Adult Religious Education

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.

Current Classes 

Free Intro to Bellydance
Thursdays, February 7-March 15
At 6:00 pm at UUCA in the Social Hall

The aim of this class is to cultivate and refine an understanding of bellydance movements. This class will lead to the strong grounded movements that are the gateway to effortless bellydance. We will do a warm up, movement drills, and a luxurious cool down. Instructor is Ayanna Kafi.

This class is appropriate for all ages (middle school age and beyond). All genders welcome. 
Bring/Wear:  Workout clothes with no noisy belts;  soft soled athletic or dance shoes, or bare socks, or be ready to dance barefoot; Yoga mat or towel. To register email:  ayanna.stringer@uuca.org

Spirituality & Aging 102 
Wednesdays, Feb 20-Mar 13
Join us for a facilitated group, addressing vital topics related to aging, meaning & spirit including change, loss, identity, relationships, choice, & letting go. Based on “In Later Years: Finding Meaning & Spirit in Aging, by UU Minister, Bruce Marshall. Bring a bag lunch if you like, and enjoy the fellowship. For questions or if you need a ride contact Kay.Golan@gmail.com.

Tai Chi Easy
Mondays, March 4-April  29
Tai Chi Easy is not a kind of Tai Chi, but a method and approach to Tai Chi that makes the practice easy to learn, beneficial, and fun—-right away. So, the learner doesn’t have to wait to learn the 108-traditional movement form, or even the 24-traditional movement form to enjoy this wonderful practice.

TaiChi Easy can be done in five movements. This 5-movement practice can be done standing, or walking. It can also be adapted for sitting.

This 9-week class will be offered at UUCA on Mondays, Mar 4-Apr 29, from 11am-12noon. The class is free. To register, please email Sekayi.Stringer@uuca.org.

 

Intro to Modern Dance

  Thursdays from 6-7:15 pm, March 21 through April 25
Instructor is Elizabeth Field
This is an introductory class series to the Horton modern dance technique. The Horton Technique is a whole body dance technique that explores movement anatomically to include flexibility, coordination, strength, and spatial awareness. Given this, many movements can be modified for different body types as well as movement limitations. We will explore this technique through a warmup, various exercises that have a specific focus (strength, flexibility, etc.), and fortifications that coordinate various movements in and through personal and shared space.
NO PRIOR DANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!

The Horton technique is a wonderful way to begin exploring movement that enables freedom of movement and expression in an unrestricted manner.
There is no charge for this class.

The Adult RE Team

  • Taryn Strauss, Acting Associate Minister
  • Hildegarde Gray
  • June Lester
  • Sekayi Stringer

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 front lobby 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 Hannah Carswell, 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.

Fees

Adult Religious Exploration offerings are available through your financial support and pledges to the operating budget of UUCA, and therefore most of our courses are offered free of charge. Some programs have a fee for materials, or a small charge for other course-related costs. Limited scholarships are available to UUCA members and friends for whom a course fee creates a financial hardship; please contact Rev. Anthony David Makar at amakar@uuca.org.

Download Adult RE Policies & Procedures

 

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