Adult Religious Education


Adult Religious Education

The Adult Religious Education program at WUU serves adults 18 and over. We strive to provide programs for a lifetime of spiritual growth and deepening.

This year’s programs are listed below. You can also contact the Director of Religious Education, Austen Petersen, at

William & Mary UU Circle

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This is our Campus Ministry, led by the WM students, with Austen Petersen serving as their advisor. The UU Circle meets regularly for spiritual development and worship. Facebook Group and Website:

The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life

This multi-part workshop will help us to reflect on the way Money plays a role in nearly every aspect of our lives. For better or for worse, it connects us to one another. Depending on how we approach and understand it, our relationship with money can enhance or limit our ability to our lives to the fullest.
Over time, most of us dedicate a significant part of our lives to earning money. We use significant energy planning and worrying about both the money we have and the money we don’t have. We agonize how to plan for the future and how to use money to support what we care most about. We use money to respond with compassion to events in the world, to advance causes we believe in, and to support justice-making efforts. We engage in—or avoid engaging in—money conversations with those close to us and with fellow travelers in the groups and communities of which we are a part. For mature kids, youth and adults.

Covenant Groups

These small groups of 10-12 people meet regularly, usually twice a month, to reflect on and discuss significant life topics. Covenant groups are great places to get to know other people and to get to know yourself. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, with the congregation, and with the Sacred.

Sex and Spirituality (OWL—Our Whole Lives for Adults)

The connection between spirituality and sexuality, sexuality and values, updated information on sexually transmitted infections, decision making, transgender and cisgender identity, and many other topics will be explored in this offering aimed at adults.
Sexuality is much more than what’s covered in biology class. Sexuality is also about relationships, responsible choices, justice, inclusivity, and self-image… all things which are intertwined with our faith and values. Intentional sexuality education is especially important in a world in which people of all ages are constantly bombarded with media messages about sex. Some of the most important “milestone” decisions we make in our lives, such as marriage/life partnership and creating families, involve relationships and sexuality.

Parents as Spiritual Teachers Group

Together we’ll read The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary. Using this book as the anchor, we’ll discuss issues and ideas we’ve had parenting as Unitarian Universalists. Lunch provided and childcare provided upon request with one-week notice required.

The Transcendental Club

In the first meeting we will discuss Emerson’s essays The Divinity School Address, Self-Reliance and The Over-Soul, as well as explore some of the questions in the Andrews book (through page 73). If possible, come with highlighted passages you would like to discuss from the Andrews book and/ or seek out the original essays in the many inexpensive volumes available of Emerson’s work.

Pathfinders Group

The group chooses a book that explores the author’s spiritual journey or understanding of the human condition. Group members bring their lunch and use the book as a springboard for what always turns out to be a spirited discussion of personal reactions. Books we have read include: God is not One by Stephen Prothero, Living with a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich. We welcome new members and ideas of new books to read!
Leaders: Carolyn Wilson (; Donna Davenport
(; Nancy Crowell (
Every Third Wednesday, 12noon, Fahs House

Meditation Groups

For beginners and experienced meditators, the Colonial Meditation Group is an “interfaith” Buddhist Sangha. This means that we don’t follow one particular teacher or method. It is open to EVERYONE who is interested in joining a practice community. Children and Youth are encouraged to practice with us!
This group is organized by The Lighthouse of Williamsburg using Meetup to draw participants from the wider community. Please join this group for all the information you will need:
Contact Ben Thacker-Gwaltney,
Monday Nights, 7:00pm, Sanctuary
Thursday Mornings, 10am, Sanctuary

New UU

The New UU program provides important tools to help congregations welcome, orient, and integrate newcomers into their faith communities. The program addresses the needs of newcomers who want to know more about who we are and what we believe. It provides opportunities for members of your congregation to share with newcomers what it means to them to be a Unitarian Universalist. It gives newcomers a chance to examine their own personal stories in the light of our Unitarian Universalist tradition and heritage. It provides a chance for newcomers to the congregation and long-timers to connect. It provides an explicit invitation to become a member.
Contact leaders of the Membership Team: