Sunday Services: 10:30 am
Child Care Available
Sunday Services: 10:30 am
Faith Development is a lifelong journey- what we believe at 5 is not the same at 50. Here at the UU Area Church we have many opportunities to explore how our faith journeys and our world intersect. Our lifespan Faith Development for Adults aims to help us on our ongoing path of insight and learning.
We offer many ways for you to get connected to our church community through educational programs, social action, covenant groups, special events and much more. Whatever your interests, you are likely to find others within our community who share them.
We offer ongoing programs like our Book Discussion Group, Buddhist Meditation, Circle of Elders and Senior Men’s Group and our Prayer Circle which create deeper relationships and allow us to fully explore who we are and what we believe.
Our one-time and short-term classes and workshops change from year to year, but our overarching goal is to seek truth, expand our knowledge, and challenge our expectations.
New programs are added throughout the year. Please sign up for our weekly newsletter for information about classes are being offered.
For information or to join the Adult Programs Committee, contact Cathie Healy at AdultPrograms@uuac.org.
Members and friends of the church attend live theater events in the local area. Watch the announcements for our next event.
The book group meets monthly to discuss a current book over good food and in great company. Meetings are hosted by book group members. Watch the weekly email update – This Week at UUAC – for the next Book Discussion Group meeting date and book title. New participants are always welcome!
Covenant groups at UUAC provide an opportunity for spiritual connection with a small group of 6-10 people. More information here.
Occasionally, members and friends of the church gather to view a DVD and discuss the film afterwards in the context of UU principles. Examples of Film Night offerings include: “An Inconvenient Truth”, “Why We Fight”, and “Axe in the Attic”. Watch the announcements for our next event.
This annual event is usually led by our own very talented Cathie Healy of “Art in Bloom” fame from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Please watch the announcements for our next program.
Are you interested in learning more about our church? Do you have questions about Unitarian Universalism? We can provide the answers in our :Getting to Know Us” session, held one Sunday per month following the service. Contact Darrah Bryans at email@example.com for more information.
This class is offered usually once a year.
Led by Rev. Detering and Dr. Gail Donaldson, this six-week program will help you to clarify your own spiritual and religious beliefs, and to also educate about the great thinkers and rich history of our faith tradition. Nathan and Gail will guide you through a series of daily questions which will require some effort on your part. While you may spend only a few minutes every day on this quest, these questions and daily reflections will ultimately help each of us learn how our Unitarian Universalist faith can help guide us in our everyday life.
At UUAC, our religious education program offers Our Whole Lives (OWL) for our 7th and 8th graders. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Parenting through the pre-adolescent years and on through adolescence can pose challenges and concerns. As a UU community of faith, we can embrace the challenges and celebrate joys of parenting adolescents together in a supportive environment.
Developed and taught by UUAC member, Jane Detwiler, Our Whole Lives Trainer and Sexuality Educator. Jane is an AASECT-certified Sexuality Educator with 20 years experience in the field of sexuality. Sessions will be held on four Sunday mornings from 8:45-10:15 and will include a few of the topics addressed in the youth curriculum.
New quilts are gifted to women for use during chemotherapy and to children in need of comfort. Quilts are made by members of the UUAC, members of the Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild, and by friends of The Power of the Quilt Project. The UUAC hosts three Quilt-a-thons a year in Unity Hall.
A Quilt-a-thon is an assembly line method of making multiple quilts on the same day. This creates a regular supply of quilts for distribution throughout the year.
Yarn Spinners gathers the first Monday of each month in the church library for knitting and, yes, the spinning of yarns, the telling of the stories that make up our lives. We knit for Project Linus, a national organization that distributes hand-knit blankets to infants and children who are hospitalized or otherwise in need of the warm embrace of a hand-crafted blanket.
Roots is a class on our Free Church Tradition and Unitarian Universalism. Reverend Nathan Detering leads the class in exploring the differences between orthodox and liberal ways in religion; why doubt, skepticism, and free inquiry are prized tools in religion; and how seeking, searching, questing, and questioning form the core of who we are as a people of faith. For more information, please contact Darrah Bryans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An unsung hero is someone who has not yet been honored or praised for extraordinary efforts. This is an honor we offer to an exceptional member of our congregation who has often worked behind the scenes at the church.
Many women from UUAC take part in the Women’s African Drumming Circle led my Marytha Paffrath. Marytha offers beginners’ drumming classes and women can join the group for the new year (there is a fee for participating). West African rhythms are taught and played on djembes, and community blossoms within the sharing of music. At least once a year, the women share their powerful rhythms in a Sunday service at our church!
Marytha is the principal percussionist for Libana, the acclaimed world music ensemble whose memorable concerts convey a profound sense of hope, peace, celebration and universal community. Marytha teaches children, teens and adults, and brings her engaging, humor-filled guidance to workshops coast to coast.
Please contact Marytha at Drumzatlibana@gmail.com for more information the Women’s Drumming Circle and available classes.
Every year, we escape to one of New England’s most beautiful and restful beaches for the annual Cape Cod Retreat. Families, singles, young and old choose between walks on the beach, reflection, biking, reading, and tennis. There is no pre-established program during the retreat, simply a chance to become more mindful and re-connect with ourselves. The retreat is an excellent opportunity to get to know other church members in a relaxed and beautiful setting. More information is available at the retreat page.
UUAC at First Parish
11 Washington St.
PO Box 158
Sherborn MA 01770