Religious Education Blog
Long Strange Trip
Sunday, Nov. 20, 10:00 AM the Membership Committee and Adult Religious Education starts a new six-part video series entitled “Long Strange Trip” -- “A Journey through Two Thousand Years of Unitarian Universalist History” produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association. If you are new to the Fellowship or a Charter Member you will find this series educational and interesting
Part I - In the Beginning… Nov. 20
Part I examines the roots of liberal religious thought prior to the Reformation, including heretics such as Jan Hus. It concludes with the life of Michael Servetus.
Part II - The Birth of Unitarianism Dec. 4
Part II chronicles how Servetus’ message influenced David Ferenc in Transylvania and led to the formation of the first coherent Unitarian theology. It traces that theology as in spreads to Poland and then west Europe towards the Netherlands and England. It discusses the work of Theophilus Lindsey and Joseph Priestley in forming an organized English Unitarianism.
Part III - American Unitarianism Jan. 1
Part III talks about the development of Unitarianism in America from 1620 through the death of Theodore Parker in 1860. It details the three separate Unitarian faiths – the Socinianism of Joseph Priestley, The Arianism of William Ellery Channing and the Transcendentalism of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Theodore Parker.
Part IV – Universalism Jan. 15
Part IV documents the development of Universalism from the early German and English pietists, to John Murry, Elhanan Winchester, and Hosea Ballou. It details the unprecedented explosion of Universalist churches across America during the first half of the 19th century and discusses why the movement began its precipitous decline after the death of Hosea Ballou in 1850.
Part V – Evolution Jan. 29
Part V follows both Unitarianism and Universalist through the late 19th and early 20th centuries as they evolve from Christian bible-oriented religious to our present-day non-creedal movement. It discusses influences as diverse as the Civil War, Feminism and Suffrage, Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, and the Social Gospel.
Part VI - The Hundred Year Waltz Feb. 5
Part VI documents the century-long courtship between Unitarianism and Universalism that culminated in the merger in 1961. It follows Unitarian Universalism through its first half century and discusses where it may go from here.
CHILDREN’S Religious Education
Children's RE is held during the regular service times. The children usually begin in the sanctuary for the opening of the service, and leave with the RE instructor after the minister presents a children's story. If there is no children's story, we will go directly to the lower level where children's RE is held.
New children are always welcome. Children are also welcome to sit with their adult family members during the service.
For more details, contact Barb Logan.
ADULT Religious Education
On alternate Sundays we meet at 10 AM to discuss topics relating religious and ethical issues to current events and considering ideas that contribute to the spirit and meaning of our group.
Look at our calendar to see the current topic.