The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence believes that the spiritual life is not a destination but a journey.  We provide adult religious education classes and forums to help members and friends along the path they have chosen for that journey.  Some offerings specifically address religious questions.  Others explore ethical and political questions of contemporary relevance.  Still others present subjects of general interest.  All are intended to stimulate reflection, discussion, and fellowship. 

Sessions are offered following the Sunday service and during weeknights. 

January Adult Education

Parent and Caregiver Group: Raising White Kids
Parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone else who is interested is invited to participate in a book group with Raising White Kids by Jen Harvey. This book provides a framework and tips for educating white children who are anti racist. Kate Kruckemeyer will facilitate the group and childcare will be provided for children. Lunch available for all. Books available at a 20% discount. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

  • January 5, 11:30-1 pm. Chapters 1-4. 
  • February 2, 11:30-1 pm. Chapter 5-End

Credo Writing Workshop - January 8, 6:30-8:00 pm. This class is an opportunity to explore the theme of the month (leadership and authority) through personal reflection, writing, and discussion. Led by Reverend Janet Bush and Beth Ann Jedziniak.

Opioid Overdose Education - January 12, 11:30-12:30. Come learn and discuss how the opioid overdose crisis is impacting the region.  Gain a basic understanding of the physiology of addiction, how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, and how our community is responding and how you can get involved. Attendees can leave with Narcan, a drug that reverses an opioid overdose, if they choose. 

Building the World We Dream About: Adult Racial Justice Learning Circle - January 19, 12:30-3 pm.

Spiritual Practice Exploration: Each month, we are offering an opportunity to learn about and try out a different contemplative or spiritual practice.
Lectio Divina - January 22, 6:30-8:00 pm. Contemplative reading and other spiritual practices to try at home. A participatory experience of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, and a few other simple practices using chant or poetry. 

  • Zentangle 2/26, Zen Meditation 3/25, Reiki 4/29. 

Young Adult Skill Share - January 26, 11:30 

Racial Justice Movie Night: Music Videos - January 31, 7-8:30 pm. 

 

Parents & Caregivers Group
This group generally meets once a month after the service. This is a small group to explore topics around parenting from a thoughtful, spiritual, social justice orientation; how to be a UU parent. Childcare and snacks provided. 

Credo Exploration
Explore your beliefs about spiriuality, values, theology, and what matters. As a culmination of this class, the adults will write a credo statement, sharing their beliefs and values. 

Spiritual Practices
Once a month on Wednesdays, January through April, we will offer an opportunity to worship in different ways, from creating art to singing to Lectio Divina ("Divine Reading").

Racial Justice
Throughout the year there will be discussion groups, book clubs, movie nights, and other opportunities to explore racism, priviledge, bias, and how to stand up against injustice. 

Please watch the monthly Pioneer and the weekly Sunday Times for announcements of upcoming adult education opportunities.  For more information, please contact Rich West at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jessica Harwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .