Adult Religious Education

One of the guiding principles of Unitarian Universalism is the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Central Unitarian Church offers rich opportunities for exploration and reflection throughout the church year with its varied Adult Faith Development programming.

Our Adult Religious Education programs are open to the general public as well as to church members. There is no need to preregister or pay a fee. We have ample free parking behind the building, where you will see a sidewalk leading to the rear entrance. Simply arrive and know that you are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Covenant Circles
Ministering to one another in love

In these small ministry groups, members support each other on their journeys for truth and meaning. Guided by trained facilitators, each group covenants to listen with intention, share personal stories without judgment, interact in order to understand, and do the hard work necessary to maintain deeper friendship. Each month, circles reflect on a different topic, from fear and anger to trust and forgiveness. The circles are formed by up to 10 people for a period of one year. For more information, contact Pam Zeldin at pkzeldin@gmail.com.

If you are new to CUC or covenant circles try one of our drop in circles, we meet each 2nd Monday of the month in the lounge. Contact Lisa Horton at hickoryhorton@hotmail.com for more information.

Meditation Group
Finding a still point in our busy world

This group practices many forms of mindfulness meditation, such as guided, silent, walking and others. Meditators The group meets the third Thursday of each month, except August, from 3:30 to 5pm. For more information contact Susan Bruce Susanmarie51@gmail.com or Sue Pearly sukisue13@aol.com.

Adult Deep Dive
Deepening our understanding of the monthly theme
Second Sundays at Noon

 Join Rev. David Horst for Adult Deep Dive conversations on the monthly themes  on second Sundays at noon in the Minister’s Office. Look more deeply at the theme and how we might create meaning in our lives using the theme of the month. Bring your Unitarian Universalist faith into the rest of your week.

Our Heritage:
Explore our heritage UUs
Sundays at noon

Our Heritage: Alexander Graham Bell, May 15th.
The ongoing series of our Unitarian Universalist Heritage continues with Alexander Graham Bell. (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922 ) Bell was a Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone.

Bell’s father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell’s life’s work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876. Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.

Many other inventions marked Bell’s later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics. In 1888, Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society
Facilitated by Dr. Martin Fechner

Sacred Texts of Hinduism: The Bhagavad Gita
Exploring Hinduism with Unitarian Universalists
Sundays at noon

The aim of this adult Life Span Faith Development offering is to study the Bhagavad Gita, a section of the Mahabharata, the great epic of India, which remains an extraordinarily important text in Hindu moral life, and the Hindu text most often read in the West.

In a heroic age, on the vast plains of North India, a timeless spiritual classic was born-the message of Sri Krishna to Prince Arjuna, on the brink of a war he doesn’t want to fight.  Arjuna’s struggle in the Bhagavad Gita is acutely modern. He has lost his way on the battlefield of life and turns to find the path again by asking direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself. Krishna replies in 700 sublime verses on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul.  The Gita remains relevant to us today, as we strive, like Arjuna, to do what is right.

This is a three-part series consisting of readings from the Bhagavad Gita, supplemented by DVD lectures from Teaching Company series “The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the world’s Great Intellectual Traditions”, by Prof Jay L. Garfield of Smith College, followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Josef Machac.  You will gain a fulfilling experience whether you participate in all three or just one of these discussions.

  • The Bhagavad Gita- Choice and Daily Life—January 17
  • ¨ The Bhagavad Gita- Discipline and Duty—March 20
  • ¨ The Bhagavad Gita- Union and Purpose—April 10

The Artist’s Way
A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity
Second Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Julia Cameron’s classic guide to higher creativity, is offered as a nine-session Adult Faith Development program on the second Thursday evening of each month beginning on October 9 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the lounge. Discover and recover your creative self! Co-facilitated by Karl Hartman, Member, and David Horst, Minister, we invite artists and anyone who wishes to cultivate their creative selves through spiritual practice with group support. Contact Rev. Horst by October 4 to register. Up to 12 people may enroll. Central Unitarian members may participate at no cost; the fee is $50 for members of the public.

September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10

Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators
Exploring Parenthood through a Unitarian Universalist Lens
Sundays at noon

Grounded in Unitarian Universalist values, this new curriculum provides parents and caregivers a unique understanding about teenagers, sexuality, and parenting. It offers information, skill building, and broad perspectives while building communication skills that enhance parents and caregivers ability to be their adolescent’s primary sexuality educators.

Sundays at noon, starting February 21, schedule to be decided in February. Facilitated by Robin Slaw, DLFD

Single Session Programs
Provoking a deeper understanding of Unitarian Universalism
Sundays at noon

Introduction to Transcendentalism and its connection to American Unitarianism:  Jane deVries leads a discussion  on Transcendentalism on Sunday, April 17, at noon in the Assembly Room as part of the Adult Faith Development program.  April 17 at Noon.

Biomedical Ethics: Hot Questions for UUs:  Prof. Corrine Lecourieux leads a discussion on Biomedical Ethics on Sunday, May 22, at noon in the Assembly Room as part of the Adult Faith Development program. Prof. Lecourieux, a graduate of the Central Unitarian Church Faith Development program, teaches Philosophy at Rosemont College. May 22 at Noon.

Parents Weathering the Storm
Deepening our relationships during times of trouble
First Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

CUC runs a small group ministry for parents of adolescents and young adults who are weathering the storm of parenting beyond the typical challenges. Small group ministry give us a place to talk out our hopes and concerns in an atmosphere of acceptance. If you would like to join the Storm Parents small group ministry, please contact Robin Slaw by phone or email.