Adult Religious Education
Registration for Fall 2022 now open!
Take a Class or Join a Group
Thank you for your interest in the Adult Education Classes at Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. All classes are free and open to the public, though some may require purchased materials. Some class sizes are limited, so registration is encouraged from committed participants, even where marked “preferred”.
Drop-in Poetry Workship
Facilitator: Fran Scott
Dates and Time | Second Tuesday, each month | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Virtual Group
Description | All levels of experience are welcome. This is a safe group to explore writing poetry in response to a prompt. You don’t need to worry about form or poetic terms. You even have poetic license to turn the prompt into something that works for you!
Workshops are independent of each other so feel free to come to any session. Each session will include some discussion about the prompt (which may be based on a theme or a type of poem), time for individual writing, and sharing of your poem, if you choose.
Materials | Something to write on and something to write with.
Enrollment | No registration required. Drop-ins welcome.
Restoration of the Sagebrush Steppe*
Facilitator: Francis Kilkenny, Ph.D.
Dates and Time | Wednesdays, 4-weeks, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, & 11/16 | 7:30 – 9:00 pm | Virtual Group
Description | This class is a new and expanded version of one offered last year. As our drought continues and our valley fills up with people, the history, geology, and biology of how our landscape came to be and what we can do to preserve our natural environment is ever-more relevant.
Seventh Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part. 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, and then 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.
Materials | None.
Enrollment | Registration preferred. Drop ins welcome.
*Please note: This class is an updated and expanded version of the Ecology of the Sagebrush Steppe class offered last fall. If you missed it last year, now is your chance!
The Habits of White Supremacy, A Learning Circle
Facilitator: Rev. Sara LaWall & Timothy Ellis, Ministerial Intern
Dates and Time | First Thursday, 11/3, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, & 5/4 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Hybrid Group
Description | Rev. Sara and Timothy are leading a monthly learning circle on the habits of White Supremacy culture. Each month we will look at a trait or habit such as perfectionism, fear of conflict, or defensiveness. Using Tema Okun’s “Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture” we’ll look at both the individual characteristics and how they show up in our own lives and work, as well as their antidotes.
White Supremacy Culture is a set of internalized behaviors and attitudes that maintain the financial, cultural, and societal power of white people. These habits create disconnection, hierarchy, and separation between people and between communities. This societal structure prevents solidarity, connection, and mutual liberation.
Our first meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6-8pm inperson at the fellowship. We will continue to meet the first Thursday of every month through the program year in a hybrid format.
Materials | Something to write on and something to write with. For more information check out https://www.whitesupremacyculture.info/
Enrollment | Registration and regular attendance is preferred; but drop-ins are welcome.
Native American Culture, History and Ritual Practices
Facilitator: Dan Bacon
Dates and Time | Fridays, 3-weeks, 11/4, 11/11, & 11/18 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm | In-person at the fellowship
Description | Dan Bacon spent years living, working and learning alongside Native American Sioux in South Dakota. He has spent time this fall back in South Dakota, reuniting and catching up with old friends on those South Dakota reservations. Join him as he tells of his time on two reservations and how he came to respect and understand them. The three classes include:
Session 1: Lakota Sioux Reservations: Then and Now
Session 2: Famous Native American Quotes and Experiences on The Rez
Session 3: Shamans in General and Experiences in Ceremony
Each session is stand-alone. They can be signed up for as a group or attended individually.
Materials | None.
Enrollment | Registration preferred. Drop-ins welcome.
Soul Matters Chalice Circle
Facilitator: Timothy Ellis, Ministerial Intern
Dates and Time | To be determined by participants | Virtual Group
Description | Timothy is leading an online Chalice Circle for both MVUUF and BUUF. The group will use the Soul Matters worship themes paired with each month. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the theme with guiding questions and suggested spiritual practice. The monthly meeting will be a time to share thoughts and experiences with the theme and connect with others in their reflection. Date and time to be decided by participants. Reach out to Timothy at email@example.com if you are interested.
Materials | None.
Enrollment | Registration required. Closed group, no drop-ins.