As Unitarian Universalists we believe that revelation is not sealed but ever unfolding. Part of our spiritual practice is continuing to educate ourselves and challenge our thinking throughout our lives. Adult Faith Formation classes are designed to provide the opportunity to learn together in a covenanted community. “Live a Life on Fire” is our church theme this year and our faith development offerings are meant to reinforce that theme by providing opportunities to grow in our understanding of what motivates us to live out our values. Part of our learning will focus on our own and shared theology — our answers to what it means to be human, to exist, to live a good life, and more. And, because we are Unitarian Universalists, a piece of our theology is acting for justice so we will offer a series of social action Sundays for learning and doing together!

We offer drop-in classes on Sunday morning, and our classes requiring registration will be offered at other times during the week, with a few exceptions. This is noted on each class description, which can be found at the bottom of this page. Classes outside of Sunday morning RE time include the option for childcare which must be requested when registering. We ask that you make a commitment to regularly attend any class you register for, as classes are designed to build community and understanding throughout the series of sessions, and our facilitators are giving their time to plan each session. We encourage you to attend as many of the drop-in classes are you can, because they, too, are an opportunity for community building and personal growth.

There is no cost for most classes. Exceptions to this are for the cost of materials, like a required book or special supplies, and costs will be provided up front.

Drop-In Classes

Fuller Theological Discussions
1st Sundays, 10:00 – 10:55 AM
Oct. 7, 2018 through May 5, 2019
Room 109

Margaret Fuller, a transcendentalist, writer, and editor of The Dial, hosted weekly conversations for the women of her time on important subjects. Her conversations were designed to bring clarity and precision to their thinking. One of my favorite quotes of hers is, “Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.” 

Although these monthly discussions are not about Margaret Fuller, our theological discussions are named after her because it is our hope that these also will help to bring clarity and precision to your own thinking on the big questions that we ask throughout life in order to help you grow.

Each month we will address a theological term in relationship to both Unitarian Universalist heritage and the future of our faith. We will have an opportunity to share our theological diversity and seek to define what we hold in common as Unitarian Universalists, using our own experience, readings from Unitarian and Universalist theologians, and other liberal theologies.

These discussions are intended to appeal to those who are newer to Unitarian Universalism and those who have been part of the faith for a longer time.

Oct 7
Theology
Nov 4
Soteriology—Universalism
Dec 2
Christology—Reframing the story
Jan 6
Eschatology—Prophetic Voices
Feb  3
James Luther Adams/5 Smooth Stones
Mar 3
Pneumatology—Spiritual Practices
Apr 7
Pneumatology—Transcendentalists & Humannists
May 5
Ecclesiology—Covenant & Polity

 

Social Action Sundays
3rd Sundays, 10:00 – 10:55 AM
October 21, 2018 through April 28, 2018 (Except February, when we will meet on the second Sunday)
Room 109 or Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary (dependent on activity)

Part of living a life on fire is responding to the needs of the times and taking part in building the better world. Our Social Action Sundays will offer learning opportunities and chances to take action together, as well as a Sunday to care for ourselves as justice-makers.

Oct 21
Advocacy 101
Nov. 18
Climate Healers
Dec. 16
Holiday Card Making
Jan. 20
Confronting Racism
Feb. 10
Valentines for the Legislature
Mar. 17
Justice Songs for the Journey
Apr. 28
What’s Next?

 

Additional Fall Programming

Owning Your Religious Past: October 12, 7-9 PM and October 13, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

A program designed to help Unitarian Universalists grow in their faith, moving from a space of discomfort and awkwardness to a space of affirmation and wholeness. The program’s exercises invite participants to revisit religious spaces and people from childhood in a way that promotes greater self-understanding and personal peace. We can be most fully and completely present in our religious identity when we see our path as a continuum rather than a series of unrelated episodes.This workshop is not just for “converts.” Longtime and life-long Unitarian Universalists also experience change, sometimes profoundly, in their religious identity. All are welcome.

Deadline for Registration: October 10. Register HERE

Film and Forum: October 28, 2-5 PM, “Nightmare Before Christmas”

Come watch “Nightmare Before Christmas,” rated PG, and use it as a jumping off point for a conversation on cultural misappropriation. No registration required.

Climate Healers: Dec. 2 – 16, 10:05 – 10:55 AM

Follow-up discussions to the Social Action forum on November 18th.

More information on Winter/Spring offerings will be available by November 1.

If you have questions about adult programming, please contact Carrie Krause, dlfd@liveoakuu.org.