Adult Religious Education

Adult Religious Education

Adult Religious Education Ministry

UUCC’s Adult Religious Education classes bring people together as seekers and teachers in a community of learning, and provide small groups which foster individual growth and build our social community. .

We view learning as an active, participatory process: we encourage you to bring your whole self to these gatherings; your questions, your reverence, your irreverence, your creative self-expression, your humor, and your ability to deeply listen to the perspectives of others. Be prepared for creative interaction and lively discussion.

We strive to create courses which are relevant to the issues in our world, connected to Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and which will gently stretch each participant toward spiritual, moral, ethical, and religious growth.

Adult Classes challenge us to learn and grow throughout our lives!
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Winter/Spring 2017 Adult Religious Education Offerings

Black Lives Matter Film Series
1st & 3rd Sundays, starting January 22, 1:00-3:00 pm, OBIC
Facilitated by John Harris and Tina Horn
Join us for two PBS series: Many Rivers to Cross (series of six parts) and Race: The Power of an Illusion (series of three parts), facilitated by John Harris and Tina Horn. Each session can be attended independently.
Many Rivers to Cross
Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.
Race: The Power of an Illusion
The division of the world’s peoples into distinct groups – “red,” “black,” “white” or “yellow” peoples – has become so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Race – The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth.
Yet race still matters. Just because race doesn’t exist in biology doesn’t mean it isn’t very real, helping shape life chances and opportunities.

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Socrates Café
Second and Fourth Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm

Socrates Café is a drop-in discussion group that provides a forum for people to explore philosophical questions with an open, respectful dialogue. In a supportive and confidential settings, participants discuss what’s on their minds and enable each other to learn how to think, not what to think. The group generates questions to pursue with rotating, willing facilitators for each topic. In the group we will engage in a common quest to gain a better understanding of human nature.From Socrates, “Wisdom begins in wonder.” Organized by Joy Bingham.  Questions? Email Joy Bingham.  For additional information, visit

Sunday Forums
Dates: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, 10:15 am

On the third Sunday of each month, UUCC sponsors an Adult Learning and Discussion Forum following the early service, from 10:15-12:00 noon. Forum topics are chosen for timeliness and relevance to members of our congregation. Facilitated by Betsy Osterman. For more information, contact Betsy Osterman.

Facing Death with Life
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, February 21 through April 11.

A facilitated process of personal reflection, learning, and spiritual growth focused on the topic of death and dying. Drawing on a variety of contemporary religious and secular resources, it helps participants move from viewing death as an abstract concept to developing a personal recognition of its meaning in their lives. Facilitated by Stephanie Lyon and Lowell Sunderland. For more information contact Stephanie or Lowell.

NOTE: This class is full for 2017. Check back next year!
Our Whole Lives for Adults
Introductory Session Wednesday, February 22, 7:00-9:00 pm. Learn more before committing to the class
Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula at UUCC.
Facilitated by Regina Verow, Robin Slaw, and Steve Parr. For more information, contact Robin Slaw at dre@uucolumbia.netNOTE: This class is cancelled. Check back next year!

Our Whole Lives for Older Adults (50+)
Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, starting April 20 through June 15.

We are an approved field test site for an innovative series of workshops tailored to the needs and interests of adults aged 50+

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Older Adults explores sexuality through values, wisdom and experiences gained over a lifetime. You will enhance your understanding of healthy relationships, age-related changes, sexual health, sexual identity, communication, and other interesting topics. This is sexuality education like you’ve never had it before! Facilitated by Paige Getty, Senior Minister, and Robin Slaw, Director of Religious Education. For more information, email