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!

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.


Gender Diversity:
A two part class that explores issues of gender. Class one discusses gender, sex, transitioning, non-binary, gender fluid, why it’s so important, and what you can do to help. Class two discusses gender conformity, why congregations should embrace their transgender members, ways to show your support, and presents some stories of transgender individuals.

When: Sundays, January 6 & 27, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Where:Fellowship Hall, Channing Murray Bldg
Facilitator: Carol Collins

Religions of India:
In this course we will explore the major religions of India, Hinduism and those that grew out of and or were influenced by Hinduism: Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism.

When: Sundays, Jan 20-Feb 24, 9:30am-10:30am
Where: Conference Room, Dorothea Dix Building
Facilitator: Dr. Terry Goddard

Adult OWL Class:
We are pleased to present an Adult version of the popular Our Whole Lives (OWL) human sexuality class. The OWL series is designed to provide age appropriate sexuality education across the lifespan. These classes help you learn about the extraordinarily rich and complex area of human behavior and give you an opportunity to better understand sexuality and self. There will be 8 classes spread out over 4 months. They will take place on Sundays after service and will include a thirty minute lunch followed by a two hour class. Dates of the class are Feb 10, Feb 24, March 10, March 24, April 14, April 28, May 12, and May 26. Pre-registration is requested. To pre-register, email the church office at

When: Second and Fourth Sundays from February through May, 12:00pm-2:30pm
Where: Conference Room, Dorothea Dix Building
Facilitators: Terry Palin and Mary Wright

Transcendentalism and UU:
Transcendentalism was an important theological movement in 19th century Unitarianism. It brought us luminaries such as Emerson, Parker, and Clarke. What was this stirring in New England? What is its impact on us today? No need to sign up – drop in for as many or as few of the classes as you like!

When: Tuesdays, February 12-March 5, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Conference Room, Dorothea Dix Building
Facilitator: Rev. Joshua Snyder

Liberal Religion and UU:
An introduction to Liberal Religion/Theology as it engages with Unitarian Universalism. We begin with a look at the historical development and move into the modern era. The facilitator will use Paul Rasor’s book “Faith Without Certainty,” the UU “Sources of Our Living Tradition,” and “Three Prophets of Liberalism” as source material.

When: Sundays, March 24 & 31, April 7 & 14, 9:30am-10:30am
Where: Conference Room, Dorothea Dix Building
Facilitator: Dr. Terry Goddard


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: Blake Harrington



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