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BUUF 2022 Common Read Discussion Groups: Radical Kindness

Facilitators: varied

Dates and Time | varied, Full listing on offerings form.

Description: Radical Kindness, by Angela C. Santomero, will be the focus of book discussion groups offered as our Common Read in January and February.   Santomero believes in the radical power of kindness. She has dedicated her life to teaching everyone that when you treat yourself and others with warmth, empathy, and respect, life-changing benefits follow. She believes kindness is the key to recognizing others, and ourselves, as worthy of love and understanding. The book has kindness practices that will help readers adopt radical kindness, which can transform themselves, their neighborhoods, and the world for the better.   Facilitators will help guide discussion. Some groups will have two sessions and some three.   Sign up for the group with time and dates that work best for you.  

Materials: Read Radical Kindness, by Angela C. Santomero, before the first session. If you do not yet have a copy of the book, contact Nancy Harms at the BUUF office.  

Enrollment: Registration preferred. Class sizes are limited. Sign up for one session from list.

Winter Classes Starting Soon

Drop-in Poetry (meets monthly)

Facilitator:  Debra Smith

Dates and Time | Second Tuesday each month, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Virtual Group

Description | This is a non-threatening approach to short creative writing in response to a prompt. Most prompts work well to help us write poetry, but you don’t have to remember any of those poetic terms you may have once known. Each session will include mild instruction, sharing, and long period of writing. During this series of classes [you do not need to have attended the prior classes], participants will be encouraged to volunteer to lead one of the meetings, which entails selecting a theme and two poems, and perhaps a poetic element, and providing a writing prompt and facilitating discussion. All levels of experience are welcome because we all learn from each other.

Materials: Please bring a notebook, laptop, or tablet and writing utensil. Scratch paper and extra pens will be available if you forget your materials.

Meeting ID: 956 027 597 Passcode: chalice 

Building Your Own Theology

Facilitator:  Rev. Sara LaWall

Dates and Time | 5 sessions | Tuesdays, February 8 – March 8 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm, | Virtual Group

Description: As Unitarian Universalists, we are all theologians. Our church, as a spiritual community, encourages each of us to become more fully aware of our own personal religious beliefs, practices, and values, in alignment with our wide spectrum of UU theologies. This UUA curriculum will help you examine your values and beliefs about God or ultimate reality, ethics, and the meaning and purpose of life. You will search for what is true in your life. Through a combination of reflection, group discussion, study, and writing, you will examine your own spiritual history and articulate your own theology. Topics will include UU principles, UU theology and history, human nature, ultimate reality, ethics, and religious meaning.

Materials: none

Enrollment: Registration preferred. Minimum 6 participants, expectation is that participants attend all five sessions

So You Want to Learn to Quilt!

Facilitators: Sandy Cruise and other BUUF Q-U-U-ilters

Dates and Time | 3 sessions | Saturday mornings, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 | 10:00 am – noon | IN PERSON AT BUUF

Description: Every year, BUUF Q-U-U-ilters create a colorful quilt to be raffled off at the annual gala auction. Monies raised in the raffle fund BUUF marketing, advertising, and outreach. 
This group is always looking for new quilters or folks who would like to learn to quilt. If you want to learn to quilt, and maybe join the Q-U-U-ilters, this class is for you. Each participant will sew simple “crazy quilt” blocks in class. The class will focus on basic steps of color and pattern selection and machine piecing, quilting, and binding. One or two blocks would make a potholder, 3-5 blocks a table runner, and 12 or more would make a small quilt.

Materials: The Q-U-U-ilters have lots of fabric, perfect for making “scrappy” quilt blocks. Participants can also bring their own 100% cotton fabric, if desired. Facilitators will contact participants before the first class to determine sewing machine and tool needs.

Enrollment: Registration required, class limited to five beginning quilters so instruction can be individualized.

Estate Planning

Facilitators:  Rachel Murphy and Shaila Buckley

Date and Time | Monday, February 28 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm | Virtual Group

Description: Estate Planning is a gift to the people you love the most. It doesn’t have to be a chore. Instead, it can be your opportunity to create a meaningful legacy, protect your children, communicate your values, and gain peace of mind. In this one-time class, Boise attorney Shaila Buckley and BUUF member Rachel Murphy will explain estate planning in practical terms, help you understand why everyone – whether you’re married, a parent, single, young, or old – needs an estate plan, and discuss what that plan should include.

Shaila and Rachel were classmates at Stanford Law School who reunited in Boise many years later. Shaila founded her firm, Shaila Buckley Law, to specialize in estate planning. Rachel has been Of Counsel to Shaila Buckley Law since 2020.

Enrollment: Registration preferred, no limit on class size

The Suez and the Panama Canal

Lecturer: Dario Bollacasa

Date and Time | Thursday, March 17 | 10:00 – 11:00 am | Virtual Group

Description: The French excavated the Suez Canal and thought Panama would be a cinch. Not so fast. Find out how they struggled and how the Americans took over and finished the job.

Enrollment: Registration preferred. All welcome

 Picasso: The Early Years

Lecturer: Dario Bollacasa

Date and Time | Thursday, March 24| 10:00 – 11:00 am | Virtual Group

Description: The Catalonian painter lived and painted in Barcelona until he moved on to Paris and beyond. His years in Catalonia provide a glimpse into his early career and the “Blue Period”.

Enrollment: Registration preferred, everyone welcome

Leonardo: The Inventor

Lecturer: Dario Bollacasa

Date and Time | Thursday, March 31| 10:00 – 11:00 am | Virtual Group

Description: Leonardo Da Vinci is renowned for many reasons and most famous for piantings. However, there is another aspect of the ultimate “Renaissance Man” that has to do with his inventions, many of which are stilll being used to this day.

Enrollment: Registration preferred, everyone welcome

The Soul of Aging

Facilitators: Mike Philley and Patricia Heeb

Dates and Time | 10 sessions | Wednesday mornings, April 6 – June 8, 10:00 am – 12:15 pm | IN PERSON AT BUUF

Description: What does it mean to be spiritually literate as we age? How might we navigate our elder years with renewed attention to the inner voice that has been with us since childhood, but for many has been muted or even ignored while we have attended to the myriad demands of adulthood? Is it finally time, as we relinquish roles defined by the workplace, parenting, and commonplace expectations of retirement, to listen to and honor our soul’s longing?

The Center for Courage & Renewal ( has developed a ten-session curriculum for small group ministry focused on the spiritual dimensions of aging. Based on a highly nuanced and intentional way of being together, the curriculum is designed to build the relational trust needed to explore and share both our inner and outer lives as elders from a place of courage and wholeness.

The Soul of Aging will be co-led by Patricia Heeb and Mike Philley. Both have been trained by the Center for Courage & Renewal and have facilitated prior Soul of Aging classes at BUUF.

Materials: Those who register will complete a brief questionnaire concerning their goals and expectations for participating in the program. We expect participants to commit to all ten sessions of the program, as continuity of our relational “Circle of Trust” is essential.

Enrollment: Class is limited to 10 enrollees.

Faded Pictures from a Life: An Illustrated Memoir

Lecturer: Mark McGinnis

Date and Time | Thursday evening, April 7 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm | IN PERSON AT BUUF

Description: Mark has had a long career in art, and he has often covered religious and spiritual themes in his work. You may have seen his work hanging in BUUF hallways. As the title suggests, he will talk about how his art illustrates his life. Or is it the other way around. Following the presentation there will be a chat period for questions and comments.

Enrollment: Registration required, class size may be limited, depending on CDC guidelines at the time.

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