Adult Religious Exploration Opportunities

Spiritual Practices

Sundays, 10-10:30 a.m.

A contemplative time before the service each Sunday to center and find balance in ourselves. Rev. Carol Bodeau, Wendy Weiss, and others from the congregation will share practices they engage in. Through experiencing these spiritual practices together, we can find greater peace, meaning, and equanimity in our lives and in our world.

Monthly Practice Focus:

January: The Body

February: Arts & Crafts

March: The Breath 

Compassionate Conversations

First Sundays, 12:15-1:30 

Come discuss topics of interest and importance, using the Compassionate Communication model. We aim to share ideas and perspectives without judgment of differing views and to practice a model of discussion that makes room for connection despite differences.


January: Aging: the Gifts and Challenges

February: Tolerance: How Hard or Easy It Can Be

March: Action and Reflection: A Model for Challenging Times

Please contact Wendy to arrange for childcare if needed.

Building Your Own Theology

Second & Fourth Sundays,


This is a chance to reflect upon, share, and discuss our unique spiritual journeys. In this on-going class, we will use writing exercises, conversation, and other ‘games’ and activities to explore how we each have created a unique theology for ourselves.


We'll be talking about what we believe, what our journeys have been like, and the questions that drive us to continue seeking. Led mostly by Rev. Carol, and sometimes by Wendy Weiss or others from the congregation, this is a great way to explore yourself and your fellow UU's as we think about how we define our own "theologies." Happens after coffee hour, from 12:15-1:30pm on 2nd and 4th Sundays. No registration required, drop-in as you are able.


Need childcare? Email Wendy Weiss in advance:

Earth Magic

Earth Magic
A survey of earth-based spirituality
with  Rev. Carol Bodeau 

Third Sundays, 12:30-1:45 (during and after potluck)


Conversations and practices that engage various earth-based modes of understanding the world and mystical perspectives on life.

Please contact Wendy to arrange for childcare if needed.

Compassionate Communication

Compassionate Communication:  learn the skills of Marshall Rosenberg’s “Non-Violent Communication” technique – for beginners and those who already are familiar with the technique. Meets at 12:15
Compassionate Communication has concluded its rotation, but our Compassionate Conversations group is similar. See above for details.


Click here for more information about Compassionate Communication

Westside Unitarian Universalist Church

616 Fretz Road

Knoxville, TN 37934

(865) 777-9882

Minister's Office Hours
Sunday 9a-3p
Tuesday 12:30-6:30p
Thursday 8:30-3:30p 
And by Appointment

Director of Religious Exploration's

Office Hours

Sunday 9a-3p

Tuesday & Wednesday 9a-3p

And by Appointment

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