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 to 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.

SUMMER 2020 OFFERINGS: Contact Sheri,, for Zoom links.

Sundays, 9:30 am: July 12- Aug. 2 Book Discussion, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace by M. Scott Peck.

This is such an appropriate time to discuss “beloved community” because we can see that it is so very valuable to us right now. Let’s look at how M. Scott Peck, M.D.,a psychiatrist and bestselling author, sees the true meaning of community, its formation, the stages, the dynamics and the maintenance of our communities. “Because through community lies the salvation of the world.” We plan to cover about 80 pages each Sunday. 

Please know that you are welcome to join us whether you are able to read the text or not. Linda Schmidt will facilitate by discussing  the main points, reading a passage and then allowing time for responses and discussions.

Facilitator: Linda Schmidt 

Sundays, 9:30 am: Aug. 9-30 Book Discussion, Replanting Ourselves in Beauty ed. by Jay Mc Daniel & Patricia Adams Farmer.

In our class on Whiteheadian Thought we learned about eco-civilization – building a sustainable world.  In this class we will read a book of essays that apply Process Thought to our everyday lives.  The essays cover a variety of topics – grandparenting, urban farming, climate change, living with diversity, and more.

It is not necessary to have attended the earlier class on Whitehead or to read this book, although if you do read along you will gain much more from our discussion.

Facilitator: Terry Goddard

ON-GOING CLASSES: In person classes are canceled until further notice.

the Religious Explorations class

Religious Explorations:
Religious Explorations is a year round class exploring various topics of interest for religious liberals. Frequently the format is a recorded half-hour lecture, usually in a video format, followed by a half hour’s discussion. The class occasionally reads books of interest to Unitarian Universalists. Examples of materials used include William Murray’s Reason and Reverence, Forrest Church’s Love and Death – My Journey through the Valley of the Shadow, and The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy.

When: Sundays, 9:35am-10:30am
Where: Fellowship Hall, Channing-Murray Building
Facilitator: Mark Ackerman

the Spiritual Seekers classSeekers 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