Adult Religious Education

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The Adult Programs/Religious Education Committee is deeply engaged in reviewing our current programs and considering the religious education needs of adults in our SFUU community. We know that shared wisdom, experiences, and stories are valuable in the quest to build beloved community. We want to assist you share your wonderful ideas and your teaching expertise in bringing us opportunities to live into these aspirations.

If you have an idea for an Adult RE offering, please contact Jan Lowry, The Adult RE Proposal Form will help you think through some of the various details of leading a class or program here. Listed below are some of the programs and classes currently offered at SFUU. 

When our congregation co-created and then adopted a new mission statement in the spring of 2014, it was clear that community was central to many people’s experience of being part of SFUU. And so it begins, “Our mission is to create beloved community that respects diversities.” Community isn’t a static entity … it changes each time that a new person arrives, someone moves away or dies or when we change roles. The phrase “beloved community” was first used by Josiah Royce, a philosopher-theologian from the early 20th century, and was made famous by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It affirms a spirit of humanity where all are known and loved. Beloved community isn’t a commodity … it will never go on sale at your local department store or be found on shelves in brightly colored boxes.  It is created in the spaces and conversations between us, in our hearts, and with our hands. 

Forums, Classes, and Events

We are planning new activities while continuing with many ongoing activities:

On October 5 from 10:00am-2:00pm we are having a workshop with Jared Finkelstein on Non Violent Communication entitled Courageous Honesty. Please see the flyer on page 5.

The Simplicity Circles are doing well, with our continuing groups. We are almost finished, with only 2 units to complete. Our 5th group will begin mid October as everyone will be finished with vacations. If you are interested in joining a group, please notify Jan at for information.

Future ideas for Adult RE include having another forum on “In Later Years” and a separate forum, possibly starting in January, on “Caregiving”. If you have any ideas on what you would like to see from Adult RE please let Jan or anyone on the Committee know.

Deepening Conversations

Brewed Awakenings

Tuesday, Oct 2, 10 am, Flour Garden Bakery

The(*)logies on Tap

Wednesday, October 9, 7 pm

The(*)logies on Tap is an SFUU-guided public opportunity to explore interesting topics together while having a beverage. We select a different pub and a different topic every 2nd Wednesday of the month. This month we will meet at the Little Belgium Deli, Auburn

Topic: Belonging            Hosts: Bill Boyce & Andy Cramer

Ongoing Programs


Crafties will meet the first and third Friday at 9 am in the Social Hall.

Men’s Group  

Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. 

This group provides personal sharing and conversation, and is open to anyone who identifies as male.  Simply come to one of our meetings and/or for more information contact Jim Robison at   

Meditation Group

Monday morning meditation group. Meets 11:15-12:45. Contact Jim Robison for information.