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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SPECIAL - Sunday Dec. 7 only -

St. John's Bookstore open after church in Krolfifer for you to buy Christmas gifts or to buy a book for yourself.


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.

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.

Sun. Dec. 7  “Hope for You” New Spirituals Emerging from Mass Incarceration

Since the release of the first UMOJA Men's Chorus CD (Feel Like Going On, 1997) the men at Warren Correctional Institution (a close security state prison in Warren County), have written compositions that serve, in many respects, as the spirituals did in the 18th and 19th centuries. You will hear some of these new spirituals written by UMOJA members and you will see them discuss their work in a lively powerpoint presentation with film and recorded clips. (There will be copies of their most recent CD Extend a Hand (2012) available for purchase.)

Sun. Dec. 14  Inclusion

“Unitarian Universalists are committed to building inclusive communities.  What does that really mean?  What does it look like, sound like...?   How are we at St. John’s inclusive?  What else could/should we do?  Please join Marcia discuss this important topic.” 


Sunday, Dec. 21  But we’ve always ……..

The familiar is sometimes so comfortable that we find it hard to be open to new ways of doing things - whether it is a new cookie recipe or how or where an event is planned. This happens in our personal lives, as well as in our church. Maria Yunker and Carol Fencl will lead this discussion about our attachment to old ways and how we can compassionately encounter new ideas.

Sun. Dec. 28  - No Forum