Adult Religious Education
is now open!
Beginning in October BUUF’s Adult Education program offers two classes! There’s always the monthly Drop In Poetry Workshop (all are welcome!) or the new class, Restoration of the Sagebrush Steppe.
Click the button below to see detailed class descriptions and registration. You can also access our ongoing small groups and activities on our event calendar or weekly listing of our virtual community gatherings.
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Fall Classes Starting Soon
Drop-in Poetry (meets monthly)
Facilitator: Debra Smith
Date and time | Second Tuesdays of the month | 6:30pm – 7:30pm. 10/12, 11/9, 12/14 | via ZOOM ongoing | drop-ins welcome
Description | This is a non-threatening approach to short creative writing in response to a prompt. Most prompts work well to help us write poetry, but you don’t have to remember any of those poetic terms you may have once known. Each session will include mild instruction, sharing, and long period of writing. During this series of classes [you do not need to have attended the prior classes], participants will be encouraged to volunteer to lead one of the meetings, which entails selecting a theme and two poems, and perhaps a poetic element, and providing a writing prompt and facilitating discussion. All levels of experience are welcome because we all learn from each other.
Materials: Please bring a notebook, laptop, or tablet and writing utensil. Scratch paper and extra pens will be available if you forget your materials.
Meeting ID: 956 027 597 Passcode: chalice
Restoration of the Sagebrush Steppe
Facilitator: Francis Kilkenny
Dates and time: 3 sessions | Wednesday evenings 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 | via ZOOM
Description: The UU Seventh Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part is the backdrop for this Adult Ed. class. BUUF member, Francis Kilkenny works with that principle every day as a biologist for the USDA. He will share a history of how humans have impacted and changed this dry land we, and so many other creatures, call home. Then he will discuss the work being done to restore our wild open spaces to a welcoming place for all. From the eagles soaring above, to the ground squirrels burrowing below, to the microscopic organisms that live in the soil, all are interconnected. (Meeting November 3, 10, 17)
The Soul of Aging: Embracing Our Elder Years with Courage & Wisdom
Facilitators: Mike Philley and Patricia Heeb
Dates and Time: 10 sessions | Wednesday mornings, February 24 – April 28, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm | via ZOOM
Description: What does it mean to be spiritually literate as we age? How might we navigate our elder years with renewed attention to the inner voice that has been with us since childhood, but for many has been muted or even ignored while we have attended to the myriad demands of adulthood? Is it finally time, as we relinquish roles defined by the workplace, parenting, and commonplace expectations of retirement, to listen to and honor our soul’s longing?
The Center for Courage & Renewal (www.couragerenewal.org) has developed a ten-session curriculum for small group ministry focused on the spiritual dimensions of aging. Based on a highly nuanced and intentional way of being together, the curriculum is designed to build the relational trust needed to explore and share both our inner and outer lives as elders from a place of courage and wholeness.
The Soul of Aging will be co-led by Patricia Heeb and Mike Philley. Both have been trained by the Center for Courage & Renewal and have facilitated prior Soul of Aging classes at BUUF.
Materials: Those who register will complete a brief questionnaire concerning their goals and expectations for participating in the program. We expect participants to commit to all ten sessions of the program, as continuity of our relational “Circle of Trust” is essential.
Enrollment: Registration required, limited to 16 participants.
Mary and Mary: Portraits of Women as Leaders of Faith in the Christian Bible
Facilitator: Wyatt Schroeder
Dates and time: 5 Sessions | Tuesday evenings 7:00pm – 8:30pm March 9 – April 6 | via ZOOM
Description: We will dig into the details of Mary, mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, in seeing how these important women are captured in the Bible, how the Christian context has treated these leaders of faith, and how we read them today.
Materials: Access to a Bible (online versions & phone apps work great)
Enrollment: Registration preferred, class limited to 12 participants
The Beginner’s Sangha
Leader: Sharon BarlowPalm
Dates and time | Wednesday evenings, March 10 – April 7 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | via ZOOM
Description: If you would like more experience in Buddhism and consider yourself a beginner, come join Sharon BarlowPalm as we approach enlightenment with help from the book No Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, available through Rediscovered Books. Buddhism is something we practice, not something we just read about. Sharon does not consider herself an expert but a guide to getting you started. We will share 5 sessions and then decide if we wish to continue on.
Materials: No Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, available through Rediscovered Books
Enrollment: Registration preferred. Class limited to 10 participants. Please allow time to order the book.
Lecturer: Dario Bollacasa
Date and time | Thursday morning, March 11 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | via ZOOM
Description: Gaudi’s Barcelona
He populated the landscape of Barcelona with buildings which have a sensuous, curving, almost surreal design style. He established himself as the innovative leader of the Spanish Art Nouveau movement.
Enrollment: Registration preferred, everyone welcome
Lecturer: Mark W McGinnis
Date and time | Thursday, April 8 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | via ZOOM
Description: Mark will cover some short essays he has written on points in time when major changes occurred in world religions. Some of the individuals that will be covered include The Buddha, Martin Luther, Sita, Abraham, Muhammad, Mary Magdalene, Hagar, Lao Tzu, Paul, Khadijah, Arjuna, and Baha’u’lah . Mark’s wash drawings of the principle characters will accompany the lecture. Following the presentation there will be a chat period for questions and comments.
Enrollment: Registration preferred, everyone welcome