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What Moves Us: Unitarian Universalist Theologies of the Mind & Heart

We began this adult religious education course last night at our church, with 20 people attending!  It is provided online and at no charge to congregations by the Unitarian Universalist Association, and was written by a UU minister and scholar, the Rev. Dr. Thandeka.  Usually we have courses of 4-5 sessions, so this is a big stretch.  The course is intended for 10 sessions and we will do 8 of them.

Below  is our course schedule with the links for the advance readings for each session.  Additional readings are handed out in class.  The class is full, so we can’t take additional registrants.

What Moves Us:  UU Theologies of the Mind & Heart

Eight Monday nights, 2 hours per session

Good sources: AND

Jan. 10: Happiness–Hosea Ballou.  Pick up the handout at registration or from

Also read about him at the online Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography (the DUUB):

Jan. 17: Emotional Struggle–William Ellery Channing. Pick up the handout at the previous class or from  Also, read about him at the DUUB:

Jan.  24: The Human Heart—Margaret Fuller. Pick up Handout #1 about her at the previous class or from Handout #2  about her is below; it is made up of these quotations from Fuller:

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But, in fact, they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.

I wish Woman to live, first for God’s sake. Then she will not make an imperfect man her god, and thus sink to idolatry. Then she will not take what is not fit for her from a sense of weakness and poverty. Then, if she finds what she needs in Man embodied, she will know how to love, and be worthy of being loved.

By being more a soul, she will not be less Woman, for nature is perfected through spirit.

If you have a power, it is a moral power.

Also, read about her at the DUUB:

Jan. 31:  Spiritual Renewal—George DeBenneville. Pick up handout at the previous class or from Also, read about him at the DUUB:

What Moves Us

January-March 2011 class schedule, page 2

**Feb. 7—NO CLASS! Roger is at the continuing education institute of the UU Ministers’ Association.**

We won’t cover the unit on Charles Chauncy, but you might enjoy his “Four Categories of Experience” at  And you can find an entry on Charles Chauncy on the DUUB, too!

Feb. 14Religious Naturalism—Sophia Lyon Fahs.  Pick up handout at the previous class or from

Also, read about her at Notable American Unitarians/Harvard Square Library:

Feb. 21: Deeds not Creeds—James Luther Adams. Pick up handouts at the previous class or from

Handout #1:

Handout #2 is Adams’ Definitions, and you can find it at this link:

Also, read about Adams at the DUUB: 

Feb. 28:  Universalist Theology for the 21st Century—Forrest Church. Pick up at the previous class or…  Handout #1:

Handout #2: Most recently serving a long pastorate at All Souls Church in NYC, he died in late 2009.

March 7:  Unitarian Universalist Theology of Personal Experience—Thandeka.

Handout #1:

Handout #2: She is the only living theologian we cover. We are omitting William Schulz due to time constraints, and Forrest Chruch died in 2009.  James Luther Adams died in 1994.


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