Religious Education for Adults

Adult Religious Education takes many forms at St. John's. We have discussions, lectures, practice groups, book-based classes, adult forums, and even a film series! Most of our classes are either on Sundays or on Tuesday evenings. Some have childcare available for those who preregister. All of our classes are open to members, friends, and neighbors in the community. There is no charge to attend any of our classes, although some of the classes require books.

Classes are available during the year in the following five areas:

I. Unitarian Universalist History and Identity

II. Religion: Theology and Faith Development

III. Spiritual Practice

IV. Social Justice and Ethics

V. Community and Personal Growth

Winter 2015 classes are finishing up.

Living with Dementia, run by the Caring Circle, will be held Saturday morning, March 14, fromm 10 :00-11:30 a.m, in Krolfifer. No registration is necessary.


Spring 2015 Classes

Registration for spring classes will be March 22 & 29. If you have any questions, please contact either the instructor for the classs or e-mail the Adult Religious Education Chair.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Border Justice - what is happening at our sourthern border, a firsthand report by Carol Fencl who attended the UU College of Social Justice program will be a one-night illustrated presentation on Monday April 27. Registration  helpful

Developing a Buddha Brain will be led by Nina Tolley on Thursday afternoons, April 2-30. It is based on the required book by Rick Hanson, "Just One Thing." Registration required.

Tai Chi classes will be held on Thursdays,  March 4- April 23, with the Beginners Group meeting from 5:30 - 6 p.m.

Intermediate/Advanced Tai Chi will be from 6-7 p.m., also on Thursday nights. Both groups meet in Krolfifer. There is no charge or registration for this drop-in class led by Nan Fox.




Various Monday evenings

7 - 8:30 p.m. 


Border Justice

Monday evening April 27

7 - 8:30 pm.


 Developing a Buddha Brain

Thursday afternoons April 2 - 30 (5 sessions)

1 - 2:30 p.m.


 Tai Chi

Thursday evenings  March 5 - April 23 (9 sessions)

Beginning  5:30-6 p.m.  

Intermediate/Advanced  6:00-7:00 p.m.  Krolfifer


 Sunday Forums

Forums are held before the church service, 10 -10:45 a.m. in Krolfifer Hall, across from the sanctuary. We try to present a variety of viewpoints on topics of interest to the St. John's community. It is in our sharing together that we clarify what we believe and help others to do likewise. All are welcome to attend.Members and friends who would like to present a forum are asked to contact Carol Fencl or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

It is not necessary to register to attend any forum. Come to any that interest you.

March 29   El Rico y el Pobre” 
While international economic development is ostensibly supposed to help poor and indigenous peoples rise to a better standard of living, the reality is often quite different. Multinational corporations reap huge profits from development while the people find their lives little changed. Development funds, such as those provided by the IMF, frequently come with “strings attached” and do not fulfill the real needs of the people. Gustavo Esteva will speak to us about his lifelong work trying to aid indigenous peoples in their struggle to live meaningful, productive lives on their own terms.
Gustavo Esteva is a Zapotec social activist and the author of The Future of Development: A Radical Manifesto. He is the founder of Universidad de la Tierra, a nonprofit in Oaxaca, Mexico working with indigenous and disenfranchised people in many ways, including literacy and economic development. In demand as a speaker all around the world, we are fortunate to have him speak to St. John’s.

Sunday, April 5 - Don't Hold That Thought!

All of us have thoughts from time to time that distress us, whether they bring on feelings of shame, guilt, unworthiness, or other negative feelings. Negative feelings can lead to depression, stagnation and stress, not good for our health nor our general outlook. We will discuss what we can do with these distressful thoughts so they don’t ruin our whole day and how we might banish them completely. Ethel Ingalls will lead the discussion. 


Sunday April 12 - What are the Gnostic Gospels?

Based on Elaine Pagels’ book, Gnostic Gospels, and some videos, Amy Monson will lead a discussion examining the Gnostics in early Christianity, their struggle with the Catholic church, and how the “winners” got to write history until a discovery of Gnostic texts in Egypt in 1945, allowed scholars to reexamine the traditional assumptions about these early Christians.


Sunday April 19 - Enneagram - David Mast

The Enneagram is a  personality typing schema that many individuals, families, organizations and businesses are finding very useful for understanding, and thereby improving, interpersonal relationships. This Forum will provide an introductory overview of the Enneagram and the nine basic personality patterns, or types, that encompass human behavior.  A detailed reading list for further study and activities will be provided. Discussion leader will be David Mas


Sunday April 26 -Civil Rights Pilgrimage

  Howard and Nina Tolley will report on their tour of civil rights sites in the deep South culminating in Selma on March 8 for the commemoration of bloody Sunday.  Along with other veterans of the 1965 voting rights march on Montgomery, Howard gained fresh perspectives on race relations today, North and South, at a three day UU conference in Birmingham that drew over 300. Mary and Tom Darner will also share their Selma experiences.