Wednesday Connections

Wednesday Connections

Dinner, worship, classes and community are offered on Wednesday evenings from September through November, and January through April.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Dinner in Emerson Hall: Join staff, ministers and friends and get to know the people you see on Sunday mornings. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. $8 adults, $5 kids (3 and under are free) $20.00 Family

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.


Worship on Wednesdays (WOW) in the Chapel. Join us for an intimate service featuring local live music, with a short message from one of our ministers.

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.



Wednesday Night Classes

Wednesday Connections classes and spiritual practices to engage the whole person – body, mind and spirit. See class listing below.

Aging Successfully
January 25 to March 29
Facilitated by Melanie Fry and Carol Lambert
Feel good about getting older. Aging is a fact of life but boredom isn’t. This innovative living option is for active men and women ages 55+. Think fun, not isolated. Active, not idle. Home ownership, not maintenance. Togetherness, not loneliness. Community-run, not corporately-managed. Choose your neighbors and build your community. Your home is your home; your finances are your finances. The only things we share are passions, energies, and activities.

March 15, 22, 29, & April 5
Facilitated by Janet W Parachin, PhD, Ayurveda Wellness
Ayurveda means “science of life” and is the diet and lifestyle component of Yoga. This class teaches you to experience good health and happiness throughout your life. This class will address four topics: Three Doshas: your unique constitution; Three Gunas: how the mind works; Six Tastes: eating well through the seasons; Ayurvedic lifestyle: putting it all together.

The Best of TED Talks
Facilitated by Linda Ohs
Participants will view a TED Talk and discuss how the talk relates to their lives. The class will determine the discussion topic for the following week.

Building Your Own Theology
April 12, 19, 26
Facilitated by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar
As a covenantal church without a doctrinal formula of faith, it can be difficult to profess what Unitarian Universalists believe. Since we do not have to believe alike, it is incumbent upon each person to determine their own beliefs. This class offers a systematic, experiential, and communal approach building your own theological belief system based on what you do believe rather than what you do not believe. In this class you will develop a concise statement and understanding of your beliefs about God, evil, life after death, Jesus, human nature, prayer, religion, love, morality, truth, and church.

Empty Bowls
Facilitated by Kristen Miller
Make a Difference - Make a Bowl. Allow your creativity to flow. Each bowl you make will be auctioned at our annual Empty Bowls dinner in May to benefit our Community Resource Food Bank. Clay, glazes, and professional guidance are provided.

Great Decisions
January 25 through April 5 (except for spring break)
Facilitated by Earl Goodman
The Great Decisions Program is America's largest discussion group on world affairs. The model involves reading the Great Decisions 2017 Briefing Book, watching a video of the same name, and discussing critical global issues facing America today. Eight topics are prior to the class. Participants read a fact sheet on each of the eight topics before meetings and then share opinions.

The How of Happiness
January 25, February 1, 8, & 15
Facilitated by retired minister John Biedler
Social psychologist Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky of Stanford University offers scientific based research evidence in simple language on how to live a happier and more fulfilling life. Learn to apply strategies from her book The How of Happiness in this fun and lively class. Purchase of the book is not necessary.

Let’s Talk Mental Illness
April 5, 12, 19, & 26
Facilitated by Mary Ellen Jones
In a country where one in five people are affected by a mental health condition it's time to break the silence and talk openly. The class will explore various topics and issues about mental health through lecture, video, and group discussions. The group will determine the direction and focus of future interactive conversations.

Nature Based Therapy
January 25 & February 15
Facilitated by Mary Ellen Jones
This class explores the interrelatedness of all beings and natural elements. It is through this awareness we feel, see, and create a more holistic connections within ourselves, our families, our communities, and the world.

Progressive Oklahoma
April 5, 12, 19, 26
Facilitated by Davis Joyce, retired TU history professor
This is not an oxymoron!  Starting with Danney Goble’s important book, Progressive Oklahoma: The Making of a New Kind of State, which emphasizes Oklahoma’s progressive origins, the class will go on to accounts of activism, Oklahoma’s progressive movements, and the people behind them. This class will challenge and inspire you to be a part of Oklahoma’s progressive work today.

Redemption Through Energy Healing
March 8 to April 26
Facilitated by Rev. Nattasha Bogdanova
Discover the Vedic method of redemption through self-knowledge and inner awareness. Energy Healing is a holistic approach that addresses emotions, mind, body, and soul and can be used by anyone in daily life. Each lesson covers a different energy center or chakra. Classes are taught with lecture, voluntary on-stage demonstration and healing work, and experiential guided meditation. We will be seeking and finding the barriers within ourselves that we have built against self-knowledge.

Shawl Ministry
Shawl Ministry combines the love of fiber art, prayer, and meditations by knitting or crocheting positive intentions, prayers, and hope into each shawl before they are blessed and given to those in need of comfort and solace. Participants may also make baby hats, blankets, booties, and more.

Writer's Workshop
Facilitated by Katja Blum
This is a creative writing class exploring a variety of writing prompts and inspiration exercises. You will create roadmaps for turning inspiration into a piece of prose or poetry. Weekly workshop attendance is helpful but not required.



Ongoing Wednesday Evening Spiritual Practices

Majestic Theater
Explore different techniques designed to still the mind, renew focus, reduce stress, and increase energy. Facilitated by Andrew Donovan-Shead.

Presidents' Room
This intergenerational yoga class introduces Pranayama-conscious breath work, Asana-physical postures, and six other aspects of yoga. Designed for all body types and conditions. Facilitated by Stacie Beckert.

Childcare for Wednesday Connections

  • We provide childcare for children in pre-k and younger from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 112.
  • Childcare for children in kindergarten through 5th grade is available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 202.
  • No child should ever be left unattended in the building.


For more information on Adult Programs, contact Shannon Boston, Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration, at, 918.743.2805, ext. 321, or Paula Vella, Adult Programs Coordinator, at,  918.743.2805, ext. 223.