ADULT SPIRITUAL GROWTH PROGRAM

Welcome to the Adult Spiritual Growth page! Below you will find a listing of our current offerings. All programs are open to everyone. Many of our classes require pre-registration. As we continue to reopen our church and center, we will be adding more in-person programming, beginning in 2022.


If you have questions, or would like to offer a class for our community,

please contact Associate Minister Rev. Alyson Jacks.

Email - ajacks@uusf.org
Phone - (415) 776-4580, ext. 232.

 
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WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Sundays from 9:45-10:45 am

February 6 - 27

Leader: Jay Gupta, Professor of Philosophy, Mills College, Member of UUSF

RSVP by either completing the registration form or contacting the Center.

(In-Person or Online Class TBD)

In this brief introduction to philosophy, we will discuss questions that have aroused the curiosity of reflective people everywhere: How do we know anything? Are we anything more than (in the words of my nine year old daughter) "brains controlling a bunch of body parts?" Is death really the end? And of course, what does it all mean?


Participants are asked to purchase a copy of  “What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy” by Thomas Nagel. The book is available for purchase in physical and digital formats for $15.

Jay A. Gupta is Professor of Philosophy and the Lorry I. Lokey Endowed Chair in Ethics at Mills College in Oakland, CA. His two children have attended religious education at UUSF since 2017, and in 2020 he became a member of the church.

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MINISTER'S BOOK GROUP -  JANUARY 2022

Wednesday, 1/26, 6:30-8 pm

Thursday, 1/27, 12-1:30 pm

Book: “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison

Leader: Rev. Vanessa Southern

Online Class

"Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison. Written over five years and published in 1952, Ellison’s was the first African American writer to win the National Book Award for Fiction which he did for this book in 1953. Part of our national modern canon. 

Upcoming Book Groups:

  • February: "Bad Indians" by Deborah A. Miranda

  • March: Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva

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NEW UU

A 2-Session Series for Visitors and Newcomers

Tuesdays, October 12 & 26

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Leader: Rev. Alyson Jacks and Rev. Vanessa Southern

Questions? Email Rev. Jacks - ajacks@uusf.org
Online Class


REGISTRATION CLOSED

Get notified and access to an exclusive registration period before our next New UU class is announced by completing our Nofityer Form.

​Join Revs. Jacks and Southern for a two-session New UU class. This interactive class will introduce you to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. If you don't have Zoom capability, there is a simple way to call in to participate.  


Session 1: Roots and Wings: History, Theology, Principles and Purposes

To understand where we are now culturally as a movement, in our philosophies and practices, and our place in the larger landscape of religious history, we'd like to give you an overview of some of the big sweeps of time and where Unitarian Universalism's roots began and where we find ourselves today.  We will explore some of our history, theology, our principles and purposes and a bit of what we call "polity" -- how we run ourselves and why we do it like that.  


Session 2: Community, Connection and Commitment

In session 2, we’ll make time to share our own spiritual journeys as a way to build connection and understanding. We’ll learn about the many programs and activities in our community that are open to all. And finally, we’ll talk about rights, roles and responsibilities of membership at First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco.

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MORNING METTA MEDITATION

Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:00-8:30 am
Leader: Elena Perez, Member of UUSF

Online Class. Click button to join Zoom call. ZOOM Password: metta

Watch a Sample Recording Morning Metta Mediation

You are warmly welcomed to join this "Morning Metta Meditation" group, which meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 8-8:30 am. Elena leads a simple, centering loving kindness meditation practice which is appropriate for all religious backgrounds and levels of meditation experience. Attendees can choose to leave their microphone and camera off and just follow along.


About the Leader: Elena Perez is a member of UUSF. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist who practices in SF at Dance With Life Chiropractic in the Inner Sunset, and in Fresno at Benessere Fresno.


Questions? email elena@communityneedles.com

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EQUANIMITY PRACTICE

Fridays
8:00-8:30 am

Leader: Elena Perez, Member of UUSF

Online Class. Click button to join Zoom call. ZOOM Password: metta
Watch a Sample Recording Equanimity Practice

You are warmly welcomed to join our "Equanimity Practice" group, which meets on Fridays, 8-8:30 am. Elena Hanyo leads a simple meditation practice on cultivating equanimity- that is accepting the reality of life's highs and lows, and developing an attitude of peaceful calm abiding throughout the inevitable changes.  This practice balances the heart-centered approach of our other group, lovingkindness- as it is common to get attached to positive outcomes for those we spend time wishing well.  Equanimity allows us to develop mental stability and even-minded loving awareness. Appropriate for all religious backgrounds and levels of meditation experience. Attendees can choose to leave their microphone and camera off and just follow along.


About the Leader: Elena Hanyo Perez is a member of UUSF. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist who practices in SF at Dance With Life Chiropractic in the Inner Sunset, and in Fresno at Benessere Fresno, as well as a lay minister with Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism.


Questions? Email elena@communityneedles.com

Attend on ZOOM
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SMALL GROUP MINISTRY 2021-22

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Leaders: Members of UUSF

Questions? Email sgm@uusf.org

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Meet new people, share your life, explore interesting topics and grow spiritually in a welcoming setting! Small Group Ministry invites anyone who is interested – members, friends, and newcomers - to sign up for the fall 2021 through spring 2022 sessions.

Each group of about 10 people meets for two hours every first and third week of the month from October through May.

Register Closed