Adult Religious Education

Adult Religious Education supports and provides programming that furthers the spiritual and intellectual journeys of our multigenerational UU community.  More information will be added when class registration is available.  For more information email

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UU Mindfulness Meditation Circle 2021
 
UU MINDFULNESS: SANGHA 

Sundays at 8:20 am via Zoom. 

We gather on Sunday mornings to greet one another and prepare our our hearts and minds for calming meditation. 

A Dharma topic is introduced for meditation followed by optional breakout group discussions.   We close with a metta (loving-kindness) blessing for all. 

UU MINDFULNESS "What the Buddha Taught" 
Every 3rd Wednesday at 6:30pm via zoom.  
 
Other activities:  
Please email  for weekly emails, the Sunday Sangha zoom link, Mindfulness walks, study courses, youtube recordings and additional group information.
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Winter 2021, Adult RE Newcomer Class (February 4, 11, 18)

If you would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church, Colleen Bliss and Christine Ashworth are hosting a 3 session newcomer class.  We will present a little taste of Unitarian Universalist theology and history by framing it in terms of "healing disconnection".  

Inspired by the classic Unitarian Universalist slogan "deeds not creeds" we present UUism as a way of journeying through the world rather than as a set of beliefs to which one assents.  

We will meet via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm February 4, 11, 18. 

Please email to let us know if you are interested or have questions.  

We look forward to getting to know you!  Christine Ashworth & Colleen Bliss

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The 8th Principle Project Study Sessions
 

As our congregation considers this year whether to adopt the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism, our members and friends may have questions about how the principle was developed and what adopting it will mean for the work of our church. Please join Rev. Monica for a study session and bring your questions with you. (There will be another opportunity to attend a study session in the spring.)

Who and when:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7pm:
    • Any members or friends may attend.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7pm:
    • A special session for people of color ONLY (people of color may attend either or both sessions) 

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94389962053?pwd=UEx4d0ZyazdaUXE1QitTR2YyRkxtQT09

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Soul Matters Spiritual Exercise Practice

You are invited to explore the Soul Matters Lectio Divina spiritual exercise described in our October Small Group Ministry package Wednesday October 14, 2020 at 7:00pm via Zoom.  We will engage with October’s theme of Deep Listening by considering an excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem Wild Geese using this ancient contemplative framework.

We are often taught that Life is a challenge to be conquered.  The Soul Matters experience of Lectio Divina invites us to “dance with Life in a new way”.  

Whether or not you are signed up for a small group you are welcome to join us and dive into this fun experience. Contact  for the link.

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Fall 2020, Adult RE Newcomer Class (Thursdays, Oct 1 - Oct 22) 
 
If you would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church, Colleen Bliss and Christine Ashworth are hosting a 4 session newcomer class.  We will present a little taste of Unitarian Universalist theology and history by framing it in terms of the "theology of healing disconnection".
 
Inspired by the classic Unitarian Universalist slogan "deeds not creeds" we present UUism as a way of journeying through the world rather than a set of beliefs to which one assents.  
 
Class will meet via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm October 1, 8, 15, 22.  Please email  to let us know if you are interested or have questions.  
 
We look forward to getting to know you!
 
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Mystical Spirituality, Begins September 20, 2020

John Shavers (Facilitator) - Adrienne Splinter (Co-Facilitator)

Background: Our group started in the fall of 2018 at First UU Church. We met twice a month and discussed two works dealing with mystical spirituality. The two works were The Genesis Meditations (GM) by Neil Douglas-Klotz, and The Mystic Heart (MH) by Wayne Teasdale. The format of the meetings began with a short meditation guided by a reading from GM; then, a discussion on a chapter from MH. John lead the discussion with guiding questions, and other members of the group highlight elements of the reading that spoke to them. In 2019, following the same format, we decided to continue the study of the Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan using An Emerald Earth** by Felicia Norton and Charles Smith PhD.

Beginning 2020, we switched our format to Zoom meetings on-line. Our text was Awakening by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. We had weekly meetings on Mondays at 2:30 pm. The book provided a variety of meditation practices using various Sufi methods. We tried the different practices each evening at 8:30 pm (about 15 minutes) by ourselves. Then discussed the readings and our experiences the following week. We also added a collective healing meditation directed toward a specific group or current event at the end of our meditations (about 5-10 minutes).

For the new Church Year 2020, we’ll continue to meet weekly on Sundays at 1:00 pm, on Zoom. On September 20th at 1:00 pm, we are beginning a new book The Hidden Gospel; Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus by Neil Douglas-Klotz. We will continue to follow the same format we used with Awakening. Whether you are new to this type of study, or not, we would love for you to join us. We anticipate that this book will take approximately ten weeks (about mid-November).

Winter 2021
We were due to start our new journey into the Kabbalah Sunday January 3rd. However, we feel we need more time for everyone to get the book, or at least have it located and ordered. We have chosen God is a Verb: Kabbalah and the practice of mystical Judaism by Rabbi David A. Cooper.

We will have our first Zoom meeting on January 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Please feel free to contact John, Adrienne, or Deanne at  if you have any questions or concerns. This will be an interesting dive into a very difficult subject. March forward, our zoom meeting time is 6pm

We’ll see you all soon! Happy New Year!!

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Antiracism Class, Begins September 9, 2020
(Registration is now complete, thank you)
Tom Goldsmith would like to invite 20 people from our congregation to register for a Zoom discussion on Antiracism. Classes will be held from 7:00pm – 8:30pm or so on Wednesday nights. Although we will tackle some great books, please join the group regardless of whether or not you actually read the book. There is much material to draw on. There will also be a number of videos for all of us to view. 
 
  • September 9th – Introduction to how we think about race. Featured book will be “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. DuBois
  • September 23rd – A review of and discussion about the debate over race in America between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr. Featured book will be “The Fire is Upon Us,” by Nicholas Buccola. 
  • October 7th – Discussion on the new book by Isabelle Wilkerson called, “Caste.” This is a tremendous read. She writes not as a scholar but in a conversational tone. Tremendous impact. I’m still trying to digest it all. 
  • October 21st – Discussion on “The Source of Self Regard” by Toni Morrison. She’s an incredible novelist, but this book is a compilation of essays. Powerful. 
  • November 4th To help you recover post-election, we’ll be discussing Ibram X. Kendi’s book, “How to be an Antiracist.” We will either need it or REALLY need it.  
  • November 18th – A general discussion on Race concerns in Unitarian Universalism


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