Come, open to be moved.

Come, be held in mutual embrace.

Come, engage the world.

Come be made whole. 

 

 

Welcome to Adult Faith Development at Beacon UU. Our offerings are open to all members and friends, new and longstanding. We invite and encourage you to explore a variety of courses, presentations, discussion groups, and events designed to help you be inspired, connect with others, and live your values.  Our goal is to provide a framework for you to grow (personally, intellectually, spiritually, and ethically) as an individual, as a member of the community, and also as a Unitarian Universalist.

Due to the safety restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we are offering virtual, on-line programs through our website and on Zoom Video conference. 

2022 Adult RE Offerings

A Faith For All Seasons

Liberal Religion and the Crises of Life

A five-part reading and discussion group with Rev. Robin

On Zoom, Thursdays from 12-1:15 PM, February 3 – March 3, 2022 

Zoom link (for all sessions)

In his book, A Faith For All Seasons, the Rev. William Murry writes that “no religion is worthy of its name unless it provides a vision of meaning and purpose for the individual’s life and help in times of personal crisis.” Murry wrote his landmark book in 1990 to refute the idea that Unitarian Universalism is a “fair weather faith” that fails to provide these resources. Especially as we continue to move through and reflect on our individual and communal experiences of the pandemic, this book provides a clear and valuable framework for meaning making. In this program, we’ll read each of the five brief chapters in Murry’s book and explore a wide range of provocative questions in the accompanying study guide. Topics include: The resources of a Liberal Faith, and chapters devoted to the Crises of Meaning and Purpose, Pain and Suffering, Loss and Grief, and Death. Please let Rev. Robin know you will be attending, minister@beaconuu.com 

A Faith For All Seasons Session 1 PDF (Reading and Questions)

A Faith For All Seasons Session 2 PDF (Reading and Questions)

A Faith For All Seasons Session 3 PDF (Reading and Questions)

A Faith For All Seasons Session 4 PDF (Reading and Questions)

A Faith For All Seasons Session 5 PDF (Reading and Questions)

In Spring 2020, we offered Lunch with the Transcendentalists, during which we explored the works of HD Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and the Alcotts, and their connections to Unitarianism in the 1800s.  Full course materials can be found archived below. 

Other Adult RE programs we have offered at Beacon UU include: Yoga, QiGong, Meditation, Soul Collage, Writing and Book Groups, Men’s Gatherings, Courses on Goddess Spirituality and Building your Own Theology, Workshops on Conflict and Adaptability to Change, Labyrinth Walks, and Creative Arts groups. 

 

 

Adult Faith Development Resources During COVID-19

Check the weekly e-news for current programs begin offered at UU churches and elsewhere. 

  • www.communitynowuu.org – dozens of links for UU virtual meet-ups, programs and worship services
  • Mandalas –  Here is a mandala meditation and a coloring book to use at home.Download, print and color. Bring your favorites to church when we get back together and we will display them. Or post them on the FB page!
    Meditation Guide            Coloring Book
  • Stress Busters in Challenging Times – From Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA
  • www.Dailyom.com  – Hundreds of personal and spiritual growth courses to attend online with a sliding scale of $15 and up.
  • Daily Quarantine Questions for mental and physical health 
    1. Who am I checking in with or connecting with today?
    2. What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
    3. How am I getting outside today?
    4. How am I moving my body today?
    5. How am I expressing my creativity today?
    6. What type of self-care am I practicing today?
    7. What am I grateful for today?

 


Catch up on the latest Religious Exploration News for Adults below:

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For our full Adult Religious Exploration Catalog, click here