Adult Religious Education
Religious Education for Adults
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
This program will be held in the Chapel from 12:45 – 2:15 p.m. each Sunday. Brown bag lunches are welcome to be eaten while we watch the DVD together before the discussion.
If you did not purchase a briefing book in the fall and would like to do the same background as many others in the group, you can order one from the Foreign Policy Association, www.fpa.org. If not, try to do some research on the topic before coming. No registration is necessary
Group leaders will be Tom Conroy, Don Fannin and Dick Fencl.
Sunday, Feb. 4 Pax Americana: The American Peace
The past 70 years has been the era of “Pax Americana,” a period of relative stability thanks to the influence and ballast provided by the United States. But with Russian expansion and a rising China, how long can it last?
Sunday, Feb. 11 Russia’s Foreign Policy
To his detractors, Putin is an autocrat, crushing any threat to his power, while renewing Soviet-style expansionism. To supporters, Putin represents Russia’s redemption as a global superpower – and an alternative to the liberal democracy espoused by the West. How should the U.S. respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions?
Our Chalice Group program offers a small group ministry for up to 10 people to connect deeply around a different topic each month. They run from October through May and include a service project. Facilitators meet monthly with the minister.
Ongoing Adult Religious Exploration Offerings
Facilitator: Susan Rivers-Payne
Dates/Location: Every other Wednesday in the Library, 7-8:30pm.
sitWRITEdown is an opportunity to share your love of writing with a confidential, supportive and encouraging group of fellow writers. All levels and interest are welcome to participate. We will meet for an hour and a half in St. Johns’ Library on the following Wednesdays:
February 14, 21; March 14, 21; April 11, 25 from 7 to 8:30PM.
Enneagram Study Group
Facilitator: David Mast
Dates/Location: Every other Monday in Wells, 7-8:30pm.
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.
Facilitator: Nan Fox
Dates/Location: Select Mondays in Krolfifer, 6:30pm-8pm (Beginner) and 7pm-8pm (Intermediate). Join us in Krolfifer for Huang style Tai Chi, a moving form of meditation set to music. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes with leather or cotton soles. We’ll incorporate poetry and also Chi Gong warm-up exercises. Nan has been “playing” Tai Chi for 30 years and is delighted to share this wonderful form with St. John’s. Classes are six weeks each.