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 working on some thought-provoking forums for the fall but would like more involvement from the congregation. If you have been thinking about getting more involved, please consider taking a look at Adult RE. We meet the 2nd Tuesday from 6:30-8:00pm and could really use some more support. Our next meeting is September 11 at SFUU. Contact: Jan Lowry, Chairman,


Notes from Iowa with John and Val Bowman Saturday, January 12, 9:30-11am,

John & Val Bowman, friends of SFUU who left in April of last year to follow a dream of living in cohousing, return to share what their new life looks like. They will show pictures of their road trip East and their new life at Prairie Hill Cohousing in Iowa City. Contact Janie Evans (530) 906-6064 or for more information.

Revisiting the Climate Footprint Assessment , Sunday, January 20, 12:30-1:30 pm

The Social Justice Committee will hold a workshop  to explain the project and help people work through the footprint calculator.  Committee members will also provide follow-up assistance on request. Click here for more information about this forum.

In coordination with the footprint project, on February 10th the Green Sanctuary group will present a workshop on Home Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation.  This will be the first of several workshops and discussion groups directly related to climate action.For more information, contact Allen Edwards at or 530-906-1532.

Home Energy and Water Efficiency Forum, Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 12:30 pm

Learn how to save money while reducing your carbon footprint!

Energy consumed in buildings is one of the largest generators of greenhouse gases. But in the past few years technology and best design practices have evolved into the emerging Zero Net Energy movement. Learn how you can cut your home energy consumption with no/low cost, medium and cutting edge measures.

We will also discuss how to conserve our precious treated water, which takes tremendous energy to treat and deliver to your home. Learn about programs to help you pay for water efficiency upgrades and where to find drought tolerant landscaping plants.

The forum will be guided by Tom Piette, who is a LEED accredited architect and was part of Governor Brown’s “Green Team” while working at the State of California. Snacks will be provided.



Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration, Monday, January 21, 9:30 am

This honored event will be held at the Gomez Arts Event Center, 808 Lincoln Way in downtown Auburn. Doors open at 9:30 am, Program begins at 10:00 am. Contact Millee Livingston 530-887-1775 or

Deepening Conversations

The(*)logies on Tap

We gather to share different views and different brews, as we have conversations about spirituality and other things that matter.

    January 16th , 7-9pm,                

    February 20, 7-9pm, 

              Location alternates between Auburn and Rocklin, see eBeacon for details

Hosts: Bill Boyce & Andy Cramer

Ongoing Programs

Men’s Group  

Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:00 PM 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

SFUU Friday morning meditation group. Contact Jim Robison for information.