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:

  • Adult RE Resources for, 18th October 2020
    Adult Religious explorations Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly: How The Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead”  Six 75 minute “lunch and learn” sessions, led by Rev. Robin Zucker, Minister at Beacon UU, Flagstaff.  Thursdays, 12-1:15 (or 1:30 as the group chooses)  PM (Arizona time) On these dates:  November 5 and 19; ...
  • Adult RE Resources for, 11th October 2020
    Adult Religious explorations Gathering of the week: Night Bloom A bi-weekly, virtual, contemplative series at Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Tucson) called “Night Bloom.” There will be music, time to rest, candles, practices, and reflections that we hope support our congregation and community through this season of life and death– in nature and in our culture. All are welcome to join us– Arizona and beyond! Wear your pajamas ...
  • Adult RE Resources for, September 17th 2020
    Adult Religious explorations   Gathering of the week: Sunday Morning Meditation 8:15-8:45 AM Weekly meditation, led by members of the Boise ID UU Fellowship community, starting with a reading and followed by a 20 minute meditation. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 874 0348 5585 Passcode: chalice
  • Adult RE Resources for, September 10th 2020
    Adult Religious explorations   Gathering of the Week: Dream Group at the UU Church of Montclair, NJ Monday, September 14th, 4:30 – 6 PM Arizona time Are you interested in learning more about what your dreams can reveal about you and your life? The UUCM Dream Group meets on the second Monday of the month from 4:30-6PM via Zoom. Bring ...
  • Adult RE Resources for July 5th
    Word for Word: Writing for Self Discovery and Spiritual Renewal
  • Life Religious Exploration News for June 7th, 2020
    Lifespan Resources for Learning About and Responding to Racism

For our full Adult Religious Exploration Catalog, click here