UUFW members come together in many different ways to explore their spirituality, pursue emotional and intellectual growth, and learn new skills. Some classes are led by the Minister or the Minister Emeritus. Other programs are organized and led by lay leaders. Regularly scheduled classes and workshops are held on a variety of topics.
Reverend Paul invites you to participate in your choice of the following four adult classes that he will facilitate From September 2017 through June 2018. As additional adult classes are placed on our calendar, we will share those dates and topics, as well.
We will use a variety of materials, from reportage and history to materials aimed at forming action for racial justice to a memoir and other materials that will ground us in racial justice and encourage us to action. This class will meet once monthly from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on a Thursday in the Great Room of the Chalice House for ten sessions. For the first session, class members should come ready to discuss the events of this summer, from Charlottesville to Boston to the way poor people of color were disproportionately affected by the flooding in Houston.
- September 7, 2017
- October 5, 2017
- November 2, 2017
- December 7, 2017
- January 11, 2018
- February 8, 2018
- March 8, 2018
- April 5, 2018
- May 3, 2018
- June 7, 2018
By member request, Rev. Paul is offering three Bible classes this year, each with three sessions, meeting once monthly from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on a Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. With a month between classes and the readings of modest length, it is essential that the book being studied be read by class participants in advance of the class. You are invited to read from your own shelf copies or to avail yourselves of the many translations available online, such as the wide selection at Bible Gateway (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/).
THE WRITINGS/ KETUVIM
These Hebrew scriptures consist of three parts: 1) Sifrei Emet, the poetic books of Psalms, Proverbs and Job; 2) Hamesh Megillot, the scrolls of Song of Songs, the Book of Ruth, the Book of Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and the Book of Esther, each of which is read in its entirety on its specific Jewish holiday; and 3) three remaining books – Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles (which divide into five books in the Christian Bible).
Because there is a whole lot of stuff in this section and we only have three sessions, we will have one session each on Job, Esther, and Ecclesiastes, in that order
- September 26, 2017
- October 31, 2017
- November 28, 2017
THE PROPHETS/ NEVI’IM
These Hebrew Scriptures present themselves as tracing the message of people claiming to receive, hear, or channel the word of God but always with the purpose of trying to get their society to change its direction. Their focus is often on justice. While we also use the English word “prophesy” to mean “to foretell the future,” this is not the (primary) meaning in these books. This section of the Hebrew Scriptures has two divisions: Former Prophets, which trace the development of the nation of Israel from preparation to enter the land of Israel up to the beginning of the Babylonian captivity, and Latter Prophets, consisting of three Major and twelve Minor Prophets.
Because of time and accessibility, we will focus on the book of Judges from the Former Prophets, Ezekiel from the Major Prophets and Joel from the Minor Prophets.
- December 12, 2017
- January 9, 2018
- February 6, 2018
THE LETTERS (EPISTLES)
The leaders of the early Christian movement wrote letters of encouragement, chastisement, affection, aggrievement, and doctrinal clarification to congregations and individuals and to the movement as a whole from Rome to Jerusalem. Fourteen of these epistles have been traditionally attributed to Paul, though only seven were reliably actually his work. Seven more catholic or general epistles were attributed to James, John, Peter, and Jude.
We will focus on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, and the Epistle of James.
- March 13, 2018
- April 10, 2018
- May 8, 2017
We hope to see you at some of these classes! If you know that you will be coming, please let Rev. Paul (email@example.com) know which of these four classes you will be joining. And if you aren’t sure until the last minute, please come to the first class session.