Adult Religious Education & Enrichment Opportunities

Classes and Workshops:

New Adult Enrichment Opportunity: 

Exploring Unitarian Universalism Through Short Literature

Starting Oct. 9, 2022,  Rev. Ritchie will be offering a monthly series exploring important themes in Unitarian Universalist history, theology, ethics, and spiritual practice through the discussion of short pieces of literature.  This series will take place at 12:00-1:30PM the second Sunday of the month, running October-February.  You can attend either in person at church, or online on Zoom.  You can sign up either for the whole series, or for individual sessions.  Participants will be expected to complete the short readings (no more than 1-2 hours of dedicated reading time) before the workshops.  No need to procure the material—Rev. Ritchie will send that out to those who register ahead of time.  The individual classes are as follows:

Oct. 9, 2022

Today we explore the historical origins of Unitarianism in America as a revision of the Puritan past,  and as a conversation about the nature of sin and free will.  Readings are two short stories (slightly spooky for October!) by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Birthmark” and “The Minister’s Black Veil.”

November 13, 2022

In this workshop, we discuss the principles of Unitarian Universalist ethical thinking, alongside a conversation about Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper.”  

December 11, 2022

This month we look at the Unitarian Universalist relationship to Christianity, Jesus, and social change, through an examination of two Christmas Stories, Lydia Marie Child’s “The Christ Child and the Poor Children” and Rev. Samuel Crother’s “A Christmas Parable.”

January 8, 2023

Today we look at Unitarian Universalist spiritual practice, especially those connected to the Transcendentalists.  The reading is “The Pond in Winter” by  Thoreau (an excerpt from “Walden”) and an excerpt from Louisa May Alcott’s “Transcendentalist Wild Oats.”   

February 12, 2023

This month we read works by Francis Ellen Watkins Harper and Slyvia Plath to discuss Unitarian Universalist approaches to issues of race and gender. 

Sign up for one, some or all of the workshops here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UUShortStory

 
 
Soul Matters Small Covenant Groups

Soul Matters Small Groups invite people to deepen their connection to self, others, and spirit, through regular monthly meetings, reflection and spiritual practice. Soul Matters Small Groups consist of 6-8 people, one of whom acts as facilitator, who meet once a month for one and a half hours. Like covenant groups, group meetings provide opportunity for personal check-ins, with the additional of a mutual exploration of a monthly theme. We currently have three soul matters groups meeting through ZOOM video conferencing.   Email revritchie@aol.com if you are interested in joining.

 

Brown Bag Books  The group is currently meeting at church at noon the second Tuesday of each month.  Contact rutharusk@gmail.com to join.  

 

Wednesday Noon Check In.  Enjoy unstructured conversations with NUUC members and friends, Noon each Wednesday on Zoom.  email revritchie@aol for the link.