An Adult Religious Exploration Class in Spiritual Growth and Development


Beginning in March, I will be offering Spirit in Practice, an adult religious exploration class created to help Unitarian Universalists explore and develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit.  Spirit in Practice affirms diversity in our spiritual paths while seeking unity in our quest to live lives of meaning and purpose.  In our tradition, spirituality is understood broadly as our relationship with the Spirit of Life.  The practices in this course are designed to help participants connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand or name that ground.

Developed by the Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom for the Tapestry of Faith series of curricula, Spirit in Practice draws on a model developed by the Zen Mountain Monastery for training its students.  This model includes eight spheres of holistic and wholehearted spiritual practices including:  personal spiritual practices, communal spiritual practices, spiritual partnerships, mind practices, body practices, soul practices, life practices and justice practices.

This course will remain open for participants to drop in, however those who commit to attending the whole series will derive the most benefit.  

Our first session will familiarize participants with the scope of the Spirit in Practice program and convey the value of regular spiritual practice for adults’ spiritual development. We will also look the multi-faceted nature of spiritual practice and discuss the “eight spheres” of spiritual growth. Sessions 2-9 will take one sphere of spiritual practice per session.  Participants will be encouraged to practice on their own between sessions.

If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to call or email Additionally, if having childcare available would make it possible for you to participate, please let me know.  I am willing to try to be creative with you in exploring ways to meet that need!

WORKSHOP 1: Toward a Rich and Meaningful Unitarian Universalist Spirituality [3/6 12:00-1:30 pm]

WORKSHOP 2: Personal Spiritual Practices [3/20, 12:00-1:30 pm]

WORKSHOP 3: Communal Worship Practices [4/3, 12:00-1:30 pm]

WORKSHOP 4: Spiritual Partnerships [4/17, 12:00-1:30 pm]

WORKSHOP 5: Mind Practices [5/1, 12:00-1:30 pm]

WORKSHOP 6: Body Practices [5/15, 12:00-1:30 pm]

WORKSHOP 7: Soul Practices [5/29, 12:00-1:30 pm]

WORKSHOP 8: Life Practices [6/5, 12:00-1:30 pm]

WORKSHOP 9: Justice Practices [6/19, 12-1:30 pm]