Fall 2022 Adult Religious Ed. Offerings!

Sunday mornings this year will include a time for all of us to connect and build community in smaller groups and classes after worship concludes at 11:15. These offerings are invitations into connection and exploration for everyone!

Soul Matters: Coffee and Conversation about our Service and its Themes

Facilitators: Varied

Dates: Sunday mornings during coffee hour

Contact: allan.georgia@uucleveland.org

There’s a lot to process after our worship, and there’s never a fresher time to reflect on what we are thinking and feeling than right afterwards, with a cup of coffee or tea! Each week, we’ll have a discussion during the coffee hour that invites people to join in a conversation about what we’ve all just heard. There will be different facilitators week by week, but it is meant to be a free form, conversational chance to chat and reflect––think of it like a standing chat during coffee hour that everyone can join!

This is a yearlong opportunity! It should happen every Sunday that we have a coffee hour and there’s no registration at all. Show up as you are with your questions and ideas. If you’d like to be a facilitator, reach out to allan.georgia@uucleveland.org

Class Conscious: Class and Classism in Congregational Life

Facilitators: Suzanne Zilber, curriculum developer and Valerie McFadden

Dates: Four sessions on 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6 from 11:30 – 2:00

Contact: classaware@gmail.com

Join congregation members to explore in person how socio-economic class influences our values, coping styles, and expectations about others. A combination of self-reflection, small group sharing, large group discussion and videos will be provided. We will consider how we can make our congregation an even more welcoming place for people of all social class backgrounds.    

The learning is cumulative and we want participants to commit to all 4 sessions. An earlier version of this curriculum was endorsed by the national Unitarian Universalist Association for use by all congregations. This workshop will reflect revisions and updates since 2016!  

N95 masks will be provided for attendees if COVID requires. 

What We Believe: The Credo Class for Adults

Facilitators: Melissa Vandergriff and David Kantor 

Dates: October 2 – January 8 (breaks for the holiday season)

Contact: davekcg@gmail.com & melissa.vandergriff@gmail.com 

This year we are offering you the opportunity to explore your fundamental beliefs in a small group facilitated by your fellow congregants, Melissa Vandergriff and David Kantor. 

Some of the questions we explore are: How do you describe your ultimate beliefs? How do you view God…or not view God? Heaven and Hell? Good and evil? Regardless of your perspective – humanist, theist, atheist, or something else – you’ll have the opportunity to explore and share your perspective with a small group of fellow searchers. At the close of this eleven session workshop, you’ll have the opportunity, at your option, to share your credo during a Sunday service. Whether or not you share publicly, you can expect to increase your awareness of your own beliefs and get better acquainted with fellow congregants doing the same thing.

This course is capped at 8 students. 

Allan T. Georgia, MDiv, MTS, PhD

Sometimes it is hard to tap into our spiritual selves or find time to nurture our intellectual curiosity. Here is a section that reflects on some nourishing materials from around the web and related media channels in order to get us thinking, get us feeling, and get us reflecting on the lives we are living in this big, beautiful world. **Some Adult/Mature Themes May Appear in Links and Other Attached Material**