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 12:30 pm – 1:30 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. 

Discussion of “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo

Join Rev Taryn Strauss for 3 weeks in June for a discussion of Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for White People to Talk about Racism. The book is available for purchase in the UUCA bookstore, to borrow at the Dekalb or Fulton County library, on Audible.com and also available for eBook download. 

 

Community Classes

Educational Hike at Mason Mill Park

May 20 from 10am-12pm

On May 20 from 10am-12pm, come walk with Park Ranger, Jonah McDonald, and learn about the flora and fauna at Mason Mill Forest. We will meet in the parking lot of the tennis center at 10am and hike an easy 2 miles, on paved paths/boardwalk. After a short break, those wanting to continue, will hike an additional 2-3 miles which might include soft & uneven surfaces.
Wear sturdy footwear, bring water, hat, sunscreen, and a snack. Hiking poles & binoculars are optional.
For information please contact Eddas Bennett at sekayi.stringer@uuca.org

FREE: Intro to Pranic Healing & Meditation

Thurs, May 23, 10am in the Social Hall
Pranic Healing is the art of natural healing or energy healing. It is a highly evolved form of energy medicine. This healing modality is a system of natural healing techniques based on the fundamental principle that the body has the innate ability to heal itself.
Facilitators: Supriti & Hardesh Sood (from India) will be in Atlanta in May. They are Master Healers & teachers. They will share their 40+ years of experience.

Please bring your curiosity & questions.

Event Coordinator: Madala Machini. You may contact her at sekayi.stringer@uuca.org.

Gentle Yoga 
Thursday, June 6, from 10-11am in the Social Hall
Come join yoga teacher Ayanna Stringer for a gentle yoga session. The class will accommodate various physical abilities from the floor. Bring a mat. Wear comfortable clothes. For information or if you need to borrow a mat, contact: Ayanna.Stringer@uuca.org

The Adult RE Team

  • Rev. Taryn Strauss, Associate Minister
  • Hildegarde Gray
  • June Lester
  • Sekayi Stringer
  • Ann Lafoon

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.

Fees

Adult Religious Education 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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