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: Once per month; dates TBD

Time/Location: 11:15 -12PM In-Person

Facilitated By: Earth Ministry

Description: The UUMAN Earth Ministry Vision is – “We deeply embrace the natural world and are stewards of our Earth for now and for the next seven generations.  We are respected in our community for environmental action.” Come spend time with members of the Earth Ministry team as we explore and discuss together what we are doing and what more we can do at UUMAN to meet this Vision.

Possible topics: Climate action, climate crisis, climate justice


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: 2/12, 3/12, 4/9 (2rd 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.