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Adult Religious Education

The Adult Religious Education (“ARE”) program at MVUC consists of classes intended to support and stimulate the life-long process of intellectual and spiritual growth.

Classes and workshops are offered in each of Unitarian Universalism’s Six Sources, where UUs may look for inspiration, enlightenment and information:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Course listings are found on this page, in our monthly newsletter, The Windmill, and in flyers located on the RE table in the Commons.

In most cases, classes are conducted by volunteers such as you.  If you have an idea or wish to lead a course or want more information, please contact our Director of Lifespan Spiritual Growth & Religious Education, Ann Richards.

Most courses are offered on a semester basis, in the Fall or Spring.  Recently offered courses include:  An American in Ethiopia, Be the Change, Buddhism, Building Your Own Theology, Islam, Long Strange Trip (UU History), Tai Chi, Taoism and the Mind of China, Talking to Kids about Race and Understanding Evolution.

Ongoing Adult Workshops and Classes

What Makes UU?

A Unitarian Universalist Religious Identity Program

In 2018-19 Mount Vernon Unitarian Church is engaging in a program to assist each member in discovering and defining (or redefining) their faith. We’ll do this through adult religious education classes, multigenerational activities, written materials, worship, online materials, social justice projects, trips & journeys and more. All programs fall within one of these four goals:

  1. Creating a Credo or Statement of Faith
  2. Service Project
  3. Preparation for trip to Boston
  4. Multigenerational worship service in June
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