Because we believe that we are constantly learning and developing as we encounter new ideas and enjoy new experiences, at UUFA we offer a variety of ways for all ages to learn and grow. Whether it is called Lifespan Learning, Religious Exploration, or simply Education, we encourage you to participate in something that nurtures your spirituality, deepens your understanding of life, or enriches you in some way.
After leading children from the Sunday service, volunteers welcome youngsters to Sunday School with lessons often based around discovering world religions. Middle and high school youth meet afternoons or evenings. In addition, RE volunteers host special events for young members throughout the year. Both children and youth are periodically offered the opportunity to participate in Our Whole Lives (OWL) Lifespan Sexuality Education, a curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.
The Forum is a topical discussion group exploring important events of local and national interest along with a sprinkling of more whimsical topics. Part of UUFA since its beginning in the 1950s, this Sunday morning gathering features ideas and opinions freely shared with guest speakers and other members leading the session. Newcomers are heartily welcomed. Want to see what the Forum is like? View past forum presentations community activism or service dogs.
During Covid, the Forum meets via Zoom on the second, third, and fifth Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Find upcoming Forum topics and the link to join here.
For over 20 years, UUFA members and friends have met September through May on second Sundays to discuss a wide range of books. Recent choices include The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah and Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox. Find this year’s schedule and the link to join the virtual discussion here.
On many weekdays and evenings, you can find groups of eight to twelve people gathering to enjoy getting to know one another and share ideas about a wide range of topics. Some topics are serious, and others just plain funny. SGM groups meet once or twice monthly, with group members taking turns facilitating the discussion. Most groups form by day-of-the-week availability; other groups are designated for families.
SGM registration is open twice each year, in the fall and January. Contact Melanie Hennings or Kelly Simonson for more information. Listen to a member discuss their appreciation of SGM.
As its name implies, this UUFA group focuses on spirituality and how it is practiced. For further information about joining this group that meets virtually on the second and fourth Tuesday afternoons, please visit the Calendar for the link to join.
For several years this group has gathered to look into books of the Bible, books from the period, and what others have written about them, including How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Paul Gurian has facilitated the group. Check the calendar for the next meeting.
Meeting first Thursday evenings monthly, this group is exploring the 2021-22 UUFA goal of “engaging in dismantling white supremacy including the intersectional aspects of environmental and economic injustice.” For more information and the link to join this important on-going group, click here.
Writing as Spiritual Practice, facilitated by Myrna Adams West, explores UUFA’s monthly worship theme through various written genres. The group meets on first Sundays at 9:00 AM, virtually during the pandemic and in the Kleiner Heritage Room when UUFA reopens. Myrna provides prompts for thinking and/or writing about the theme, and the group offers a safe space for sharing written or spoken thoughts. For more information, contact Myrna.
Mind and body come into play in Jackie and Bill Pierson’s Thursday morning 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. For a link to join and updates to the schedule, click here.