Classes for Adults

Activities & Programs: Adult Faith Development

The Adult Faith Development Council coordinates and publicizes classes and programs for the adult members and friends of Unitarian Universalist Church West. The objective is to support personal spiritual development, foster awareness and appreciation of diverse religious practices, deepen our sense of community, and explore the everyday manifestations of the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism. If you would like more information about the Adult Faith Development Council, please contact Maria O'Connor, UUCW Director of Religious Education.


Deepen your connection to our Unitarian Universalist community by joining one or more of our exciting small group discussions on the following fascinating topics. Spaces are limited and registration is required. Pre-register online, noting in the comment section which group you wish to attend. Or contact Maria O’Connor.


Second Thursday Afternoons, ongoing through June, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 pm
One of the several living traditions shared by Unitarian Universalists is “humanist teachings which council us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.” Using articles, readings, and interesting resources, we discuss these teachings and how we might carry them into the present. Answers may or may not be found, but the journey will be fun! Facilitated by the Rev. Sarah Oelberg.

Writing Circle
First and Third Wednesday Mornings, ongoing through May, 2017
9:30 – 11:45 am
Gather in an intimate writing circle to give voice to written words and to honor the words of others. Poetry, journal, fiction, or memoir writers are all welcome. We provide a safe, non-competitive environment to write, strengthen our voices, and cultivate our creativity. As we share, we build connection and community. We follow the model Mary Pierce Brosmer developed for her organization Women Writing for (a) Change. Facilitated by Helen Ambuel and Ginny Scholtz

Body and Soul

A Short Documentary Film Festival

This special public event sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church West Faith Development Program features several Milwaukee-area independent filmmakers reflecting on diversity and disability, perseverance and hope.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Our anchor short documentary for this evening’s special event is “Avi, La Petite Ballerina,” by Susan Kerns. The film follows Avi, who uses a wheelchair, as she awakens to the world of ballet. Avi is "super not a girly girl," according to her mother, yet through a special ballet program, music and dance become motivational influences in her life.

Join us for this special viewing of several local, short documentaries, followed by discussion with the filmmakers themselves! Hosted by UUCW member Matt Finesilver, Maria O’Connor, UUCW Director of Religious Education, and Susan Kerns, assistant professor of cinema and science at Columbia University.

Stay tuned for a detailed list of other featured films and guest filmmakers. There is no fee for the event, although free-will donations to support the filmmakers are gladly accepted.

The Third Reconstruction Book Discussion

Monday, February 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
– or –
Sunday, March 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join the UUA Common Read discussion of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement, by the Rev. Dr. William Barber, in one of these two repeated discussion opportunities.

Drawing on the prophetic traditions of Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, Rev. Barber challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition-building in a society that is fractured and polarized. Find helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements and resistance that respond to the political realities of today. Session leaders are the Rev. Joyce Palmer and Karen Zimmerman.

Spaces are limited! Pre-register online, noting in the comment section which session you wish to attend. Or contact Maria O’Connor.


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