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Adult Religious Education

Adult RE Let's GRow Together

The Adult RE program at First U.U. includes individuals who thrive on thinking, learning, sharing and growing together. This fall, several classes will be offered for enrichment, listed below. For questions and to register, contact Rhonda Wingfield at

Adult RE, Winter, Spring 2015

YOGA, with Michele Nierle.
Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 27.  Feb. 3, 10, 24; 7-8:15.  $40, and your own Yoga mat.
Designed for anyone wanting to explore the many facets of yoga, this 75 minute class will include practicing physical postures, centering through meditation and breathing techniques, and consider yoga philosophy in harmony with the UU topic of the month.  You are in the perfect body for a yoga practice!  

Forgiveness. Let’s Take Another Look, with Susan Kohler.
Sundays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15.    12:30-1:30    $15.
Study the practice of forgiveness by using myths and folktales from different traditions. Topics include defining forgiveness, forgiving ourselves and others, developing empathy and compassion, and the role of anger. The format will be introducing the topic, telling a wisdom tale, a meditative silence, and group discussion. Take home questions to be provided for continued reflection.

Wednesday Minister’s Class, UU Thought, Spirit, Action! with Rev. Jeanne.
Feb. 4- April 29.  6:30-8. No registration. No fee. Continuous open enrollment.
This is a lively series on Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist ideas, beliefs, and practices over time and in the contemporary challenges of our congregational life. Get to know our tradition and your fellow members!

Who Would You Select?  Embodying our Principles, with Anne-Marie McCartan.
Mondays, Feb. 2, 9, 16; 7-8:30.   $15.
Imagine if the side walls of the Great Hall were to be decorated with a mural of people who have lived lives that embody our principals, particularly “the inherent worth and dignity of every individual” and “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” You volunteer to serve on the committee to identify the individuals who would be depicted in it.  Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Mother Teresa come to mind, but who else in modern times might qualify?

In this 3-meeting class, we will identify others and, after some research between classes (as simple as a Wikipedia search), participants will come prepared to discuss questions such as “What guided this person to live a life of love and justice?” “To what extent were his/her actions religiously or spiritually motivated?” “What lasting impression did this person make on history, and how have we followed her/his lead in our own actions?” “To what extent is personal sacrifice necessary to achieve such noteworthy lives?”  “What is a hero, and does this word define these individuals?”

Living the Pledge, with Annette Marquis and Anita Lee.  Tuesdays, February 3, 24, March 24, April 28, and May 26; 7-9 pm.  $15.
Registration deadline: Sunday, Jan 25.  Maximum number of 40.
On December 7, one hundred ninety-two (192) First UU members and friends signed the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond Pledge and many more have signed since then. Based on The Birmingham Pledge, this is a commitment to confront racism and prejudice wherever we see it, in ourselves, in others, in our congregation, and in our community. This five-session workshop will offer opportunities to reflect, to learn, and to practice how to develop and maintain this commitment.  Participants are asked to commit to all being present at all five sessions and to doing the reading and other assignments between sessions.

U.U. Rituals for the Family, with Rhonda Wingfield, DLRE, and Emilija Motivans.
Wednesdays, Feb. 11, 18, 25.  6:30-7:30.   No fee. Childcare provided for those 4 yrs old and under.
This three part class is designed exclusively for families of children in grades 1-6. Parents and students attend together to discover the history of Chalice Lighting, Flower Communion, Water Communion, and other UU rituals while sharing special rituals you observe at home. Enjoy hands-on learning together!

Introduction to Ballroom Dance, with Michael Recant, Debbie Hood, Karen Willis.
Thursdays, Feb. 12-Mar. 12. 6:30-8:45. $40 couples, $30 individuals.
Are you interested in exploring something totally new?  Have you always wanted to try Ballroom/Latin dance but never got around to it?  Check out the physical, mental, and social benefits of ballroom dancing.  Enhance your appreciation of music, increase your sense of balance, and develop a more open, understanding, responsive and supportive relationship with others.  For singles, it is a great way to be socially active while getting exercise at the same time.  For couples, ballroom is a “team” activity, where you and your partner work together on enjoying this fun activity.  Learn the basics of ballroom dancing in four dances: Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba and Swing.  The class is for those with little or no experience.  Singles, couples and same-sex couples are welcome.

Michael has been teaching beginning Ballroom private lessons and group classes in the Richmond Metro area for over 18 years and enjoys a reputation as being both an excellent teacher and making Ballroom/Latin dance understandable and fun.

REGISTER FOR ALL CLASSES by placing a registration form in the box at the Receptionist’s desk in the Lobby. Or, contact:
Rhonda Wingfield
Director, Lifespan Religious Education