Next Chapter: How to Retire Wild, Happy and Free the UUCF Way

Tue., Apr. 16, 30, May 14, 28, Jun. 11 & 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Craig Clark. Register online, email ap@uucf.org or stop by the Adult Programs table in the Commons after services. Retirement is a familiar term, but perhaps the “next chapter” of your successful, gratifying and meaningful life is a better way to describe retirement. The class will focus on how we can make our next chapter the one we want it to be. In addition to learning from each other, we will learn from people who have written on this topic. Regardless of your age, the next chapter is here, or it’s coming, so why […]

A Roll Call of Saints

Tue., Apr. 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Roz Hoagland. Register online, email ap@uucf.org or stop by the Adult Programs table in the Commons after services. Western religious art is filled with images of a vast number of saints. Visiting the Renaissance section of the National Gallery and trying to identify the people in the paintings can be a challenge. Over the centuries, artists developed formulas to portray individual saints. They are often shown holding objects associated with their lives or deaths. In this class, we’ll examine an alphabetic roll call of almost 40 of the most important and frequently pictured saints, hear their stories and find out […]

Righteous Minds Trying to Understand Other Political Tribes

Wed., Mar. 20, 27, Apr. 3 & 10, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Bill Roos. Register online, email ap@uucf.org or stop by the Adult Programs table in the Commons after services. Inspired by Jonathan Haidt’s book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” and other authors, this class will look at people from diverse political and cultural backgrounds and try to better understand one another’s values and beliefs – and possibly even find areas of agreement across the usual political and cultural boundaries.

Whiteness in America: A Discussion

Mon., Mar. 18, Apr. 8 & Apr. 22, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Mary Butler. Register online, email ap@uucf.org or stop by the Adult Programs table in the Commons after services. It is difficult to take apart structures of racial oppression without considering the nature of “whiteness.” We seldom think of “white” as a racial category, even when we check the box on census forms. Yet until people of all races can understand the meaning of “whiteness,” white people are limited in the role they can take in resisting racial injustice. Whiteness is painful to contemplate, especially for white “liberals.” We have been part of the fight for civil […]

Overcoming Polarization With Controversy Modeling

Mon., Mar. 11, 25, Apr. 8 & 22, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Terry Steichen. Register online, email ap@uucf.org or stop by the Adult Programs table in the Commons after services. Controversy Modeling (CM) is a technique to address “wicked problems” (meaning resistant to resolution rather than evil). These are special problems for which it’s hard to define what a solution might be. Wicked problems usually involve multiple dimensions and multiple, competing stakeholders. CM helps users better understand complicated issues that swirl around us – abortion, climate change, gun violence, globalization, LGBTQ rights, health care, etc. The CM process eliminates any built-in bias and helps people develop their own […]

Destroyer of the Gods: Christianity’s Triumph in the Roman World

Wed., Mar. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Jack Dalby. Register online, email ap@uucf.org or stop by the Adult Programs table in the Commons after services. Christianity’s astounding success in the ancient Roman world was not preordained; far from it. In this academic-based class, we will examine the reasons Christianity grew from a tiny group of apocalyptic Jews in the year 30 C.E., to being proclaimed the official religion of the Roman Empire in 380 C.E. Topics will include the historical Jesus, the ministry of St. Paul, why Christianity separated from Judaism, the Roman view of Christianity, early Christian worship, Roman persecution of Christians, the […]