Our Adult Religious Education Team plans informative and stimulating programs in keeping with our vision to engage our intergenerational community in faith development and life-long learning with a spirit of curiosity and openness.
Ideas for adult R.E. programming may be emailed to the team.
Spring Book Club – April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and May 7
Our Adult Religious Education spring offering for Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. will be two three-week book discussions. Although not required, registration helps us plan. Click the following button to sign up:
On April 2, 9 and 16, Rev. Molly will facilitate discussion of Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown.
Inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.
Adrienne Maree Brown, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, is a social justice facilitator, healer, and doula living in Detroit.
On April 23, 30 and May 7, Melissa Ensign-Bedford will lead a discussion of the national UUA Common Read selection, Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018).
At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins.
The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action.
“Managing Your After Life” – May 14, 21 and 28
On May 14, 21 and 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Jan Weaver will be leading a discussion on “Managing Your After Life.”
In this three week class, you can explore choices related to what to do with your stuff (May 14), what to do with your remains (May 21), and what you want people to remember about you (May 28).
Discussions will only concern after-life choices, not end-of-life choices. None of the choices discussed will constitute legal or medical advice. This is just an opportunity to explore options in advance and provide useful input to those who will be taking care of your business after your life is over.
Jan’s disclaimer is that she is not an expert in any of these things, just curious and good at finding things out. You may attend any or all, and please sign by completing the form below. Registration is particularly important if you will need childcare.
Over the years, our congregation has amassed a wide range of books for our library on almost every topic that intrigues the mind. The extensive lending library, located in the lower level of the church in the Forum Room/Library, is available to all.