Adult Programs


To register for all classes, contact Katie Hymans at or 559.322.6146.

** Childcare is available for all Adult Religious Exploration offerings. Please let Katie Hymans know ahead of time if you are planning to utilize the childcare so we can be sure to have it set up and/or can let the childcare providers know ahead of time that they don’t need to come.


Finding Connection and Community

This year we launch our new Chalice Circles small group program.  Chalice Circle groups offer spiritual connection with 8-10 (minimum 7; maximum 10) people. Your group will meet monthly with a facilitator and listen deeply and intentionally to each other, your lives and your deepest selves. Exploring a different theme each month, you will deepen your spiritual life and get to know a small group of people in a meaningful way. Ideal for someone who is new to the church and for long-timers. Choose one time. Chalice Circles will meet in the Youth Room.

Group Meeting Times

2nd Mondays of the month, 1:00-2:30pm

2nd Tuesdays of the month, 6:30-8:00pm

3rd Wednesdays of the month, 6:-00-7:30pm

3rd Thursdays of the month, 2-3:30pm

3rd Saturdays of the month, 10:00-11:30am


Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation

Join Rev. Tim and explore the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States of America and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The class will use the acclaimed 2013 PBS series as a reference point. The workshop is part of our on-going work as a congregation to inform ourselves in order to dismantle White Supremacy in our country, denomination, and congregation. Minimum registration 14. Registration deadline March 9.

Optional: Companion book of same title, by Ray Suarez, may be purchased. Some copies available in the Book Shop.

Thursdays, March 15-April 19, 10:00am-12:00pm OR 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Rev. Tim Kutzmark, with Lydia Flores for morning session

 Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership

Are you feeling called to step into leadership in the congregation but aren’t quite ready? Come join this class, which will provide leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. The program helps lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders. You’ll learn about yourself while building your leadership muscles, exploring tracks that will deepen your understanding in self, community, leadership, and vision, through the lenses of identity, purpose and path. Led by two fabulous leaders from the church, you will be sure to come away with new insight. Bring your lunch with you! Minimum registration 10. Registration deadline March 13.

Sundays, March 18 & 25, April 8 & 15 12:30-2:30pm

Location: Rooms 1/2/3

Facilitators: An Brunelle and Linda Mack

Spanish for Worship

Are you finding yourself wishing you knew more Spanish as we work to better reflect our community by incorporating it into our worship services? Come learn some basic skills to help you feel more at ease on Sunday mornings. Become familiar with how the language works, correct pronunciation, and how the language is structured.  David Roberts is a retired teacher who taught Spanish.

Tuesdays, February 13-March 20, 4:00-5:00pm

Location: Room 7

Facilitator: David Roberts


Introduction to Unitarian Universalism/Pathways

Would you like to learn more about Unitarian Universalist beliefs? Do you have questions about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist? Are you thinking about becoming a member of the church? Do you want to feel more connected and involved? Join Rev. Tim and Patty Bennett for this engaging introduction to our faith and this church. Pick one session that works best for you:

Sunday, January 21, 12:30-4:45pm (lunch included)

Sunday, March 18, 12:30-4:45pm (lunch included)

Saturday, May 19, 8:30am-12:45pm (breakfast included)

** To register for this class only, contact Patty Bennett, Member Services Coordinator, at or 322.6146


Positive Discipline

This fun and interactive workshop will help you find practical solutions to common parenting challenges using experiential activities. Learn a common sense approach to help children develop self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation, and problem-solving skills. The teachings of Positive Discipline are filled with non-punitive, respectful methods that will incorporate kindness and firmness into parenting, help parents get to the core of their child’s misbehavior, bring more joy into the home, and give parents a sense of accomplishment. You will leave this workshop with some new parenting tools that you can use immediately to begin the foundation of a healthy relationship with your child!

Saturday, March 3 1:00-4:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitators: Kathleen Cox, JJ Johnstone-Hasenbeck & Alisha Mancinas

UU Family FUUn

Every month, a family organizes an opportunity to gather socially for fun and fellowship. Each month is a different activity, from pool parties to potlucks to potato bars, hosted by a family that volunteers. Locations vary depending on the host. Contact Alisha Mancinas for details:


All-Church Read: ‘Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want’

Join UU congregations across the country in the UUA Common Read for this year. Daring Democracy lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that has led to our current presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save our democracy and to take our civic life to a place it has never been. The book provides a vision and practical guidance for advancing our justice-making work in the public square.

Buy the book now (available in the Book Shop soon), and stay tuned for information!


