Why Faith Development?

“We live in a system whose core belief is that we are self-interested individuals. Liberal religious education challenges this view.” (Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker)

“The purpose of education is humanization. To be fully human is to be a subject who acts upon and transforms the world, and in so doing, moves toward ever new possibilities of fuller and richer life individually and collectively.” (Paulo Friere, Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

Adult Faith Formation classes are designed to provide the opportunity to learn together in a covenanted community and rediscover the capacity to “consciously and critically experience the world.” This year our church theme is “Our 7 Principles” 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. And, because we are Unitarian Universalists, a piece of our theology is acting for justice so we will offer several Action Sundays for learning and doing together!

When?

We offer drop-in classes on Sunday morning between the services, and 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 as 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.

Below you will find a listing of currently planned offerings with descriptions underneath the tables. **Please note that the class schedule is subject to change and any updates will be posted here. 

Jan – May 2020 Class Offerings

Drop in Sessions
10:05 – 10:55 AM
Room 109

1/5 – 2/2The Corruption of Our Democracy
2/9 Valentines All Ages Action Sunday
2/23Principles in Action (legislation advocacy 101)
3/1 -3/22UU 101
3/29Unbirthday Celebration for All
4/5 – 5/24Miracles (except 4/12 and 5/17)

The Corruption of Our Democracy
This Congregational Study Action Issue Guide on “The Corruption of Our Democracy” invites us to learn a new narrative and work to create a truly inclusive democracy that challenges the exploitation of peoples and natural resources by corporate and political power at the expense of the common good and our collective future. It is a call to live into what Unitarian theologian Rev. James Luther Adams called “the prophet-hood of all believers.” It is a call to envision our role as a faith community to promote a societal ethos that affirms dignity for all, that takes responsibility for the human role in ecological disaster, and an openness to rethink our use of political power and production of wealth. Join these 5 sessions as we explore this issue. Session one includes viewing a video as a starting point for our discussions.

Principles in Action
Drop in for a discussion on the monthly theme as we explore the theme of our seven principles. Each time we meet we will consider the principle presented and how it is evident in our lives. What does it take to honor the inherent worth and dignity of all people? What do we mean when we say a free and responsible search for truth and meaning? Where do you struggle in living into our covenant we call the principles? This is a chance to learn from each other and share your own success and struggle on the journey.

Unitarian Universalism 101
March 1 – March 22, 10:05 – 10:55 AM
New to Unitarian Universalism, or ready to learn more about where this faith came from and where we are going? Consider joining our Unitarian Universalism 101 classes starting on March 1. This series is designed to give you historical perspective on our rich heritage as a religion. Additional reading may be provided for some sessions.
March 1: Universalism
March 8: Unitarianism
March 15: Unitarian Universalism
March 22: UU Organizations
No Registration required.

Miracles
April 5 – May 24
This UUA curriculum is designed to be used in multigenerational settings and our younger classes will be engaged with this curriculum at the same time as adults. This eight-session program invites a prolonged encounter with awe and wonder. Stories from our Unitarian Universalist Sources and hands-on activities engage a wide age span of participants to discern miracles, experience and express awe and wonder, and discover their own agency for miracle-making. Participants make a uniquely Unitarian Universalist inquiry—a religious search which simultaneously embraces the awesome truth of a miracle’s mystery and the “how and why” of rational explanation. Participants explore different kinds of miracles, from the awesome, ordered beauty of Earth and all life on it, to their own capacity to transform themselves and others to bring forth love and justice. 

Classes Requiring Registration

Chalice Circles

Are you ready to commit to 6-8 deepening sessions with focused learning on a topic relating to Unitarian Universalism? Chalice Circles are small group ministry focused on varying facets of Unitarian Universalist faith development. A closed group of 8-12 people commit to meet regularly for a set period of time to learn together and deepen relationships. Facilitation materials for circles will be provided by Live Oak staff and the individual circles will determine when they meet and how to share leadership responsibilities. Groups will follow the guidelines for participation in a covenant group, which include committing to show up, sharing the time, and remaining a closed group until the end of the 8 sessions.

Undoing Racism Chalice Circle 2020
This chalice circle focuses on our own unlearning, using materials from Layla Saad’s workbook, and now book, Me & White Supremacy. The intended audience is “white identifying” people. There will be intense individual work between meetings. The circle time will focus on sharing what we have learned, where we are struggling and what we do next.

From the book: “The Me And White Supremacy Workbook is a personal anti-racism tool that has been designed to help you to take ownership of your participation in the oppressive system of white supremacy, and to help you take responsibility for dismantling the way that this system manifests both within you and within your communities. This workbook is part education, part activation. It helps you to take a clear look at the different multifaceted aspects of white supremacy and how they operate in both subtle and direct ways within you, and within others. It acts as a mirror being held up to you so that you can deeply examine how you have been complicit in a system that has been purposely designed to benefit you through unearned privileges, at the expense of BIPOC (Black people, Indigenous people and People of Colour)1. This workbook is for people who are ready to do the work; people who want to create change in the world by activating change within themselves first.”

This chalice circle will meet for six 2-hour sessions on Sunday afternoons, 12 – 2:00 PM. Bring a lunch and spend the first 30 minutes chatting and eating, before moving into deep listening.

Schedule: Sundays, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
6 Sessions @ 2 hours: Mar 29, Apr 5, Apr 19, Apr 26, May 3, May 24
Live Oak UU Church, Room 111

Sign up now closed for this round of the chalice circle. Participants will be required to purchase the book, Me and White Supremacy, by Layla Saad. $9.99 on Kindle, $16.91 in hardback. Information on that will be provided via email.

Acorn Groups are a new offering for those who have been members for less than one year. They are a chance to get to know each other better and get a better understanding of Live Oak through a series of six meetings. If you are interested in participating in one of these groups, please sign up here. Dates for next offering TBD.