Adult Religious Education

Adult Religious Education supports and provides programming that furthers the spiritual and intellectual journeys of our multigenerational UU community.  For more information email

2022-23 Adult Religious Education

Newcomers Class February 8, 15 and 22, 2023 on Zoom
Relatively new to First Unitarian Church and want to learn more about the Unitarian Universalist experience?  Sign up for our Newcomers Class!  In this introduction to our UU faith we will share our personal journeys thus far, look at some UU history and theology, and explore what's possible for this dynamic faith. It will be conducted via Zoom and run weekly for three consecutive weeks from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The dates (Wednesdays) are February 8, 15, and 22. The class will be lead by Christine and Bill Ashworth.  To register, relay your interest to 


New Adult RE Class: Mistakes and Miracles Book Study

Join friends from South Valley UU Society for a monthly book study based on the book Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism, hosted by Rev. Lora Young and Rev. Monica Dobbins. Mistakes and Miracles tells the stories of five UU congregations who have committed themselves to becoming multicultural, anti-racist communities. Their stories can inspire our work, as well as warn us of mistakes we haven't yet made. 

Participants will be expected to acquire the book Mistakes and Miracles (available from the UUA Bookstore) and read the selected chapters before the monthly gathering on Zoom.


December 7th (through Ch 2) 

January 11th (I am out of town the first week) Chapter 3

February 1st Chapter 4

March 1st Chapter 5

April 5th Chapter 6

May 3rd.  Chapter 7 and 8

Those interested should contact Janis Reis to sign up: 


Love the Hell Out of the World

There is a tremendous amount of confusion and isolation in the world, what would it mean to live our values in such a way that went out to meet this confusion and isolation face to face?
On Tuesdays, we will gather at the church to talk about what it means to tell the world about who we are, how to meet people where they are at, and to offer them an experience of wonder and awe.
On Saturdays, we will go out into some public space and share this wonder and awe with people. 
There will be a few reading assignments to provide some background, but generally this is program is based on the living experience
8 Sessions
First Tuesday & Third Saturday (some adjustments may need to be made
October 3rd & 22nd
November 8th & 19th
December 2nd &17th
January 3rd & 21st
Facilitator: Rev. Ian White Maher


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


Ethics for Unitarian Universalists - CLASS IS FULL
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 - CLASS IS FULL
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 

Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation is a way to "imagine what might be?" and become awake to the reality of our own experience with peace and compassion.

All are welcome.  Click here for information about our Mindfulness group: 

Email  for questions and zoom link.


Women’s Sacred Circle meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm via Zoom.
We invite you on a journey within - together.  A journey of spiritual growth and discovery in community.  Our Circle walks the sacred path of women’s wisdom to discover & celebrate the gifts, talents and abilities within and among us.  We draw knowledge, strength and power from our ancestors, the goddesses, the archetypal divine feminine, and from honoring our own sacred path in this lifetime.  Join us in an atmosphere of growth, discovery, and celebration.  

Email  for more information.


Mystical Spirituality
Mystical Spirituality-John Shavers (Facilitator) Adrienne Splinter (Co-Facilitator)

Background: Our group started in the fall of 2018 at First UU Church. We meet weekly to discuss works dealing with mystical spirituality. The format of the meetings begins with a short meditation followed by a discussion on a reading.

We’ll meet weekly on Sundays at 12:30 pm in Room 208 beginning September 11, 2022. Whether you are new to this type of study, or not, we would love for you to join us. We anticipate that this book will take approximately ten weeks.

If interested: email Adrienne Splinter or John Shavers at 

Some of the works previously studied:
The Genesis Meditations by Neil Douglas-Klotz
An Emerald Earth Felicia Norton & Charles Smith PhD
The Mystic Heart by Wayne Teasdale
The Hidden Gospel; Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus by Neil Douglas-Klotz.