Adult Faith Formation
The search for the truth is a lifelong project. Our beliefs and understanding often change over time. This is wisdom.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango offers classes for parents to support them in the work of raising their children, for adults as they learn to navigate life’s difficult times and to explore theology, world religions, and our own ethics and values.
Here is our Fall/Winter 2020 line up:
A Self Paced Class
Examining Whitness is a Unitarian Universalist curriculum targeted to white individuals and groups who want to further their white anti-racist identities. The curriculum covers such topics as the history of white supremacy in the United States, the shaping of white identity by racism, white power and privilege, and developing a positive white identity. This is a self-paced class with Zoom meet ups as needed. The curriculum includes sections on:
- The History of White Supremacy in the United States
- The Emotional Lives of White People
- Racial Identity Development
- Racial Identity Journey
- White Power and Privilege
- Developing a Positive White Identity
The class is self paced supported with Zoom meet-ups. Enroll here.
Hindsight, Humor and Hope: What, Me an Elder?!
Begins October 20
This program helps people as they begin to redesign their later years into a time of reflection, discernment, soul stretching, and new life possibilities. This gift of extended years finds many people becoming elders with deep personal questions such as, Who am I now? and What will I do that is meaningful? We will meet on Zoom. Sessions include:
- Elderhood – A Work in Progress
- Solitude and Connection – The Stuff of Life
- Diving Through the Layers – The Fabric of My Life
- Creating New Visions – Building on Experience
- Making Friends with Mortality
- Hindsight, Humor, and Hope
The class will take place on Tuesdays 6:00-7:00, October 20-November 24 via Zoom. Leaders are Sara Sautter, Interim Dir. of Faith Formation and TBA .
Please enroll here.
Unitarian Universalist History: History Through People and Their Stories
POSTPONED: Now January 15 at 5:00
We will look at some of the theologians that shaped our faith and their personal stories of discovery. History made especially for online learning. We will meet on Zoom.
The class will be lead by Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris and will take place on January 13 from 5:00-6:30.
Please enroll here.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent
Starts on November 3, asychronous and Facebook Group based
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent is an important book by Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author Isabel Wilkerson. It examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.
Facilitated by Sara Sautter, this class begins November 3. We will read 10 pages per day and comment daily through a Facebook group.
Please enroll here.
Covenant Circles – Small Group Ministry
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango believes strongly in the importance of small group ministry. Covenant Circles is our small group ministry program. These are deep sharing groups of covenanted members who meet regularly to explore topics, often from our Soul Matters partners.
Covenant Circles meet for a finite period of time and then re-form into new groups. This refreshing of group membership allows deep relationships to form between many members and provides changing diversity of theology to the groups. All members are encouraged to be part of Covenant Circles.
Please contact us here is you are interested in participating in a Covenant Circle.