Step Into 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 2017

Second Sunday Book Talks

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.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Lay Minister Myrna Adams West is facilitating “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 10:15 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 or 770/725-5397.


Four different options are available for classes for adults during the fall of 2017. If you have questions, please contact the facilitators or Vivian Preston Sellers. Sign-ups began in July, and are available by contacting the facilitators, Vivian Sellers (, by signing up after service at the Stepping Stones Table, or by going to:

“Building the World We Dream About” —6 sessions, facilitated by Hilda Kurtz and Vivian Preston Sellers. Begins Saturday, September 16, continues on Mondays—September 25, October 9 and 23, November 6—and ends on Saturday, November 18. The Saturday sessions meet from 9:30-12:30; the Monday sessions from 7-9 PM.

This is a UUA-developed curriculum that “supports Unitarian Universalists and congregations to build the multicultural world of beloved community we dream about by cultivating participants’ knowledge, skills, and capacity to address issues related to race, ethnicity, and cultural identity.” Though developed as a curriculum tailored to the experiences of young adults, the facilitators will adapt the sessions for all age groups, incorporating information and activities from the 24-session original curriculum. The classes will begin in September, and continue through October. More information is available at, though the format for each session will be slightly different than that online. Please let Hilda ( or Vivian ( know if you are interested, or sign up on Sundays in July and August at the Stepping Stones table. Or sign up here!


The Historical Jesus book discussion–every other Monday beginning September 18 and ending November 13, 7:00-8:30 PM; facilitated by Steven Pottier.

Steven will base the class on the book The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed, which is available from Amazon, or from the bookstore of your choice. The class will follow the definition from Wikipedia: “The term “historical Jesus” refers to attempts to ‘reconstruct the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth by critical historical methods,’ in ‘contrast to Christological definitions (‘the dogmatic Christ‘) and other Christian accounts of Jesus (‘the Christ of faith’).’ It also considers the historical and cultural context in which Jesus lived.”

Please let Steven at, or Vivian Preston Sellers  at,  know of your interest in the class, or sign up at the Stepping Stones table after services on Sundays in July and August. Or sign up here!





Governance and Ministry book discussion, facilitated by Lee Cornell and Jane Mayer; October 7th & 21st; Saturdays, 9 am – noon.

UUFA employs a policy based governance model that empowers and enables our members and staff to do the nitty-gritty work of ministry and service.  Join Lee (Past President and Lay Minister Candidate) and Jane (Lay Minister Emerita and Past President) as we explore our governance past, how we developed our current model, how congregational size impacts governance and ministry, and how the dynamic interactions of governance and ministry work together to help us realize our Mission and Vision.

While useful for leaders, these discussions will be adapted for anyone who wants to understand the governance model currently in place at UUFA, how we came to this model, and how it will evolve as we grow our community. The group discussions will pull from materials in the book Governance and Ministry, available from the UUA bookstore ( A few copies will be available to borrow from the UUFA library during the class for those unable to the purchase the book.

Contact Lee at, or Jane at , or sign up at the Stepping Stones table after services on Sundays in July and August. Or, sign up here!


“In a Word.”   Monthly discussions led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen

Religious language can be both a curse and a blessing. Which is it for you?

Join Rev. Alison on the 3rd Saturday of the month, at 9:30 am, from September through May, to explore the various meanings and impacts of words used in religious or spiritual contexts. We’ll explore words such as “faith,” “worship,” “sin,” “grace,” “prayer,” and more, to discover what emotional, intellectual, or spiritual value they may have (or not have) for diverse Unitarian Universalists.

Brief readings will be assigned for each session, primarily taken from Fluent in Faith, by Jeanne Nieuwejaar, published by the UUA’s Skinner House Books.

To express your interest in participating or to ask questions, please either sign up at the Stepping Stones table after service on Sundays, or  contact Rev. Alison.  Or, Sign up here!