Adult Religious Education 2022 Fall Registration

18 September 2022

2022-Adult Religious Education 2022 Fall Registration

Registration is now open for our fall adult education class offerings. Class size is limited. Questions? Email Derek Gersdorf at 

Exploring the Journal of Radical Permission. A daily guide for following your soul’s calling!  

Based on the bestselling philosophies of radical self-love, emergent strategy, and pleasure activism by Adrienne Maree Brown and Sonya Renee Taylor, this 12-week exploration gives you permission to love yourself, deeply, as you are. Journaling to these prompts will help you surrender to your body’s needs instead of forcing yourself into cramped disciplines. It will encourage you to become awed by the natural beauty of your divine self instead of being rampantly self-critical. It will aid you in embracing your shadows and accepting responsibility for your impact all while liberating you to just be.

7-9pm on Oct. 13  (Introduction), Oct. 27 (Practice 1), Nov 10 (Practice2), Dec 1 (Practice 3), Dec. 15 (Practice 4), Jan 12 (Practice 5); Jan. 26 (Practice 6), Feb. 9 (Final Celebration).
Facilitator: Karin BaumgartnerLocation:
First Unitarian Church SLC, The Haven
12 spots available



Racism and the Dream Deferred

The group will meet in person on six Monday nights to discuss responses to racism. A close reading of selected texts will be the foundation of the weekly discussions.

Monday evenings beginning Oct. 3 and concluding Nov. 21. E 
Facilitator: John Rasmusson
Location: First Unitarian Church SLC, Eliot Hall
15 spots available



Ethics for Unitarian Universalists

We are regularly faced with moral choices, big and small.  Unitarian Universalism is a faith of deeds, not creeds. We believe our choices and actions matter. We believe the measure of our religion is the way we live our faith in our day-to-day lives.

But how do we decide what course of action to follow when a situation is complex, and the moral course is unclear? What must we do to follow the values of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition? Where do we turn for guidance that will help us fulfill our own wish to live a moral life? 

This program invites participants to focus attention on the moral and ethical questions that arise or have arisen in their lives and explore the ethical frameworks that can help in sorting through a dilemma. The discussions will be based on stories—stories from participants' personal lives, stories of people, congregations, and organizations at moments of decision, and complex real-life scenarios. Meetings will include discussion, reflection, experiential learning, and community building that brings Unitarian Universalist religious ethics to bear in our lives.

Participants will be introduced to philosophical frameworks of different schools of ethical thought as a way to engage in exploring and expanding our understanding of ethics and morality. We will promote participation right from the start with engaging hypothetical scenarios that lead us to explore each ethical framework.

All materials will be provided.

Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 28 7-8:30pm
Facilitator: Derek Gersdorf and Andrea Globokar
Location: First Unitarian Church SLC, The Parlor
10 spots available



Starting Point; An Introduction to the Unitarian Universalist Journey
Relatively new to First Unitarian Church and want to learn more about the Unitarian Universalist experience? Sign up for our Newcomers Class! The course is an introduction to our UU faith as a continuing journey. It will be conducted via Zoom and run weekly for three consecutive weeks from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The dates (Thursdays) are October 6, 13, and 20. The class will be lead by Christine and Bill Ashworth.


Unitarian Universalist 6 Sources of inspiration and wisdom

For six weeks, each Wednesday evening at 7 pm at the First Unitarian Church starting October 5th, 2022, we will together do a close reading of each source, and then we will explore on a deeper level one source within each of the six broader categories. Derek Gersdorf will facilitate the discussions using Socratic and Small Group Ministry methods. 12 spots are available.

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. These are the six sources our congregations affirm and promote:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature
Wednesdays Oct 5th for six weeks 7pm
Facilitator: Derek Gersdorf
Location: First Unitarian Church SLC, High School Classroom



Meditation for Life

For those interested in adding meditation to their daily lives, we will experience various meditation practices and individually design how it is possible to receive the benefits of calm and insight.

Meditation is a process that helps us understand and experience our lives from a spacious and more relaxed perspective opening our inner wisdom and compassion to enrich our relationships to the world.

Participants 8-10, Duration: 4 Weeks  Dates & Times to be determined by participants; Between 25 October - 19 November    

Week 1. Introduction & Intentions First Unitarian Church in The Parlor 2 hours(to be reserved)
Week 2 Zoom. 2 hours
Week 3 Zoom. 2 hours
Week 4 Mill Creek Canyon 4 hours 

References will include books, podcasts, websites and specific teachers on the internet.Refer to Tara Brach on YouTube


The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield or Why Meditate?: Working with Thoughts and Emotions by Matthieu Ricard, for what to expect.

It will be a pleasure to explore meditation and your questions together.  

Facilitator: Shirley Ray