Our Adult Religious Education (ARE) class meets on Sunday mornings during the second service (11:30-12:30) in the glass classroom. Beginning on May 29 and throughout the summer months, we will be watching and discussing a series of DVD lectures from the Great Courses entitled Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World’s Religions. This course offers a rare opportunity to relate your own spiritual questions to a variety of ancient quests for meaning and transcendence. Professor Muesse, who delivers the lectures, will offer striking insights as he draws you closer to the period between 800 to 200 BCE, an era with notable parallels to our own. Together we will explore fascinating aspects of several major world religions at the time of their birth. What could the beliefs and traditions of a Zoroastrian, a person of Jewish faith, a Buddhist, a follower of Confucius, or a Christian have in common? How do religions evolve over time? Throughout these lessons we will reflect on the central question of the course: What does the study of the Axial Age teach us about religion as a phenomenon in our lives? All adults are welcome and we look forward to learning and growing together on our individual and collective faith journeys. For more information about adult religious education, contact Karen Moore.
On the fourth Sunday of each month, instead of the regular Adult Religious Education curriculum, a church member shares his or her Religious Odyssey. There is a 20-30 minute period for the person to tell their life story focused on how their spiritual and religious beliefs and life views developed. After this, the remaining time consists of a dialogue between the one who has shared and those in attendance. Our greatest learning happens when we share our authentic selves with each other. Recordings of past Religious Odysseys are available for checkout in our church library.
The Library sub-committee maintains a lending library at our church. The complete catalog is available at www.librarything.com/catalog/WestsideUU. Books are arranged by Dewey Decimal numbers, with UU core books marked with orange stickers. Topics range from Unitarian Universalism, Humanism and other religions to church works, philosophy and social sciences, with related and general subjects in between. The Library sub-committee also arranges Book Fairs and book drives, accepting donations relevant to our mission.
Covenant groups will resume in the fall of 2016. Small groups of from six to ten people meet monthly to discuss a common curriculum, get to know one another better, become a support group, offer a service to the church community, and make the world a better place in which to live. Please check for further announcements in our church newsletter and weekly email memos.