Lifestream at First U – Opportunities for Personal and Spiritual Growth & Social Transformation 

Click here for a pdf of our brochure. Printed copies are available at church.

Stay tuned for our Spring brochure! 

PROGRAMS STARTING IN FEBRUARY

Poetry as a Tool for Wellness
Wednesdays, February 14, 21 and 28, 1-2:30 p.m.
Rev. Larry Peers in Brunner Chapel
Registration Required – Zoom option available
This new series uses poetry to find meaning in our lives. Rather than trying to understand precisely what the author may have intended, we will provide generous support to one another as we focus on how poems and words can offer healing and understanding. Based on the work of the Institute of Poetic Medicine, this is not about writing the perfect poem but about finding ways to express your thoughts and experiences creatively and learn from one another. Please register at this link.

PROGRAMS STARTING IN MARCH
Mondays in the Park
9:00 a.m. starting March 4
Helena Miller – Locations vary
Registration Required
Get your week off to a good start with a walk in one of our state, county or city parks. Each week we will explore a different park (or a different trail within the larger parks.) Walks will last approximately 60 – 90 minutes. When you register you will receive notices about the locations. Please register at this link.

Game Night and Spaghetti Dinner – Youth Group Fundraiser
Saturday, March 2, 2024 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Parish Hall
Register online or pay at the door – Child Friendly
Come out for an evening of games followed by a spaghetti dinner!
Bring your favorite board game or use games provided by the church.
Newborns – 99 year olds (and beyond) are encouraged to take part in the fun and food! Suggested donation, $10 for adults, $5 for children. Please register at this link.

Retreat – What Do I Really want to be When I Grow Up?
Saturday, March 9, 2024 – 9:00 a.m. coffee gathering, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. retreat
Rev. Dr. Larry Peers – Parish Hall
Registration Required
Many of the myths that we grew up with are suspect. Our world has changed. We have longer lifespans and it is time to change our scripts about our life. We will draw upon some of the insights and practices from Bruch Feiler’s book The Search (2023) in which he provides a roadmap to finding meaningful work and/or a meaningful life. How might we write new stories for the rest of our life whether we are young adults, mid-life, approaching or in retirement? $10 suggested donation for food. Please register at this link.

A Liberal Religious Path: Sermon & Discussion
Sunday, March 17, 2024
Worship at 10:30 a.m. – Discussion from Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Sanctuary
Registration required – Childcare available – Zoom option available
Rev. Kubl-Komoto, lead minister at the UU Fellowship of Raleigh, NC will preach. Following the service he will also talk about his book, The Liberal Religious Path. Please register at this link.

ONGOING PROGRAMS
Sunday Forum
Sundays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. 
Jim Davis Room 25
Drop In No Registration Required
Adult Forum is an informal get-together to learn and discuss people and events that formed our society. Recurring themes are: “What Makes Us Who We Are?”, “What is Religion?”, and “What Does Science Say?” A 30 minute video sets the stage for 15 minutes of general discussion. Initial series is “Skeptics and Believers.”

Soul Matters, Creativity Matters and Connection Circles
Dates, Locations and Times Vary
Nancy Pinson
Location available upon registration
Registration Required

Our small groups sign-up is very popular and our current Soul Matters and Creativity Matters groups are full. We have openings in a new Soul Matters group that is starting in January and there is a drop-in group on First Sundays after the church service facilitated by Rev. Larry Peers starting in DECEMBER – drop in, no registration required. Although most groups are full, you can still access the sign up form to express your interest in joining a group, including the best days/times for you. Click here. We are looking for additional leadership for our Soul Matters and Creativity Matters program to start new groups; training is available. If you are interested, please contact Nancy Pinson at NancyP@firstuuwilm.org.

Friends, Books & Fun!
Monthly, Second Wednesday 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Gerry Konzelmann
Meets at First Unitarian Church Room 28

Drop In No Registration Required
The Friends, Books & Fun! group meets monthly at the Brandywine Hundred Library. We are a group of friends open to more friends joining us for book discussions. Join us when a book meets your interests, our meetings are informal. Book selections are completed through a quick survey of members’ suggestions. Email FriendsBooksFun@gmail.com and Gerry will send you out a flyer with the list of book selections and additional information.

