Adult Religious Education takes many forms at St. John’s. We have discussions, lectures, practice groups, book-based classes, adult forums,and films.

All of our classes are open to members, friends, and neighbors in the community. There is no charge to attend any of our classes, although some of the classes require books.

Classes are available during the year in the following five areas:

I. Unitarian Universalist History and Identity
II. Religion: Theology and Faith Development
III. Spiritual Practice
IV. Social Justice and Ethics
V. Community and Personal Growth

New class offerings are always being added.  Check the monthly church reporter or this website for new classes.  Register for Current Adult RE Programs (

Current Adult Religious Exploration Offerings

Great Decisions

Every year we host this discussion group based on the course material from the Foreign Policy Association. We meet in the Chapel from 12:45-2:15 p.m. From Feb. 12-April 2.  After watching a half hour dvd together, we discuss the topic of the week.  Brown bags are welcome. No registration is necessary. Group is open to the community so invite a friend to come with youl This year’s topics are:

Sun. March 12 – U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum

Sun. March 19 – Latin America’s Political Pendulum

Sun. March 26 – Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Sun. April 2 – Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

Recent topics:

Sun. Feb. 12 – The Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis

Sun. Feb. 19 – Trade, Jobs and Politics

Sun. Feb. 26 – Conflict in the South China Sea

Sun. March 5 – Saudi Arabia in Transition


Facilitator: Sherry Tippey
Dates/Location: Select Mondays in the Library from 7-8:30 p.m.
sitWRITEdown is a writing practice group. The intention is to stimulate spontaneous writing activity, by means of prompts, that gives us rich material for shaping and revision at home. No books are required. I email prompts (text and image) ahead of time, but they are also available in class, on the day. The class has been structured to allow drop-in attendance, because we have busy lives with many priorities. Please let me know before each scheduled class if you plan to attend or not, by text or email, so we can close the doors and start on time. Contact Sherry Tippey directly at

Enneagram Study Group

Facilitator: David Mast
Dates/Location: Every other Monday in Wells, 7-8:30 p.m.
Study the personality typing system called the Enneagram, primarily through the use of group discussions and activities, supported by some of the many Enneagram books, videos, and materials from various Enneagram web sites. Purchase of materials for private use suggested but not required.