Adult Religious Education

At First UU, learning isn’t just about absorbing facts; it’s about becoming open to all the exciting possibilities of our existence as human beings in this world. It’s about learning to honor the dignity and worth inherent in ourselves, our neighbors, and in the world community. It’s about learning to honor our planet and its network of living things. Finally, it’s about taking our faith out into the world.
~Dr. Sheri Phillabaum, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
Welcome to First UU’s religious education! We have numerous adult and youth offerings, as well as special classes and programs. So spend some time getting to know us; call or e-mail with any questions, and we hope to see you in church soon!

In our classes we affirm and promote the Seven Principles, and draw on the Six Sources, of Unitarian Universalism.

Religious education for children and youth can be found here.

Check our events calendar to verify meeting dates/times listed on the class pages.

Unless otherwise specified, all classes are open to new participants at any time. (Covenant Groups, described under the Programs page, are closed unless designated as open.)

On Sunday mornings during the religious education hour, we have several continuous classes as well as periodic classes that meet for a determined length of time.

Summer 2019 OFFERING

The Life, Times, and Writings of Walt Whitman

This class will be built around two biographies of Whitman, his poetry, and a new book, Walt Whitman Speaks: His Final Thoughts on Life, Writing, Spirituality, and the Promise of America.

When: Sundays, July 21 through August 11, 9:30am-10:30am
Where: Conference Room, Dorothea Dix Building
Facilitator: Dr. Terry Goddard

Fall 2019 OFFERING

Islam and the Qur’an

We will begin with an historical overview of Islam and Muhammad.  Next, we will explore some common stories, themes and characters that appear in the Qur’an and the Old and New Testaments (Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and His Mother, Satan and Afterlife) from a literary, theological, and historical perspective.  We will be guided at least in part by Karen Armstrong’s books Islam and Muhammad, God in the Qur’an, by Jack Miles and The Islamic Jesus, by Mustafa Akyol.  It is not necessary to read the books to participate in the class, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

When: Six Sundays, September 8 through October 13, 9:30am-10:30am
Where: Conference Room, Dorothea Dix Building
Facilitator: Dr. Terry Goddard

Our Whole Lives (OWL) for Adults

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Adults helps you explore sexuality through your values and experiences. Enhance communication skills as you increase your understanding of healthy relationships, sexual diversity, and sexuality throughout the life cycle. It’s the sexuality education opportunity you probably never had growing up.

When: 2nd & 4th Sundays, September 8 – April 12, 12:00pm-2:00pm    Where: Darwin/Lee Room, Thoreau Building                                  Facilitators: Terry Palin and Mary Wright

ON-GOING CLASSES:

the Religious Explorations class

Religious Explorations:
Religious Explorations is a year round class exploring various topics of interest for religious liberals. Frequently the format is a recorded half-hour lecture, usually in a video format, followed by a half hour’s discussion. The class occasionally reads books of interest to Unitarian Universalists. Examples of materials used include William Murray’s Reason and Reverence, Forrest Church’s Love and Death – My Journey through the Valley of the Shadow, and The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy.

When: Sundays, 9:35am-10:30am
Where: Fellowship Hall, Channing-Murray Building
Facilitator: Mark Ackerman

the Spiritual Seekers class

Spiritual Seekers:
Spiritual Seekers is an ongoing class in which participants share and discuss various topics and concerns in a caring and respectful learning environment. Some topics will be suggested by the facilitator and others will arise at each meeting. Frequently, these topics are related to spirituality as Joseph Campbell and other well known authors may define it.

When: Sundays, 9:30am-10:30am
Where: Sophia Fahs Room, Longfellow Building
Facilitator: Jeff Addington

the World Faiths Book Club

World Faiths Book Club: 
WFBC is a group of truth seekers who come together to read and discuss books or articles that offer a diverse perspective on various aspects of world religions.  Some discussion focuses on major world religions’ understanding of particular topics like – ethics, faith, evil. Visitors are welcome to attend WFRG to listen and ask questions, but discussion is intended for those who have read the assignment.

When: Sundays, 9:30am-10:30am
Where: Beatrix Potter Room, Longfellow Building
Facilitator: Tom Gaines

Parent Discussion Group: 
In this informal gathering, parents share the joys and challenges of raising children in the liberal religious tradition. Deep listening and respect for varying points of view create a safe place for parents to explore multiple perspectives. Topics will be determined by the group.

When: Sundays, 9:30am-10:30am
Where: Darwin Room, Thoreau Building
Facilitator: Anona Sobczak and Blake Harrington

OTHER RE SERVICES:

The Mauk Memorial Lending Library offers books and media relevant to Unitarian Universalism, on an honor system.
Sundays before and after the worship service
Tim Berners Lee Room, Thoreau Building

The Emerson Bookstore PLUS! is open every Sunday. The Emerson Bookstore PLUS! provides members and visitors an opportunity to purchase books for all ages about Unitarian Universalism and with liberal religious themes, as well as bumper stickers, jewelry, fair trade coffee and chocolate, tee shirts and more.
Sundays following the worship service, approximately 12:15 PM
Sanctuary Classroom
Contact: Carol Collins