INTRODUCING THE FAITH FORWARD ADVANCED PATH
Almost one year ago, we introduced the Faith Forward CORE Path to you. Now, we begin rolling out sessions on the ADVANCED Path! While the CORE Path is designed to guide people from visitor to engaged member, the ADVANCED Path takes this to the next step for people who have been in our congregations longer, or who have been through the CORE Path. The ADVANCED Path sessions engage the head, heart, and spirit to deepen faith and spiritual development and one’s connection to the congregation. Along the ADVANCED Path, participants explore material on UU theology, Biblical literacy, Coming of Age for adults, and delve deeper into spiritual practice and our UU history.
The ADVANCED Path addresses two issues common to our UU congregations.
The first is a gap between introductory-level adult learning opportunities and high-level leadership roles. Many of our congregants desire an opportunity to further grow their faith and spirituality either alongside the responsibilities of leadership or before jumping into these roles. The other issue is the yearning of many to take their faith development and relationship with Unitarian Universalism to a deeper level, without becoming a minister or credentialed religious educator! The ADVANCED Path presents a rare opportunity for lay people in our congregations to explore these topics while remaining lay people who are serving our congregations from a deeply grounded place.