Coming of Age for Adults is a 6-session series designed for adults of all ages to explore their spiritual journey and religious identity. You will reflect on how you got to now, engage with texts as they relate to your spiritual life, and craft a statement about who you are as a person of faith. Coming of Age for Adults is designed for those who have attended some or all of the following: Inquirers Series, Roots, Beyond Inquirers, Spiritual Practice, UU History 101, and UU Elevator Speech.
Beginning in August 2018, the Inquirers Series will be offered each Sunday morning to welcome and inform visitors and friends about ERUUF. Members are welcome to these classes as well. You will converse with ministers, staff, and lay leaders as you learn about ERUUF’s values, culture and ministries, along with basics about Unitarian Universalism. Eight topics are covered, one per session, and then repeated throughout the year.
When you feel comfortable with UU values and theology and feel that ERUUF can be your spiritual home, we hope that you will take a Journey to Membership class. This class, offered frequently throughout the year at different times, offers a short history of ERUUF and how ERUUF is organized, our Mission and Ends Statements, and what it means to join. This class is designed for those who have been attending for a while and are considering membership or a deeper connection. We also have a short discussion of spiritual types, to help you discover the most fulfilling way you can to be involved here. At the end of this class, there will be an opportunity to “sign the membership book” which officially makes you a member of ERUUF.
Each Sunday for 8 to 10 weeks in the summer at 9am in the Commons Room, a beloved ERUUFian presents the story of her or his personal and/or spiritual quest. We’ll hear about early childhood memories, important forks in the road, significant events, and a few funny anecdotes along the way! We invite you to join us for an hour of storytelling and enlightenment as you get to know your fellowship friends better. Each Spiritual Odyssey is followed by a period of Q & A, so that you can go deeper with the speaker.
Spiritual Practice is a 12-session series that helps participants develop regular disciplines of the spirit – practices that help us connect with the sacred. Spiritual Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Each session offers a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our personal faith journeys.
Deepening the exploration
As leaders and stewards of the congregation, Long-term Members can choose from courses and programs that support the growth of their UU identity. They also use their knowledge and gifts to lead classes and programs.
UU Basics is a class that discusses Unitarian Universalist theology, history, and worship.
It is designed to give participants a basic grounding in Unitarian Universalism, and offers ways to get involved at ERUUF. We will provide resources within and outside the congregation for participants to explore topics independently. This class is appropriate for both newcomers and those who wish to know more about Unitarian Universalism. UU Basics is offered at various times throughout the year, sometimes in one session of about 4 hours, or during a series of sessions held between services.
UU Elevator Speech is a 3-session course that guides participants in developing a short statement about our Unitarian Universalist faith. It is called an “elevator speech” because, on an elevator ride when someone asks, “What is Unitarian Universalism?” you only have a short time to make a meaningful statement!