Adult Learning Programs 2017-09-22T12:20:57+00:00

Adult Learning Programs

Word Cloud for Adult LearningOur adult classes are held in the evening or during the day. Most are open to the public. The teachers are members of the congregation and invited speakers who want to explore thought-provoking topics. The class format leaves time for questions and discussions. We usually ask for a $10 donation for a class series.

Our Classes

  • Deepen the understanding of our faith and its history
  • Explore other religious philosophies and their role in our spiritual growth
  • Strengthen our connections with each other, other faiths, and the world
  • Provide opportunities to enrich our spiritual paths


  • Sign up on the sheets available at church in the Gathering Area.
  • Attend the first class session and sign up then.
  • Contact our Adult Education Coordinators to register or for more information.

Current and Upcoming Classes

New classes will be announced when they are scheduled.

White Privilege and Racial Justice: What is White Privilege — New Class begins Monday, Sept. 25

Mac Goekler will facilitate this course in two two-hour sessions on Monday, September 25 and October 2 from 2:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Big RE room. Participants will explore whiteness and racial justice. The course is interactive and limited to 12 people to make sure all attendees have ample opportunity to participate. Additional classes will be scheduled if more than 12 sign up for this course. Pre-registration is required. UUSD folks can […]

UU 101 Classes to be held Saturdays, Oct. 14 & 21

Unitarian Universalism (UU) 101 is open to all UUSD members and visitors interested in finding out more about UU history, beliefs, values, and governance. Two three-hour sessions will be held on Saturday, October 14 and 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Gathering Area. the class is free and lunch will be served. Rev. Michelle Collins, Len Bowman, and Betty Kirk will facilitate. for more information contact betty Kirk […]

The Power of Myth — New Class began Sept. 7

Len Bowman again leads us through Joseph Campbell’s examination of the role of myth in our cultures and beliefs. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. for six sessions starting September 7. The class will be held in the sanctuary and is open to the public. A one-time $10 donation is requested for the course. A sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Area, but no preregistration […]

Previous Classes

Seeking the World’s Wisdom

UUSD will offer a special five-week course on world religious traditions, Seeking the World’s Wisdom, on Thursdays, 7:00 — 8:30 p.m., starting April 13. The course is open to everyone. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn not just the “facts” about this or that religion, but also about the underlying meanings and purposes that make […]

May 25: Moral GPS: Ethics For Our Multicultural World

UUSD will offer Moral GPS: Ethics for Our Multicultural World, a five-week series on Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. beginning May 25. The series will be led by Dr. Len Bowman.

Moral GPS builds on the time-honored metaphor of journey for the moral life. But since the moral life is lived together with others, it is a shared journey. And since […]

Exploring the UU Seven Principles in Depth:

Beginning on Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and running for four classes, ending on April 29, Rev. Paula Maiorano, UUSD Interim Minister, and Betty Kirk will facilitate in-depth discussions of our UU seven principles. The fee for the class is $22, which includes $12 for a book on the principles..

UU101 Classes to be held Saturdays, March 18 and 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rev. Paula, Len Bowman, and Betty Kirk will be offering two three-hour sessions on Unitarian Universalism and UUSD beliefs and values, history, and governance. The class is offered to anyone interested in learning more about the UU religion. The class is free. Lunch will be served. A sign-up sheet may be found in the Gathering Space. For more information, contact Betty Kirk at

Gardening with Native Plants, March 8, 15, & 22, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

UUSD will host a three-week discussion series on Gardening with Native Plants to Sustain Wildlife starting Wednesday, March 8 at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. The discussions will address the importance of planting native plants in the home garden landscape to provide food and habitat for wildlife and sustain healthy ecosystems. It will explore how to help reverse the decline in biodiversity starting in […]

Steps Toward Compassion Series Starts January 12 At UUSD

Dr. Len Bowman and Alex LeClaire will moderate a three-week discussion series on “Steps Toward Compassion.” The series is set for 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, January 12 to 26 at UUSD. The discussion series will focus on how to give a compassionate focus to our lives. It will be based on the book Twelve Steps Toward a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. Armstrong believes that each of us needs to cultivate our […]

Honey in the Heart

Tuesdays, September 13 – November 22, 2016, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.This 10 week journal writing class is open to all. Journal writing uses memory and imagination as a creative force for documenting your experiences of the world. It can help to heal, inform, and inspire greater understanding of your personal history. We will be using the book Storycatcher by Christina Baldwin as a weekly map for capturing the dynamics […]

Four Spiritualities: Expression of Self, Expression of Spirit:

Sunday mornings, October 2 through November 20 from 8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m. Mac and Sue Goekler will conduct this class, which explores learning to understand our and other’s behaviors in a strictly non-judgmental way. This is a great way for UUs to learn to work with each other in team settings and explore why we react to situations in different ways. There is a suggested $10 donation for the class.

“What Comes Next?”— Explorations Into What May Come After Death

The course is a series of three discussions on death, and what death may mean for living. Moderators: Dr. Len Bowman and Jeff Cordiano. A strong response to this series in the spring, when it was offered during the day, prompts UUSD to offer it again, this time in the evening. We really don’t know what comes after death, if anything. But the world’s religious traditions are rich with images of some […]

Low-Impact Aerobics Classes

Feel good, look good, and get a good workout, as you perform low-impact, easy-to-follow routines set to the songs of Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, the New Christy Minstrels, etc. the class will be held every Thursday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at UUSD. The first class is free.

The Ethics of Laudato Si’ — Discussion Series

UUSD will offer ‘The Ethics of Laudato Si’ ” — a series of discussions about the values affirmed by Pope Francis’ open letter, the ethical principles on which those values rest, and the letter’s ethical call to action. Dr. Len Bowman will lead the discussions. On May 24, Pope Francis published Laudato Si’, (LS) an open letter “on care for our common home.” Francis […]

The Power of Myth Bill Moyers Interviews Joseph Campbell

Dr. Len Bowman will moderate a six-week course starting March 5 at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. that will focus on “The Power of Myth” – Bill Moyers interviews Joseph Campbell. Course participants will view and then discuss six interviews of mythologist Joseph Campbell with award-winning journalist Bill Moyers. Joseph Campbell was first and foremost a scholar of world mythological traditions. Yet his work has continued to resonate in the creative arts […]

Religious Traditions With and Without “God”

In our time—now that we have seen the earth as “a single globe of remarkable beauty and unity,” we are experiencing “the convergence of disparate cultures and the emergence of global consciousness.” So said Prof. Ewert Cousins, known as “the Prophet of the Second Axial Age.” Religions likewise are converging, he said, in “a new and complex form of religious consciousness,” where “partners enter into the structures of consciousness of […]

“In Ancient Times” from “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven”

UUSD member Beebe Frazer will conduct this five-week class. “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” is a program in feminist thealogy (Greek word meaning the study of Goddess) for adults and older youth. The title comes from Jeremiah 7:17-18: Yahweh speaks, “…in the streets of Jerusalem …children gather wood and fathers kindle fire, and women knead dough to make cakes to the Queen of […]