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The Adult Religious Education program at First UU San Antonio encourages and supports the spiritual, social and intellectual growth of First UU members and visitors. Courses in Unitarian Universalism, world religions, philosophy, science, and history provide a foundation of knowledge, insight, and wisdom to enrich our faith. 

These opportunities allow participants to learn from one another and from members of the broader community, fostering a vibrant sense of mutual understanding, curiosity, respect, empathy, tolerance, and social justice. We offer a combination of ongoing and short-term Adult Religious Education classes.

Ongoing Classes

Our two ongoing classes include Seekers Forum and the UU Reading Club.  Both classes are offered every Sunday at 9:30am and are open to anyone in the community.  These are drop-in classes – reservations are not required. For the most up-to-date information on meeting locations, contact the Director of Lifespan Religious Education, dlre@uusat.org

Seekers Forum

Seekers Forum is an open group seeking fellowship and community through self-discovery and discussion of life experiences. Topics can be suggested by anyone in the group and can range from spiritual growth to headline news. Past discussions have included topics such as the aging process, death, and transgender athletes. This group currently meets in person in room 402. 

UU Reading Group

The UU Reading Group welcomes all those who seek to broaden and deepen their understanding of topics of concern to UUs, which include world faiths, spirituality, ethics, social action, personal development, liberal arts, and sciences. This group currently meets in person in the Fellowship Hall

Some examples of books discussed in the past include Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace by M. Scott Peck, From Beginning To End: The Rituals Of Our Lives by Robert Fulghum, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love by Ilia Delio, Biblical Literacy: the Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know by Timothy Beal, and Why Liberals Win (Even When They Lose Elections): How America’s Raucous, Nasty and Mean Culture Wars Make for a More Inclusive Nation by Steven Prothero.

Limited-duration Classes

May 2022: Speed Faithing

Path of Faith Formation, Foundations

Speed Faithing is a great way to make new friends and sample the diversity of wisdom that we each have found in our own spiritual journeys. Based on the format of speed dating, this is a one-time event in which participants have a series of one-to-one discussions to explain and answer questions about their faith, or lack of faith, and delve into the belief systems of others.

Sunday, May 29, 12:15-1:30 in the Fellowship Hall

Facilitated by Jennifer Courtwright

June 2022: Elevator Speeches

Path of Faith Formation, Foundations:

Would it be helpful for you to describe our Living Faith or your experiences of our Church in less than a minute? This class will help you verbalize what brings you to our UU Church, what you found here and what keeps you here. You will receive support to create words to briefly explain this beloved community to your friends, family and strangers.

Facilitated by Rev. Mark Skrabacz.

This class will be offered twice:

Zoom: Saturday, June 11, 10 – 11:15 am. Contact Rev. Mark, minister@uusat.org, for Zoom link.

In person: Sunday, June 12, 12:15-1:30, room 603