Learning and exploring spirituality never ends; it is a life-long process. Here at UUSS we are committed to life long learning and development as we live by our fourth principle: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” As a way to support the growth, development, and search of our community, we offer the following adult faith development opportunities:

Weekly Drop-In Programs:

Coffee, Crullers, and Conversation (CC&C) Sunday morning 9:30am; Drop-in
This long running program offers a drop-in opportunity for our community to join in discussion and debate before our Sunday morning service. We will provide coffee for those who would otherwise be too sleepy to stay awake for the service.  We will provide crullers for those who skipped breakfast just to get to church early enough to attend CC&C.  And, and, we will provide conversation for those who require an intellectual connection to other human beings.  It is with this last item that your help is required.  Don’t let the “ding darn know-it-alls” who run CC&C dominate the conversation.  You must have a philosophy, a presentation, a topic that is worthy of consideration and discussion.  If so, schedule it by contacting Bill MacTiernan at bigmiketuna@fgmail.com.   Remember: You too can be a conversation dominator!

Philosophy Group Wednesdays 10am-11:30am; Drop-In
The UUSS Philosophy Group was begun in 1972 by minister Rudy Nemser. The group reads and discusses three or four books per year, chosen by the members. Readings generally fall into the categories of philosophy, religion, the classics, and occasionally a subject of current interest. Visitors are always welcome. The group meets every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Emerson room at UUSS.  More information about the Philosophy Group can be found here.

Registration Preferred:

Long Strange Trip: An Exploration of UU History Wednesday evenings 7 – 9 p.m. February 28 – April 4, 2018; Register here.

With a set of six DVDs detailing the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism, we explore the foundations and formation of our faith. Knowing and understanding our past can help us determine what we want to do in our present.

UU Wellspring – Sources Registration closed for 2017-18 year; Registration for 2018-19 classes begins spring 2018.
Following the Opening Retreat, held on Saturday, September. 9, classes meet on the following Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m.:
Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Dec. 20, Jan. 3, Jan. 17, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, May 30, June 6.

Wellspring is a course in spiritual deepening designed specifically for UUs! In this intentional 10-month program, participants study the history of Unitarian Universalism and explore spiritual questions in a small group setting. Five interconnected components serve as guideposts: commitment to a daily spiritual practice, monthly spiritual direction, meetings twice a month, readings, and putting faith into action. Honor the voice of your inner teacher as you reflect on life’s biggest questions. To find out more, contact Rosemary Bishop at rosybishop23@gmail.com or 339-7814. For more information about Wellspring, click here.

Getting to Know UU Register for Spring 2018 Register here.

Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 7 – 9 pm
Whether you just came through the church doors or have spent years trying to figure this place out, this small group workshop addresses the basics of what it means to be an active Unitarian Universalist, and provides an opportunity to connect with others who share your interests while you explore our historic liberal faith tradition. Topics include UU history and theology, faith development, how we worship in a covenantal faith, and how we express our values through social justice.

Membership Class April 28, 2018, 9-1pm; Register following Getting to Know UU
After our Getting to Know UU program, our Membership Class is the next step on the path to membership. This is a one-time Saturday morning class with others who have been on this journey toward membership.  The class covers the expectations for UU members as well as opportunities for you to express which programs or committees you feel drawn to.  The opportunity to make a commitment to membership is given at the end of class. For more information on our journey to membership, click here. Questions? Email Congregational Life Coordinator


World Religions Usually offered in the fall
Wisdom from the world’s religions” is one of the Sources of the living tradition we cherish as Unitarian Universalists. The search for truth and meaning, and spiritual growth, are inherent in our Principles and Purposes.
Join with us in this six week course where we travel to exotic locations around the world and see how such religions as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Protestantism and Catholicism have shaped cultures, changed history and left their mark on humanity. Learn fascinating facts about the striking similarities and differences in these faith traditions.Each week we will view a DVD narrated by Ben Kingsley which will describe the history and fundamental beliefs of each faith, and then have an opportunity to enter into dialogue with a knowledgeable representative of that faith.


Race: the Power of an Illusion Jan 8, 15, 22, 12pm-2pm; Class completed for this year, but reading materials available here.
The Social Action Team on Race is starting programs to raise our consciousness around privilege and racial justice. This PBS series will offer us a chance to learn and discuss as we begin to unfold our implicit bias. This series makes us think- what if we suddenly discovered that our most basic assumption about race – for instance, that the world’s people can be divided biologically along racial lines – was false? For more information on the Social Action Team on Race, click here.

UUA Common Read — The Third Reconstruction, by The Rev. Dr. William Barber Jan 30, Feb 6, & Feb 13, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Book discussion completed for this year, but discussion information available at UUA.org. Stay tuned for the announcement of next year’s Common Read title!

Parenting from the Inside Out – A Circle of Trust
Offered annually in the spring.This is an informal covenant circle for parents to share experiences with child rearing in a safe and supportive environment. Come to either or both of the sessions. Childcare will be provided upon request. Facilitated by Mati Grieco-Hackett.

Change is our Choice Book Discussions Offered Annually in the Spring

Read selections from the Northwest Earth Institute’s Change is our Choice, Creating Climate Solutions book series, and then join us to discuss topics including: why is climate change the most critical problem facing us in the 21st century, what is the scientific evidence for climate change, how do I calculate my own carbon footprint, what should nations and states do, what action plans can I take?

Would you like to run a program for adults to grow and learn?

Contact Robin Ahearn, the Director of Religious Education at dlre@uuschenectady.org to discuss your idea more. Also, check out the Checklist for Events to learn more about how to run a successful program!