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

Compassionate Communication Workshop with Jared Finkelstein

Jared Finkelstein, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer from BayNVC, will offer a workshop on Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 3pm in the Sanctuary. The topic will be dealing with change and transition. Open to the public, the event will be on a donation basis. Jared is returning to SFUU as part of our peacemaking policy. Lunch will be provided or bring your own. Contact Val Bowman with questions: or 916-751-9188.


New Class: Our Chosen Faith

Rev. Mike is facilitating a seven-session discussion of Unitarian Universalism, as described in the book, A Chosen Faith, by the Rev. John Buehrens, former UUA President, and the late Rev. Forrest Church, a longtime minister of the All Souls UU Church in New York City.  This is a strong introduction to UUism, for those who are new, and has sometimes been seen as an opportunity to go deeper into who we are and what we believe, even by very longtime UUs.
Please RSVP for the course, so that we can buy enough books ($16 each).  Email Adult RE Chair, Jan Lowry, at  We ask that attendees reimburse SFUU for the book, or let Rev. Mike know privately if that is an issue.  All are welcome to register for the class and join the discussion!

The class sessions will be at 6:30pm, every other Tuesday: February 6 and 20, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1.  We are planning to meet in the Social Hall at SFUU.

Second Sunday Forums

Feb.11 12:30, “Meditation”, led by Jim Robison to discuss meditation practices and discuss the possibility of having a regular medication group at SFUU.

March 11 at 12:30, "Family History: The Ultimate Treasure Hunt", led by Cleo Postle and Tom Piette will present this forum on genealogy and writing . It will include researching documents and reading and reviewing family stories

Book Discussion

“Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want” by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen and the current UUa Congregational Study Action Issue (csai):  Lead by Carol Arvay and Meg Dorsey

Dates: 2/27, 3/13 and 3/27.  Cost of the book $10




 Crafties will meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9-11am – November 8 and November 22. All are welcome to join this group that learns and shares new crafts. Come to the Craft Fair Nov. 19 between and after services to see what kinds of things we have created this year. If you have questions, contact Val Bowman: 916-751-9188 or

Brewed Awakenings

Discuss spirituality and other things that matter while enjoying a hot beverage

Tuesday Mar 6: Earth- 10-11:30 AM, Flour Garden, Auburn

Tuesday April 3: Death- 10-11:30 AM, Flour Garden, Auburn

All are welcome.  Janie Evans,

The(*)logies on Tap

 Conversations about spirituality and other things that matter in a pub atmosphere:

·March 21: Fear – Out of Bounds, Rocklin 

April 18: Earth- Moonraker, 12970 Earhart Ave, Auburn

Host: Bill Boyce and 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