Path of Faith Formation

Path of Faith Formation at First UU San Antonio

The Path of Faith Formation series at First UU San Antonio offers a clear route to developing ones Unitarian Universalist faith and identity.

Adults who choose this path will start out by taking several classes in UU Foundations, move on to articulating their faith, and then, if they have higher aspirations, may choose one or more culminating paths.

While the path is presented here a sequential series, we understand that every individual is unique, and anyone with an interest may take any class at any time.

Here’s the path:

Part one, First UU 101. Newcomers will attend theFirst UU 101 class, which we already offer once per month.

Part two, UU Foundations. Several times a year we will offer 60- 90-minute classes on UU Foundations after church. Topics may include:

The Principles

The Sources

The Language of Reverence

Stages of Faith

Covenant (History and Theology)

UU History

History of First UU San Antonio

Part three, “Elevator Speeches.” Have you ever been asked what Unitarian Universalism is, and been at a loss for words? In this 60-90 minute gathering participants create their own short statements of their UU faith – good for briefly explaining your faith and your church to relatives, friends, and strangers you meet in an elevator who ask about your chalice pin. This class will be recommended for people who have attended at least a few of the foundational courses.

Part four, wisdom track, Credo-writing and worship service planning. Unitarian Universalists who wish to fully engage in their faith will move beyond elevator speeches and create a fully formed statement of faith. People who have completed the “elevator speech” workshop, or who have attended this or another UU church for several years, will be invited to this series of workshops in which participants will create fully formed statements of faith and will present these to the congregation in a dedicated worship service. Shy participants will have alternative options that don’t involve presenting to the congregation!

Part four, leadership track. Church members who aspire to chair a committee, sit on the board, teach a religious education class, or who just want to know more about leadership and governance will want to attend one or more of these 60-90 minute classes. Topics may include systems theory, adaptive leadership, and policy governance. Aspiring leaders are also encouraged to attend anti-oppressions workshops offered by our social justice committee or other entities.

Part four, spirit path. Regardless of classes taken or length of membership, everyone at first UU is invited to tend to their spirit through Covenant group participation or leadership. Occasional workshop on other spiritual practices may be offered.

Fall 2019 Path to Faith Formation offerings

Path to Faith Formation, Foundations: The Seven Principles

The Seven UU Principles have been foundational to our UU faith ever since they were adopted in 1984. Let’s have a discussion about them! This class will cover a little bit of the history of how the principles came to be and some current proposed modifications. Mostly, we will talk about how the principles may inform our lives as Unitarian Universalists. This is one, 90-minute class that will be offered twice. No RSVP required.

Where: Mary Shelley room of the Thoreau Building

When: Session one, Sept. 4, 7-8:30 pm; Session two, Sept. 29, 12:15-1:45 pm

Facilitator: Jennifer Courtwright

Path of Faith Formation, Spirit Path: Labyrinth Walk

Join host Darcy Walker of Celestial Celebrations Circle for a 30-minute experience of peace and centering to start your morning. Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different cultures for spiritual centering and contemplation.

Where: Meet at the church entrance facing the Interstate

When: 9 am, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13 (second Sundays)

Path of Faith Formation, Foundations: Covenant

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith. This workshop considers the history and meaning of covenant in our religious tradition. It explores the importance of covenant in the free-church tradition as it pertains to both freedom of thought and freedom of governance. This is one, 90-minute class that will be offered twice.

Where: Mary Shelley room of the Thoreau Building

When: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7-8:30 pm and Dec. 15. 12:15-1:45

Facilitator: Dr. Sheri Phillabaum