At First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, adult programming is divided into two tracks: social justice (SJ) and religion and spirituality (RS). All Sunday-morning workshops are drop-in, but many evening and weekend programs require registration. In addition, we offer one-time lectures and special events.
Here’s what we have planned for fall 2016!
NOTE: Special all-church programming will be offered October 23 and 30.
Block 2: November 6 – December 18*
Building Your Own Theology (SJ/RS)
Led by Diana Davies
Based on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian, this classic UU adult education program invites participants to develop their own personal credos. Required reading: Building Your Own Theology, vol. 1. Registration is strongly advised. Please email Diana Davies to register.
A Chosen Faith (RS)
Led by Hannah Roberts Villnave
A group discussion, this workshop is considered First Unitarian’s “Beginnings 201,” for newcomers who are not so new anymore. Required reading: A Chosen Faith.
*Religious education classes (children’s, youth, and adult) will not be held December 25 through January 8.
Extended Session: Interfaith Justice, evenings September 18 – December 18
Led by Diana Davies. This group is now filled.
This 8-session, evening small group digs deeper than “We Who Defy Hate” Sunday morning classes. Participants must register in advance and should make a commitment to attend as many sessions as possible. Participants will develop their own group covenant, and share at a deeper level. The sessions will prepare participants to engage in interfaith social justice work. Those who complete this program may wish to participate in a spring 2017 interfaith small group with members of other local churches, mosques, temples, or other religious groups.
About the Facilitators
Diana Davies is serving in the second year of her intern ministry at First Unitarian. She is a third-year divinity student at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Before entering seminary, she had a 20+ year career in higher education, teaching Russian language and literature, and literary theory, as well as leading international initiatives at the University of Iowa and Princeton University. She has a deep commitment to intercultural and interfaith work, and is very excited to be teaching both “We Who Defy Hate: An Interfaith Preparation for Social Justice Action” and “Building Your Own Theology” this fall. Diana is also honored to serve as a coach for the “We Who Defy Hate” curriculum as it is rolled out nationally. In this role, she will be helping people across the country to adapt and modify the curriculum to the needs of their congregation or religious organization. Besides her studies and congregational work, Diana is a yoga teacher, animal lover, committed vegan, and big fan of flamenco, Gypsy punk, vintage clothes, “The Walking Dead,” and “The Leftovers.”