Adult Religious Education

Nourish Your Spirit!

Adult Religious Education (ARE) nurtures the lifelong development of the whole person—body, mind, heart, and spirit—through broad and flexible opportunities for study, exploration, reflection, and spiritual practice. ARE also nurtures the development of a whole community through courses on our relationships, our congregation, our faith movement, and our wider world.

Adult RE classes are divided into two categories: Sunday classes and Community classes. All Sunday classes occur on Sundays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Sunday classes are where you will find classes like “Judiasm 101”, “Talking with Your Kids About Gun Violence”, and “Spiritual Principles and Practices of Leadership and Peacemaking”. Community class occur throughout the week and feature opportunities to engage in various types of spiritual practice such as, Tai Chi and yoga. See the current list of class offerings below. 

We are a community of learning and sharing. Do you have a class you’d like to lead? Submit your ideas to the ARE team using the Course Proposal Form. 

Current Classes 

Sunday Classes

Inquirers
Every Sunday 11:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Newcomers are invited to attend our “Inquirers” series, offered after the Second Service at 12:30 pm. This introductory class to Unitarian Universalism is held on an 8 week rotation. All are welcome—drop in anytime! New members are strongly encouraged to attend all 8 sessions of “Inquirers” prior to joining, with a special emphasis on the “History, Principles, and Sources” class and the “Membership & Congregational Life” class. 

Turning Points in UU History
Sundays 11:30 – 12:30 in the Sanctuary.

This is a six-session exploration of turning points and controversies in our history that will delve into the complexities of these historical moments, how they shaped Unitarian Universalism, and how they relate to our faith today. Each session will reflect on the sides involved in the controversy, putting participants in the shoes of those who lived through it. While there is some overlap in content between this series and other UU history sessions Adult RE has offered, Turning Points in UU History will take historical understanding to a deeper level to the moments when we struggled to define who we are as a movement. The series will be led by Jim Kelley assisted by Frank Casper and Kim Green, all long-time UUCA members.

Community Classes

Month of Meditation
Thursday’s until August 1st, from 10-11 AM in the Social Hall.

In this meditation series we will learn a basic seated meditation practice with a different focus each week. Seated meditation will be either in chairs or on the floor, depending on individual
preferences and abilities. In addition to the one hour weekly class, participants will be asked to commit to a regular daily practice at home of 15 minutes per day and encouraged to keep a meditation journal.

Anyone who is interested in beginning/establishing a meditation practice or who has an ongoing practice will be welcome.
Attend as many sessions as you are able.

To register, please send an email to Nina West c/o Sekayi.Stringer@uuca.org.

The Adult RE Team

  • Elisabeth Schriebfeder 
  • Hildegarde Gray
  • June Lester
  • Sekayi Stringer
  • Steve Bell

Course Registration

Sunday Morning classes do not require any registration.  All Second hour classes are designed for drop in attendance.

Pre-registration is required for the Weekday Short Courses. Minimum enrollment is 6. For multi-session courses: If less than 6 people register by the first class meeting, the class may be canceled. Drop-ins are welcome at the instructor’s discretion, if space allows. Registration is not required for Ongoing Courses.

Meeting Locations

Please consult the notice screen in the Social Hall to find out about meeting locations and any last minute changes. All meeting spaces used for classes are wheelchair accessible. Contact the UUCA office at 404-634-5134 with any questions or concerns about accessibility.

Childcare

Free infant and toddler care is available without reservation on Sundays during Worship and Religious Exploration Classes. Childcare for infants, toddlers, and elementary school-aged children is available by reservation on Sunday afternoons 1-3 pm, and on Wednesday evenings, 6 to 9:15 pm. Requests for childcare during these times should be made a least a week in advance.  All reservations will receive a confirmation email; if you have not received one within three days, contact the RE Administrative Assistant, at childcare@uuca.org. Childcare for other “all congregation” functions and special events may be available, depending on the budget. For more information about childcare availability contact childcare@uuca.org.

Download Adult RE Policies & Procedures

 

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