesday night virtual series. Meetings will be held from 7:30-9 p.m., Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16. Potential participants are encouraged to get your copy of the book soon through your favorite source. 

Register at programming@stjohnsuu.org to receive more information and the Zoom link.

Tai Chi, Nov. 29

The Tai Chi class has started again, meeting every other Monday at 10 a.m. in Krolfifer Hall. The next class is Nov. 29. Beginners are welcome and Nan will meet with you at 9:30 a.m. Please let Nan know if you are planning to attend the beginners class, or call her with questions at 513-751-8394.
Enneagram Study Group Meetings

The Enneagram class has restarted and will meet upstairs in the Wells Room (upstairs). The schedule is 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. every other Monday with the next class Dec. 6. Newcomers are welcome! Call David Mast at 513-708-9798 (cell) with any questions or leave a message at 513-751-8394.

Solstice Belly Dancing

Come Dec. 21 for a joyful celebration of our embodiments. All genders, ages, abilities. Details to come.

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