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: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, dates 21-Jan, 28-Jan, 4-Feb, 11-Feb, 18-Feb

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, Valerie Hsu, 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.


Preemptive Radical Inclusion with CB Beal
Click here to see more information about this series of workshops. Attend one, two, or all three!
3 workshops:
Saturday, February 8, 9:00-12:00 Welcoming everyone by attending to ourselves. Are you a donut or a croissant?
Saturday, February 8, 1:00-4:00 Awkward Interventions – Skills Practice for Beloved Community
Sunday, February 9, 1:00-4:00 Mind Your Ts and Qs: An Introduction to Radical Welcome of Trans, Non-Binary, GenderQueer, and Gender Non-Conforming Folx
Preemptive Radical Inclusion is an adaptive set of perspectives and practices that people use to increase justice and equity in their lives and organizations. Preemptive Radical Inclusion (PRI) is a way of being, of leading. PRI is a philosophy about creating just, loving, and creative spaces in the world. But PRI is more than just a philosophical approach, it is an intervention, an activity, a process. PRI requires reflection and exploration, and it leads us to make decisions about what our next moves will be to involve everyone within those spaces

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Anti-Racism Book Group
NEW SPRING DATES: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, starting in February, 5-Feb, 19-Feb, 4-Mar, 18-Mar, 1-April, 15-April.

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. If you have already read any, or all, of these books you are still encouraged to attend the group and participate in the discussions.

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

Pre-registration required.

Click here to register for the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening group (7-9 pm).


Men Talking About Racism:  a book and discussion group
Mondays, starting February 3, 7:00-8:30 pm

This book and discussion group will meet weekly, Monday evening from 7:00-8:30 beginning February 3, and will be facilitated by Alan Coltri.  Reading materials will include The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, and So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo.  The group will provide individuals identifying as male 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. 


Jubilee Workshop
Friday, May 29, Saturday, May 30, Sunday, May 31

Do you wish to nurture your congregation’s multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents? Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives.

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training helps participants understand what is involved in nurturing a multicultural community and working against racism in all of its forms. The workshop requires a weekend commitment; and it is worth every minute of that commitment.

WHEN: Friday, May 29 (6:00pm to 10:00pm); Saturday, May 30 (8:30am to 8:00pm); Sunday, May 31 (12:00 to 4:00)

FEE: $160 per participant (includes cost for trainers, meals and materials). Contributions in support of this work are welcome.

Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, so sign up today! Registration deadline is May 15, 2020.

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This 2 ½ day workshop is open to members of any Unitarian Universalist congregation. Church leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

Goals:

  • To develop a shared analysis of racism and its individual, institutional, and cultural manifestations
  • To begin to apply this common understanding to the history, culture, and institutional structure of our congregation, and to envision next steps

The training includes presentations, discussions, videos, exercises, small group work, worship services, and shared meals.

Agenda Topics Include:

  • The history of racism and resistance to racism in the Americas
  • Defining racism
  • The effects of racism on people of color and on white people
  • Dismantling racism
  • Claiming and shaping an anti-racist identity
  • Racism in the UUA

Register coming soon.


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. Due to the cost of training facilitators and purchasing curricula, we are asking for a donation of $100. Scholarships are available.


Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators
Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators is a new program available to run in our congregations! The program consists of a series of up to 12 sessions (90 minutes each). The aim of the program is to help parents and caregivers to get comfortable with sexuality topic discussions with their children.
Useful for parents of any age children; most useful for parents of adolescents, run as a small group ministry. The information and attitudes that adults share with their children—intentionally or by default—carry extraordinary power. It is a power that many adults struggle to wield effectively and confidently. Often, their own experiences, perspectives, and worries get in the way. These sessions invite parents and caregivers to find support and courage with one another.
INTERESTED? Please let Robin Slaw know if you’d like to learn more or are interested in participating by completing this form: https://forms.gle/kzRxRYWN5JDfs4cQA

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 (various dates, 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.”

Schedule:
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.

Registration is required. Please click here to register!

Click here to view the tentative schedule.


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.