Adult Education Guide

Education for adults at the Unitarian Church in Charleston takes the form of a variety of classes and activities. Topics include religion and philosophy, personal development, social issues, the arts and excursions. Opportunities for parent support and education are encouraged.  We also support separate groups with common needs. If you are interested in joining or leading a support group, please contact the Director of Religious Education.

There are a variety of conferences, special presentations, lectures, summer camps, and other opportunities for continuing Religious Education offered in the district and beyond by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Programs for teens and adults are most common, but there are also programs available for younger learners.

Within the Church

There are many activities and groups available and open to anyone who wishes to participate, including the Sunday Forums, the Alliance, Green Sanctuary and more. Please browse the “Get Involved” page to find out more about many of these activities and the contact information for them. Various committees and groups sponsor special programs and educational opportunities throughout the year. Events are advertised on the website, and in the monthly newsletter, The Gateway, which is emailed monthly or can be mailed by request to newcomers, friends, and members of the church.


Below is a sampling of our Adult Education offerings:

Books & Coffee:  Contact JoAnne Simson,

The College of Charleston U.U. Club:   A group welcoming all students which encourages them to grow personally and spiritually while upholding the Seven Princiuples of Unitarian Universalism.  The club provides a place for Unitarian Universalists and those wanting to know more about the religion. They meet monthly to discuss, dine, and grow! Contact Lisa Thomson Ross at

Forum:  A lecture series that meets most Sunday mornings at 10:00 in Gage Hall.  The speakers range from holistic medicine practitioners, Longshoremen, artists, professors, anarchists and travelers.  All are welcome to come and learn something new.

Green Sanctuary: Our active Green Sanctuary group offers Adult RE classes throughout the year.  These classes give us direction on how to ethically live better on our shared planet.

Meditation:  Offered Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in the upper Annex classroom.  Newcomers welcome.   Contact Gary Smith at

The Men’s Group:  meets twice a month for decision on a set topic, lunch or other planned event.  Contact Arnold Penuel at

Pathfinders and Pathways:  Classes offered  by our Membership Coordinator to help newcomers become more familiar with our denomination, our unique church and the many ways we can be in community together.  Membership Coordinator, Carol Oates at

Wu Tai Chi: Held in Gage Hall on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m., this devoted group welcomes the experienced and the new to our weekly lessons in the Wu style of Tai Chi.  Join use in enjoying the unique blend of heath and meditation benefits.  Contact Kaye Finch at

Young Adult Group is a monthly gathering of 21-35 year old’s that meet for social, religious and gastronomical events.



Religious Education Calendar 2015-2016

*Childcare is offered Sunday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Annex and during some of our special events to allow adults time to participate in our adult education offerings.

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