With the new year comes new Adult Ed classes at BUUF! Below are class descriptions. You may register for a class by clicking the button on the bottom of the page. Please note, all classes have a capacity cap and you are only allowed to register for a maximum of three (3) classes.

When you register for a class, an email receipt will be sent to remind you for which class(es) you have registered. If you wish to change your registration you may do so any time before the cut off date by using the link provided in that email.

If a class is full, email our Social Justice and Membership Coordinator at tessa.veto@boiseuu.org to be put on a waiting list.

 

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Our Humanist Roots  

Instructor: Dr. Jeanette Ross with special guests.

Tuesdays, February 13- March 13, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, The Channing Room

Class description:Five classes focused on the roots of humanism will explore a wide variety of sources that help us recognize our common human inheritance, our potential, and what we can accomplish with what we have been given. Separately and together, in many ages and places, we have found ways to nurture and encourage each other, to craft our noblest, most hopeful and helpful impulses into traditions, cultural practices, stories, philosophy, artistic expression, sacred text and law. We will celebrate all this with cultural samplings, voices familiar and not, ending with three versions of the Humanist Manifesto and the efforts of earlier Boise UUs to create the Humanists of Idaho.

Materials:  Resources will include handouts, print and online references.

Enrollment: **minimum 5, maximum 12 – cut-off date for registration: Feb 10 – no class fee

**If you enroll, please be ready to meet with all class sessions. Enrollment is limited and we would like committed participants.

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Braving the Wilderness

Instructor: Rev. Sara

Thursdays, February 22 & March 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, The Channing Room

Class description: Join Rev. Sara in an exploration of Brene Brown’s newest book Braving the Wilderness. Brown explores the human quest for true belonging and the balance of belonging to ourselves as much as we belong to others. Sometimes, getting to this grounded, deeply spiritual place requires braving the wilderness. Together we’ll explore the questions raised in the book, What does it mean to brave the wilderness? How can we cultivate belonging and true connection? What are the essential practices of those who are planted in the wilderness and have made belonging a part of their lives? Bring your wholeheartedness and vulnerability into this space of courageous conversation.

Book needed: Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown —Please purchase and read the book before the first gathering.

Enrollment: **minimum 5, maximum 20 – cut-off date for registration: Feb 20 – no class fee

**If you enroll, please be ready to meet with all class sessions. Enrollment is limited and we would like committed participants.

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Healing the Heart of Democracy

Instructors: Mike Philley and Sue Chew

Wednesdays, February 28 – April 4, 6:30-8:30pm, The Channing Room

Class description: In his most recent book, acclaimed educator and social activist Parker J. Palmer quickens our instinct to seek the common good, proposing practical ways to bridge our political divides. He explores five “habits of the heart” that can be developed in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to help restore a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” Reading and discussing his book will enable us to be more discerning and resilient in a time of unprecedented political upheaval and find the courage to play our own role, however large or small, in creating a politics worthy of the human spirit.

Book needed: Participants should purchase their own copy of Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker J. Palmer, available at local bookstores and through Amazon.com. Please read the Introduction, Prelude, and Chapter 1 prior to the first class on February 28. We will follow and adapt to our own interests the Discussion Guide provided at the back of the book.

Enrollment: **minimum 7, maximum 15 – cut-off date for registration: Feb 25 – no class fee

**If you enroll, please be ready to meet with all class sessions. Enrollment is limited and we would like committed participants.

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The Preacher in You

Instructor: Rev. Sara

Tuesdays, April 3 – May 15, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, BUUF Sanctuary

Class description: Ever wanted to preach a sermon; we all have at least one sermon in us (perhaps more). Rev Sara which will lead this class exploring the theory and theology of preaching. Participants will practice writing and speaking with authenticity, gradually building toward composing a quality 20-minute sermon in a supportive environment with helpful feedback and encouragement.

To apply, please submit a 200-word essay to Rev. Sara by Sunday, March 25th on why you’d like to participate.

Attendance at all sessions is strongly desirable and participants will be invited to preach to the congregation within the year.  The class is limited to ten participants.Those who have never shared a sermon from the pulpit are encouraged to apply!

Book needed: We will use The Shared Pulpit  by Rev. Erika Hewitt as our primary text for the class. Books can be purchased at our UUA bookstore https://www.uuabookstore.org/The-Shared-Pulpit-P17383.aspx or on Amazon.

Enrollment: **minimum 5, maximum 12 – cut-off date for registration: March 25 – no class fee

**If you enroll, please be ready to meet with all class sessions. Enrollment is limited and we would like committed participants.

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Islam: An Artist’s Inquiry

Instructor – Mark McGinnis

Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26, 7:00 – 9:00pm, Balaz Room

Class Description:

April 12 — Using Mark McGinnis’ Islam essay from his Designs of Faith project (paintings hanging in BUUF’s hallways) the group will discuss some of the history and foundations of Islam.

April 19 — A slide presentation on Islamic art and a discussion of two of Islam’s beloved poets, Rumi and Inayat Khan. Also a discussion of today’s radical Islamic theology and goals.  

April 26 — A group discussion with a member or members of Boise’s Islamic community.

Materials: Islam essay will be emailed to each participant (hardcopy can be provided if needed)

Enrollment: **minimum 7, maximum 15 – cut-off date for registration: April 5 – no class fee

**If you enroll, please be ready to meet with all class sessions. Enrollment is limited and we would like committed participants.

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You may register for a class by clicking the button on the bottom of the page. Please note, all classes have a capacity cap and you are only allowed to register for a maximum of three (3) classes. When you register for a class, an email receipt will be sent to remind you for which class(es) you have registered. If you wish to change your registration you may do so any time before the cut off date by using the link provided in that email.

If a class is full, email our Social Justice and Membership Coordinator at tessa.veto@boiseuu.org to be put on a waiting list.

 

Register Here for Adult Ed Classes