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.
2018-2019 Adult Religious Education Offerings
Bible for Skeptics
Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, Sep 13, 27, Oct 4, 11, 25, Nov 1, 8, 29,
NEW DATES for Spring!
Monday Evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1.
Bible Stories for All without the Dogma. Key Bible stories, their background, themes, and universal life issues will be discussed along with the evolution of humans, the impact of farming on religion, and topics such as travel, trade, slavery, concubines, law, government, taxes, weapons, warfare, tribute, and the culinary and cultural practices in the ancient Near East. Led by Ken Walsh, author of an upcoming book of the same title and middle school teacher of Old Testament stories.
The New UU
Winter schedule: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, 9-Jan, 16-Jan, 23-Jan, 30-Jan, 6-Feb in the Chapel
Spring schedule: Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, 16-Apr, 23-Apr, 30-Apr, 7-May, 14-May in Room 150 or Sanctuary C
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. Attendance for the series is recommended but not required.
Join us for a book discussion on the 2018-19 Common Read: Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018).
At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action. Available from the UUCC Bookstore or the UUA Bookstore.
Deconstructing Whiteness Book Club
Dates: Sundays 5:15-7:00 pm, 2nd & 4th Sundays starting January 13, ending April 28
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 Tina Horn, Alan Coltri, and Robin Slaw, Director of Religious Education.
- Waking Up White by Debby Irving
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
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.
Quest for Adults
Wednesdays in May, 7:00-9:00 pm (May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
Join us for an Adult Quest series of workshops in which we will explore our own beliefs, understand the sources of our faith tradition, build our own religious identity, ponder Big Questions, and write and present our credo statements to each other.
Quest for Adult will include an optional heritage trip to Boston at a date to be determined by the class.
Facilitated by Rev. Paige Getty and Robin Slaw. Pre-registration is required.
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 http://philosopher.org/socrates-cafeacute.html.
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!