Adult Learning at UU Wellesley is coordinated by the UU Learning Community (UULC). Our charge is to create a program consistent with Unitarian Universalist principles, through which personal growth is fostered and community bonds strengthened. The UULC offers a wide variety of workshops and events led by members, clergy, and friends of our church, as well as outside speakers, who volunteer to share their expertise or interests. The UULC often partners with leaders of our Social Justice initiatives to examine topics of shared concern. Many programs are open to the public.
The UULC welcomes new ideas for Learning while Connecting! Bring yours to our next meeting. Email the church office HERE for more information.
Check the Calendar for additions and/or changes to our schedule.
Sunday, January 21 at 12:00pm in the Chapel
Authenticity: Two Classic TED Talks
As the congregation asks “who do we want to be?” as a community, there are corresponding questions: “who do we want to be as individuals?” and how can the two goals align? People often seek religious community in order to become their “best selves,” hoping to feel empowered to do good in the world. Join UULC for two pivotal TED talks that explore what society gains when people are encouraged to be authentic. Susan Cain’s 2012 talk, “The Power of Introverts,” describes the 40% of Americans (and 60+% of UUs) whose quieter contributions are drowned out in schools and workplaces. In “The Power of Vulnerability” (2010), Brene Brown discusses the link between success and the willingness to take whole-hearted risks. Both talks have been viewed tens of millions of times, creating a cultural phenomenon.
Thursday, February 15 at 7:00pm in the Chapel
Book Discussion on Racial Justice
Following up on themes explored in the January 7 teach-in on racism, UULC invites you to a discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, a 2014 book about a young lawyer’s work to exonerate a death-row inmate. The author, Bryan Stevenson, was a featured speaker at the 2017 UU General Assembly. As a companion book, UULC is also suggesting The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. This is the chosen text for World of Wellesley’s third annual community read and the author, Richard Rothstein, will be speaking at a March 26 event elsewhere in town.