Adult Faith Development

UU 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.”
UU 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”

Growing in spirituality, building vital communities of justice and love, and deepening Unitarian Universalist perspectives are lifelong endeavors.

Adult Faith Development Workshops

Click on the button below to register for 2019-2020 adult faith development workshops. Scroll through the brochure below for more details!

Spring 2020 Lifespan Faith Development Brochure

Upcoming Adult Faith Development Events

Register now for Adult Faith Development events this Spring! 

Highlights include…

2019-20 UUA Common Read: The Indigenous People’s History of the United States

Book discussion over 3 Wednesday Evening Sessions: March 11, April 1, and April 22. 6:30-8:30PM.

2019-2020 UUA Common Read:  The Indigenous People’s History of the United States

Light evening meal will be served at 6:30.

Limited to 15 participants, who must pre-register.

Sponsored by Racial Justice and Healing Team, facilitated by Kay Welty.

Whose land does your current home occupy? On whose land does our church sit? This book helps non-indigenous Americans to learn more about a part of U.S. history that has historically seldom been taught in primary and secondary schools. Through reading this history, many will realize that those of us who were born after 1776 are living in a post-genocidal society. Here. In this country. On this land, currently called the United States of America.

How do we reconcile the many different thoughts and feelings that arise with the realization that, under the guise of “Manifest Destiny,” we are currently living on land that was outright taken from the people who were living here prior to the arrival of European immigrants?  How can we use this learning to work towards ensuring that such history never occurs under US governmental dictate again?

This group joins with UUs throughout the United States in discussing the UUA “Common Read” for 2019-2020.  Divided into three discussion sessions, we intend to provide a constructive framework for participants to share their response to the book’s information on the colonization and settlement of indigenous lands as well as the expansion of the United States at the expense of Indigenous peoples.  We will also discuss what we have learned about the Indigenous resistance to colonization and the current work to assert sovereignty.  Finally, as a result of our new awareness, we will explore what actions our Unitarian Universalist faith might invite us to consider as we go forward.

Please plan to have read the entire book in preparation for the first discussion on March 11.  There are two versions of this book:  the original version and a newer, more easily-accessible version. Participants may choose whichever version they would like to read.  The UUA recommends the newer version for those less familiar with this particular history.  Copies of both versions are available for interested people to browse.  These are located on the shelf below the RJH bulletin board in Emerson Hall.  A limited number of copies are available for purchase at a discounted price from the church.  Please see Lenore if you would like to purchase one.  Used copies are available online and RJH has a few copies to loan.  Please see Marian Joyce if you are interested in borrowing a RJH copy.

Although we prefer that participants register for all three sessions, we will welcome all who register, including those only able to attend one or two sessions.  You can register via the Faith Development Link on the UUCL website.   

Join us in our “Unlearning” of the history told to us by “the winners” and as we discover truths that may be new to many of us.   

Soul Matters

Soul Matters provides small-group ministry for UUCL members and friends. We meet monthly in groups of 10 to explore resources around a theme of the month in a setting of deep listening and sharing. This year, you may join themed Soul Matters groups, including Starting Point, an exploration of Unitarian Universalism for newer UUs and long-time members to build community and experience Unitarian Universalist theology through small-group ministry. 

Learn more about Soul Matters.

The Labyrinth

On the first Sunday of the month (October through June), from 1-4pm, you are welcome to walk the Labyrinth in Founders Hall for quiet centering.

Open Table

The Open Table is a study group that welcomes a spectrum of open minded seekers, and features leadership from individuals with diverse theological backgrounds. The Open Table meets weekly at 8:30am on Sunday mornings in room 201.

Curious about what quantum physics says that may impact what you believe about miracles and post-resurrection appearances?  Have you ever said the Lord’s Prayer in church, or in private, and wondered how Jesus meant the prayer in its original context?  Should economics and religion be tied together and if so, how?  Is there an economic, social, and political side to religion?  Should politics and religion be separate?

Come explore these questions and more…

The Open Table also hosts a discussion group on the first Sunday of each month at 5:30 PM.  A potluck dinner is held in Emerson Hall.  Please drop in and join us.