Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to host the Rev. Aikman

Posted: Friday, October 03, 2008

The Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host the Rev. Amanda Aikman, a Unitarian Universalist community minister, Oct. 5-12 in Juneau.

The public is welcome to join local Unitarian Universalists in attending her two Sunday services and participating in any or all of her four mini-workshops collectively called "Full-Spectrum Joyfulness."

All events are at the fellowship's new location at the corner of Fifth and Main streets, downtown (the former Christian Science church). The Sunday services are at 10 a.m., and the mini-workshops are 7 to 8:30 p.m. A $5 donation per mini-workshop is suggested. Child care will be provided at all events.

In addition to being a community minister, Aikman is a spiritual director, playwright, joyfulness consultant and craftsperson. She has served Unitarian congregations in the Seattle area as a parish and consulting minister since 1994, and has won over a dozen national sermon contests. She lives in Everett, Wash., with her partner, Nancy, a high school science teacher, and two extremely intelligent cats. Her passions include the films of Christopher Guest, the Seattle Storm basketball team, and stand-up paddle surfing.

While in Juneau for the events at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Rev. Aikman will be interviewed by Jeff Brown on KTOO-FM Monday afternoon. More information about the Fellowship and Unitarian Universalism is always available at www.juuf.org.

Sunday services will be as follows:

Oct. 5: "The Science of Happiness" - What students of neurology, economics, geography and evolutionary biology are learning about the nature of that most desirable state: happiness. How to plan for happiness, how to use our own quest for happiness to make the world a better place, and a simple recipe for happiness that does not include winning the lottery.

Oct. 12: "Joy, Thou Goddess" - Happiness is often elusive and always temporary. But what about joy? Can joy be a path to justice and liberation? Can we reliably create experiences of profound joy, if we make it a priority for our lives? Indeed we can, if we just practice Lightening Up.

"Full-Spectrum Joyfulness" mini-workshops will be as follows:

National and world events got you down? Time for a corrective. This fun mini-workshop series will give you practical tools to help attain a state of joyfulness whenever you like, whatever is going on in your life at the moment. The workshops use the color spectrum as a memory aid to help us remember seven areas of our lives in which we can reliably experience more joy, whether we are introverts or extraverts. Participants will have take-home exercises to help make the cultivation of joyfulness a regular and reliable part of our daily lives.

Oct. 6: "Receiving and Owning" - Getting ready to experience more joy through deeply deciding to accept joy; and practicing the most reliable of joyfulness practices, in owning the gifts we already have.

Oct. 7: "Saying Yes" - How to make an improvisational art form of our daily lives by saying "Yes, and ... " instead of "Yes, but."

Oct. 8: "Giving and Belonging" - Developing generosity of spirit, towards ourselves and others, and ways to feel profoundly connected to the universe.

Oct. 9: "Incarnating and Venturing" - Practice in embodied spirituality, and how to challenge ourselves to venture outward and inward to get more out of life.

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