Classes for Adults

Throughout the year, we offer Welcome and Membership classes for anyone interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism or our church in particular, or who would like to join our congregation as members. We also offer a diverse set of personal enrichment experiences.

Most classes offered especially for adults are also suitable for interested youth, unless otherwise noted. (Children's Religious Education is offered on Sunday mornings.)

Register at the church's Connections Corner after Sunday worship services, or contact the church office at office@uulansing.org or (517) 351-4081 ext. 101. Scholarships are available for classes with fees, and childcare and accessibility needs can be arranged. Fees can be paid by check, cash, or online here


"The Enlightened Brain: Peace, Love, and Neuroscience" facilitated by Mark Reimers
Mondays, January 8 - February 12
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

This series of presentations and discussions will focus on what recent discoveries in neuroscience mean for understanding ourselves and how our minds work, to help you understand your own mind and to live with yourself and others more easily. We’ll discuss to what extent genes cause behavior, how early life experience becomes ‘engraved’ on some genes, individual differences in brain activity, the difference between fear and anxiety in the brain, conscience and courage, how memories falter or become changed, the different types of craving and desire, consciousness, mindfulness, and the brain processes underlying love and empathy. The sessions are independent, so you can miss a class or two and come to the next one without a problem. Readings will be made available online.

Recommended for further reading (not used as class text):
The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard Davidson & Sharon Begley
Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience by Stephen Hall
The Age of Empathy by Frans de Waal


Building Your Own Theology facilitated by Sonia Schryer-Norris and Corie Jason
Thursdays, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for an exploration of fundamental theological questions using the unique lens you bring to the group. This round of BYOT will cover different topics than those included in our last series, so feel free to sign up whether you took the last round or not. This winter's topics include Authority, Diversity, Justice, Beloved Community, Meaning, Suffering, Death, and Immortality. We will meet for five sessions throughout the winter to delve deeper into these theological conundrums.


"The Roots of the Abrahamic Faiths" facilitated by Mark Reimers
Thursdays, dates TBA beginning in March
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

A thousand years before Rome, groups of Canaanite refugees started building egalitarian villages in the rugged Judean hills; some traced their clan to a Mesopotamian immigrant named Abraham. Their experiences and writings inspired the three major Western faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, forged in the harsh deserts of the Middle East. This four-session course will address the origins and early evolution of these three faiths in their own context. We will consider what social problems the founding figures of these religions were addressing and how they might inform and inspire us in our wealthier, more complex society. If you are in recovery from an authoritarian Abrahamic tradition or yearning to recover the value you feel in the Abrahamic tradition you have left, this course is for you.

Required reading: The Evolution of God by Robert Wright