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.
Sunday Morning Meditation: All are welcome to this weekly drop-in Sunday morning meditation at 9:15 a.m. during the first worship service. No experience needed. This group meets in the Founders' Fireside Room, 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. Participants receive a Soul Matters theme packet by email at the beginning of every month and meet once a month to share their reflections on questions raised in the readings. The packet is also available to any congregant who wishes to follow the themes on their own. For more information, go to the Soul Matters page.
Shelf-Realization Book Club (Making “Shift” Happen): This group is primarily a shared interactive experience in which participants are invited to share how the themes and processes of the books we explore are impacting our day-to-day lives. Together we support, inspire, and celebrate each other’s journey towards wholeness and optimal well-being. The group meets twice a month, usually on the second and fourth Tuesday, from 5:30-7 p.m. The second-Tuesday meetings are an interactive exploration of the book selection. The fourth-Tuesday meetings are an open-ended, informal check-in in which participants share what shifts are occurring in their lives, regardless of whether they relate to the book selection. The group usually discusses a book selection for three to four months, but drop-ins are welcome at any time. The group has explored Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg, and Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. For more information, contact the Shelf-Realization Book Club.
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.
Tai Chi: Tai Chi is an ancient science of working with the energy in the body. Taoist Grandmaster Franklin teaches the original Tai Chi Chuan 108 movements. Write Grandmaster Franklin with questions or to register for class at his website.
Current & Upcoming Offerings
Class descriptions are available by clicking on event name on the calendar:
Sunday Morning Meditation: Sundays from 9:15–10:00 a.m., Founders Fireside Room. (Drop-in).
Spring Forest Qigong: 2-3:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Starr King Corner of the Religious Exploration center. Taught orally and in ASL by Dawn Song. Suggested donation $5-10 per class. Wear comfortable clothing.
Shelf-Realization Book Club: Generally meets second and fourth Tuesdays from 5:30-7 p.m., RE. In January, 2019, the group will only meet on the fourth Tuesday, January 22. The group is now exploring The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older, by Kathleen Singh. Drop-Ins are welcome.
Dances of Universal Peace: Fourth Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Linus Pauling Hall. (Drop-in).
Tai Chi: Thursdays, 5-6 p.m., Linus Pauling Hall. Taught by Taoist Grandmaster Franklin; class is $30 a month for UUFCO members and $40 for nonmember.
Changes Group (Focusing Method): Second Sundays, 4-6 p.m., Linus Pauling Hall. Focusing is an inner awareness process that integrates thoughts, emotions, and inner-bodily experiences, allowing for new understandings and approaches to places in which we’re feeling stuck. To RSVP or for more information, contact Adult RE.