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Adult Religious Education

Our Adult Religious Education program allows us to discern, explore, celebrate and be challenged by our spiritual yearnings. We provide opportunities to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, spiritual practice and personal theology, along with a variety of other topics such as current events and world religions.

Exploring religious truth, meaning and experience is central to Unitarian Universalist faith, and faith development is central to our liberal religious education. In communities and as individuals we seek lives of meaning anchored by values and a commitment to promote principles of justice, love, trust, safety, tolerance and encouragement. We want to deepen in spirit and nurture our souls; we strive to contribute to and shape the wider world for the greater good. We recognize that we are part of an interdependent web of life.

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers lifespan resources for education, worship, advocacy, and social action that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.

In Her Name Circle

Led by Joy Reichard - Usually every 2nd Thursday (unless otherwise noted), 7:00-9:30 pm ub Beck Hall

In Her Name Circles offer programs on Feminine Wisdom supporting female empowerment and expanded consciousness.

Newcomers' Circle

This basic introduction to our community allows people a chance to get to know one another better and learn more about what it means to be a part of UUSM.

Our gatherings normally occur on Sunday mornings during social hour in the Hemingway Lounge, just across from the entrance to the sanctuary. Please check the calendar for upcoming dates, or contact the office for more information.

Getting to Know UU

Social Gathering and Dessert Reception
Sunday, Feb. 27, 6:30-8:00 pm
Beck Hall

Are you a visitor interested in learning more? Have you been considering membership? We’ll gather to get to know one another and learn more about Unitarian Universalism (and this congregation in particular) and the process of becoming a member.

Please RSVP to the office (650-342-5946 x 11) by Feb. 20. Childcare provided if requested by RSVP date.

UUSM Book Group

Usually every 4th Sunday (see dates below), 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Hemingway Lounge

    We read both fiction and non-fiction so that we can share and enhance our reading experiences, build friendships, and provide intellectual stimulation.
    Books are chosen by the group
    Book discussions are facilitated by the individual who suggests the book or another volunteer
    Members bring their own questions or comments about the book
    In addition to the books we discuss, we provide a forum to share suggestions for other books that participants have enjoyed
    We usually meet the fourth Sunday of every month (see schedule for specific dates), after the second service, in Hemingway Lounge
    Participants bring a brown bag lunch

Upcoming meetings:

April 27, 2014 – My Stroke of Insight by Jill Taylor Bolte

May 25, 2014 – Longbourn by Jo Baker

June 22, 2014 – Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen

July 27, 2014 – Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Aug. 24, 2014 – Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett, and Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
(same story told from two different points of view)

Sept. 28, 2014 – David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Oct. 26, 2014 – Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman

November – No Meeting

Dec. 7, 2014 (Offsite) – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Jan. 25, 2015 – Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Feb. 22, 2015 – Meet to pick new books