Adult Religious Exploration
We want you to be engaged in the life of the Fellowship in ways that nurture your spirit and assist in your ongoing growth and development.
‘Stepping Stones’ is our way of encouraging you to take another step down your life path. Have you taken an introductory class such as A Chosen Faith book discussion? Then try something new. If you’ve been serving on a committee but want to know more about lay leadership, take a class on congregational or church dynamics. If you would like to offer to facilitate a course, please suggest it!
Contact Vivian Sellers, the Lay Minister of Lifespan Development.
For a detailed look at the some examples of levels of involvement at UUFA, please click here to view Stepping Stones Levels.
Some Stepping Stones To Consider in 2018
Join a gathering which meets every second Sunday of the month, September through May, to discuss a book selected by the group. They typically meet in the Admin Office at 12:30. For the schedule of titles, see the book talks page, or check out the Lifespan Development bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for fliers. For further information please contact Clarissa Finco or the UUFA Office.
Lay Minister Myrna Adams West is facilitating “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 9:00 am in the couch room near Rev. Alison’s office. This group offers an opportunity to explore spiritual expression through various genres. Join us. For more information, contact Myrna at email@example.com or 770/725-5397.
ADULT RE OFFERINGS, Winter/Spring 2018
Four different options are available for classes for adults and older youth during the winter and spring of 2018. If you have questions, please contact the facilitators or Vivian Preston Sellers. Sign-ups begin in December, and are available by contacting the facilitators, Vivian Sellers (firstname.lastname@example.org), by signing up after service at the Stepping Stones Table, or by going to:
How Jesus Became God
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, available from Amazon, your local bookstore, 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 email@example.com for more information.
The Humane Economy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate at email@example.com for more information.
The UUA Common Reads for 2018
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.
To register for the book discussions online, click https://goo.gl/forms/7o8vZwGr3Uvy30Mk1.
To reserve your copy of either (or both) of these books, please click here[https://goo.gl/forms/QZb8alEW9anrZupw1] or visit the Justice table on Sunday mornings.
For more information about these UUA Common Reads, click here.
For further information, contact book discussion facilitators Vivian Preston Sellers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Karen Solheim (email@example.com).