Adult RE

Adult RE classes and the Pathways to Membership Series are complemented by ongoing Events and Groups.


A Course in Miracles (ACIM)

The weekly ACIM discussion group continues to have from 5 to 10 people each week reading and discussing the text. Join us at 6 pm on any Tuesday in the Barton classroom. The discussion usually ends by 7:30 pm, and afterwards a few of us meet at a restaurant for further fellowship.

Like everyone else, we are concerned for the future with the political changes that are taking place. However, through the Course, we are reminded that this is all an illusion. As we strive to understand the teachings and to hear the Voice for God, we are taught that, regardless of what is happening around us, we are in the protective custody of a loving and merciful God.

We always welcome new participants and experience and knowledge levels are not important as we are all working together for a better understanding of the Course. If you have any questions, please email acim@aluuc.org.


Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals

Skeptics, seekers, and religious liberals often need a “way in” to understanding the complex territory that is the Bible. John Buehrens’ Understanding the Bible offers just such an entry point. Through the activities suggested in this discussion guide, readers of Buehrens’ book will be able to “claim [their] own power to understand the Bible.”

You do not need to be a theologian or a biblical scholar in order to participate in Understanding the Bible. Combined with the historical and scholarly information that Buehrens provides, the sessions offer more than enough to allow you to engage with biblical texts in new ways. Encouraging the use of both critical thinking and “imaginative compassion” (as Buehrens puts it), the program aims at enabling participants to become responsible interpreters and theologians in their own right. All the while, you are invited to form a “community of seekers and learners,” supporting each other respectfully as they wrestle with the Bible—and having fun in the process.

Oppressive interpretations of the Bible do kill, literally. You’ll find no denial of that here. Massive injustice has been and continues to be done in the name of the Bible . . . . Meanwhile the Bible is also about the beauty and goodness of creation itself; about the ancient human struggle for freedom and liberation; about frustration with violence and injustice throughout the generations; and about experiences of exultation, expectation, and inspiration that can sustain the human quest for wisdom, justice, and peace. If you have any questions, please email intern@aluuc.org.

—JOHN BUEHRENS