Supporting Individual Spiritual Journeys
UUTC offers opportunities for religious exploration across the lifespan. We believe education is a lifelong pilgrimage. It happens both within and beyond a congregation's walls, and so we support one another as individuals and families in our ongoing searches for truth and meaning.
We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, and we believe each of us is responsible for helping to change the world for the better. Through continually learning and growing together we encourage and support one another, and our children, to know and express our moral agency.
CHILDREN'S RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
Provides different experiences for different ages and times of year using curricula offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Summer programming is also available in the form of Chalice Children and the ever-popular Chalice Camp.
CRE has a close relationship with The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, a UU retreat center, where youngsters can attend Youth CONferences, in addition to other regional Youth CONs, for exposure to the larger UU picture. Our youth can connect with others their age from other congregations in the region at these events.
Children’s Religious Exploration provides support for both parents and children. Quarterly Family Nights and occasional Parents' Night Out events give parents a safe, enriching place for kids while the adults have an opportunity to focus on their own relationships. The next budget year will see an increased number of events for families, along with nursery care on Sunday mornings, to help support them within the spiritual framework of UUTC.
ADULTS' RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
the main course: uutc connections class
Conducted by UUTC leadership twice a year as an overview and introduction for new Members and Friends to the Principles and Sources of Unitarian Universalism and the UUTC congregational organization, programs and services.
Gatherings of six to ten people who meet under a set of mutually agreed-upon guidelines—a covenant. This offers an intimate setting for participants to get to know one another, share stories, explore spiritual ideas, discuss social concerns, and turn those ideas and concerns into action.
Conducts weekly discussions on topics of interest to Group members on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. New members are always welcome. Just show up with an open, rational mind and a good sense of humor!
Meets the first Thursday of the month at 12:30 PM for bag lunches and 1:00 - 2:00 for discussion. The leader will start with a reading or topic, but the conversation can go in any direction. All women are welcome!
Christians in Exile
Gathers to study the teachings of Jesus without "Churchianity." Past sessions have focused on works such as John Shelby Spong’s “Why Christianity Must Change or Die” and Earle Rabb’s “The Case of the Missing Person: How Finding Jesus of Nazareth Transforms Communities and Individuals Today.” Meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM in the UUTC Sanctuary.
Contains nearly 400 volumes available on the honor system to members and friends. The collection covers wide-ranging topics including comparative religions, mythology, psychology, history, and spiritual development. The library is open and books can be checked out during regular church office hours Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
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