Native American Ceremony as an Earth Walker with a Heart Center

Join Rev. Anna Lopez from New Thought Community for an experiential exploration of Native American spirituality. Through shamanic journeying, drumming, and chanting, you will have an opportunity for a heart-opening connection into our earthly path. Bring a drum if you have one, as well as a yoga mat if you would like to lie down. Rev. Anna is the Community Minister at New Thought Community Church in Fresno and a trained practitioner of the Peruvian Pachakuti Mesa shamanic Tradition. Minimum registration 12. Registration deadline Tuesday, January 30.

Saturday, February 3 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Rev. Anna Lopez

Aging With Dignity: Getting the Care You Want When You Need it the Most

A Workshop for Elders, Caregivers, and Adults with Aging Parents

Join Rev. Tim for this practical one session workshop that will help you think about pre-planning for aging, including the possibility of serious illness. Learn how to help others (or yourself) express wishes in areas that matter most—the personal and spiritual in addition to the medical and legal. You’ll leave with a blueprint for describing what good care means for you and your loved ones, including end of life issues.  We’ll be using “The Five Wishes”, a popular planning tool. Minimum registration 10. Registration deadline Friday, February 9.

Thursday, February 15, 10:00am-12:00pm OR 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitator: Rev. Tim Kutzmark, with Lydia Flores for morning session

Wicca and the Unitarian Universalist Principles

Bridging the gap between Wicca and the UU. Join Cynthia Malm as she discusses how the beliefs and tenets of Wicca align with the Principles of Unitarian Universalism. The class will go into detail about the Wiccan faith as a whole and how it relates to Unitarian Universalism, with the hope of bringing understanding about our ECUU group and why we’re here. Minimum registration 10. Registration deadline Friday, April 20.

Thursday, April 26, 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Room 7

Facilitator: Cynthia Malm


Young Adult Brunches

Join a group of fellow 25-40 year-olds for coffee and a breakfast potluck before the service. Take an opportunity to connect with others in your age range and build community. Bring something to share. Coffee will be provided. Sign up for your dish with Karin.

Sundays, January 21 & April 15

Location: Room 7

Contact: Karin Fujii


All Ages Rock Painting Party & Finger Food Potluck

Join us for an evening of painting rocks to be spread throughout the campus. A fun activity that also serves as a spiritual practice, join in one of the latest crazes. Chalices, inspirational words, mandalas — find your own design and place it in your own spot on campus to bring delight to those who visit our church. Bring a finger food to share.

Saturday, May 12, 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Sanctuary

Contact: Katie Hymans,


Sarayu Yoga  

Certified instruction in the techniques and spiritual practice of Sarayu Yoga. Designed for all ability levels. Includes brief meditation, breath work, energization exercises and hatha yoga asanas. Donations accepted toward UUCF Building Fund. Childcare available on Thursdays, when requested.

Every Monday, 6:30-8:00pm and Thursday, 5:00-6:15pm

Location:  UUCF Sanctuary

Facilitator: Jenny Rohan, 855-4472,

Fresno UU Buddhist Fellowship

The Dharma Without Dogma Sangha is an inclusive meditation and study group in which the participants feel an affinity with UU principles and Buddhism. All Buddhist practices are welcome, as well as all interested individuals. Democratic decision-making is followed in this peer-led group in order to create a safe and accepting environment.

Every Wednesday, 2:00-4:00pm

Location:  UUCF Sanctuary

Contact:  Linda Mack

Monthly InterPlay Play Space

Join Katie Hymans for a monthly chance to delve into our worship theme in an embodied way. Through movement, storytelling, stillness, and sound, take this opportunity for self-care and fun with fellow congregants, while accessing the wisdom of your body to deepen the monthly theme.

1st Thursdays, February-June 7:00-8:30pm

Location: UUCF Sanctuary or Room 7, depending on month

Facilitator: Katie Hymans


Earth Centered Unitarian Universalists (ECUU)

ECUU gathers to celebrate the turning of the wheel of the year with Wiccan/Pagan style rituals and get-togethers. Generally, we discuss the holiday and its origins, and how it can relate to Unitarian Universalism, We always include a craft and/or spell to go along with the theme of the sabbat, and do a ritual that follows a general Wiccan structure. All paths and seekers are welcome! No registration necessary.

Meeting times depend on the holiday. Check  for updates.

Location: Youth Room

Contact: Cynthia Malm

Unitarian Universalist Humanists of Fresno

UUHF gathers monthly to connect with other Humanists and expand our understanding of our Humanist beliefs. Guest speakers are invited who have knowledge and expertise in particular areas. All are welcome. No registration necessary.

Third Sundays of the month, 12:00-2:00pm

Location: Youth Room

Contact: Devin Carroll