Adult Learning Opportunities
Adults at our church have many opportunities to learn and to share common interests. Some are serious, and some are just plain fun. And classes aren’t the only way to learn. Committee work and Social Activities often offer opportunities to hone your skills or learn new ones, so be sure to visit those pages as well.
Below you’ll find
- Classes Especially for Visitors
- Other Ongoing and Recurring Classes and Groups
- Book Discussions
- Past Classes (you might request a repeat!)
On other pages you’ll find more opportunities for learning and growth
- Social and Recreational Activities
- Opportunities for meaningful committee and social justice work
- Small Group Ministry
Especially for Visitors
Monthly Visitors’ Q&A
Facilitator: Membership Committee member
Time and Place: 3rd Sunday at 11:15 am in the Minister’s Office
Description: The Visitor Q/A is for visitors who have questions about Unitarian Universalism or our church. A member of the Membership committee will meet with you, answer your questions, and will have
a variety of pamphlets and handouts available.
Contact: Patti Steelman, email@example.com
Time and Place: next class not yet scheduled
Description: What do we believe in? Are we the kind of people you want to hang out with? This is a good time to get to know Unitarian Universalists and ask questions. Meet people who are searching for community and purpose.
For those who want to learn more about our faith, Unitarian Universalism 101 classes are scheduled 2-3 times a year, and are scheduled for two consecutive Sundays. These classes give you an in-depth understanding of our faith and qualify you for membership, if you choose to take that step. See our Membership page or write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Other Ongoing and Recurring Classes and Groups
The activities below are in alphabetical order.
Contact person: Mary Williams
Time and Place: Sunday mornings from 9 – 10 am; Room #103
Description: Silent meditation in the Thich Nhat Hahn Buddhist tradition occurs for the first 30 minutes, followed by reading and discussion.
Contact people: Jim Albea and Janice Williams
Time and Place: Weekly, Sunday mornings from 11:15 to 12:15 pm, Room #122.
To participate: just show up, visitors and newcomers are welcome.
Description: For most sessions, participants will view a 30 minute video from a Learning Company Series (“Great Courses”) first, with discussion to follow.
Spring classes have been completed. Keep watching as more classes are scheduled.
Facilitator: Rev. Ed Brock
Time and Place: Sunday, April 8, 11:15 – 12:15 pm; Pickett Room
Description: Rev. Ed will share some of the research, experience, and insights at the core of his recently published book.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Facilitator: Marion Fintel
Time and Place: July, exact date and time to be announced in late spring.
Description: Description: Cancer researcher and physician Siddhartha Mukherjee has
written an engaging history of the understanding and treatment of cancer from ancient times until the present. Mukherjee is an excellent teacher, who explains the underlying cancer biology so that a lay reader can easily understand it. He also focuses on the scientists, physicians, patients, and patient family members who played a key role in advancing cancer research and treatment. In our discussion, we will reference what we learned from Mukherjee’s book, as we explore current cancer research funding, patient care, and other topics that reading the book brought to mind.
Past classes, which may be repeated from time to time, include
- Beaded Jewelry Making
- Bird Walks
- Book Discussions
- Building Your Own Theology
- Dealing with Difficult People
- Developing Beliefs, Principles and Goals: A Pragmatist’s Guide to Spirituality
- Ethical Controversies in Elder Health
- Flower Arranging
- Google Drive
- Guided Hikes, Bird Walks and Wildflower Walks
- Let’s Write, also known as the Monday Writers, has been meeting during the summer at noon on Mondays. Contact Lyn Stafford.
- Less is More: Declutter and Organize Your Way to Joy
- Resilience: What is it and how can we increase it
- Tai Chi
- This I Believe—Developing a Personal Credo
- Tours of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Museum of Art, and other destinations
- Transgender 101