Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2018 will be an auspicious year for all our lovely members and friends at UUFRC. As the New Year kicks off, it seems a good time to write a note about our upcoming 2018 Adult RE programs.
Many UU Religious Exploration programs are based on the philosophy that meeting together in nurturing community is a great way to explore, reflect and learn. The act of gathering in supportive community to explore personal beliefs supports the social, ethical, and spiritual growth of members, friends and visitors who choose to attend.
This philosophy is followed not only in children’s RE, but in education designed to continue across our lifespan. As the Greek philosopher Plutarch wrote, “the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.” This must be especially tended to in liberal religions like Unitarian Universalism that encourage and expect members to put forth a continuing personal search for truth and meaning.
Lifespan learning gives us a chance to add depth and dimension to all our stages, as we continue our arc through life. And so, as we start the New Year, the Adult RE committee is working towards developing “a learning journey” for the adults in our fellowship. Together in supportive community, we hope each of us might find space to continue our own personal learning journey.
Please feel free to talk with me, or committee members Susie Idzik, Jeanne de Shazo, Ellie Kilpatrick, Gretchen, or Cindy Johnson, if you have any questions or comments. We welcome everyone interested in attending the classes, or joining us in planning and offering courses. Hope to see you in class!
Yours in supportive community,
Tanya Webster, Adult RE Chair