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Adult Religious Education

The Adult Religious Education (ARE) 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. For more information about these or any other ARE classes contact dlre@uusat.org.

Ongoing Classes

Seekers Forum

(Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM; Room 404) – 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

(Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM; Fellowshp Hall) – 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. 

UU Parent Group 

(Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM; Room 603) – Meet with other parents for support and to share experiences and insights about all aspects of parenting/caregiving.  All parents, caregivers and guardians are welcome. 

Environmental Reading Group

(first and third Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Zoom) – The Green Sanctuary Team and the Adult Religious Education Committee lead an environmental reading group. The group will focus both on environmental justice issues and the heart and spirituality that calls us to address these issues. To obtain the Zoom link and to get information on the current book selection, contact dlre@uusat.org.

Fall 2022 Classes

First UU 101

Facilitated by Membership Team (Second Sunday of each month, 12:15-1:15 PM, Room 603) – This class gives newcomers, or anyone considering membership with the church, an overview of how the church is organized and what services are offered. All are welcome! 

A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

Facilitated by Dorothy Wallace & Heidi McPhillips (Tuesdays, Nov 8, 15, 22, 29 & Dec 6, 13; 7-9PM, Zoom) – Interested in learning more about being a Unitarian Universalist?  In this foundational course, we’ll be discussing the book by John Buehrens and Forrest Church entitled A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism.  The class is designed for people new to the Unitarian Universalist faith or people who want to deepen their UU faith.  Books available in the church bookstore (some actually signed by John Buehrens!) or as an eBook on both Amazon and Nook. Contact dlre@uusat.org for more information and to obtain the Zoom link.

Transgender Inclusion in Congregations

Facilitated by Sophia Haertner and Dorothy Wallace. (6-Session Zoom Course – Second Sunday of the month, 11/13-4/9, 4 – 5:30PM, Zoom)

This course is for individuals who want to take their knowledge and skills to the next level in terms of trans identity and how to create congregations that are fully inclusive and affirming of the full breadth of gender diversity. Over six sessions you will deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community, and gain the grounding, context, and skills to transform yourself and our congregation.  You can register HERE and/or add to your calendar HERE. Contact dlre@uusat.org for more information. You will be sent a Zoom link after registration.