Winter/Spring 2020
Adult Faith Development
offerings as of January 20, 2020

To register, contact Leia Durland-Jones, Director of Faith Development ( or 434-293-8179
unless other contact information is listed with the course.

Monthly Ministry Theme Study Group

The Monthly Ministry Theme Study Group will have its first meeting next Thursday November 7 at noon in the Church Parlor. The text for November are materials drawn from Soul Matters on the theme of “Rootedness.” The ministry image for the month is “home.” At this first gathering, we’ll have introductions and a check-in to share our stories about our religious/spiritual roots– how your early education grounded you, or didn’t , in a religious tradition, and how that has influenced (or not) your later spiritual development. Then we’ll share our visions of home.

For more information, contact Bayard Catron at

Short Story Book Group

Join others to share and discuss short stories. All are welcome.

Date: Wednesdays (ongoing)
Time: 10-11:30AM
Location: Church Parlor
Fee: Free of charge
For more information contact Phil Vitielo (

Tai Chi

Wednesdays in the church Social Hall:

3:15-4:00PM Tai Chi for Health
A set of Qigong exercises that are easy to learn and easy to practice. They provide all the health benefits of Tai Chi — including stability, balance, centering and confidence. Gentle enough to help with recovery. Re-energizes your Qi and lifts your spirits! A drop-in class, no experience required. Come by and give it a try. It might be just right for you.

4:15-5:00PM Beginning Tai Chi Form (B1)
Learn the first third of the Tai Chi Form — from the Opening to Cross Hands. Students who took B1 last year should repeat this course.

5:30-6:30PM Tai Chi Rounds
For students who know all or most of Cheng Man-ching’s Short Form. Review, corrections and principles to improve your daily practice and deepen your experience of Tai Chi.

Dates: Wednesdays September 4 through December 18. No class November 27 (day before Thanksgiving)
For more information, please contact:

Contemplative Worship

All are welcome to enjoy a nourishing midweek pause. You are invited to walk the outdoor labyrinth, stack stones in the rock garden, sit in the sanctuary, enjoy the music and readings or bring your own materials for your spiritual practice. Questions? Speak with Maggie Ober ( Cindy Mick ( or Leia Durland-Jones (

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 11:30-12:30PM
Location: the outdoor labyrinth, church grounds and/or the Sanctuary
Fee: free of charge

Wednesday Wonderings

Join us for thoughtful readings and discussions in an open-minded and open-hearted atmosphere. Take a mid-week break to feed your mind and spirit. Contact: Lou Centore (

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 12:15-1:15PM
Location: Church Parlor
Fee: free of charge

The Philosopher’s Table: A Philosophy Group for Monthly Conversations

Join your church friends for lively conversation and a shared potluck supper as you explore a chapter a month is Marietta McCarty’s book The Philosopher’s Table. Participants will be assembled in groups of 6-8 that meet monthly for dinner and conversation. Participants take turns hosting or the group can arranged to meet at church. Each group will set their own meeting schedule to accommodate participant’s personal calendars and needs. When registering for this class, please indicate if you would like to be in a group that includes children.

Participants will need to purchase a copy of McCarty’s The Philosopher’s Table or make arrangements to borrow a church copy.

Deadline for registering is December 15, 2019. Contact Leia Durland-Jones (
Groups will begin meeting in January 2019.

Dreaming Our Soul’s Purpose: a Dream Quest for Women

Women of all ages (including young women 9th grade and up) are invited to our overnight Dream Quest. Therapist, healer, musician, teacher and Dream Quest Facilitator Judith Tripp will travel from San Francisco to lead us in our eleventh annual Women’s Dream Quest.

We will enter into sacred space and use the gifts of the labyrinth, music, silence, ritual & expressive arts to guide us individually and collectively into deep soul work with time for reflection, meditation, prayer and dreaming. Previous experience working with dreams is not needed—the Dream Quest is its own unique kind of dream. It is a time for embracing the quiet, trusting the silence and looking inward. Come and join us in this Quest as we explore the mystery that weaves through our lives and the life of our planet using the language of our spiritual traditions to point the way. Within the embrace of a sacred circle, we will work deeply to renew our spirits and replenish our souls. Participants sleep in the church on their own linens/sleeping bags and pads/air mattress. Breakfast and snacks are included.

Date: Friday February 21 at 6pm through Saturday February 22 at 11am.
Location: the entire church building
Fee: sliding scale $75-$100 with a limited number of work scholarship registrations available.
Number of participants: Space is limited to 40 participants.
Pre-registration required. Contact Leia at

Understanding with a New Mind: a class for members/friends of TJMC UU

We as Americans have inherited an historical, systematic, and pervasive way in which race and racism have been constructed in our country. This class aims to provide participants a better understanding of these historical forces of racism that led us to the place where we find ourselves today. Through this historical framework, we will explore topics such as the racial wealth gap, mass incarceration, and reparations.

To fully engage, participants will be asked to do readings and view videos before each session. If you didn’t take “Seeing with New Eyes,” please contact Linda Dukes ( or Diane Ober (, and we’ll send you background materials.

Facilitators: Linda Dukes and Diane Ober
Diane Ober is recently retired from a 17-year career at UVA as a Learning and Development specialist, creating and facilitating classes in professional development, focusing the last 3 years particularly on diversity and inclusion. She continues to volunteer facilitating and creating new diversity curriculum. Prior to UVA Diane had careers in community-based corrections, small business ownership and as Director of Religious Education at TJMC! She is excited about reconnecting with long time old friends (and new ones) in the TJMC community and exploring and continuing to learn about racism.
Linda Dukes, a retired teacher, has been active in the Religious Education program at TJMC-UU for many years. In the past few years she co-wrote and taught 13 lessons for children about racial justice. She has also used “Understanding with a New Mind” with a group she started in her neighborhood. She views the work of racial justice to be fundamentally spiritual.

Location: Church Parlor
Dates: Mondays March 12, 23, 30, April 6
Time: 7PM-9PM
Fee: $10 for supplies and reading materials
Number of participants: 10 minimum, 15 maximum
Pre-registration is required. Contact Leia
This class is intended for members/friends of our congregation. If you have questions about participating, please contact Linda.

Living While Black in America

Come and watch the video Living While Black in America followed by group discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Adult Faith Development program and the Racial Justice Committee. Shirley Paul will facilitate the discussion after the film. Shirley is a member of the TJMC Racial Justice Committee, and a grief counselor/facilitator of groups and Co-Chair of Pastoral Visitors.

Date: Sunday March 22, 2020
Time: 11:45 AM
Location: Lower Hall 2
All are welcome. Free of charge.

New Member Seminar

Sunday March 29, 11:45-1:45
Wednesday May 20, 7-9PM

Details coming! Save the date!
Register by contacting Leia at

Inside UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers—an event for church members/friends only

Experience UVA’s new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers with TJMC UU’s own Frank Dukes. Frank was instrumental in advocating for the Memorial and led the community engagement as a member of the Memorial’s design team. He will be joined by one or more members of the area’s enslaved descendant community. We will leave from the church immediately following the service and first experience the Memorial without comment before learning of its history, including the design behind the Memorial.

Facilitator: Frank Dukes
Date: Sunday April 5, 2020.
Time: Immediately following Sunday service, 11:45AM-12:45PM.
Location: We will walk from church to the Memorial
This event is open exclusively to members and friends of the congregation.
No registration required.