“Come, come, whoever you are, wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving…”
13th century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi
(translated and interpreted)

Programs for adults give us the chance to go deeper— intellectually, socially, ethically, and spiritually. From workshops to community service, covenant groups to discussion groups, meditation to marching—all in the context of a supportive spiritual community—Unitarian Universalism has much to offer adults beyond our Sunday services.

We affirm a free and responsible search for truth and meaning from birth to death. Unitarian Universalism celebrates the ways that our needs, our hopes, and our beliefs change as life changes us.

We have programs for adults (ages 18+), young adults (ages 18-35), and older adults.

Forum

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Adults interested in discussing current issues on a wide range of topics are invited to join our Forum on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., in the Library building at the side of the UUCC at 2701 Heyward St., Columbia. Topics are posted in our newsletter, The Unigram, under News/Events page on this site, and in our weekly eblast. Contact administrator@uucolumbia.org to be added to our email list.

Classes/Workshops/Conferences:

  • Art for All

    artist at workArt for All is an open, on-going, self governing group. Join at any time. Thursdays from 10-12 PM at UUCC in the Social Hall. For adults interested in working on art (of their own choosing) together for support, encouragement, and feedback (no artists at workinstruction provided). Participants bring their own art supplies, including easels (as applicable). Participants are responsible for protecting tables and chairs and for clean-up after sessions. Each session is stand-alone. For more information, contact Ruthie Saunders at rsaunders@sc.edu or (803) 776-6608.

  • Chair YogaChair yoga 2

    Chair yoga resumes Wednesday, October 4! Please join us on Wednesdays at 11:00 am, for 9 sessions before the winter break (Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29). Chair Yoga entails about 45 minutes of real yoga that takes place mostly seated and is ideal for people who want to improve flexibility but who do not like (or for physical reasons cannot do) the typical yoga class. No special clothing or materials are needed and there is no cost. We welcome new and returning participants. We are also looking for additional instructors to allow for more flexibility in scheduling. If you have yoga instruction background, would like to take a training session in adapted yoga to become a Chair Yoga instructor, or are interested in participating in the class, please contact Ruthie Saunders at RuthPSaunders@outlook.com or 776-6608.

 

  • Short Course: American Grace

What is the role of religion in modern America and how do congregations work as social systems? A short course on the sociology of American religion, based on American Grace by Robert B. Putnam and David E, Campbell (2012) began September 3. at UUCC. The book is based on extensive surveys of religion and public life in America, including studies of congregations and interview findings.The course is offered in seven sessions, on alternate Sundays, between September 3, and December 3, at 1:00 pm in the UUCC Library. For more information and to sign up, please contact the instructor, Don Cooper, before August 31st at dnldcooper@gmail.com (preferred contact) or at 803-466-5087.

  • New Member Classes, led by Rev. Jeff, beginning Sunday, October 8

We will use the book, A Chosen Faith, available for purchase in the Social Hall prior to the service. Additional classes are scheduled on October 22, November 5, and November 19. You do not have to be a new member to attend these classes but we do encourage everyone who has joined this past year to come to the classes.

  • Christian Heritage Group, Tuesday, October 17

    The Christian Heritage Group will meet Tuesday, October 17, at 11:00 a.m. in classroom 8. Please come fellowship with us if you are a Christian or interested in our group. Our topic will center on each person’s concept of God. It should prove to be an interesting discussion. If you have any questions call Jenny Beale 803- 261- 0286. Bring a bag lunch or snack if want to discuss more as we eat lunch together.

  • The UUA Common Read for 2017 – 2018 — Part 1, Monday, October 30

This year the UUA selected two books for the annual Common Read. The Adult Religious Education committee, along with Rev. Jeff, will host dedicated discussions of each of these books. Our first discussion will center on Daring Democracy. Rev. Jeff will lead discussions twice on Monday, October 30, in the social hall. The first discussion session will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the second group, which is a repeat of the morning session, will meet at 6:00 p.m. A member of the ARE committee has books for sale prior to the 11:00 am service in the Social Hall on Sundays. All are welcome to share and discuss this important work! If child care is needed for either session please notify Stephanie Palmer Smith, dre@uucolumbia.org, in advance.

 

  • Course on Spiritual Practices

    Adult Religious Education would like to sponsor a course on spiritual practices. The course would be interactive and inclusive of all forms of spirituality. If you would be interested in facilitating this course please contact Pat Mohr at patmohr@mindspring.com.