Adult Religious Exploration
The Adult Religious Exploration program provides spiritual experiences that inspire, transform and sustain our members and friends. Open to everyone, Adult RE offerings provide opportunities for people to tell their stories and engage with ethical, moral, and spiritual questions; to encounter worldwide wisdom traditions, including the Unitarian Universalist tradition; and to work within the congregation and the wider world to build communities of justice and love.
Current and upcoming offerings are listed in the right column. Class information is also available on the UUFCO Calendar, ACE (weekly All Congregation Email), and at the kiosk in the Gathering Hall. Some classes require registration and are fee-based while others are free. Recent classes have included opportunities for exploring what each of the principles of Unitarian Universalism means to us, "Spirit of Life," and “A Long Strange Trip,” exploring 2000 years of Unitarian Universalist History.
In addition to class offerings, there are small facilitator-led groups that meet throughout the year. Although these groups are offered without cost, some may require registration, while others encourage drop-ins. These small groups are listed below.
Laughter Yoga: Laughter Yoga is medicine for these times. In this practice, participants joyfully stimulate full-body laughter through exercises, games and childlike playfulness. Laughter supports us to move stuck emotions and thoughts. It counteracts despair by creating connection through spirit-to-spirit, non-conversational relationships that take us out of our heads and into the present moment. It's like giving your nervous system a shower of blessings. It supports acceptance of self and others. The practice is not physically strenuous; it includes breath work but does not involve yoga poses. The 45-minute class begins and ends with a guided meditation. The eight-session gathering at UUFCO will be held at noon Thursdays from March 15 to May 3. You don't need to make every class, but it’s helpful if you can commit to attending most of them. The facilitator, Carol Delmonico, asks that anyone who plans to participate register with her via email: email@example.com. A per-session donation of $3-5 to UUFCO is requested.
Sunday Morning Meditation: All are welcome to this weekly drop-in Sunday morning meditation before the worship service. No experience needed. This group meets in the Founders' Fireside Room at 9 a.m., and in good weather often walks to the labyrinth.
Soul Matters: Groups are formed each September and meet monthly through June at various times. Each group of about 12 participants is led by a trained facilitator. Members receive a Soul Matters theme packet by email at the beginning of every month and meet to share their reflections on questions raised in the readings. The packet is also available to anyone who wishes to follow the themes on their own. For more information, go to the Soul Matters page.
Spiritual Book Club: This group meets monthly, usually on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The group is primarily a shared interactive experience in which participants share their own reflections of how different themes from the selected books relate to their lives. The group usually spends 3 to 4 months discussing a single book; discussion questions are emailed to participants a week or so in advance. However, drop-ins are welcome and it is not necessary to read the suggested reading before the meeting or to have received the questions in advance. Recent books the group has explored include Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown; and Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall Rosenberg. Contact Spiritual Book Club for more information.
WomenSpirit: This is a circle for women to explore their spiritual interests in a safe, small group gathering. It meets monthly. Drop-ins are welcome. Contact Congregational Life Facilitator for more information.
Men's Groups: These small groups provide an opportunity for men to address life challenges and advance their spiritual journeys within a supportive circle of friends. Groups establish their own operating agreements and meeting times; most meet monthly at members' homes. To foster bonding and ensure intimate conversation, each group caps its membership, usually at five or six. Meetings are closed, and discussions are confidential. The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism inform and underpin group interactions. Relationships are covenantal. Orientation sessions are held periodically for men who are interested in starting a group or joining a group with an opening. Check the kiosk in the Gathering Hall for contacts and announcements.
Our Adult RE programs also include embodied spirituality classes, such as Dances of Universal Peace, yoga, and qigong. All are welcome!
Dances of Universal Peace: The Dances of Universal Peace celebrates spiritual traditions through song and movement. No experience is necessary. Dances are held monthly and are free of charge. Drop-ins are encouraged.
Spring Forest Qigong: This form of meditation includes movement, breathing, mindfulness, and tapping. The practice can be done standing, sitting, or lying down. Compatible with traditional medicine, Qigong can reduce stress, pain, and illness; calm emotions; cleanse and strengthen our systems; enhance healing; and foster everyday mindfulness. It is open to all; no experience is necessary. UUFCO member Dawn Song will teach the class.
Yoga: Gentle yoga for every “body” contributes to improved strength, stress reduction, balance, and overall health. This class is on winter hiatus. It may resume in the spring.
Contact Adult RE for more information about classes and programs.
Current & Upcoming Offerings
Registration forms are available by clicking on event name on the calendar:
Laughter Yoga: Thursdays, noon-12:45, March 15-May 3.
Sunday Morning Meditation: Sundays from 9–9:45 a.m., Founders Fireside Room. (Drop-in)
Spiritual Book Club: Second Tuesday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m., Linus Pauling Hall. The club is now discussing Ask and It is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. Drop-ins are welcome.
WomenSpirit: Third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Founders Fireside Room.
Dances of Universal Peace: Fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Linus Pauling Hall. (Drop-in)
Spring Forest Qigong: 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Sundays in the Starr King Corner of the Religious Exploration center. Suggested donation $5-10 per class. Wear comfortable clothing.