Heritage UU Church congregants are invited to join the Blacksburg congregation this month for these Adult Faith Development online programs. Registration is not necessary for these classes.
Sunday, February 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Paul Quigley, associate professor of Civil War studies at Virginia Tech, will discuss “Political Violence in the United States: Lessons from the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.” Violence has been a regrettable yet regular feature of U.S. politics, never more so than during the Civil War and Reconstruction years. How can looking back to different uses of violence during this period—including prewar conflicts between northern and southern politicians, the liberationist violence of the Union army, and the violent repression of Black rights from slavery to the Ku Klux Klan–help us understand the events of January 6, 2021? Zoom link: Sunday Circle February 7.
Sunday, February 7, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Blacksburg minister, Rev. Pam Phillips, leads this group that intentionally explores the process of aging. Zoom link: Spiritual Aging.
Sundays, February 14 & 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
An ongoing discussion group on racial justice and white privilege. Zoom link: Anti-Racism Group. Email Karen to be placed on the distribution list to receive info on upcoming topics. Email Karen at:
Sunday, February 21, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Susan Baker will discuss” The Mysterious North Korea and its Supreme Leader, Kim Jung Un”. This talk will look at how the Kim dynasty came into being shortly after 1948 and has successfully ruled North Korea with an iron fist; changes and crisis’ in the North Korean economy and society as seen against the extensive mafia-like corruption, the “military first policy”, and the ramifications of having nuclear weapons; who is Kim Jung Un, the Supreme Leader, and how might he address the issues while keeping the Kim Dynasty intact; and how the thinking and strategy of Kim Jung Un affect North Korea, the region and the world. Zoom link: Sunday Circle February 21.
Sunday, February 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. This month: Democracy, Extremism, and Outliers. Under democratic governance structures, people enjoy freedom to believe as they choose, speak freely and advocate for their beliefs. Individuals like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton led the movement giving women the right to vote, and were seen as “extremist.” Another “extremist,” Frederick Douglas corresponded with and influenced the U.S. President on matters of racial equality. Still other “extremists” brought us witch trials, McCarthyism and the Holocaust. Given the societal impulse to label anyone outside of the mainstream “extreme,” how can we better distinguish and then support outliers who are advancing worthy causes? Zoom link: Community Conversations.
The Fifth Dimension for Adults
Tuesday, February 23, 7-8 pm
Watch a class episode of The Twilight Zone, then participate in a discussion that’s just as relevant today as it was when the episode aired 60 years ago. This month: “I Am the Night – Color Me Black” with a discussion on hatred and racism. Zoom link: The Fifth Dimension for Adults.
Ongoing Weekly Programs:
Conversations on Our Faith
Meets Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Discussion on a book that deepens our spiritual journey; all are welcome, even if you have not read the chapters being discussed. Current book: The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, by Sue Monk Kidd. Zoom link: Conversations on Our Faith.
Meets Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
centering words and basic instruction are followed by sitting practice; non-experienced and experienced meditators are welcome. Zoom link: Meditation.
More information on these programs can be found at https://uucnrv.org/learn/adults/. Contact me if you have any questions. Email me at: