The Faith Formation Program releases a seasonal list of classes, groups, and workshops. Below you can find a list of recent offerings. If you have any questions, contact our Minister of Adult Faith Formation and Pastoral Care,  Jennifer A. Hackett at assistantminister@uueugene.org

  • Harvest the Power: Leadership Class
    Would you like to deepen your involvement in our congregation while learning to model healthy personal and leadership practices? The Leadership Development Committee will be offering a six-week course, “Harvest the Power,” developed by the UUA. This course guides us to cultivate a “we” culture in our congregation, centered on relationships and covenant. You will examine what strengths and perspectives you bring to the congregation and learn strategies to engage with congregational conflicts in ways that stay in covenantal relationship with others. This course will strengthen your leadership skills – helpful in any setting – and help you develop your spiritual connection to fellow members of the congregation.
  • So You Want to Talk About Race – April – May 2021
    In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today’s racial landscape–from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement–offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.  Drop-ins are welcome for the first two sessions.
  • Faith Forward: Beyond Inquirers – March – May 2021

    Are you seeking a way to deepen your learning and engagement with the congregation? Beyond Inquirers is a five-session series focused on the congregation and you – offering a deeper understanding of how the congregation works and how you can be part of it. Join us on Mondays  at 7pm to continue the learning that began in the Faith Forward Inquirers class.

    Session 1:  What do UUs believe? 
    Session 2:  Is this a new religion? 
    Session 3: How do we ‘do church’? 
    Session 4: How do we live our lives? 
    Session 5: Does it matter if I join?

    You do not need to have taken the Inquirers class to come to Beyond Inquirers (though it helps your own understanding if you did!).  All are welcome, newcomers and long time folx alike. Questions? Contact faithforward@uueugene.org 

  • Death Café – April 2021
    Come discuss one of the things we all have in common – death.  A Death Café is straightforward and open discussion about death.  Death Café is not a bereavement/grief support resource. It is not a death or funeral planning endeavor. The objective of a Death Café is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Pandemic allowing, we’ll have an appearance by some UUCE members and friends of the amazing Threshold Singers at this Zoom event.

  • “Black Church” viewing and discussion – March 2021
    As part of our commitment to the 8th principle, join ministerial staff for a multi part viewing and discussion of the PBS series, “Black Church.” Drop in for one or all  parts!  If an additional date is needed to complete the viewing and discussion, it will be added. Series on PBS.

  • The Golden Compass – April 2021
    Come discuss “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman (The first book of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy)! This YA fantasy book is set in a parallel world, where the Church is an oppressive structure with much power in society. Come discuss the themes of destiny, good vs. evil, and DUST. In this story, no one is ever ever alone – their souls are with them always in the form of a talking animal called a daemon – who is a part of them.

  • Faith Forward: Inquirers – January – March 2021
    Would you like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism? Ever wonder what our roots are, what religious education is offered here at UUCE, or how to become a member? These questions and more will be explored in this 9-week series. 
    We look forward to offering Faith Forward again, and we hope to see you there! If you have questions, please email faithforward@uueugene.org.

  • How to Be An Anti-Racist – January – March 2021
    Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. 
    In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

    Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – January 2021
     “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” is a middle years book celebrating 50 years in publication. Maybe you read it as a girl, maybe you remember it as “the period book” (said in hushed tones) maybe you’ll read it with us for the first time! Maybe you need some light reading over the winter holidays and want to discuss with us this coming of age tale that has so much religious questing and questioning involved! Come one come all. Read the book and join us by Zoom to discuss!
  • Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity – January 2021
    The Developmental Model of Cultural Sensitivity was developed by Michael Bennett during his time on the faculty at Portland State University. The model “describes the developmental stages along which people can progress toward a deeper understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural differences.” Why this model or tool is so helpful is that it looks at comfort levels with and understanding of different cultures through a developmental lens. It is not based in shame or anger or blame but mutual learning.