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 

 Spiritual Principles and Practices of Leadership and Peacemaking
Facilitator: Susan M. Perz, Ph.D.

Sundays: 11/11 – 12/18
We will discuss ten leadership skills that are central to peacemaking and how they are consistent with the Seven Principles of UU and the AROMAC Commitment. We will share related stories and experiences. The course material may include poetry and video/photographs/art. A course outline and handouts will be provided on paper and/ or electronically by email to participants. The course is based on Susan’s ebook Conceiving a Peaceful World and 25 years of research. The class is 6 sessions long. Each session will focus on two different leadership skills, except for the first session which will be an overview and introduction.

Background of Facilitator: Dr. Susan Perz has a Ph.D. in Religious Education from Claremont School of Theology, CA, and is an ordained pastoral counselor. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and has been a school counselor for 16 years

Other Information: This is a 6 session class, remaining classes will be 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 and 12/18


Workshop on Life-giving Masculinity

Facilitator: Rev. Anthony Makar

11/18 & 11/25 

Participants in this course will learn tools to help them deal with the emotional demands of a relationship and curb those destructive behaviors that sabotage a man’s capacity to enjoy a lasting, deep, and meaningful relationship. While the focus in this course is on men and masculinity, people who do not identify as male are welcome to participate and may in fact be surprised by how the course material might speak to them!

Other information: This is a 2 session class that will be held in the Sanctuary. 


The Adult RE Team

  • Taryn Strauss, Acting Associate Minister
  • Katie Sadler-Stephenson
  • Hildegarde Gray
  • June Lester
  • Sekayi Stringer

Course Registration

Sunday Morning Second Hour 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.


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 for other “all congregation” functions and special events may be available, depending on the budget. For more information about childcare availability contact


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

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