Adult Religious Exploration
Sundays, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Exploration Hour invites members, friends, visitors, and guests to engage in faith development and contribute to that of others.
Age appropriate Exploration opportunities are also offered for children and youth pre-school through high school. Child care is available for infants and toddlers.
Fall 2018 Adult Religious Exploration Offerings
August 19 - December 10, 2018
Building Your Own Theology (BYOT)
Rev. Kathy will lead participants in this classic Unitarian Universalist program which is based on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian. Participants will work on developing their personal credos, the fundamental religious or spiritual beliefs, values and convictions that inform and direct the living of their lives. Areas of focus include coming to terms with human nature, ultimate reality, history, ethics, and religious meaning. Class will meet on the first and third Sundays in the Library, Rm. 103.
James Jeffries will lead this exploration of faith, truth, meaning-making, and choice through popular films from the 1980s and 90s. Excerpts will be viewed in class to spark discussion. Fourth Sundays in the Library, Rm. 103.
Tending the Flame: The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting
Attendees will participate in a discussion based on Michelle Richards' book of the same title. Copies will be available for purchase, but are not necessary to participate. Come with a journal and an open mind, and discuss topics such as incorporationg spiritual practices into family life, teaching the UU Principles in age-appropriate ways, answering difficult questions on religious matters, and dealing with religious disagreements, among many others. Weekly in room 203.
Multigenerational One Room Schoolhouse (MORSH)
On the second Sunday of the month, adults, children and youth gather to explore the ministry theme through a song, story, mindfulness practice, and activity stations. There will be activities suitable for adults and children. This is a great opportunity to get to know our community members of all ages--you never know when you will make a new friend. Please plan to join us and support our efforts to grow community through religious exploration--together! Second Sundays in the Social Hall.
Women's Spirituality Group
In Part II of the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven program, we will continue our journey into the past to reclaim the stories of powerful women to be found in ancient Judaism and in early Christianity. We will also look at the global silencing and brutalization of women that accompanied the rise of patriarchal religion and society. Finally, we will celebrate the exciting new world-view and thealogy that has emerged in our time, and explore the personal and social changes that may be suggested by that new world-view and theaology. Second and fourth Sundays in the Parlor, Rm. 101. In order to facilitate the spiritual deepening and sharing of participants, this will be a closed group, so plan to register in class during the month of August.
These programs are scheduled as interest is expressed.
This workshop is designed to introduce newcomers to Unitarian Universalism (and to First Unitarian) AND to reacquaint those who may be returning after an absence. This session, led by several different First U members and professional staff, will provide information about Sunday services, theology, history, social justice, religious exploration and governance, and will equip participants to make an informed decision about membership.
New to First U will be repeated as needed. Please contact memberministry [at] firstulou.org (subject: New%20UU%20Program) (Member Ministry) to express your interest in the series.
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