Adult Religious Education at High Street is currently on hiatus for the summer months and will resume in September 2017. We are in the midst of a reorganization of the Adult RE program and volunteers are needed to facilitate discussions or teach classes. For those who might be interested in such an undertaking, contact the Rev. Cassandra Howe. Creative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking are encouraged and no reasonable proposal will be rejected. Preference will be given to classes which address social justice issues, personal and spiritual growth, and the themes guiding our worship each month.
For the last twelve years at High Street, adults have gathered together on Sunday mornings to discuss religion, philosophy, ethics, spiritual and personal growth, Unitarian Universalist history and theology, and/or current events. Classes have varied in length (dependent on topic), often separated by a one or two week break.
Class topics have included “The Bible for Religious Liberals,” “One World, Many Faiths,” and “Islam – The World’s Fastest Growing Faith.” We have studied a number of books, including Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, John Shelby Spong’s The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love, and Paul Loeb’s The Impossible Will Take a Little While. At least once a year, a class has focused on a topic specific to our Unitarian Universalist heritage.
Classes generally meet in the Fellowship Hall classroom most Sundays at 9:30 AM. We welcome all members and friends of High Street Church whether you’ve been attending for years (in some cases, decades) or whether you are new to our community.
For more information, check out the classes’s Facebook page.
The mission of Adult Religious Education at High Street Church is fourfold:
- To build community by offering a safe, nurturing environment where members and friends can hear each others’ stories and share their own,
- To provide an opportunity for spiritual growth and personal development,
- To educate members and friends about our Unitarian Universalist heritage, and the current ministry and mission of our denominational family, and
- To provide members and friends with a basic understanding of religious studies, including the scriptures and essential tenets of the world’s great religious faiths, the interconnections between religion, philosophy, science and current events, and the development of a consistent liberal religious ethic.