Religious Education for Adults

Fall 2014 Classes

Registration for fall classes has finished. 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

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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:

1, Unitarian Universalist History and Identity

II. Religion: Theology and Faith Development

III. Spiritual Practice

IV. Social Justice and Ethics

V. Community and Personal Growth

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.

Sunday Nov. 2 Christian Peacemakers in Palestine

Wilmington College political science professor Marlaina Leppert-Wahl studied Christian Peacemaker Teams' 20 year nonviolent campaign in Hebron on the occupied West Bank to protect Palestinians from violence by Jewish settlers and the Israeli military.  Founded by Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers, CPT has effectively promoted interfaith collaboration involving Jews, Muslims and Christians while serving as a model for local and international peacemaking groups seeking alternatives to violence.

Sunday Nov. 9 - Living the Seventh Principle at St. John’s: Growing a Green Sanctuary

Come join us in a conversation about the renewed efforts to create a Green Sanctuary at St John’s. The initial requirements have been completed by the Green Sanctuary Partners steering team, and we have been assigned a coach, Karen Brammer of the UUA Green Sanctuary Program. Our greatest challenge going forward is to engage our congregation and integrate the SeventhPrinciple into the life of St. John’s. One idea that has come forth is to green our church kitchen! You may have other ideas! 

Sunday Nov. 16 - Disparity of Wealth 

Does 1%of the population really control 99%of the wealth? If so, what does this mean for us? If not, what does this mean for us? If this large disparity does exist what should our government propose to do about it? What should we do about it? Presenter: Phil Henry

Sun. Nov. 23  Day of the Dead

John Kachuba and Mary Newman recently returned from leading a group to celebrate Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hear all about this fascinating and traditional festival in which the spirits of the dead come back to celebrate with the living!


Sun. Nov. 30 - Bone Up on Vibration, Balance and Musculoskeletal Health

Cynthia Allen will help us understand the importance of dynamic balance and movement on bone health and our total well-being. You will also learn about the latest research on the promise of low-intensity vibration for treating back pain, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.  Cynthia is a Feldenkrais Practitioner, Bones for Life Trainer and co-creator of Integral Human Gait theory. She is a partner in in Future Life Now, located in Northside.