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UU Programs for Adults


"Come, come, whoever you are, wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving…"—13th century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi (translated and interpreted)

Programs for adults give us the chance to go deeper— intellectually, socially, ethically, and spiritually. From workshops to community service, covenant groups to discussion groups, meditation to marching—all in the context of a supportive spiritual community—Unitarian Universalism as much to offer adults beyond our Sunday services.

We affirm a free and responsible search for truth and meaning from birth to death. Unitarian Universalism celebrates the ways that our needs, our hopes, and our beliefs change as life changes us.

We have programs for adults (ages 18+) and young adults (ages 18-35). 


“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” —Parker J. Palmer

Who am I? Whose am I? What am I here for? These age-old questions, explored by humans since the dawn of religion, are the foundations of a meaningful life. In Unitarian Universalism, we explore these questions in supportive community. We are your partners in expressing who you are, what you value, and what you believe at all stages of life. No matter what life has dealt us, Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are spiritual companions on a path of integrity and interconnection, bringing more love, and more justice, into being. 


Every congregation chooses its own adult programs. Here you can explore some that are used most widely.

Tapestry of Faith workshops for adults explore such topics as leadership, theology, history, race and racism, spirituality, committed relationships, money, and ethics.

Covenant Groups, also known as Small Groups, offer adults a circle of peers for reflection and discussion. These groups, different from support groups, meet monthly to consider powerful themes that give life meaning.

Book groups gather to learn and reflect, exploring a variety of meaningful books, including those from Beacon Press and Skinner House Books. Every year UUs are invited to a “Common Read,” a book of spiritual and social justice significance that we read together.

Social justice and inclusion programs engage us in changing the world, and changing our congregations. The Welcoming Congregation and Living the Welcoming Congregation keep us including and affirming people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning. Building the World We Dream About gives us a foundation for building multicultural anti-oppressive community. Standing on the Side of Love gets us out on the streets.

Each of our congregations provides a unique array of offerings for adults – come in and find out how you can go deeper with Unitarian Universalism.

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Last updated on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

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