Adult Religious Exploration 2018

Several offerings will be available for adults and older youth during January-May, and registration will be open both online at the UUFA website and on paper at the Stepping Stones table in the Fellowship Hall after services starting December 3rd.

Paul-Henri Gurian will facilitate two series of discussions of the book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. The description of the book, which can be found in bookstores or online, is as follows: “In How Jesus Became God, New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman reveals how the understanding of Jesus’s divinity changed dramatically in the first few centuries of the early church. The book explains the evolution of beliefs that looked very different in the fourth century than they did in the first century. Ehrman explains how the understanding of Jesus progressed, over 300 years, from human prophet, to Son of Man, to Messiah (“anointed one”), to the Son of God, to the one eternal God (together as one with the Father and the Holy Spirit). The book is written for a general audience – for anyone interested in the dramatic historical changes in faith that developed during the first four centuries of Christianity.”

The dates for the sessions (all Mondays) will be: Series One—January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 19; and March 5; Series Two—March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 . Each session will be scheduled for 7:00 PM at UUFA. Paul has requested that the number of participants be limited to 10, and those people who took the fall series on the Historical Jesus book will be given priority. Contact Paul at phgurian@earthlink.net for more information.

Also, Kate Blane and Judy Bradberry will offer a single-session discussion of The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals. The book is a 2016 publication, authored by Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the U.S. “Pacelle highlights the interactions of economy and human treatment of non-human animals and makes the point that while economics often drives human decisions about our relationship with non-human animals, we are learning that good treatment of non-human animals is also good business.”

Participants are asked to read/listen to the book prior to the session so that the group can share perspectives and responses to the book. Books (15 copies) are available through the Pines Library System for those who don’t want to own one. Leaders will have prepared discussion questions and attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions for discussion. Kate and Judy will offer this on two dates, February 12 and 26 (Mondays) at UUFA at 7:00 to 8:30, so that people will have a choice as when to attend—or to come to both! Contact Judy at jbradb@bellsouth.net or Kate at raya_mead@yahoo.com for more information.

2017-18 Common Read Book Discussions You are invited to join in any or all of the upcoming discussions for the UUA Common Reads (yes, there are two books this year!). Daring Democracy—first half of the book: Sunday, February 25, 12:30-2 p.m. (during the Fourth Sunday lunch) and/or Tuesday, February 27, 7-8:30 p.m.; second half of the book; Sunday, March 25, 12:30-2 p.m. (during Fourth Sunday lunch) and/or Tuesday, March 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry–Monday, May 7, and/or Monday, May 14, 7-8:30 p.m. For further information, contact book discussion facilitators Vivian Preston Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com) or Karen Solheim (justice@uuathensga.org).

To reserve your copy of either (or both) of these books, please go to this link: https://goo.gl/forms/QZb8alEW9anrZupw1 or visit the Justice table on Sunday mornings.
For further information, contact book discussion facilitators Vivian Preston Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com) or Karen Solheim (justice@uuathensga.org).