Adult Religious Education Classes

The Adult Education Committee offers a variety of classes, workshops and seminars which we hope will nurture and stimulate the spiritual and personal growth of our adult church community. Classes are held in the fall, winter and spring. Members and their friends and family are welcome to attend. We also welcome those who have ideas and/or would like to teach or join our committee.

Past topics have included Buddhist meditation, healthy eating, art and spirituality, the Enneagram, poems, and celebration of the sacred feminine. UUA Common Read book discussions are also offered.  Classes can vary from one-time events to meeting every week. Generally, classes can be held at Mission Peak or at your home. However, due to COVID-19, classes are currently being offered online using the Zoom platform for safety.

2021-22 Fall Classes


Rev. Greg Ward will lead a once-per-month 8-month course, 3rd Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., beginning October 19. The key objective of the class is learning how to be a white ally. This class is based on the popular course to come out of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa OK called RE-WIRE. Participants will take a close look at how ‘whiteness’ has been historically and systemically developed over time to establish and maintain dominance in the socio-cultural hierarchy, extending a set of privileges or disadvantages to people depending on their racial, ethnic or cultural identity. The readings, assignments and exercises in this class will be perspective changing and prepare participants to better understand what is required to be white allies. There is some required reading and a small donation requested. If you are interested, here’s the link: SIGN UP FOR RE-WIRE.

Catching a Glimpse of Your Larger Identity

“I am not small because I am a part of the universe, and the universe is not small.” 
– Barbara Williams Pemberton

“We can “expand into a more capacious self which has left its previous boundary behind.”
                                                                                 – Edwin Burtt

Our Minister Emeritus, Dr. Chris Schriner, will be teaching an adult RE class at the UU Palo Alto Congregation via Zoom, October 25, November 1 and 8, 7 to 9 PM. The series is entitled, “Opening the Great Window: Catching a Glimpse of Your Larger Identity“, and you are also invited to attend.

When we were younger we may have felt full of potential, open to many paths and varied experiences. Before long most of us narrowed our vision, limiting ourselves to a few simple story lines. This unique workshop invites you to open the window wide once again, tapping the wisdom of brain science, philosophy, and spiritual traditions for a lively exploration of your larger self. The class will draw upon three chapters of Dr. Schriner’s book, Do Think Twice: Provocative Reflections on Age-Old Questions.

To allow interaction, enrollment in the workshop will be limited and pre–registration is required.

Contact Marilyn Austin at in order to get the zoom link. MPUUC members who do not already have Chris’s book, Do Think Twice, $15.00, can contact him at: He can also provide a fuller list of themes included in the class.

Please click here for flyer.


  • Hosted by John Porter and Terri King
  • Max number of participants: 6
  • 7-9 PM via Zoom
  • 2nd and 4th Mondays.

Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance.   –Basho

Twice a month we gather, via Zoom, to read, listen to, and discuss poems. Bring what you would like to read and discuss. Light up your life by sharing poems with friends.