Adult Religious Education

SANCTUARY REFLECTIONS –Rochelle Lamm, Facilitator

Sundays, 11:30am - 12:15pm, Sanctuary

A weekly facilitated discussion group that enables thoughtful idea exchange about the day’s sermon. This group provides a 45-minute, after service forum to learn, react, and reflect on others’ insights and points of view.

STARTING POINT - Reid Swanson, Facilitator
Four Sundays:  January  21 & 28, and February 4 & 11, 11:45am - 1:15am, World Room
A class for people ready to begin, or begin the next leg of, their spiritual journey into Unitarian Universalism.  We'll look at the historical journey of our faith tradition, the local journey of our UUCSC church, and reflect on our personal spiritual journeys, where we've come from, where we are, and where we go from here, leading toward a deeper integration into this faith and our community.

COMMON READ - Search by Michelle Hunevan
November read, December 3 - potluck and discussion with the author

Search is a novel about a UU congregation (based on Neighborhood Church in Pasadena) searching for their next settled minister.  The narrator serves on the Search Committee and describes the work of the search and the interpersonal dynamics of the committee members.  The story begins humorously but evolves into a cautionary tale of what can go wrong when a search isn't undertaken with due gravity responsibly.  Search is an invaluable teaching tool for our congregation as we look to organize our own Search Committee later this year.

HEALTHY AGING AND END OF LIFE ISSUES - Terry Hassman, Vickie Vining and Rev. Jill Bowden, Facilitators
Dates To Be Announced
We are currently working on organizing a series of seminars associated with moving gracefully through our senior years and making a good ending for ourselves and our loved ones.

I BELIEVE - Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels, Facilitator
Seven Sessions, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 in 2024
Rather than insisting in belief in a single creed, Unitarian Universalists take responsibility for determining their own set of foundational beliefs.  This course works through the biggest questions of religion, such as “Why be good?"  “What happens after I die?” “Does my life have meaning?” and “Does God exist?” and then challenges participants to come up with their own answers: a personal creed.

ARTICLE II STUDY GROUP - Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels and others, Facilitators
Spring, 2024
At this year's General Assembly (June, 2024) delegates will vote on the consequential decision whether to perserve the language of the current Article II of the UUA Bylaws, which contains our Seven Principles and Six Sources, or eliminate that language and replace it with new proposed language.  This study opportunity will allow the congregation to take a look at the proposed changes, debate the arguments for and against, and direct our congregational delegate to represent us in the vote at GA.