Adult Religious Education – or Exploration – is a piece of what we call Adult Faith Development, which is the life-long process – or journey – of coming to understand more fully our values and principles and living into them, incorporating our chosen religious faith more fully into our lives, becoming Unitarian Universalists in the fullest sense of the name. “Everything we do is faith development, and the congregation is the curriculum,” per Connie Goodbread of the UUA Southern Region staff.

At UUMAN Adult Religious Exploration includes planned opportunities for spiritual growth, intellectual stimulation, the acquisition of new skills, fellowship, and the building of personal connections with other members. We delve into Unitarian and Universalist history and theology, spirituality and spiritual paths, social justice issues, ethics and morality, and life issues, using curricula developed by the UUA, other religious institutions and authors, and by our own members.

UUMAN 2nd Hour Enrichment

Here are the offerings for the Spring 2023 (with more to be added in late spring):
Feel free to “drop-in” to any class at any time. Some classes offer the option of registration/signup simply to help the facilitators communicate with attendees in advance and plan programming.


Centered Leadership
Dates: 1/8, 1/22, 2/5
Time/Location: 11:15 -12PM In-Person
Facilitated By: UUMAN Board
Description: The course  is designed for people considering leadership, who are beginning to lead or who have leadership experience in contexts other than Unitarian Universalist faith communities. We will cover:
  • how covenant is the center of UU faith
  • how our congregational polity works
  • how we can create strong, healthy communities
  • a deeper understanding of being a committed member of our congregations and the wider UUA
  • how being a member of a congregation is a “lab” for building Beloved Community



Stewards of the Earth
Dates: 1/15, 2/26, 3/19, 4/16
Time/Location: 11:15 -12PM In-Person
Facilitated By: Earth Ministry
Description: A member of the UUMAN Earth Ministry team will present a topic relative to its Mission and Vision. Please join us!


  • January 15 – Ethical Investing – How can we live our Values, Mission and Vision while also investing in businesses and corporations?”
  • February 26 – TextilesThe pollution produced by the textile industry has a significant impact on the planet.  The main environmental problems caused by the textile industry include water pollution, air pollution, and solid waste pollution.  During this class, we will explore the problem and provide some solutions you can implement in your everyday life.
  • March 19 – TBD
  • April 16 – Earth Day!


Eating to Extinction
Dates: 2/12, 2/19
Time/Location: 11:15 -12PM In-Person
Facilitated By: Gus Hadorn and Jennifer Ratcliffe
Description: Based on the documentary “Eating to Extinction,” we look at the global impact of mono-agriculture and what local solutions we can all implement.


30 Days of Love
Dates: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12
Time/Location: 11:15 -12PM In-Person
Facilitated By: Dave Dunn & Others
Description: Side With Love, the UUA’s public advocacy campaign, is kicking off their annual month of spiritual nourishment, political grounding, and shared practices of faith and justice.Each week will feature a spiritual theme overlapping with one of Side With Love’s intersectional justice priorities.



Dates: 1/22, 2/26, 3/26, 4/23 (4th Sunday of the month)
Time/Location: 11:15 -12PM In-Person
Facilitated By: Debra Burrell
Description: MUUsicShare is a just-for-fun music jam for all ages and abilities.  All instruments, all voices are welcome, as well as all ears; come to play, come to sing, come to listen.


Sunday Service Reflections
Dates: Every Sunday
Time/Location: 11:15 -12PM/In-Person
Facilitated By: David Kroeber
Description: Please join us to reflect on Sunday’s service and service topic in a small group setting. What are your thoughts on the topic? What impact could the service/service topic have on your life?


Neighborhood Connections Ministry
Dates: 2/19, 3/26, 4/23
Time/Location: 11:15 -12PM In-Person
Facilitated By: Dave Dunn
Description: Participants will agree to volunteer their efforts (8hrs/month) at a non-profit or social service agency in their local community. A list of potential agencies and their contact information will be provided but each participant may arrange their own volunteer service as their spirit calls them.
Once a month, participants will meet to reflect on their experiences.


Poetry Forum
Dates: 1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/16 (3rd Sunday of the Month)
Time/Location: 11:15 -12PM
Facilitated By: Rollin Mathis & Others
Description: All are welcome to participate in UUMAN’s monthly poetry discussion. This class will explore poets and their poems in a friendly and relaxed setting, paying particular attention to ways in which the author’s writing reflects principles of Unitarian Universalism.