UUCF Adult Religious Exploration Classes - Fall 2017


To register for all classes, contact Katie Hymans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.


Chalice Circles

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

**NOTE: As of September 26, all the Circles have a wait list. Please contact Katie Hymans if you would like to be added to a list.l


Adult Religious Education with Rev. Tim Kutzmark

A Journey Through Two Thousand Years of Unitarian Universalist History

Join Rev. Tim and explore the history of our living tradition from the early roots of liberal religious thought to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism.  Class meets for six sessions. Choose one of the time slots below to register. Minimum registration of twelve people.

Thursdays, September 21-October 26 10:00am-12:00pm OR 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Sanctuary 


Spiritual Exploration

What Jesus Really Said


Have you ever wondered how the ‘meek’ could inherit the earth? All the teachings of Jesus are filtered  through the language and thought patterns of New Testament Greek. But he actually spoke and taught in a very different language — Aramaic. If we consider his likely original words and reflect deeply on them, a figure emerges from the shadows who is inspiring, mystical, and significantly different from that of much traditional teaching. Join us as we examine some of the most misinterpreted sayings of Jesus through the lens of the language and culture from which they originated and discover how they actually overlay with UU principles. Facilitated by Ellen Bush, who has studied the Aramaic words of Jesus for over 22 years. Minimum registration of ten people.

Tuesdays, October 24, November 7 & 14, 6:30-8:00pm

OR Wednesdays, October 25, November 8 & 15, 10:00-11:30am

Location:  Sanctuary

Facilitator:  Ellen Bush


10 Poems to Change Your Life

Explore how astonishing poems can inspire you to live what you always knew in your bones but never had the words for. Great poetry calls into question everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind.  Participants need to obtain a copy of the book ‘10 Poems to Change Your Life’, by Roger Housden. Maximum registration ten people.

Tuesdays, November 7-December 5, 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Room 7

Facilitators: Amanda & Erik Peterson


Intro to Unitarian Universalism

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, Katie Hymans, and Patty Bennett for this engaging introduction to our faith and this church. Pick one session that works best for you:

Saturday, November 11, 8:30am-12:45pm (breakfast included)

** To register for this class only, contact Patty Bennett, Member Services Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322.6146.


Parenting and Families

Faith in the Context of Unitarian Universalism

We often hear the phrase ‘people of faith’. Our justice work is connected with an organization called ‘Faith in Fresno’. But it seems that the word is generally used to be synonymous with Christianity and a belief in something specific. Yet we still refer to ourselves as a faith community. Join us in this exploration as we find ways to reframe and reclaim the word for ourselves and our families. We’ll feed you and then entertain your children while we talk. Minimum registration twelve.

Friday, November 17 5:30pm

Location: UUCF Sanctuary

Facilitator: Katie Hymans



We’re a Sanctuary Church: Now What? 

Join Rev. Tim, Andy Levine (Executive Director of Faith in Fresno), and other immigration justice community leaders in a spirited discussion of how we can be engaged in Immigration Justice issues in the Central Valley. We will offer practical ways to get involved and make a difference.

Sunday, October 15 at 12:15 pm, after the service


All-Church Read: ‘Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism’, by Mark Morrison-Reed

Join us as we continue our exploration of racial justice by turning our gaze inward at our own faith’s history with African Americans. Using Rev. Dr. Morrison-Reed’s book as our guide, we will learn about times throughout our history when we haven’t lived up to our Unitarian Universalist values and have missed opportunities for furthering our cross-racial understanding. The book will be divided into half, and one half will be discussed at each session: Session 1, The Unitarians & The Universalists; Session 2, The Empowerment Saga & Still Seeking a Way. Though it is encouraged, you do not need to come to both sessions to participate. No minimum registration.

Sunday, October 29 12:15pm, after the service

Location: Sanctuary     

Facilitators: Board Members Ruth Jenkins & JJ Hasenbeck


Trans 101

Come update your vocabulary to the latest in the continually evolving understanding of gender. Hear from a panel of transgender people who represent a variety of identities about the unique struggles they face. Be part of our ongoing efforts to be as welcoming as possible and live out our values through being the best allies and advocates we can for transgender people.  Facilitated by Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong from the former Gay Central Valley and Jess Fitzpatrick from Trans E-Motion.  Minimum registration twelve people.

Wednesday, October 18, 6:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

Facilitators: Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong and Jess Fitzpatrick


Awakening the Dreamer — Unitarian Universalist Edition

Want to empower yourself and our community to take action toward a more sustainable, just, and fulfilling world?  Come to the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium and explore in-depth where we are, how we got here, and where we might go from here. This dynamic multimedia workshop is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno and Pachamama Alliance. Contact Jody Palmer, 559-222-6964 with questions. Suggested $15 donation goes to Pachamama Alliance. Minimum registration twelve people.

Saturday, October 28    9:00am-12:30pm

Breakfast & registration at 8:30am

Location: Sanctuary     

Facilitators: Pachamama Alliance

One-Day Workshops

American Buddhism 101

A brief historical outline of Buddhism's spread from India 2500 years ago to contemporary expressions in America, including an overview of Buddhist symbols and common misunderstandings in terminology. Particular focus will be on the approach of Rev. Gyomay M. Kubose, a pioneer in the Americanization of Buddhism (www.brightdawn.org), and father of the facilitator. Facilitated by Rev. Koyo S. Kubose, who holds a PhD in Psychology and has studied Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan, combining studies in Shin Buddhism with meditation practice and doing koan training. Minimum registration of twelve people.

Saturday, November 4, 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Sanctuary  

Facilitator: Rev. Koyo S. Kubose


Autumn Spiritual Retreat

Join Rev. Tim for a day of spiritual reflection and connection to inner wisdom. We’ll warm our bodies with gentle yoga, clarify our awareness with meditation, and let peace seep in fully with deep relaxation. We’ll also join our voice in chant and use poetry and other written text to reflect upon autumn’s lessons of stillness, color, and transformation. No prior meditation experience needed; all bodies and body types welcome. Please wear loose and comfortable clothing, bring TWO cozy blankets for relaxation periods, and bring pillows or a mat to sit on. Chairs available if the floor isn’t comfortable for you. Please bring a bag lunch. Minimum registration of twelve people.

Saturday, November 18, 9:30am-3:00pm

Location:  Sanctuary

Facilitator:  Rev. Tim Kutzmark



All Ages Barn Dance

Join us for a rousing fun night of line and square dances, with some good ‘ole madness thrown in. Absolutely no experience or dancing aptitude necessary.  Bring your dancing shoes and fun-loving attitude and don a barn outfit if you’re so moved. Come dance and laugh with people of all ages. People are invited to help with the planning and bringing of snacks!

Saturday, November 18, 6:30pm

Location: Sanctuary

Contact: Carrie Wise, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Ongoing Spiritual Practices

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

Location:  UUCF Sanctuary

Facilitator: Jenny Rohan, 855-4472, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 (Wednesday Sangha), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Adult Coloring Group

Come de-stress by coloring with a fun crew once a month. Bring your own coloring materials and a snack to share.

Times vary

Location: Room 7

Contact: Sara Kate Regan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.