Stay tuned. We'll be publishing the fall Adult Religious Education curriculum on August 1, 2013.
Adult Religious Education at First Unitarian Church is a community endeavor where staff, the Adult Religious Education Ministry Team, and other Ministry Teams develop programs to enliven and inspire. Activities include:
Orientation (UU & You)
For more information, click the link above or continue to scroll down to find more details.
Unitarian Universalism & You
Free Brunch, 12:30 pm, Parish Room
March 4, April 1, May 6, 2013
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and would like to know how to become a member of the congregation? If so, drop-in for a free brunch and orientation held on the first Sunday of each month (except in Jan when it’s on the 2nd Sunday). Participants will gather to learn more about the history of the Unitarian Universalist movement, our shared values and beliefs, and the membership process. For those who are interested in joining, we hold New Member Ceremonies on the third Sundays of each month.
Classes & Forums
The Adult Religious Education Ministry Team (ARE MT), staffed by Amy Nothelfer and myself since the fall of 2011, has facilitated the creation of faith development classes for adult enrichment. Each season we’ve called for your proposals and then helped promote your offerings to the First U family. While we’ve seen the development of great courses, overall participation has been low. With this in mind, and with my decision to step down as chair of the ARE MT, Amy and I feel that taking time off until new team leadership emerges is in order.
Registered Participants *
* doesn’t include drop-in participants or include film showings or talks;
in Fall 2011, 4 classes didn’t happen due to lack of enrollment
Even though the team is taking time-off, this doesn’t mean that the ongoing programs you’ve come to love and rely on will be going away. Book clubs and support groups have not been part of the ARE MT’s responsibility and will be continuing. Individual Ministry Teams will also continue to offer programming. For example, later this month, the MultiCultural MT is sponsoring a film and discussion of Ida B. Wells' work and how it relates to today's issues surrounding discrimination and racial justice. If you’re interested in offering a program, we invite you to collaborate with an appropriate ministry team to find the support you need. Please talk with a member of the Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) if you’re interested in doing so.
My vision for the future of the Adult RE Ministry Team is one of continuous faith development, where each year, the team offers a selection of courses from both submitted proposals and from established Unitarian Universalist curriculums. The team wouldn’t necessarily lead the UU courses, but would encourage the many teachers and facilitators among us to lead from their own strengths and passions. You can get a sense of available adult faith development curriculum....
Know that the Adult RE program is separate from the Children’s RE program and has not been under the auspices of the Director of Religious Education.
During this time of retreat and renewal, the Ministry Leadership Team would like to hear from you about your vision of adult faith development at First U and the future of the Adult RE Ministry Team. Send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to learn more about the kinds of ARE classes we offer at First U, please check out classes previously offered for more information.
Deepening Your Governance - Advanced Policy Governance Workshop
March 2, 2013
9:30am to 4:00pm
Towson Unitarian Universalist Church
1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville, MD
Rev. Dr. Richard Speck, Workshop Leader
Congregations that have been using Policy Governance for some time may find this workshop timely to explore the deeper nuances of using Policy Governance including effective monitoring and tweaking the model for your particular congregation. Ends development and linkage with the moral owners will also be discussed.
Cost is $20 per participant which covers a light lunch and handouts.
Click here for complete details and a registration form!
2013 Joseph Priestley District Assembly
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST BUDDHIST FELLOWSHIP CONVOCATION 2013
The biennial convocations of the UU Buddhist Fellowship are an opportunity for Buddhist-inclined UU’s to get together for conversation and mutual inspiration. This year we will gather in the greater Washington-Baltimore area, April 5-7. We will have a guest teacher, Tara Brach, founder of the Insight Meditation Com-munity of Washington and a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening.
Our convocation will be held at the Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Road, Reisterstown, Maryland, just minutes from Baltimore! Visit their website for information on the facility and transportation. http://www.pearlstonecenter.org/
Registration and Accommodations: Housing, Five Delicious Meals, and Snacks
Arrival: 3:00 PM Friday, April 5, Departure 12:00 Noon Sunday, April 7
Special Early Bird General Assembly Rate
Multi-occupancy (2-4) w/shared bath $265 ($290 after July 7)
Double w/private bath $305 ($330 after July 7)
Single w/private bath $415 ($440 after July 7)
New this year—register and pay online HERE
You may still register by mail. Send this form and check payable to UUBF to
UUBF Registrar c/o Richard Swanson 164 Page Knoll, Lincoln, VT 05443-9582
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST UNITED NATIONS OFFICE
Save the Date - Spring Seminar!
Every April, youth and adults from around the United States and Canada gather in New York City for our exciting and educational Intergenerational Spring Seminar. This year’s seminar topic will work to stop violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It will take place from April 4th – 6th, 2013 in New York City with sessions at the United Nations Headquarters, the United Nations Church Center and the Salvation Army.
Picture from the first Pride March in Uganda in 2012. Being LGBT in Uganda is a criminal offense and there is now a bill that has been proposed looking to make identifying as LGBTQ punishable by death.
Take the chance and get involved in the planning and organizing of the Spring Seminar! We will be having planning committee conference calls bi-weekly through November and weekly calls starting in December. Our bi-weekly calls will be on Wednesday's from 4pm-5pm EDT. Planning Committee member registration fees are waived.
To learn more about leadership opportunities before and during the seminar, please download and submit the 2013 Spring Seminar Leader Application.
APPLY TODAY! More details on the 2013 Intergenerational Spring Seminar will be posted on our new website: uua.org/un. For information about our LGBTQ human rights work, please go to www.uua.org/lgbtq/witness/
Feel free to email us or call us with questions or comments.
WhaleCoast Alaska 2013
Have you always dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2013 is for you! Four Alaskan UU fellowships invite you to experience our eco-cultural and spiritual program this summer! See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Sitka with friendly homestays and unique tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bear, whales, bald eagles, seals, and caribou. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Enjoy all that our beautiful state has to offer. Programs led by Dave Frey, a member of the Fairbanks, Alaska UU congregation, an expert in Alaska travel. To find out more about your Alaskan trip of a lifetime, visit www.WhaleCoastAK.org, email email@example.com, or call 907-322-4966. We would love to share our Alaska with you!
The following groups meet throughout the church year. The mediation group meets each Sunday morning, the Women’s Book Club gathers on the First Mondays of each month, and the choir rehearses every Thursday night.
Sundays, 10:15 -10:45 am, Chapel, Free
Breathing in, we breathe in peace. Breathing out we breathe out love. Center yourself before the main service by gathering in the chapel Sunday mornings through June 17th, 2011. There will be no Meditation Group on Sunday, December 25, 2011.
Women’s Reading Group
First Mondays of every month, offsite, Free
The Women’s Reading Group meets monthly in members’ homes. Books are chosen by participants in the group. A small collection is taken at each meeting, and donated to a charity chosen by the group. Book titles and meeting places are listed in the Beacon and in the worship announcement sheet. For information on the next book and meeting place, please call program contact Ginny Beier, 215-545-7831,
Singing as Spiritual Practice
Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Parish Room, Free
The choir is open to all who love to sing and who have found singing for church services a significant part of their worship experience. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Parish Room, and on Sunday mornings from 10-10:45 am. We are a multi-generational group of singers who enjoy each others’ company and enjoy making “a joyful noise.” Singers must be able to read music. For more information contact our Music Director, Jen Hayman at firstname.lastname@example.org.