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.

Please click here for information about Reflection Groups, our version of small group ministry.

2019-2020 Adult Religious Education Offerings

The New UU
Spring schedule: Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, dates TBA.

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 Rev. Paige Getty, John Harris, Robin Slaw, Dana Sohr, and Ken Walsh. 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.

Please Pre-register. Attendance for the full series is recommended but not required.

Anti-Racism Book Group
Daytime Sessions: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm
Evening Sessions: Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm
Both groups meet on the 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays starting October 1st, ending December 17th

Join us for a three book discussion on what it means to be white in the United States. This facilitated conversation will cover the social structures of race that impact our lives, how systemic and structural racism works and what we can do about it, and deconstructing whiteness. Facilitated by Robin Slaw, Director of Religious Education, evenings with Amber Guthrie.

  1. Waking Up White by Debby Irving (October)
  2. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (November)
  3. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (December)

Pre-registration required. Book groups are now closed to new members.

Click here for the afternoon group (1-3 pm).

Click here for the evening group (7-9 pm).

Old White Men Talking About Race:  a book and discussion group
Mondays, starting September 23 7:00-8:30 pm

This book and discussion group will meet weekly, Monday evening from 7:00-8:30 beginning September 23 and will be facilitated by Alan Coltri.  Reading materials will include The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.  The group will provide “old white men” an opportunity to discuss issues of racism in a group of their peers.  Please expect some lively and challenging exchanges as we explore the current issues of confronting racism.  Please click here to see the additional course description and proposed group covenant before you register.  Contact Alan Coltri with any questions

Pre-registration is required.

Anti-racist Video Series
dates tbd, starting in 2020.

Join us for two documentary series: Henry Louis Gates Jr’s PBS documentary on Reconstruction and Ava Duvernay’s miniseries When They See Us, Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm and Saturday afternoons 1:00-3:00 pm.

Reconstruction is one of the most important and consequential chapters in American history. It is also among the most overlooked, misunderstood, and misrepresented. We’ll be watching each one-hour episode of PBS’s documentary series Reconstruction: America After the Civil War and discussing what we’ve learned.  The series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy, with millions of former slaves and free black people seeking out their rightful place as equal citizens under the law. Though tragically short-lived, this bold democratic experiment was, in the words of W. E. B. Du Bois, a ‘brief moment in the sun’ for African Americans, when they could advance, and achieve, education, exercise their right to vote, and run for and win public office.

When They See Us is a 2019 American drama web television miniseries created, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay. It is based on events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case and explores the lives and families of five young men who were wrongfully prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park. They filed a suit against the city in 2003 for wrongful conviction and were awarded a settlement in 2014. We’ll watch each hour together and then discuss.

World Religions for Adults
First class Sept 29, 5:00-7:00 pm
Remaining classes Second Sundays, 5:00-7:00 pm, October through June

Join us for the Adult series of Crossing Paths, a World Religions series for Adults. We’ll meet on the Second Sunday of each month, plus join the Middle School world religions class for field trips (dates tbd, click here for the calendar).

This year of exploration in a world religions program seeks to deepen our understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which we live. It seeks to broaden our knowledge of humanity and embolden our spiritual search.

Crossing Paths is rooted in religious pluralism. Put simply, this is a view that sees every religion as unique. Crossing Paths celebrates the values that religions share, but it emphasizes their uniqueness. Every world faith tradition was born in response to a distinct human struggle. We honor religions best when we work to understand the particular challenge and aspiration each religion has devoted itself to. So instead of using the metaphor of “One Mountain; Many Paths,” Crossing Paths invites us to see the religious landscape as “Many Mountains, Many Paths.”

September 29, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 8, April 19, May 10, June 14. Facilitated by Steve Parr and Robin Slaw, Director of Religious Education.

Pre-registration is required. Please click here to register!

Click here to view the tentative schedule.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) for Older Adults
Sundays, March 29, April 5, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, 1:00-4:00 pm

Join us 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 Chris-Ellyn Johanson and Carol Zika. For more information, please contact the Director of Religious Education.

Pre-registration is required. A fee of $100 is requested.

Book Discussion: In Later Years: Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging
Date TBD,

A discussion series, guided by the book In Later Years: Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging by UU minister Bruce T. Marshal. Rev. Marshal serves as the UU chaplain in a continuing care community in Maryland. Based on interviews with older adults, including a few from UUCC, topics include Loss, Identity, Relationship, Legacy, Letting Go and others equally of interest to people in their later years and to those who care for and about them. Facilitated by Stephanie Lyon.

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 John Whelan.  Questions? Email John Whelan.  For additional information, visit

More coming soon!