Adult Religious Education Classes
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Self-Guided Religious Education
UUs believe in life-long learning so our monthly bookstore provides many titles to expand our understanding.
• UUCH Book Store
Open on the third Sunday of each month in the sanctuary after the service.
Discover the many excellent books published by the UU publishing houses, Beacon Press and Skinner House, at our UUCH bookstore. You pay list price but no shipping. Credit cards, cash and checks accepted.
A variety of popular titles for all ages on both UU and general interest topics are available. Check out our current stock of books at the UUCH Book Table Goodreads Group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/174783-uuch-book-table
Bookstore managers Karen and Max Poston also order books related to upcoming Sunday services. You can request additional titles by contacting Karen or Max Poston.
Much of our continuing spiritual education happens in small groups which discuss books and topics from a UU perspective.
• Book Discussion Group
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Donna Catling’s home. The UUCH Book Group welcomes all enthusiastic readers. Contact Donna Catling for more information.
January 11, 2017: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Henrietta Lacks, an African American mother of five, was undergoing treatment for cancer at Johns Hopkins University in 1951 when tissue samples were removed without her knowledge or permission and used to create HeLa, the first “immortal” cell line. This book puts a human face on the bioethical questions surrounding the HeLa cell line. (Library Journal Review)
February 8, 2017: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. The 2016 One Maryland One Book selections is told from two points of view. The authors link two teenage boys, one black and one white, as they and their community deal with police brutality and race relations.
March 8, 2017: The Things They Carried: a Work of Fiction by Tim O’Brien. Weapons and good-luck charms carried by U.S. soldiers in Vietnam here represent survival, lost innocence and the war’s interminable legacy. O’Brien’s meditations–on war and memory, on darkness and light–suffuse the entire work with a kind of poetic form, making for a highly original, fully realized novel. (Publishers Weekly Review)
April 12, 2017: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Milo finds himself in a world of comical chaos after he drives through a mysterious tollbooth that appears in his room. This children’s classic is filled with wise and humorous wordplay.
Previous Book Group selections:
January 13, 2016: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Feb. 10: Poetry That Touches Us. Cancelled because of weather. March 9: Cane River by Lalita Tademy. April 13: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. May 11: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. June 8: Mansfield Park by Jane Austin. July 13: Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis. August 10: Poems That Touch Us (rescheduled from February) September 13: Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen. October 12: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. November 9, 2016: At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier. December 14, 2016: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.
• Men’s Discussion Group
meets on the second Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary)
The purpose of the men’s group is to give UUCH men an opportunity to meet and share ideas within the context of our Unitarian Universalist scope of interest. For more information, contact Michael Roehm.
The men’s group is discussing
Jan. 9: Scotty McLennan’s Christ for UUs: a New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity. chapters 8-14
Feb. 13: Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern chapters 1-7
Previous Men’s Group selections:
Jan. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.
Feb. – May: Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.
June – July: Colin Woodard’sAmerican Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
August – Sept. Michael Sandel’s Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do
Oct. – Nov: George Lakoff’s The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist’s Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics
Dec. – Jan. 2017: Scotty McLennan’s Christ for UUs: a New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity.
• Women’s Spirituality Group
meets on the first Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary)
The mission of the Women’s Spirituality Group is to broaden and deepen friendship among UUCH women, encourage each other’s spiritual and intellectual growth, and provide comfort, aid, and support for life’s challenges and choices. All UUCH women are welcome. For more information, contact Dodie Ruskie.
The current theme is Women’s Wisdom, discussion, based on topics developed by the group, exploring the many aspects of our individual life journeys and sharing the insights gained from those experiences.
Jan. 4: UU Women: Elizabeth Perkins Gilman & Maria Cook
Feb. 1: UU Women: Fanny Farmer and Lydia Pinkham
April: Spiritual Foremothers
May: Courage and Fear
July: Confidence (rescheduled from June)
August: Feminine Spirituality and Nature
Sept.: Advice for Our Younger Selves
Nov. 2: UU Women: Frances Moore Lappé, Beatrix Potter, Margaret Sanger
Dec. 7: UU Women: Susan B. Anthony, Dorthea Dix, Elizabeth Cady Stanton