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.

Great Decisions group continues to meet on Sunday afternoons from 12:45 - 2:15 p.m. through March 22.Weekly topics are listed in the newsletter, eNews and the Sunday church bulletin.

Living with Dementia, run by the Caring Circle, will be held Saturday morning, March 14, fromm 10 a.m. - noon, 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.




Alternate 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.

Sun., March 8 - "Creating a Welcoming Community"

With a wealth of newcomers in our city, neighborhoods, and churches, are there ways we can be more mindful of welcoming the stranger, creating community and celebrating the richness of diversity?

Sunday, March 15 - Waking Up: A Spirituality without Religion
We will examine Sam Harris's latest book and see what this prolific author, lecturer, and long time meditator has to say about his studies with some of the worlds foremost meditators. What it is and what it is not - how meditation can be a help in one's constant search for reality.  Led by Phil Henry
Sunday, March 22 - St. John's Awakens to the Challenges of Environmental Justice: Growing an Interconnected Community of Life
St. John's goal is to become a Green Sanctuary Church this Spring. We have taken many steps toward implementing this ideal.
Our greatest challenge will be to engage our congregation in an environmental justice project. We are exploring several opportunities, one of which is the support of the Apple Street Market, a socially conscious grocery store in the Northside community. Come help us explore this exciting possibility.
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 - Distressful Thought Habits

Sunday, April 12 - Gnostic Gospels

Sunday, April 19 - Enneagram

Sunday April 26 - Income Inequality