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. Learn more about this class. 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., Apr. 8 & Apr. 22, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. (Class started Mar. 18.) 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 […]

Overcoming Polarization With Controversy Modeling

Mon., Mar. 25, Apr. 8 & 22, 7-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. (Class started Mar. 11.) 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 […]

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

Wed., Mar. 20 & 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. (Class started Mar. 6.) 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 […]

Embodying Liberation

Registrations are no longer available for this class. Mon., Mar. 4, Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1, 8, 6:30-8 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Pippin Whitaker. Would you like to develop creative ways to counter oppression and live out our liberating values? This program supports individuals seeking to embody their values in the way they live and work. Through collaborative activities and shared experience, this curriculum invites participants into deep critical reflection and spiritual work to develop skills to interact with structures of supremacy that are embedded in their daily lives and organizational or community settings. By awakening to supremacy structures and collaboratively practicing actions that transform those structures, participants will express their deepest […]

Card Making, Scrapbooking and Paper Arts

Sun., Mar. 24, Apr. 28 & May 19, 1-2:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. (First session was Feb. 24.) Led by Kim Condas. Register online, email ap@uucf.org or stop by the Adult Programs table in the Commons after services. Join Kim to indulge your love of paper arts. Kim will have a card project for each class – you’ll make a card for yourself and one for the UUCF Caring Committee to use for our members. Or you can bring your own card or scrapbook project and craft in community with others.

RE teacher sign-ups now open!

The 2019-20 Religious Exploration volunteer teacher sign-ups are now open! Any person over the age of 21 who attends UUCF may sign up to teach. Required new teacher training will be held on Sat., Sep. 7, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The regular RE program year runs for 27 Sundays between Sep. 15, 2019 and May 17, 2020. Teachers serve on four-person teams, so volunteers work an average of 14 Sundays during the RE program year.

A Time and a Place

Feb. 11, 2019. By Intern Minister Pippin Whitaker. “I want to just cry, but they’re waiting. There’ll be a time and a place for that,” I recall a bereaved spouse in the hospital telling me she couldn’t cry – she needed to put on a strong face for the grandchildren. Grief unfolds in so many different ways, and numbness is certainly one of them. Yet I wondered, with this expansive family and all the arrangements she would need to make, when would she find her space to cry, or yell or sit with sadness? When do any of us find the time and space to grieve our losses, our hurts? […]