Adult Religious Education


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Adult Religious Education Expands Horizons

Our Adult Religious Education classes provide a wide variety of learning opportunities, from Sharing Poetry to African drumming to discussions of Philosophy and Theology. Classes are taught by members and friends of the congregation as well as ministers and staff.  All courses are free, and we can often provide childcare if at least two families request it for a given course or event.  The Prologue newsletter also lists ongoing classes and events of interest to adults.

For questions about Adult Religious Education, contact Dr. Michele Grove at grove (at)

Ongoing Adult Religious Education Opportunities:

UU Freethinkers Meet every other Sunday 12:45 pm

The UU Freethinkers bi-weekly meeting creates the opportunity for participants to raise questions and engage in open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern. Every other Sunday via Zoom at 12:45 pm. To join, contact Harold Ogren or Ann Watzel.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Season 5)

A Drop-in Group with Rev. Barbara Child

Through October 26
You are invited to join me on a journey of personal exploration
through autobiographical writing in community on Zoom.
  • We will meet every Tuesday afternoon 1:00-2:00 p.m. through October 26.
  • Even if you took part in one or more sessions during Season 1, 2, 3, or 4, you need to register for Season 5 by clicking HERE.
  • You need to register only once, and can then attend as many Season 5 sessions after that as you choose. The link will stay the same for each session. You may register up to a few minutes before a session begins.
  • Here is a full description of “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” and what happens in our Zoom room on Tuesday afternoons at 1:00.
–Rev. Barbara Child

Earth Kin Celebrates Samhain Friday, October 29

Join Earth Kin for our Samhain Ritual on Friday, October 29th, from 7-9 pm. This ritual is our first in-person event since Imbolc (February) 2020.
On Samhain (Sow-in)—the Celtic New Year and third harvest festival—the veil between the world of the living and the dead is thinnest. Earth Kin’s Samhain ritual will honor this sacred time of the year by remembering and communing with our ancestors and preparing ourselves for the time of darkness from Samhain until the winter solstice. All are welcome to bring photographs of or offerings to the ancestor(s) you wish to honor, whether they be blood relations, friends, loved ones, or chosen ancestors.
We will hold the ritual outdoors, weather permitting, but move inside if necessary. Outdoors, masks are recommended, and indoors, masks are required. We are also limiting this event to 15 participants to ensure proper physical distancing. Please email Brooke Opel at bopel88 (at) to register for the ritual and obtain more event details. Registration will be first-come, first-serve.

UU Humanist Forum Meets every other Sunday, 12:45 p.m.

Every other Sunday at 12:45 pm, our UU Humanists meet together online on Zoom for discussion. Click here for a list of current topics. Email Harold Ogren or Ann Watzel if you would like to join the discussion.

Monthly Life Stories Writing Group

Welcomes New Members —
Next Meeting Thursday, November 11
Thinking about writing a story from your life? We invite you to join the monthly life writers, a supportive group that meets on the second Thursday of every month from 3 to 5, on Zoom. Attendees usually read short excerpts from work in progress. If you are new, it’s fine to just listen and ask a few questions. To get your Zoom invitation for November 11, email John Woodcock at woodcock (at)

Shambhala Meditation Online on Mondays

Every Monday at noon online, or anytime it’s easy, since there are saved sessions, you can join Sarah Flint in this 2500-year-old practice of cultivating peace and inner wisdom. Contact Sarah Flint to join the group in real time. On Facebook at UU Bloomington Meditation.

Open Mind Zen Online

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Open Mind Zen with Frank Seisho Diaz is currently holding meetings away from our building. If you’d like to participate, visit and use their contact page for more information.


Here are links to some of our previous course offerings.

Adult Religious Education Fall 2017

Adult Religious Education Courses — Winter/Spring 2017

Fall 2016 Adult Religious Education

Fall 2015 Adult Religous Education Course List

November 2014 Adult Religious Education Course List

Early Fall 2014 Adult Religious Education

Here is a link to the course proposal form to use if you would like to offer a course:

Adult Religious Education proposal form 2016