Class Descriptions & Scheduling

Spiritual Deepening Opportunities

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Chalice Circles – Groups of 8-12 people meet regularly, usually monthly, to reflect on and  discuss joys and concerns, the monthly theme, and significant life topics.Small groups  are great places to get to know other people and to get to know yourself. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, with the congregation and with the sacred.  Chalice Circle meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the minister’s office. 

UUA Common Read Book Group Rev. Tony leads a discussion of the UUA’s “Common Read” book  for the year.  This year there are two books for the Common Read.  See information about the books here: The UU COMMON READ.     NEXT SCHEDULED SESSIONS:  Discussion of  Daring Democracy by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen  12/6/17 at 6:30 pm in the Minister’s Office.

The Spirituality of… – An ongoing series of topical sessions, such as Th e Spirituality of  Parenting, The Spirituality of Care-Giving, The Spirituality of Science, The Spirituality of Family, The Spiritual implications of Grief and Loss, Women’s Spirituality, Men’s Spirituality, and similar. NEXT SCHEDULED SESSION:  The Spirituality of  Parenting: 

UU Theology, History, Identity

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New UU – A one session class where participants explore their spiritual and religious journey and what brought them to our church and to Unitarian Universalism.  Participants learn what UU and HUP have in common with other churches and what makes us different.  We discuss how both the UUA and HUP are governed. We learn about what’s going on at HUP, how to get involved as well as  what’s expected of people who become members of the church. This class is required before becoming a voting member, even if you’ve previously belonged to a UU congregation. NEXT SCHEDULED OFFERING: 10/14/17  10 a.m. – noon, Minister’s Office

UU 101 – A one session class offering a general overview of Unitarian Universalism: Who we are, what we believe, what we do. The basics of UU theology, history, ethics, worship, and social justice. This class is required before becoming a voting member, even if you’ve previously belonged to a UU congregation.  MATERIALS and PREPARATION NEEDED:  UU World Seeker Edition (ask church for a copy and please read the entire magazine before the class meeting).  NEXT SCHEDULED OFFERING:  11/4/17  10 a.m. – noon Minister’s Office

Unitarian Universalist History – A general survey of Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist history, with a focus on Unitarian and Universalist element of the early Christian church, the rebirth of these ideas in Enlightenment Europe, and the 19th century development of American Universalism and Unitarianism. NEXT SCHEDULED OFFERING: SPRING 2018 DATE & TIME TBA

Six Super Sermons of Unitarian Universalism – A six session class  where we read and discuss the three 19th century formative sermons of Unitarianism by Channing, Emerson, and Parker and three sermons illustrative of contemporary Unitarian Universalism.  MATERIALS and PREPARATION NEEDED:  Read and/or listen to all the sermons.  Sermons are available for Download or viewing here or get texts from church office.  NEXT SCHEDULED OFFERING: 

The Six Sources of UU  –  A one session class exploring our six sources of religious wisdom: experience of that transcending mystery and wonder; Words and deeds of prophetic women and men; Wisdom from the world’s religions; Jewish and Christian teachings; Humanist teachings; and Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions. MATERIALS and PREPARATION NEEDED: None  NEXT SCHEDULED OFFERING: TBA

The Five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion – A reading and discussion of James Luther  Adams essay “Principles for a Free Faith” that outlines the five foundational ideas of liberal religion: We are always learning new truths. Human relationships are based  mutual consent and not on coercion. A responsibility to create a just and loving community. Good things don’t just happen; people make them happen. We have the resources to achieve meaningful change justifying an attitude of ultimate optimism.  NEXT SCHEDULED OFFERING:

Our Engaged Faith – Individual Sessions on special topics that explore how Unitarian Universalism is governed and how UU’s engage the issues of our  day, including civil rights (Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA equality), religious pluralism, immigration, environmental justice and more.  MATERIALS and PREPARATION NEEDED: None NEXT SCHEDULED OFFERING: TBA

Subversive Biblical Literacy – A two session course (1 session each on OT and NT). Using a variety of scholarly lenses, you’ll be given a new perspective on the Bible and its relevance and significance for Unitarian Universalism. Provides  a deeper understanding of the Bible rooted in liberal theology and makes you familiar with this text that has so much relevance in the modern world, for both good and ill.  MATERIALS and PREPARATION NEEDED: Read the Handouts and Notes and watch all the slideshows found on this webpage or ask the Office to print you a copy of the Handouts and Notes: NEXT SCHEDULED OFFERINGS: WINTER 2018