Owning Your Religious Past (Learning Journey)


10:00 am - 12:00 pm


2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City, CA, 94062

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Join Rev. Gretchen Woods and Ellie Kilpatrick for this key class.

The curriculum forward states, “This workshop provides some simple tools through which people may re- examine and retrieve positive aspects of past religious connections. It addresses the affective elements of these connections, rather than dogma. The workshop is designed to provide both group sharing and private exploration, using journal writing exercises.

The majority of Unitarian Universalists come into the denomination from other religions; often there have been several stops along the path into our congregations. Some bring with them angry and unresolved feelings about experiences in other religious institutions, others have warm memories. Some move easily into an identity as a Unitarian Universalist; others experience a traumatic estrangement from family and from the center of their culture.

We can be most fully and completely present in our religious identity when we see our path as a continuum rather than a series of unrelated episodes. This workshop is not just for “converts.” Longtime and life-long Unitarian Universalists also experience change, sometimes profoundly, in their religious identity.”

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