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Tapestry of Faith Programs for Adults

Military Ministry Toolkit for Congregations is a six-workshop program for adults in Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith communities that seek to become more intentionally open and inviting to military servicepeople, veterans, and their families. The series of one-hour workshops provides a structured process, spiritually grounded in Unitarian Universalism, for:

  • learning about issues related to military service,
  • respectfully discussing issues of war and peace, and
  • preparing as individuals and as a faith community to welcome and support military personnel, veterans, and their families.

The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life—Online
Patricia Hall Infante and David H. Messner; Developmental Editor: Gail Forsyth-Vail
How do our financial lives intersect with our religious, spiritual, and community lives? How can we have a relationship with earning, spending, giving, and investing that is spiritually healthy and grounded in our deepest values? While money is a pervasive part of our day-to-day existence, it often receives little attention in our religious lives. As religious people, we have much to gain by making money a part of an intentional, covenanted and faithful conversation together. This program helps participants understand how decisions and attitudes about money can be a more effective force for living lives of meaning and value, and for creating positive change in themselves, their congregations and groups, our society and the world. Participants' exploration of money from many angles and perspectives opens the way for money to become less troublesome and more useful as a practical, life-giving tool.

Building the World We Dream About for Young AdultsOnline 
Mark Hicks, Contributing Editor India McKnight
Three years ago, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) published Building the World We Dream About. This new version of the program for Young Adults, is specifically tailored to the experiences of young adults whose life situations and congregational involvement are somewhat fluid. A program that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another in the congregation and in the communities of which the congregation is a part.

What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian UniversalistsOnline
Amber Beland and Manish Mishra-Marzetti Developmental Editor, Gail Forsyth-Vail
We are regularly faced with moral choices, big and small. How should we respond to a tricky family or relationship situation? What is the right thing to do when faced with a dilemma at work? What is the most ethical course for a community, state, or nation to follow, and how much am I prepared to invest in advocating for that course? How does morality or ethics enter my food and eating choices? How should morality or ethics enter my consumer decisions? How do we treat others? What must I do to follow the values of my Unitarian Universalist faith tradition?

Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History—Online
By Rev. Colin Bossen and Rev. Julia Hamilton
Grounded in the belief that even "failures" in our history can be instructive, this program presents the ongoing struggle of our tradition to live up to its ever-evolving ideals of social transformation. Themes include abolition, peace-making, civil rights, free speech, utopianism, counter-culture, the women’s movements of both 19th and 20th centuries, sexuality education, and LGBT equality.

Faith Like a River: Themes from Unitarian Universalist History—Online
By the Rev. Jackie Clement and the Rev. Alison Cornish
Faith Like a River explores the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history—the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. It invites participants to place themselves into our history and consider its legacies. What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present? What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future?

Building the World We Dream About—Online
By Mark A. Hicks, Ed.D.
Building the World We Dream About is a Unitarian Universalist program that seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial/ethnic groups understand and relate to one another. It consists of 24 two-hour workshops, with Taking It Home activities, reflections, and readings to be done between workshops. The program creates opportunities for participants to practice dreaming our world otherwise, and then commit to new, intentional ways of being. As Unitarian Universalists, we hope developing antiracist, antioppressive, and multicultural habits and skills will lead us to build the multicultural world of beloved community we dream about.
You can download a double-sided handout (PDF) that addresses common questions about the program.

The New UU—Online
By Jonalu Johnstone
The New UU program provides important tools to help congregations welcome, orient, and integrate newcomers into their faith communities. The program addresses the needs of newcomers who want to know more about who we are and what we believe. It provides opportunities for members of your congregation to share with newcomers what it means to them to be a Unitarian Universalist. It gives newcomers a chance to examine their own personal stories in the light of our Unitarian Universalist tradition and heritage. It provides a chance for newcomers to the congregation and long-timers to connect. It provides an explicit invitation to become a member.

What Moves Us: Unitarian Universalist Theology—Online
By Rev. Dr. Thandeka
This program explores the life experiences of both historic and contemporary Unitarian Universalist theologians, highlighting that which caused in them a change of heart, a new direction, new hope, and a deeper understanding of their own liberal faith.

Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership—Online
This program was developed in response to the needs of our lay leaders for leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. Fundamental to the program is the understanding that congregational leaders are operating at a time of rapid cultural change and face issues that require both skills and vision. Twelve workshops offer opportunities for both new and experienced leaders to enrich and deepen their skills and help them experience leadership as a Unitarian Universalist faith journey.

Principled Commitment—Online
By Melanie J. Davis Stephanie Haymaker, Ph.D. Craig Hirshberg, M.Div., and Richard Bellingham, Ed.D.
Developed in response to Unitarian Universalist adults’ desire to build strong relationships and our congregations’ desire to meet that need, the eleven workshops of Principled Commitment provide avenues for growing in faith while nourishing committed partnership. 

Spirit of Life—Online
By Barbara Hamilton-Holway
Spirit of Life program seeks to bring meaning, beauty, inclusivity, and growth to Unitarian Universalist adults as they deepen their spiritual awareness and connections.

Spirit in Practice—Online
By Erik Walker Wikstrom
Spirit in Practice was created to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it.

From the High Hill: Odyssey Writing for Elders—Online
By Reverend Anne Odin Heller
From The High Hill engages elders in mining the stories of a lifetime to create a presentation to share with peers, loved ones, and co-congregants. Two weekend retreats—one for preparation, one for presentations—frame an individual period of remembering, sorting, reflecting, and writing. Participants are guided to gather and reflect on stories that delight, that challenge, that invite new wisdom and understanding, and then to act on new goals that emerge from this process. Includes practical implementation guidelines, a thoughtful participant guide for writing a personal Odyssey, and suggestions for celebrating and honoring Odyssey writers in the small group formed for this purpose and in the congregation. From the High Hill is a significant tool for enriching your congregation’s ministry to elders.

For more information contact religiouseducation @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Monday, June 23, 2014.

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