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Adult Religious Education

Adult Religious Education

Our Adult Religious Education program 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.

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.

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.

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.

On Being and UU 

Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in the office conference room. We will listen to 30 min of the On Being radio show and podcast followed by a 30 min discussion. On the air since 2003, On Being takes up the great questions of meaning at the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. What does it mean to be human, how do we want to live, and who will we be to each other? 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month starting January 9th 2022.

Limited-duration Classes

January 2022: The Third UU Source

9:30 am on Sunday the 16th in person at the church OR 7pm Wednesday the 19th via Zoom. The Third UU Source

While Unitarian Universalism’s origins are in the Jewish and Christian traditions, UUs draw on wisdom from all the world’s religions which inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life. Unitarian Universalism is also not an exclusive faith. One can be Buddhist and UU, Hindu and UU etc. In this class, we will briefly highlight Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim teachings that tend to resonate with UUs. We may also touch on Sikh teachings or teachings of any other world religions that folks are inspired by. A separate class in February will focus on Christian and Jewish teachings.

Contact Sheri. dlre@uusat.org for Zoom link