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 and Free Books Table
- 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.
Facilitator: Patti Steelman, email@example.com
Time and Place: To Be Announced. These classes are offered 2-3 times per year.
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
Facilitator: Jim Albea and Janice Williams
Time and Place: Weekly, Sunday mornings from 9 to 10 am, Room #122 (lower level)
Description: For most sessions, participants will view a 30 minute video from a Learning Company series (“Great Courses”) first, with discussion to follow. Just show up, visitors and newcomers are welcome.
Facilitator: Mary Williams
Time and Place: Sunday mornings from 9 – 10 am; Volker Room (lower level)
Description: Silent meditation in the Thich Nhat Hahn Buddhist tradition occurs for the first 30 minutes, followed by reading and discussion.
Knitting/Crocheting and Handworks Hour
Facilitator: Elisa Aboatiyeh
Time and Place: Second and Fourth Sunday; DRE Office
Description: Time of fellowship during the RE hour, open to all looking to share their skills or to learn new ones.
Book Discussions and Free Books Table
Free Books Table
Facilitator: Marion Fintel
Time and Place: second Sunday of each month, immediately after church.
Description: Members and friends donate books they believe other UUs would like to read and take books they would like to read. It is not a swap; there’s no need to bring a book in order to take a book. Books, magazines, CDs, and anything else that would be found in a library, can be donated to the Free Books Table. Books not taken after several months on the table will be donated to another non-profit organization.
Special Interest Classes
Rise Up and Call Her Name: An Earth Based Spiritual Journey
Facilitators: Lisa Moyer and Meagan Lyle
Time: 11:30 AM on Sundays
Dates: 4 Sundays (May 5, 12, 19, and 26) 11:15 am -12:45 pm after Sunday service and one Saturday (June 1) time to be scheduled after input from participants; – Volker Room
Description: Join us for a 5-week class based on the curriculum Rise Up and Call Her Name, a feminine honoring journey into global earth-based spiritualties. It emphasizes ecological awareness and includes stories from a variety of culture:s throughout the world. To build trust among participants, you are asked to commit to the entirety of the 5 sessions (childcare will be available). Please sign up by Sunday April 28, by contacting Lisa Moyer.
Articulating Your UU Faith
Facilitator: Rev. Julie
Date and Time: Beginning Wednesday, May 29, join Rev. Julie for a 5 week course on Articulating Your UU Faith. We’ll meet from 6:30-8:00 pm at the church. Space is limited, so send Rev. Julie an email at email@example.com or make a note on your Connection Card to reserve your space. Please plan to attend all 5 weeks of the course, and don’t worry – if this iteration doesn’t work for your schedule, we will offer it again.
Description: Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal tradition – which means we do not have a list of required beliefs, making it challenging to describe our faith tradition to others. But we as a people still seek moral, just, and spiritual paths on our very individual journeys. Do you ever struggle with describing Unitarian Universalism to others? Do you want to articulate your own UU faith? Join us for this course – open to those new to our church and those who have been here forever.
Facilitator: Lyn Stafford
Time and Place: Five Mondays, June 17- July 15, 12:00-1:30pm; Grady Nunn Library
Description: Bring a notebook and pencil/pen since each class will begin with 30 minutes of writing on the topic of the day. Bring a bag lunch with a drink. Beginning on April 28, participants can pre-register on a sign-up sheet in the back of the sanctuary, providing name, phone number, and email.
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
- Gun Control and the Second Amendment
- History of our Church
- Less is More: Declutter and Organize Your Way to Joy
- Let’s Write, also known as the Monday Writers, has been meeting during the summer at noon on Mondays. Contact Lyn Stafford.
- Metal Clay Jewelry
- Overview of the Federal Criminal Justice System
- 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
- UUCB and the UU World