Beyond Inquirers is a 4-session course that goes deeper in addressing commonly asked questions among new members. It takes place once in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.
1. What Do UUs Believe?
2. Is This a New Religion?
3. How Do We ‘Do Church’?
4. How Do We Live Our Values?
TO REGISTER, see Class Schedule in CALENDAR (search "Beyond Inquirers")
Coming of Age for Adults is a 6-session series designed for adults of all ages to explore their spiritual journey and religious identity. You will reflect on how you got to now, engage with texts as they relate to your spiritual life, and craft a statement about who you are as a person of faith. Coming of Age for Adults is designed for those who have attended some or all of the following: Inquirers Series, Roots, Beyond Inquirers, Spiritual Practice, UU History 101, and UU Elevator Speech.
The Inquirers Series is offered each Sunday morning to welcome and inform visitors and friends about ERUUF. Members are welcome as well. You will converse with ministers, staff, and lay leaders as you learn about ERUUF’s values, culture and ministries, along with basics about Unitarian Universalism. Eight topics are covered, one per session, and then repeated throughout the year.
Roots is a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalist ideas and history. This 90-minute single session course takes place on a Wednesday evening once in the Fall, Spring and Summer.
To REGISTER, see CALENDAR for class schedule (search "Roots")
Each Sunday for 8 to 10 weeks in the summer at 9am in the Commons Room, a beloved ERUUFian presents the story of her or his personal and/or spiritual quest. We’ll hear about early childhood memories, important forks in the road, significant events, and a few funny anecdotes along the way! We invite you to join us for an hour of storytelling and enlightenment as you get to know your fellowship friends better. Each Spiritual Odyssey is followed by a period of Q & A, so that you can go deeper with the speaker.
Spiritual Practice is a 12-session series that helps participants develop regular disciplines of the spirit – practices that help us connect with the sacred. Spiritual Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Each session offers a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our personal faith journeys.
Deepening the exploration
As leaders and stewards of the congregation, Long-term Members can choose from courses and programs that support the growth of their UU identity. They also use their knowledge and gifts to lead classes and programs.
UU Basics is a class that discusses Unitarian Universalist theology, history, and worship.
It is designed to give participants a basic grounding in Unitarian Universalism, and offers ways to get involved at ERUUF. We will provide resources within and outside the congregation for participants to explore topics independently. This class is appropriate for both newcomers and those who wish to know more about Unitarian Universalism. UU Basics is offered at various times throughout the year, sometimes in one session of about 4 hours, or during a series of sessions held between services.
UU Elevator Speech is a 3-session course that guides participants in developing a short statement about our Unitarian Universalist faith. It is called an “elevator speech” because, on an elevator ride when someone asks, “What is Unitarian Universalism?” you only have a short time to make a meaningful statement!
UU History 101 is a 7-session introduction to concepts and people from our UU history, approached from the vantage point of compelling stories and personalities. We will explore the questions those people faced, and make connections with our own lives and the world around us today. We will also learn about the history of ERUUF during this class.
TO REGISTER see CALENDAR for Class Schedule (search "UU History 101")