Religious Education - Adults
The Mission of the Adult RE Committee is to nurture and stimulate the religious and personal growth of the adult church community. For individuals or groups seeking to teach an Adult RE class at Community UU Church of Plano, please fill out a Course Proposal form:
The Mission of the Adult Religious Education Program is to nurture and stimulate the religious and personal growth of the adult church community. We offer a varied and cohesive program within the context of the living Unitarian Universalist tradition and principles.
We offer a range of classes of interest to adults and youth on weekday evenings throughout the year. Each evening class begins at 7 p.m. and ends no later than 9 p.m. Sunday class begins at 12:05pm and ends at 1:30pm. Our programs include our continuing meditation group and a variety of topical classes.
CHILDCARE is available for all classes, upon request. To reserve childcare call the church office (972-424-8989) at least 48 hours in advance.
Sunday Mornings - 9:00 AM
Join us for the first meeting of the Group for UU Discussion and Study (GUUDS), principally led by the Rev. Patrick Price, Sunday mornings from 9 AM to 10 AM in Room E. Child care is provided. This open ended, ongoing study and discussion group is for first time visitors as well as long time practitioners of Unitarian Universalism. Using books by UU authors, we will examine the wide and deep intersection of human longing and experience with that which is greater than our individual selves, and calls us to heed the "better angels of our nature."
We are starting GUUDS with A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century, by John Buehrens and Rebecca Parker.
For over a generation, conservative religion has seemed dominant in America. But there are signs of a strengthening liberal religious movement. For it to flourish, laypeople need a sense of their theological heritage. A House for Hope lays out, in lively and engaging language, the theological house that religious liberalism has inherited—and suggests how this heritage will need to be spiritually and theologically transformed. With chapters that suggest liberal religious commitment is based on common hopes and an expansive love for life, A House for Hope shows how religious liberals have countered fundamentalists for generations, and provides progressives with a theological and spiritual foundation for the years ahead.
John A. Buehrens was president of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1993 to 2001 and is now minister of the First Parish Church in Needham, Massachusetts. He is coauthor of A Chosen Faith and author of Understanding the Bible.
Rebecca Ann Parker was president of and professor of theology at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, (1990 – 2014) and is coauthor of Saving Paradise and Proverbs of Ashes. An ordained United Methodist minister, Parker has dual fellowship with the United Methodist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
A limited number of hard copies, some signed, are available to purchase in class. The book is available from the UUA bookstore (uuabookstore.org) or other book distributors.
Monday Evenings - 7:00 PM
Clifton says, "Vipassana means insight into the nature of reality. It is a way of self-transformation through self-observation and introspection. Vipassana meditation is often referred to simply as "insight meditation." This is the backbone of our studies in Meditation on Monday nights. We invite you, as a beginner or as a practiced meditator, to join us on our exploration. We view Buddhism not as a religion but rather as learning the process of meditation to reduce the suffering in our lives and in the world around us. We explore through readings, dharma talks, questions and answers, group discussions and meditation. Join us and explore this process as we all grow together."
Wednesday Evenings - 7:00 PM
Beginning August 13th - 13 Sessions - Ending November 5th
Come aboard the Starship of the Imagination and visit the universe. A new Adult Religious Education class is starting Wednesday, August 13.
For those with fond memories of Carl Sagan, for those who enjoy revisiting foundations of science, and for those who missed the recent Cosmos series with Neil Degrass Tyson - we offer this class. Facilitators George Norwood and Celeste Kennedy will also address the pertinent ideas of each episode and encourage creative discussions. Videos are thanks to the courtesy of Community UU member, Robert Carpenter. There will be thirteen classes with one episode a week. The class begins Wednesday, August 13 and runs until Wednesday, November 5. Attend the one you missed or attend all and enjoy the discussion.
The 2014 Cosmos series is similar to the 1980 television series of the same name, hosted by Carl Sagan on the Public Broadcasting Service. The 1980 version was considered a milestone for scientific documentaries as the audience was treated to a personal voyage through the universe. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the new host, was inspired by Carl Sagan when he was a young college student. The 2014 series generally follows the same thirteen-episode format and storytelling approach that the original Cosmos used, including elements such as "Starship of the Imagination" and the "Cosmic Calendar". The new show is updated and brings new information that was not available at the time of the 1980 series. It is worth seeing just to experience the breathtaking computer-generated graphics and animation.
The first class starts with "Standing Up in the Milky Way", Episode #1. In this episode our cosmic address is explained, the cosmic calendar of our space/time is explored, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson looks to history for the story of Giordano Bruno and his heretical theories about our universe.
Bring your family if you choose. If you desire childcare for your youngest ones, please let Kathy Smith know prior to the start date, August 13.
For more information and show descriptions follow this link: Cosmos
Thursday Evenings - 6:30 PM
The Reverend Don Fielding is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and a friend of Community Church. Before he retired, he stood at the pulpit of several area UU churches. He has been teaching evening classes for several years, and is one of our most popular presenters. His video intros are always followed by lively discussions, and participants can benefit from his wealth of knowledge of the subject matter.
A Syllabus for (the remainder of) 2014 - Concludes Origins of the Mind and begins Origins of Civilization
A Syllabus for (the first-half of) 2015 - Continues Origins of Civilization
The ADVENTURES IN ORIGINS Video/Discussion Group will begin a new exploration of the Origins of the Mind on May 8, 2014. This would be an excellent time to jump into this ongoing set of Adventures.
Please feel free to join us for an exploration of the origins of the human mind. The human mind is the only mind that reflects on its own nature and development. Modern neuroscience has shifted the view of our minds as inextricably linked to complex mechanisms. The emergence of our minds from non-human minds, their development across each human lifespan and their linkage with brain functions, are the core issues addressed in this course which is a tour of fundamental questions in psychology, psychiatry, evolution, neuroscience, and ethics. Our classes start at 6:30 in Room G in the church Annex. This is a video/discussion format; we watch a video on the subject and then discuss what we have seen. Classes usually last an hour to an hour and a half long (depending on how lively the discussion is).
The ADVENTURES IN ORIGINS Video/Discussion Group will begin a new exploration of the Origins of Civilization on December 4, 2014. This would be an excellent time to jump into this ongoing set of Adventures.
The Every single day of your life is spent within a civilization—an elaborate system composed of governing bodies, detailed laws, dense urban centers, elaborate trade networks, visual and written cultures, class structures, militaries, and more. And yet the experience of living inside a civilization has become so interwoven with our lives that it's easy to take for granted just how profound and recent the concept is. Consider that human beings have walked the earth for more than 150,000 years, but it was only 10,000 years ago that our distant ancestors began establishing and living within larger and more complex communities. Our world is forever indebted to a host of early states that paved the way for our current ways of life, including those of the Sumerians, the ancient Egyptians, the Chinese, and the Maya. Without the critical strides they made in areas of government, law, trade, social hierarchies, culture, and more, human civilization as we know it today would not even exist.
Answers to these and other dramatic questions form the core of the course.
Our classes start at 6:30 in Room G in the church Annex. This is a video/discussion format; we watch a video on the subject and then discuss what we have seen. Classes usually last an hour to an hour and a half long (depending on how lively the discussion is).