March 13: “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt.
A luminous novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium—and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago. A gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

Visit https://firstuuwilm.org/2023/12/08/friends-books-fun-winter-2023/ to learn more about the group.

Monday Night Yogayoga pose
Mondays 7-8:00 p.m.
Rich Collins
Brunner Chapel
Drop In No Registration Required
Monday Night Yoga focuses on restorative stretching with a concentration on loosening major muscle groups. Participants hold positions and move through gentle, complete cycles. Open to all regardless of ability. No registration required, please contact any of the people listed below if you have questions:
Rich Collins, 302-379-3888, rich.collins@comcast.net,
Vivian Gray, (302) 547-9780, vagray@rcn.com
Michelle Frey, 302-478-4175

Meditation Class
Michael Wiedner
Class runs from 7:00-8:00 p.m. – Wednesday evenings.
Brunner Chapel or Room 30

Registration Required
Meditation is a powerful tool that is available to everyone. It is a practice that helps improve our wellbeing, our outlook on life, and our contentment with our daily living. There are many types of meditation practices. At their core are the themes of concentration and mindfulness.
In time, these practices naturally help one become aware of ways we create our dissatisfaction and make it easier to let go of the habitual thoughts that pull us away from a natural state of contentment.
Please join us in our new meditation series. All are welcome, experienced meditator and beginner alike. The sessions will include two twenty-five-minute meditation sessions with a five-minute walking meditation in between. There will be how-to instruction ten minutes before our sessions. Register at https://firstu.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1939097

 

MONTHLY GATHERINGS
Vespers
2nd Wednesday evening* of the month, from 6:30-7:00 pm.
Cindy Cohen and Kathy Harris
March 13, 2024, April 10, 2024, May 8, 2024
Sanctuary
Drop In No Registration Required
The services will continue to be based on the Taizé style of worship, featuring candlelight, inspirational music, readings and meditation. We will join together in silent meditation, a candle-lighting ritual, and the singing of short chants and rounds. This unique respite from the hectic pace of everyday life offers restoration, and an opportunity to calm our minds and hearts and nourish our spirits.
Come to find peace, silence and fellowship.

Celebration of the FULL MOON with Circle of the Ash Tree Moon
February 23, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Faith Whittington and Linda Sanders – First Unitarian Church (various rooms)
Join our earth-centered spiritual group named “Circle of the Ash Tree Moon” and celebrate the full moon with an earth-centered ritual designed each month to celebrate the special meaning of that month’s moon theme. (For more information about moon themes, see Christopher Penczak’s book, “The Path of the Moon”). We usually meet the night before the full moon so our meeting date varies each month. Here are the dates and locations: Brunner Chapel on January 24, Parish Hall on February 23, Brunner Chapel March 24. To express interest and recevie updates on these celebrations, please register here.

Country Line Dancing with Ilana
Saturday, March 16 – 6:30 p.m. social time
7:00- 8:30 p.m. dance
Instructor: Lorraine Cohn  – Parish Hall
Registration required
Are you looking for some fun exercise? If so, Country Line Dancing is for you! All are welcome – singles, couples, and families. No experience is needed. Come learn and enjoy Country Line Dancing with Ilana.
Cost: $5/person Registration required for each date. Please register here. If we have good response to these events, we will offer Country Line Dancing every month in the spring brochure!

Lorraine Cohn (aka Ilana) has been teaching recreational international folk dancing and line dancing in communities and summer camps for adults and children since 1975. She learned most of the dances directly from the choreographers at workshops for dance teachers on the East Coast. For the past two years, she has been teaching dance to retirees for the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Ilana has also learned dances from the “Line Dance King”, Ira Weisburd, as well as from local Country Line dance teachers in Wilmington, DE and Maryland.

Lifestream Summer Camp 2023 Report

Camp was a success, with over 80 people registered! We have a photo report available at this link.

If you are curious about what Summer Camp was all about, click here to view our brochure.