Religious Exploration for Adults
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.
CALLING ALL FACILITATORS! Would you like to lead an Adult Education program? Bring it On! Contact Rev. Robin to discuss your idea and scheduling possibilities.
2022 Adult RE Offerings
COOPERATIVE BOOK GROUP: LET’S READ AND REFLECT!
A Monthly Cooperative Book group launching at Beacon on November 16. A Lunch and Linger program…bring a bag lunch.
Do you have a book you believe would be relevant and appealing to the Beacon community (and possible newcomers)? If so, pick a book and a month, give folks 4 weeks to read the book and lead the discussion. Check in with the office to schedule your meeting and book so we don’t have conflicts.
Rev. Robin will start us off on Wednesday, November 16 at 12 noon with the book Search by Michelle Huneven. The book has caused quite a stir in UU circles as it is a thinly fictionalized account of being on the Search committee for a new minister at a California UU congregation. Some say it has raised our profile in a positive way, others cringe at insulting stereotypes of congregants and ministers. If you have a copy of this book, consider loaning it to others through the Beacon office.
Rev. Robin is offering a series of Saturday morning Spiritual Growth “retreats” this year:
- rescheduled Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, from 10 a.m. to Noon. Simply Pray: Based on the book by the Rev. Erik Wikstrom, participants in this retreat will create a beaded “mala” and learn a meditation/prayer practice free of specific religious expression.
- Saturday, January 7th, 2023, from 10 a.m. to Noon. Mindful Eating: Just in time for your New Year’s resolutions!
PATH TO MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
STARTS SUNDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 11:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
The Path to Membership series will take place after the New Year. Are you a newcomer, visitor or current friend who would like to consider membership at Beacon? We’d love to have you!
Three Sundays: January 15, February 12, and March 12 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch will be provided. Please register with the office at email@example.com.
Led by Rev. Robin with guest Beacon leaders. Come and explore your own spiritual journey, your signature strengths and core values, the history and theology of Unitarian Universalism, and all things Beacon UU.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Who am I checking in with or connecting with today?
- What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
- How am I getting outside today?
- How am I moving my body today?
- How am I expressing my creativity today?
- What type of self-care am I practicing today?
- What am I grateful for today?
For our full Adult Religious Exploration Catalog, click here