Adult RE Volunteers Enliven Learning throughout the Program Year

In May Vivian Sellers and the Religious Exploration Cluster thank individuals who in the past year have devoted much time and deep thought to presenting Adult RE classes and opportunities.

Last fall Steve Pottier introduced a class based on the book The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed to delve into the historical and cultural context in which Jesus lived, based on historical methods rather than traditional Christian accounts.

Another offering last fall was led by Hilda Kurtz and Vivian. “Building the World We Dream About” involved participants in a UUA-developed curriculum to build the multicultural world of beloved community we dream about by cultivating participants’ knowledge, skills, and capacity to address issues related to race, ethnicity, and cultural identity.

In February Kate Blane and Judy Bradberry facilitated a discussion of The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals for members and friends.

It’s been a busy year for Paul Gurian. Since January Paul has led two classes discussing How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee, tracing 300 years of Christian theology. He has also handed off the ever popular Sunday afternoon political discussions to Joey Freeman.

Myrna Adams West has spearheaded Writing as Spiritual Practice since 2014. Based on Myrna’s monthly prompts (which participants think should definitely be collected as a book), the group offers an opportunity to explore spiritual expression through various genres culminating in a welcoming conversation. Myrna also leads the Goddess Group, which began in 2003 and is a circle of women who are exploring their inner goddess through study and participation in the arts. The group follows UUA curriculum several months each year.

For decades Clarissa Finco has facilitated the September-to-May Book Talks group on second Sundays, making sure titles are selected and participants are welcomed to an invigorating conversation. Since its start in 1977, the group has discussed well over 150 fiction and nonfiction books.

Jackie and Bill Pierson offer another multi-year opportunity: Tai Chi and Qigong sessions. With guidance from Jackie and Bill, participants learn and practice self-massage, breathing exercises, and simple moves for meditation, balance, and fitness.