Adult Religious Education

Classes & Workshops – Winter-Spring 2017

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

Grounding Our Faith in the Human Spirit:  Millie Phillips, Intern Minister,  will lead a look at the history of humanist thought, recent and modern critiques and controversies, and the potential for the regrowth of a humanist movement: Tuesdays, 11/1/16, 12/6/16, 1/3/17, 2/7/17, 3/7/17, and 4/4/17 from 7:00-8:30 pm.   Drop in “ok”. Donation suggested.
Sexuality Classes:  Bill Stayton (UU member), a sexologist, professor, and minister,  will offer  a class on “World Religion, Scriptures and Sexuality” on Wednesdays 2/15, 2/22, 3/1 and 3/8 from 7-9pm.  The class will focus on sexuality, including marriage and marriage equality, monogamy, polygamy, sexual orientation, cross gender behaviors and reproduction in the context of Hebraic/Christian/Islamic religious texts. Donation suggested.

To register online for World Religion, Scriptures and Sexuality, please click Register and fill out the form (or sign up at RE table).

The Unique Self Process: Many Unitarian Universalists say there is no “there, there” in their religion, no guidelines to follow in developing their own spirituality.  Using the teachings of philosopher Ken Wilber and author Marc Gafni, the Unique Self Process answers this need by weaving together the latest psychological and spiritual research to point the way to personal and spiritual growth for all paths.  The Unique Self Process consists of a series of four classes plus a free Introduction/Overview Workshop which takes place Sunday, March 5 at 12:45 at UUCSR. Following this Introduction Workshop, four interactive classes will be offered March 12, March 19, April 2 and April 9 from 12:45 to 2:45.  Topics include:
  • Identifying your unique perspective, your unique way of thinking and acting 
    Robert Kegan’s Subject-Object Theory and the mechanisms for inner growth
  • Identifying our False Core Beliefs and how they often keep us stuck
  • Ongoing spiritual practices to support desired growth
Class enrollment will be limited to 12 participants.  Fee is $40 for all 4 classes plus the introduction.  To hold your spot, please register at the RE table or sign up  below. Registration is open until Sunday, March 5 after the Introduction Workshop.  Co-leaders: Kate Raymond, former Director of Lifespan Learning at the UU Church of Davis, UU Lay Community Minister, certified as a Unique Self Coach and Ritu Esbjorn, PhD in transpersonal psychology, Marriage and Family therapist, certified Unique Self Coach
To register online for this class, please click Register and fill out the form. (Or sign up at RE table).
 A History of Film 1893 to 1950:  Beth  Wettergreen, UU Member, will present a two part class on the History of Film from 1893- 1950 on Tuesday March 28th and Wednesday March 29th from 7:00 to 8:30. Starting with the invention of the movie camera in 1893, this class gives homage to the inimitable silent era, the glorious 1930s, and the mind-boggling 1940’s—ending with Gloria Swanson’s famous descent down the staircase (“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. De Mille!”) in 1950’s Sunset Boulevard.  Beth Wettergreen holds an M.F.A in Writing from the University of California, Irvine, and for 16 years has been an online Writing professor for the University of Maryland. She worked at the American Film Institute in Hollywood for five years, and, in 2011, was the creator of the Turkish / American Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. Suggested donation: $10 for both classes. 

To register online for this class, please click Register and fill out the form. (Or sign up at RE table). 

The Western: America’s MythologyAlan Bell (UU Member) will present a course on  movie westerns in all their forms (Romance western, epic western, the elegiac western, etc.) and show how westerns incorporate and help form America’s myths Film clips from dozens of movies included. Wednesdays, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, and 4/26 from 7-8:30 p.m. Alan was a public TV producer for 20 years and a professor of media studies for 15 years. Donation suggested.

To register online for this class, please click Register and fill out the form. (Or sign up at RE table)


 A Long Strange Trip – series of DVD’s for loan.

A Long Strange Trip provides 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.