Lifelong Learning at East Shore

We have a wealth of great events and learning opportunities at East Shore.

Here’s how to register!

Go to East Shore’s website and find the class on the calendar, click “More information” then “Register Now”
Questions: Contact Dianne Upton, Facilities Coordinator if you need help or have questions


Redefining Reality, Part 2: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
Get a grip on reality by watching and discussing the second half of Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science from the Great Courses. This course investigates how science has changed our view of reality over time. Topics covered include: brain science, evolutionary psychology, sociology, personal identity, the origin of life, death, genetic engineering, and Virtual Reality.
Facilitated by: Alan Carter
Dates: Tuesdays, January 3rd – February 28th 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  (Nine sessions)
Fee: $25 for all sessions; $5 drop-in fee for individual classes
Alan Carter is a long-time member of East Shore and has been offering Great Courses classes for several years.  

Roadmaps to the Future: Getting from where you are to the life you want
What are you giving yourself this year? This “hands-on” group coaching series will:

  • Encourage energy and confidence around creating change
  • Give you personalized support for navigating change
  • Inspire you to make the right changes
  • Educate you on why change is hard, how to make it easier, and how to sustain it
  • Offer questions to provoke new insights
  • Challenge you to step out of your comfort zone
  • Cheer you on for all your hard work

We will meet in person Monday evenings and have online check-in and support available (via email and a private FaceBook group) on the off days.
Facilitated by: Mona Sterling and Katherine Fugitt
Dates: Mondays, January 23rd – March 13th, 2017   7:00 to 8:30 pm, (Seven sessions, no class 2/20)
Fee: $25 Facility and Materials fee
Mona Sterling is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach who is dedicated to helping people live more passionate, fulfilling lives. Katherine Fugitt holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, is a Martha Beck trained life coach, and is energized by helping people learn about their creativity and changing their lives. Coaching is not psychotherapy or a replacement for it.

Native American Heritage-Who Lived Here? How were they displaced? How can East Shore be an ally in right relationship?
This four-part program will begin with a film “The Earth is Alive,” a critically acclaimed documentary created by members of our local Lummi Nation. This will be followed up by a three-week series of conversations about Native American Heritage in which we will learn which Native tribes are the original inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest and how they were displaced by the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. The potluck and movie will be on Friday, February 10th. The remaining three classes will be February 11th, 25th, and March 4th.  While each class can stand alone, attending all will provide a stronger basis of understanding in order to become a more effective ally for the Native American community.
Facilitated by: Lynn Roesch and Aisha Hauser
Dates: Friday, February 10th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Movie night and potluck  (One session)
Saturdays, February 11th, 25th and March 4th, 10:00 a.m. to noon (Three sessions)
Fee: $15 for all sessions; $5 drop-in fee for individual classes
Lynn Roesch is an active member at East Shore. Aisha Hauser is East Shore’s Director of Lifelong Learning.


Ongoing Series

Fourth Wednesday Book Club
Please join us in the ESUC Library to discuss our book of the month on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. See our list of books for the year here.
Facilitated by: Zee Straight-Weiss
Date: October 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Fee: None

Ukulele Jam
Play ukulele and sing with others. We’ll play some Hawaiian and other songs, in uke-friendly keys. Beginning players are welcome. We meet once a month to share songs and jam. Other instruments welcome too. Come sing or play with us.
Facilitated by: Richard Gillmann
Dates: Second Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: None

Heretics’ Haven: An AA meeting for Heretics
A heretic is defined as, “One who may choose, and who holds opinions contrary to what is generally accepted doctrine.” Accordingly, in this meeting people with spiritual or religious uncertainty, people of any belief or  no belief, may come to seek the healing and support offered by AA’s 12 step recovery program without feeling pressure to conform to others beliefs.
Facilitated by: John Fahey
Dates: Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Fee: None

Parents of Teens Group
We are a support group for parents with teens that are extra challenging to raise. We talk about what is hard for each of us to cope with. The time together is about us as parents. It’s not therapy or parent education. It’s a place to say those things that might shock/surprise others because they don’t experience it. We listen to each other with a sympathetic ear, commiserate, joke, and encourage.
Dates: 4th Sundays, 11:30 a.m.
Fee: None

Changes Circle
Changes continue to define the atmosphere at ES, and in all of our lives as well. This circle offers congregants a safe and respectful place to share feelings about changes at ES, as well as the changes each individual is experiencing in his/her own life. East Shore members and friends are welcome.
Dates: 3rd Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m.
Fee: None

Morning Hatha Yoga
Learn how to have peace within your body. This low-key yoga class is for all age groups and all skill levels. This is the original yoga, with a touch of everything in a meditative setting. This class has been a tradition at East Shore for more than 25 years!
Facilitated by: Joyce Turner
Dates: Mondays and Thursday, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Voluntary Fee: $5 each class

Guitar Jam
Do you enjoy playing guitar? Would you like to play with others but don’t get the chance very often? Are you looking to learn new songs, chords, or techniques? Or maybe you just enjoy singing in a relaxed setting? Then Guitar Jam is for you. We meet twice a month to share songs and tunes, in any style from folk to blues to rock and even original material. You don’t even have to be a guitar player. Other instruments welcome too. Come sing or play with us or just drop in and listen.
Facilitated by: Paul Hutchinson & Chris Struble
Dates: First and third Thursdays of the month, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Fee: None

Meditation Group: Monday Evenings
Each week we listen to a guided meditation to help us let go of our daily concerns and come back to a quieter place within ourselves. We then transition to a 25-minute silent sitting meditation where participants are free to choose the meditation method that works for them.
Dates: Monday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Fee: None

Meditation Group: Sunday Mornings
Ongoing, weekly group meditation which may include guided and/or silent meditation, according to the consensus of the group.  In format and philosophy, the Sunday Meditation is the same as the Monday Night Meditation, and everyone is welcome to attend both or either session. The session is ends in time to attend Sunday service.
Dates: Sunday mornings, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Fee: None

Men’s Breakfast Group
In the Men’s Breakfast Group there are no CEO’s, CFO’s, officers, corporate attorneys, or accountants. There are no dues and no big shots. We just gather every two weeks at members’ homes to enjoy their selected cuisine. Our goal is good conversation, sharing, and camaraderie. We look forward to seeing you.
Facilitated by: Dave Womeldorff
Dates: Alternating Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.
Fee: Occasional hosting