Cross Training

Wednesday night programming for the entire church family:  designed to help us form deeper relationships with one another and grow in faith.   All are welcome!

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Six Wednesday nights: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8

6:00 – 6:30   Casual Dinner (two nights catered by Coleone’s, two nights catered by Mary Pease, two nights catered by Las Cazuelas)

6:30 – 7:00    Informal worship in the Chapel featuring a brief message and music

7:00 – 8:00    Classes for all ages (Senior High Youth Group meets during this time, also.) *Understanding Mental Illness will go from 7:00 – 8:30.


EXPLORING POETRY; Leader: Leanne Hoppe

Wind your way through stacks of poetry from a number of sources, ranging from Old Testament to contemporary poets. Each session will focus on a particular theme in poetry, from the pastoral to the abstract. Participants will read and discuss their interpretations of poems and spend time crafting their own poems on the same theme.

ALUCC member Leanne Hoppe received her MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, and her work appears in Bayou Magazine, GravelDriftwood Press, and elsewhereShe recently finished translating a volume of poems by the Italian poet Michela Zanarella, which is forthcoming from Bordighera Press.



Understanding Mental Illness – A five session series for families and friends of those diagnosed with mental illness. Each session is a one and a half hour support and education program. This program will help family members and friends understand the different diagnoses and how the illness affects the family, as well as building communication skills and accessing resources in the community. Each session builds on the other. Led by a staff member from the Cleveland chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The sixth week will be a follow-up discussion facilitated by ALUCC church family members. (Please note this class will end at 8:30 PM each night.)


COMPASSION IN THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS; Leader: the Rev. Jim Edwards         

Although the world’s religions seem radically different, all of them teach that compassion must be our highest priority. Compassion can be defined as sympathy for the suffering of others, and the desire to free them from it. We’ll begin by studying compassion in the Bible, focusing on the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, and the life and teachings of Jesus.  We’ll explore the central role of compassion in the Qur’an, and explain why radical Islam ignores it.  Then we’ll spend three sessions on compassion in Buddhism. We’ll read moving passages from the most ancient Buddhist scriptures,  and the writings of the most famous Buddhist in the world today, the Dalai Lama.  Those who take this course will learn practical strategies for growing in compassion. Participants are encouraged to read Karen Armstrong’s book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, although it is not required.


ARTISTIC EXPRESSION (grades 4-7); Leader: Beau Dansizen

            Children will explore the world of artistic expression in various forms such as painting, sculpting, crafts, movement, music and drama. This class is designed with fun in mind! Absolutely no artistic ability is required or expected. Participants should come ready to get messy and/or to move. Beau will be leading many of the classes, with other leaders joining in depending on the topic. This is a great opportunity for your child to get to know the new Associate Minister and have fun making a mess!

PLEASE NOTE:  You may participate in any of the above classes, whether or not you can be here for all six weeks. Please register early so that we may order the appropriate food for dinner and materials for each class!

Babysitting for birth through 3rd Grade.  Please request a reservation on your registration form or e-mail