Card Making at Let It Shine

Join us for another of our Let It Shine events this Saturday, May 14th (2pm to 4pm)! Join us as Erin Mara shares her creative self and leads us in her One Sheet Wonder card making session. Handmade cards can be a gift in itself. As the school year, and church year begin its swift wrap-up, this is a great opportunity to show gratitude or support to those around you. Even making cards now to save for later is a helpful tip for our busy selves. Bring your calendar or occasion book, who are you looking forward to celebrate. Perhaps it is even you?

Fun for all ages and stages. Bring a friend! If you have your own stash of favorite papers and supplies, feel free to bring them along.

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Playing with Rocks at April’s Let It Shine

Join us on April 9th for another creative exploration at our monthly Let It Shine series. The 2nd Saturday of each month we seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth through creative play and exploration.

It has been wonderful fun so far this year and we hope that we can continue this effort for another year, trying out your new ideas , building on our facilitator team, and inviting different creative expressions. Look ahead for a submission form to sign-up for your month!

In April we provide you with a fun and engaging experience we are calling “Pebble Mapping”. Thinking of our theme, Connecting to the Earth, we are inviting you to explore rocks through a Reggio inspired provocation.
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First we’ll start with a guided contemplation meditation with rocks, and then we’ll work through the steps to create your own personal set of “pebble maps”. This is easy to follow instruction that will lead to endless possibilities.


Hindsight, Humor, and Hope: Who, me, an elder? Adult Tapestry of Faith Program at UUCLV

Our LFD program is looking forward to presenting this wonderful learning opportunity provided through the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Tapestry of Faith lifespan curricula series, Hindsight, Humor, and Hope: Who, me, and Elder?

In reading author, Karin Peterson’s, preface to this curriculum, you can immediately get a clear understanding of her journey towards a strong sense of self as she came into her elder years. A now retired Unitarian Universalist minister, Karin Peterson provides us, with much care and insight, a six workshop series curriculum for older adults (55+) that invites participants to develop “a deeper understanding and appreciation of their elder stage of life and the path they traveled to reach it.”

We cherish our multigenerational community and efforts. We rely on the support of those from all-ages to take part in building relationships over generations. Yet, as the Hindsight series points out, sometimes after age sixty, individuals are faced with new challenges whether it be contemplating or adjusting to retirement, caring for parents, assessing commitments and new life experiences.

Hindsight focuses on the ways to live this stage of life with meaning and intention, as a commitment to caring for oneself physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  We know our community grows from the wisdom, experience and skills that only senior years can bring.We feel it is important for our programming lens to nurture the needs of all of those in our community which includes steps towards fostering more opportunities to our older adults.

The workshop will happen on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm,

from April 14th to May 19th.

We have a team of facilitators that will share in leading the six sessions, including Rev. Rachel Baker, Danielle Bell (Director of Lifespan Faith Development) and lay leaders Terri Boling, Mark Hutcherson, and Binnie Wilkin.

Each session, participants will gather with tea/coffee and snacks for their welcoming and entering time. They will be guided through a variety of activities that offer conversation, reflection, creative expression, and spiritual journaling (which comes in many forms other than just writing).

Workshop 1: Elderhood-A Work In Progress

Workshop 2: Solitude and Connection – The Stuff of Life

Workshop 3: Diving through the Layers – The Fabric of My Life

Workshop 4: Creating New Visions – Building on Experience

Workshop 5: Making Friends wiht Mortality

Workshop 6: Hindsight, Humor, and Hope

Registration is open and available hereHHH. This is a free offering.

Leadership…Come and Get It!

CLO-Leadership You Got ThisThe next Community Learning Opportunity; Workshops for our Well Being is scheduled forApril 2nd (10am to 4pm). These workshops encourage us to explore and exercise ways to come together and nurture healthy boundaries in our congregation and culture. We look to deeper practices that can continue to provide a safe, healthy, and inspiring space for our mind, body, and spirit.

This upcoming workshop is an intensive, one-day workshop aimed to provide you with new views, tools, and purpose around leadership. Leadership development goes hand in hand with faith development as we learn to navigate through a time of rapid cultural change, both inside and outside of our communities. Serving as allies and advocates for causes that are important to us require a broad range of skills, both technical and visionary.

Our goal is for you to come away with a new perspective on some of your most pressing challenges, help you create a fresh exchange of ideas between peers, and also to encourage you to think bigger and more creatively as challenges and opportunity come your way.  And most importantly, learning something new is a positive effort towards personal and spiritual enrichment.

Register here!


Let your stories shine!

We all love hearing a well told story! It can be riveting and riotous, calming and curious, inspiring and aspiring! Often we shy away from our stories, not realizing how healing or empowering the telling can be. We also underestimate the power of our own stories with how impactful they can to another person’s journey. At this Let It Shine, February 13th from 2-4pm, we gather to embrace the opportunity to craft our story. Engaged UUCLV member and engaging story teller, Hilary Howarth invites us to explore the art of storytelling through some creatively motivating exercises.  This event is all-ages yet child care is also provided.


Deep sharing can come from even the youngest of us.

2015-12-20 10.56.30.jpgOften we look at our Sunday Session groups with the children as small group ministry. We can have anywhere from two to 15 in a group, so planning ahead can often be tricky. One thing our participants can rely on is that they will have an opportunity each week to be heard. Whatever it is that they have been carrying with them, they have the chance to share and lay it all out on the table.

We’ll always do a check-in. Sometimes funny and silly, often a getting to know you, but mostly a “how are you doing?”. Last Sunday, December 20th, after a beautiful telling about the Yule Log by Jane Feldman, during the Time For All Ages, our young congregants were given a tealight to signify lighting the yule log. We took those back to our learning area and sat down. I allowed the children each to select a glass stone, something that called out “joy” to them.

Then we spoke about sharing our joy with one another, and also sharing our light with those feelings that might need a little brightness. The sharing that took place was sincere and authentic. Each child added their stone and light to the large shell. The sense of “safe” was apparent in the group; sharing fears, anxiety, excitement and curiosities. To witness these experiences with our youngest Unitarian Universalist’s is an honor. They are bright, mindful, caring, and present.

I hope that someday you’ll be willing to spend time with these amazing individuals. They have so much to offer you.

If you’d like to consider what the experience might be like, please never hesitate to contact me.

Danielle Bell

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Let It Shine lights up again January 9th

We are a community that is rich in spirit and excitement, especially when it comes to the creative side of spirituality. Join us this January 9th with a gleam of mystery in B.Y.O.T (build your own tarot). Led by Elaine Edmiston. Elaine is looking forward to helping us craft our own tarot, or oracle card, decks. The deck can be as large or small as you like and as creative or personal as you like. Think about what symbols and messages resonate with you. Perhaps leaf through a traditional deck to get an idea of the format. Cardstock, washi, glue, and tape will be provided. Although we will have a nice lot to choose from,if you plan on joining, please take some time before the event to gather some images that you would like to use. These could be magazine clippings, photos, postcards, etc. Also, think about the messages you would like to correspond to your images, so your deck will be personal to you. And have fun! Let-It-Shine-JanTarot-Flyer