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!
Questions? Please contact Robin Slaw, Director of Religious Education.

2017-2018 Adult Religious Education Offerings

Advance Directives and MOLST
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 12:30-2:30 pm

If you want detailed information on the MOLST (Medical Order for Life Sustaining Treatment -executed by a medical doctor) form and/or information about advance directives, this is the session for you!  Paul Ballard, Assistant Attorney General, Counsel for Health Decisions Policy and the Office of Health Care Quality, will present slides, answer questions, and engage in discussion with us.  This is a more in-depth follow-up to information provided in the Facing Death with Life class, and information shared during Seasoned Souls meetings.  Thanks to Laverne Ball for coordinating with the speaker. Pre-registration is required.

We anticipate inviting Paul Ballard back for one or more workshops to go through each question of an Advanced Directive with up to 12 individuals.  Keep an eye out for this future opportunity, which will be based on the level of demand.

Patient Advocacy
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:30-2:30 pm

Are you concerned about effectively navigating the complexity of the medical system for yourself or a loved one?  Professional Patient Advocate Jill Rosner will share information and answer questions about what she does and why you might want to engage a patient advocate.  Thanks to Laverne Ball for coordinating with the speaker.
Pre-registration is required.


Daring Democracy Book Group
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00-8:30 pm
NEW: Thursday, February 22, 1:00-2:30 pm

Centering Book Group
NEW: Thursday, March 8, 1:00-2:30 pm
NEW: Sunday, March 11, 12:30-2:00 pm

Join Glennor Shirley to discuss the UUA’s 2017-2018 common read, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that has led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save our democracy and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), centers the stories, analyses, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.

Daring Democracy and Centering are available in the UUCC Bookstore, or from the UUA bookstore, or through Amazon.
Pre-registration is required. For more information, email Glennor Shirley.

Active Listening
Sunday, January 7, 12:30-2:30 pm

Join Laurie Coltri in a class on Active Listening: a brief intro, the active listening experience, the many effects of listening actively, and consideration of the place of active listening in the 1st UU Principle.

Pre-registration is required, and a questionnaire (linked here – used to structure the class exercise) must be completed at least 1 week prior to class. For more information, email Laurie Coltri.

The New UU
Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6; 7:00-8:30 pm

NEW: Tuesdays, May 1, May 15, May 29, June 5, June 19, 7:00-9:00 pm

The New UU is for adults of all ages and life stages who are new to Unitarian Universalism. Ideally, you will have attended UUCC at least a few times. Facilitators include staff members Rev. Anthony, Rev. Paige, Robin, Jen, and Maureen. Workshops include:

  • Theology and Worship
  • Where Do We Come From? Unitarian Universalist Roots
  • How We Grow in Faith: Philosophy of Religious Education
  • Social Justice Philosophy and Practice
  • How Are Decisions Made? Governance and Polity.

Pre-registration is requested.

Knowing UUs Workshop
Saturday, 17 February 2018 from 9am-4pm

Everyone is invited to join us for a fun, interactive workshop to deepen our connections with each other and get a better sense of the characteristics and preferences of our congregation.  The more people who participate, the more comprehensive our understanding will be!  The workshop will build connections within the congregation and provide us with a better overall understanding of who we are collectively, to support future program planning.  Pre-registration is required.

What Moves Us: UU Theology
Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, dates February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27.

Have you found yourself stumbling when trying to explain our Unitarian Universalist theology of personal experience to others? Do you falter when you try to explain how our Unitarian Universalist faith heals, saves, liberates, holds, and moves us to ethical action and compassion?

The What Moves Us program peels back the doctrine-rich theological language that can prevents us from affirming our faith experiences with one another and in the wider world. Through shared direct experiences and reflection exercises, readings and lessons, and ethical deliberations, What Moves Us creates an adult faith journey for Unitarian Universalists who want to preach and teach what they already experience but have not been able to articulate: the spiritual power of our faith.

Workshops include the theology of Sophia Lyon Fahs, James Luther Adams, Forrest Church, William F. Schulz, and Thandeka. Facilitated by Stephanie Lyons and Lowell Sunderland, offered .  Stay tuned for more information on a start date after the first of the year!

Pre-registration is required. For more information, email

Adult Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Introductory class February 25th, 12:30-2:30 pm
Classes start the week of March 11th, day and time tbd.

Have you found yourself stumbling when trying to give honest, age-appropriate answers to questions asked by your children or grandchildren? Do you falter when you try to explain your values around human sexuality? Is sex spiritual? How does sexuality change as we age?

Our Whole Lives (OWL): Sexuality Education for Adults helps you explore sexuality through your values and experiences. Enhance communication skills as you increase your understanding of healthy relationships, sexual diversity, and sexuality throughout the life cycle. It’s the sexuality education opportunity you probably never had growing up.

Pre-registration is required.  For more information, email and read this brochure.

Implicit Bias
Sundays, March 25 and April 29, 12:30-2:30 pm

Join Laurie Coltri in a class on Implicit Bias in two 2-hour sessions: basic dual-process cognitive theory; implicit bias within that theory; situations that push people into the kind of automatic thinking that exacerbates bias; and practical steps folks can take to minimize their own biases .

Pre-registration is required. For more information, email Laurie Coltri.

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
Third Sundays at 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.

More coming soon!


UUCC Adult Religious Education Registration

You may register for more than one class per semester. There are no class fees unless specified in the class