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!

In our classes we affirm and promote the Seven Principles, and draw on the Six Sources, of Unitarian Universalism.

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.)

The Path of Faith Formation series at First UU San Antonio offers a clear route to developing one’s 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.

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.

2021 OFFERINGS: Contact Sheri,, for Zoom links.

Path of Faith Formation, Foundations: Developing your Elevator Speech March 1 and 8, 7-8:30 pm
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

Why read Breathe together?
Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Perry’s book challenges society to recognize Black children as deserving of humanity. She shares her fear and frustration for her African American sons in an increasingly racist atmosphere in which white people at times seem irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life. She exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find grounding and inspiration in Black tradition. The New York Times calls Breathe “an elixir of history, ancestry and compassion, which, together, become instruction…a parent’s unflinching demand, born of inherited trauma and love, for her children’s right simply to be possible.”
Breathe offers a broad meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived as well as an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience. Congregations, groups, and individuals may purchase this book in hardcover from inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop; group discount available. The e-book and audio book (CD or MP3) are available from
This moment in time calls for a historic national reckoning with what it means to live as a Black or Brown American. Since our country’s founding, systems of institutional racism have been operating to control, traumatize, and oppress people of color. As our President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, has written, “It matters that we support the uprisings whose goal is the liberation of Black people and communities who for too long have been crushed by white supremacy, militarism, and capitalism. We must find the sources within ourselves to give us courage in this moment.” The selection of Breathe as the 2020-21 Common Read aims to nurture this necessary courage.

Path of Faith Formation, Foundations: The Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism

Two, one-session classes: April 12 or 15, 7-8:30 pm

You are invited to join in a brief study of these guidelines for our Living Faith. They are the work of James Luther Adams, the most influential theologian among American Unitarian Universalists of the 20th century. He was a Unitarian parish minister, social activist, journal editor, distinguished scholar, translator and editor of major German theologians, prolific author, and divinity school professor for more than forty years. 

Rev. Mark will lead us in a discovery of the meaning and practice of these guiding principles that support us in being human religiously.

ON-GOING CLASSES: In person classes are canceled until further notice. Contact Sheri,, for Zoom links.

the Spiritual Seekers class

Seekers Forum:
Seekers Forum is an open group seeking fellowship and community through self-discovery and discussion of life experiences.

When: Sundays, 9:30am-10:30am
Where: Sophia Fahs Room, Longfellow Building
Facilitator: Jeff Addington

the World Faiths Book Club

World Faiths Reading Group: 
WFRG 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 and Linda Schmidt

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: Anona Sobczak and 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