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 Oct. 5 - Election Issues - League of Women Voters

Alice Schneider from the League of Women Voters will lead the discussion.


Sunday, Oct. 12  Supreme Court Review and Preview

During its 2013-14 Term the US Supreme Court’s polarization in critical 5 to 4 decisions appeared increasingly like the partisan split in Congress, with a majority of the justices appointed by Republican Presidents challenged by four dissenters appointed by Democrats.  Howard Tolley will review last term’s major decisions on reproductive freedom, campaign finance, and religious liberty and then preview the docket for the term beginning October 6.

Sunday Oct. 19 -Where Am I and How Did I Get Here?  Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys

Much of our heart and vitality at St. John’s comes from understanding and respecting our personal stories. Three people will share some of their spiritual life journey with us. Come, listen and share in the discussion to follow.

Sunday Oct. 26 - Influx of children to US

What has happened to the hundreds of undocumented children from Central American coming across the US border in the last year?  A representative from The Su Casa Hispanic Center, a program of Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio, will share what they are doing to assist the children coming into the Cincinnati area.

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.