Adult Religious Education

Classes & Workshops – Winter 2017

Please sign up for all classes at the Adult RE table (unless drop in specified) or register below online. 


Human DNA: Past, Present and Future

Wednesdays 7:00 – 815

January 17, 2018:  Past and Present:  Studies of DNA from current populations and from fossils show how Homo sapiens left Africa and populated the world, mating with distant cousins like Homo neanderthalensis along the way. Hear about the latest discoveries in this rapidly advancing area of research.

January 24th : Present and Future:  New techniques for efficiently modifying DNA of all organisms have been developed.  Experiments genetically modifying human embryos are underway and the ethics of this work is being hotly debated.  How close are we to GMO humans?   

UUCSR member Phil Harriman has a PhD in Biophysics from UC Berkeley and was Program Director for Genetics at the National Science Foundation before retiring to Sonoma County. He’s taught several genetics courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at Sonoma State and Dominican University in San Rafael.


Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry
January 30, February 13, and February 27, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.The book Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry was chosen as a “Common Read” by the Unitarian Universalist Association for 2017-18. Centering deals with race relations, especially within UU congregations. Adult RE and the UUCSR Diversity Project will offer participants the opportunity to practice centering the experiences of UU religious professionals who are also people of color through a three part reading/discussion group.  The three sessions are meant for ongoing attendance. Facilitated by Carol Kraemer and another UUCSR member. 

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande 
 A Book Discussion
March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12, 7-9:00 pm
This deeply moving book will be our resource to consider attitudes towards aging and dying Being Moin our country.  Doctors are trained to keep patients alive as long as possible- but not how to help them prepare them for death. Join us for a four part discussion of this book which compares attitudes toward death and dying in the West and India and asks hard questions about how we as a culture and the medical profession in particular treat the old and the terminally ill.
Moderated by UU members Linda Lampson, UU book club coordinator who was trained by hospital chaplaincy and specialized in estate planning as a CPA,  and Helga Lemke, UU book club member.   Both are avid readers. 

Detective Fiction From Peo to Penny
Detective fiction appears in 19th-century Europe as part of urbanization, the establishment of professional police forces, and broad popular interest in scientific developments.  Class sessions will focus on its early forms, the Golden Age, the definition of the detective, and recent developments in form and focus.  The last class session will be a discussion of Deborah Crombie’s A Finer End, which class members should read if possible. Carol Daeley, who leads the class, is a retired Professor of English from Austin College in Texas with degrees from Rutgers University and the University of California, Riverside. After starting her career as a specialist in 18th-century British literature and William Blake, she became unruly and pursued teaching interests in such fields as detective fiction, World War I literature, literary and other relations between Asia and Europe, and trade history. Time to be Determined. 


A Long Strange Trip:

These CDs provide a history of Unitarian and Universalist thought and practice from the early, liberal strands  at the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism.  You can check out copies of the DVD’s to watch at home – alone or with a group.  Limit: 3 DVD’s at a time with a 3 week time limit. Contact Adult RE committee if you’re interested. 


Who We Are

Members of the Adult Religious Education Committee are:   Rev. Chris Bell, Nadene Carroll, Phil Harriman, Sarita Hazen, Helga Lemke (Chair) , and John Speck. 

Our Purpose
Guided by the Principles and rooted in the Sources of Unitarian Universalism and the Vision and Mission of the Congregation, the Adult RE Team strengthens community and facilitates spiritual growth by offering classes, activities, programs, training of facilitators and coordination of other UUCSR activities.

Contact Us
If you would like to volunteer to help with a workshop, have an idea for a new program, or have questions, please contact any committee member or visit RE table. Classes free for workshop volunteers.