Saturday, April 24, 2010

We Want Your Elevator Speech!

The Unitarian Universalist Association is developing a pamphlet that is a collection of "elevator speeches" that answer the question: "What is Unitarian Universalism?"  UUs of all ages are invited to email your short description of our faith to Alicia LeBlanc, for consideration. 

A diversity of short statements will be useful to many of us in a variety of situations. 

Please submit your Elevator Speech by May 3.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Building Your Own Theology Class is Full

Thanks to everyone who registered in advance for our Building Your Own Theology class. This Spring session is full. Stay tuned in the Fall for a repeat of this popular class!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Party for Equality Raises over $400 for Equality Maryland

Thanks so much to all who attended the Youth Group's "Party for Equality"  The Youth Group and friends raised $412 to benefit Equality Maryland. And thank you to Equality Maryland's Director of Development, Kevin Walling for attending and sharing a few words with the crowd. If you weren't able to attend but would like to make a contribution, you can do so online at Equality Maryland here.

Great job everybody!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Building Your Own Theology Class returns to First Unitarian starting Wednesday, April 21.

Religious education is the cradle-to-grave process by which we grow our theology.... The essential thing is not so much how one labels these values (for example, whether one uses the term “God” or not), but that these values be understood and made real in the life of the person. This program is largely built on undertaking these tasks. Richard S. Gilbert
This classic Unitarian Universalist curriculum is a treasured component of Adult Religious Education programs in congregations all over the continent.  Building Your Own Theology invites you to search through your own religious history and spiritual development in order to identify the values and beliefs that form your core faith identity.  Through discussion, exercises, homework, and reflection, participants will create spiritual autobiographies, examine the ways we make meaning in our lives, and develop a personal credo statement.  We will meet for seven consecutive Wednesday evenings, Apr. 21–May. 26 on the following topics:
  • Apr. 21 — Your Religious Odyssey
  • Apr. 28 — Varieties of Liberal Religious Experience
  • May 5 — Human Nature: Some Self-Understanding
  • May 12 — Ultimate Reality: Creating an Honest God
  • May 19 — Ethics: The Importance of Being Good for Nothing
  • May 26 — We Are the Meaning Makers

Building Your Own Theology will be led by Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Becky Brooks. Childcare will be provided on request. Limit 20 participants.
When: Wednesdays, Apr. 21–May 26, 7:00–9:00 pm
Register online here: or contact Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Becky Brooks, at 443-921-6912 or