The Learning Journey is offering an expanded spiritual writing program in 2018-19! 

Classes planned for the 2018-19 Voices of UUFRC program include:

  • Finding Your Spiritual Voice
  • Spiritual Autobiography
  • Poems of Resistance
  • Parables for Modern Times

The program will conclude with a special Voices of UUFRC Program Night, scheduled for May 18, 2019 in the Sanctuary. The reading of original works by program participants will be followed by a reception. Everyone is invited to attend this fellowship event, and to listen to some of the amazing stories and insights of our UUFRC members!

Members and friends are invited to sign up for one of the writing classes in the Voices of UUFRC program, and/or participate in the ongoing spiritual autobiography writing groups. Participants in these classes and groups may volunteer to share an excerpt of their work at the Voices of UUFRC Program Night.

Check the Upcoming Learning Journey Classes page for updates about specific dates and registration information. We hope you will join us!


Voices of UUFRC Program Night

Saturday May 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm
in the UUFRC Sanctuary

Join us for a night of storytelling, reflection, and poetry
about love, justice, and things that matter.


“Finding Your Spiritual Voice” is a six-session, once-a-month course, based on the book The Shared Pulpit by UU minister Erika Hewitt. Hewitt’s book is a layperson’s guide to creating sermons of authenticity, depth, and spiritual meaning, but the course is also for anyone who desires to explore their own spiritual journey while creating powerful writing to express it.
“Finding Your Spiritual Voice” was first developed and taught to members of the Live Oak UU Fellowship in Alameda (an entirely lay-led congregation) 4 years ago. Members of the Live Oak’s worship team wanted to deepen their ability to create meaningful worship, and discovered the wonderful textbook by UU minister Erika Hewitt entitled The Shared Pulpit on which the course is based. The class was composed of the lay worship team as well as other members of the Live Oak congregation who wanted to explore their own spirituality in a workshop setting, and everyone who took the course when it was first offered found it to be so profoundly moving, that when it was offered again two years later, more than half of the original class took it again. There are writing assignments between sessions, and lots of practical advice and technical tips, as well as many moments of levity and personal discovery. Kate Hand has been both a student and a teacher of this course, and recommends it to anyone who wishes to deepen their spiritual journey, and especially to those who may wish to share that journey from the pulpit of UUFRC. The class is limited to 8 students.