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UUCLC Classes beginning in 2018

You can sign up in the narthex for the following classes.

Tai Chi practice (without instructor) - For UUCLC members only

Tuesdays 8:45-9:45 am, June-Dec in Social Hall

Due to insurance restrictions, UUCLC members only

Tai Chi originated in ancient China and today is practiced throughout the world as an effective exercise for better health.  It consists of gentle, fluid movements that can be done standing or seated.  You don’t have to sign up; just show up.

Circuit Circles:  Covenants with Technology by Tristan Blalock

The 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Sundays of Month, 5-7 pm in Social Hall (classes may be up to 2 hours long).

Each month Tristan will offer a new technology topic, examining concepts of modern science and technology to understand the purpose, function, and philosophy within them.

Three part lessons on technology concepts

Part one being an interactive activity on the topic followed by examples and dialog. Part two being technical discussion on the details of the technology, where it comes from and where it's going. And Part 3 being on the philosophy, free and respectful discussion on the merits, pitfalls, and challenges in this technology.

May's Lesson:  Lesson 001:  Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

You may have heard of Bitcoin, a popular digital currency using encryption technology. We discuss how it and others like it work, where it's going, and how we look forward, with curiosity and caution, towards the future of our digitized economy. Note: There will be minimal discussion on investing and the pros and cons of such. This lesson is entirely on what cryptocurrency is, how it works, and it's overall effect on society.

  • May 13th - Part 1: Let's Make UUBux!
  • May 20th - Part 2: Modern Mining Machines
  • May 27th - Part 3: Consider The Worth of Cryptocurrency

Part 1: We're gonna making our own coin, called UUBux, with just paper and pencils. This is an activity for all age groups and interests, though be aware some basic algebra will be in use during the activity. Tristan Blalock will follow the activity with a brief history of digital currencies, popular examples of them, and how they are used today. This will be followed by a general Q&A focused on broad strokes of cryptocurrency as an idea.

Part 2: A much more technical discussion on encryption methods, the hardware and software involved in coin mining and blockchains, and the marketplaces that have and are trading in digital currency, as well as a discussion on future applications and economics with encrypted software and money.

Part 3: Open and free discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of cryptocurrency. It has plenty of both, and we all have a voice in this class to share our thoughts mindfully. We talk about where encrypted data is heading into the future, the social and economic pressures we can face, as well as discuss what UU Principles are already present in this technology, and how we can encourage positive and mindful applications.

Nature, Science and Human Experience - Stuart Anderson

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 3-5 pm, July 17, Aug 7 & 21, maybe more months

This class explores the scale of nature and the cosmic timeline.  Wikipedia and online sources will be used.

Building Your Own Theology - Rev. Tracie Barrett-Welser

3rd Monday, Sep 2018-Apr 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm

This program, based on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian, invites participants to develop their own personal statement of faith. Book ($16) is needed; scholarships are available.

Cancer:  Beating the Odds - Pete & Val Conde

Tuesday, Oct 30, 6-7 pm (possibly 3 more classes, if there’s interest)

Lifestyle choices help to prevent cancer.  Learn about effects of environmental factors such as air, food, water and products we use.  Essential oils and spiritual practices can also be helpful.