Among my favorite classes in seminary was on the spiritual lives and religious journeys of adults. It was a joint class between Union Theological Seminary, my alma mater, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, located just across the street. Two professors of religious education taught the class. Every week, we read a memoir with spiritual themes (my favorites included The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride, Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor, and Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion by Danya Ruttenberg). Our classes consisted mostly of thinking about how we might serve the authors—or people with similar paths—should they attend our churches or synagogues. It was a powerful practice that changed how all of us thought about adult religious education.
Learning about people’s spiritual paths is something I love about being a minister. I think engaging our religious paths is especially important in Unitarian Universalism, since so many of us started our lives in other religious tradition or no religious tradition. Exploring our faith journeys is the theme of the first class I’ll be teaching as your minister. Owning Your Religious Past is a class in which participants explore their religious journeys and share some of their insights with their classmates. I will be leading this class on Tuesdays from October 20 through November 17 at 6:30pm. We will journal and draw and tell stories. There will be group sharing and private exploration. This class is for people who were raised in other faith traditions or no tradition as well as people who are lifelong Unitarian Universalists. I’m looking forward to this chance to get to know some of you better—and for you to get to know one another’s stories as well.
See you in church,