Wellspring is our adult faith development program. We offer a variety single-session and multi-session classes, presentations, discussions and activities on Unitarian Universalism, spirituality and religion, life issues, practical skills, contemporary social issues, and other topics.

During the coronavirus pandemic, some sessions are offered online and other sessions are offered in-person. Vaccination is required to attend in-person sessions unless the session is held outdoors. Masks are required at all indoor sessions and at outdoor sessions when not social distancing.

Visitors are welcome to all programs!

Zoom link for our next online class will be available here the day of class.

Please scroll down for more upcoming offerings and program details.

A Preview of Our 2021-22 Wellspring Core Offerings

Each year, in addition to our many single-session offerings on a wide variety of topics (scroll down for a schedule of upcoming sessions), Wellspring offers a selection of multi-session Wellspring Core classes on a rotating 3-year cycle.

This year’s Wellspring Core classes are:

  • FALL
  • A Liberal Religious Path: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism with Rev. James
  • Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace
  • Living the Pledge To End Racism
  • WINTER
  • New UU with Rev. James
  • Tao Te Ching & Chuang Tzu: An Exploration of Taoist Scripture with Rev. Sasha
  • Coming Back To Life: Practices To Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
  • Building Your Own Theology
  • SPRING
  • Unitarian Universalist Leadership with Rev. James
  • Tending the Flame: The Art of UU Parenting
  • UUA Common Read

December and January Schedule and Details

(Zoom links to attend our online offerings are available on the day of class. Please save this page in your records for easy access.)

A Liberal Religious Path: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism [IN-PERSON – FOUNDERS HALL]
Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. & continuing December 15
Rev. James’s six-session continues in December with two final sessions. This six-session class will keep meeting in Founders Hall on Wednesday nights, 7 – 8:30 p.m., on the first and third Wednesdays of December (12/1 and 12/15). For more details and to sign up, click here.

Book Discussion: The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts by Karen Armstrong [ONLINE]

Sunday, December 12, 4:00 p.m.
Join us for the final session of Kathleen Gleditsch’s 3-session Sunday afternoon class reading and discussing the book The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts by Karen Armstrong.

How Your Local Government Works [ONLINE]

Wednesday, December 15, 7:00 p.m.
Learn how local government works in Wake County from a former insider, Harold Broadwell, attorney and former mayor of Wendell.  Harold will share his knowledge of how municipalities in Wake County collaborate, cooperate and compete with one another and how average citizens can influence their local governments.

A Taste of Soul [Room 101, Lower Level, Peace Hall]

Sunday, December 19, 12:00 p.m.
Curious about Chalice Circles and Soul Matters? In this Wellspring program, Chalice Circle facilitators will discuss the ideas behind Chalice Circles and the Soul Matters curriculum. Program attendees can participate in a modified Soul Matters session. There will be two sessions – December 19th and January 16th. You are welcome to check out one or attend them all. For more information, click here.

Mindful Eating [ONLINE]

Wednesday, January 5, 7:00 p.m.
Janice Horner will present a program on Mindful Eating.

Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu: An Exploration of Taoist Scriptures with Rev. Sasha [in-person, location TBD]

Wednesday, January 5, 7:00 p.m. & continuing every 1st and 3rd Wednesday through February
Join Rev. Sasha for this 4-session class in which we will learn about one of our neighboring faiths: Taoism. Students should obtain a copy of Thomas Cleary’s book The Essential Tao: An Initiation into the Heart of Taoism through the Authentic Tao Te Ching and the Inner Teachings of Chuang Tzu ($14 on Amazon; financial assistance available by contacting Rev. Sasha). For session one, students should read through page 30 in the book (introduction and sections 1-35 of the Tao Te Ching). 

Living the Pledge to End Racism Workshop [ONLINE]

Saturday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
No matter how much you think you already know about race and racism, this workshop will give you new insight and action steps to be actively anti-racist. The next six-session set of these ground-breaking workshops will be held on Zoom beginning Saturday, January 8th (note new start date). Participants explore their own experience with people of other races, examine their own implicit biases, and learn how to speak up when they witness racist acts. Will be held virtually on six Saturday mornings – Jan 8th, 15th, 22nd and Feb. 4th, 11th, 18th. Register here.

Building Your Own Theology [ONLINE]
Wednesday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. & continuing every 2nd Wednesday through May
Based on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian, this classic UU adult education program invites participants to develop their own personal credos, the fundamental religious beliefs, values, and convictions that inform and direct their lives. Begins with an introduction to our seven UU principles. Students must purchase the workbook for the class ($16.00 at inSpirit UUA Bookstore; financial assistance available by emailing Rev. Sasha).
Course Proposal

Would you like to lead a Wellspring offering? To submit a proposal for an adult faith development class, activity or presentation you’re interested in leading, please click here. Need ideas? See if this list of past classes gives you inspiration!

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Zoom link for all sessions (unless otherwise indicated): Click here to join by Zoom. (Meeting ID 574-108-518, Passcode: uufr3313)