Adult Faith Development 

Faith Development (FD) is a life-long process. It’s about forming your own sense of who you are as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) as well as who we are as a congregation, and how we act and serve in the wider community. We offer programs for people who are brand new to Unitarian Universalism, those who are deepening their sense of UU identity, and those who are long-time, or lifelong UUs.

Every year, we will offer a guided path from an introductory level, to learning about the congregation and how we do things; personal growth in a number of key life areas; and a congregational focus. You might choose to follow the path in a linear way, or dive into the congregational focus then in and out of others. We’ll provide the path; you choose how you want to travel on it.

Are you fairly new to our community?

New to First UU

Thursdays: Oct  10, 17, 24 & Nov. 14, 21, 28, 2019

6:00-7:15 p.m.

Living room

Facilitator: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Join Andrea James and guests to explore this congregation’s ways of being. We’ll cover theology, worship, and music; some of our history; faith development programs for all ages; social justice; how we govern ourselves; and what being a member means. You’ll meet others who are new to the church, as well as the minister and some staff, and people who are active in our community. This is a great overview of who we are and what we offer.

Click here to register by September 30, 2019 - Registration is now CLOSED

New to First UU is part of our Congregational Life Series

The Next Step

Are you curious about how we do what we do? Wondering how to get involved or what your options are? Open to everyone, the rest of our Congregational Life Series offers a behind-the-scenes peek at how and why we do various elements of our community. People who attend these brief workshops will come away with a greater appreciation of what goes into congregational life, and will be supportive of those who serve in these areas. If you are wondering about where you might like to serve within congregational life, one or more of these might help.

Presented annually, these short programs are offered on Thursday evenings prior to choir, to make it easy to attend both, or once on a Saturday.

How Can I Help?


Oct. 17 & 24; Nov. 14 & 21, 2019

5:45-7:15 p.m.

Dining room

Make-up session, if required, will be the Saturday Nov. 23 session


Saturday Nov. 23, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Zoom room (online; required a camera and microphone on your computer or other electronic device).

Facilitator: Rev. Meghann Robern

Part of participating in a caring community is being able to support one another with our time and our listening in addition to with rides and meals. This class is for all who wish to deepen their skills of listening and engaging with others in meaningful ways -- creating the web of the community that keeps us in covenant with each other.

Click here to register by October 8, 2019 - Registration is now CLOSED

How Can I Help? is part of our Congregational Life Series

How We Grow (through Faith Development)


Thursdays: April 9 - 30, 2020

6:00-7:15 p.m.

Living room

Make-up session, if required: Thursday May 7, 2020



April 18, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A light lunch will be provided

Living room

Facilitator: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Everything we do in this community teaches us how to be Unitarian Universalists, but we do have a specific ministry that supports our growth throughout the lifespan. We’ll explore what faith development is; religious exploration for children and youth; and how we approach this ministry with adults. An overview of our philosophy and practices, this program is also a great way to figure out whether you might be interested in serving in these areas.

Click here to register by March 31, 2020

How We Grow is part of our Congregational Life Series

Worship Arts & Design


Thursdays: March 5-26, 2020

5:45-7:15 p.m.


Make-up session, if required, is the Saturday April 18 session


Saturday April 18, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Rev. Meghann Robern

What are the various elements of our worship services, and why are they meaningful? How do we strive to speak to the needs of all gathered? How can we creatively weave these varied threads together?

Click here to register by February 25, 2020

Worship Arts & Design is part of our Congregational Life Series

Personal Growth

Coming of Age Parents

5 sessions

  • Sept. 29; Nov. 24, 2019; Jan. 26 March 22; May 3, 2020

Noon - 1:00

Living Room

Facilitators: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development and TBA

Are you a parent or guardian of youth enrolled in our Coming of Age program? Join with other parents on a similar journey through the teenage years, over five small group sessions.

  1. September 29: Parenting: How Is It Going?
  2. November 24: Looking Back
  3. January 26: Knowing and Not Knowing
  4. March 22: Preparing for Transition
  5. April 26: Moving Forward, Together

Click here to register by September 18, 2019 - CANCELLED due to low enrolment

Young Adult Covenant Group

The last Wednesday of the month, beginning September 25, 2019

Exceptions are December and June

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Living room

Facilitator: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Covenant Groups are small, facilitated discussion groups, based on the theme of the month. This one is open to all 18-35 year olds. (People in this age group may choose to join an all-ages covenant group instead of or in addition to this group).

Click here to register by September 17, 2019 - CANCELLED due to low enrolment


Every year we’ll provide opportunities to make meaning from, and grow in, some major areas of life.

  • Our money track will rotate through 3-4 programs, one per year, so you can take one or continue to explore over a few years. It is intended for people to become comfortable talking about money; heal from shame and other emotions connected to their money story; and align their giving with UU values.
  • One of our congregational approaches to reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation programs offer opportunities for learning, experience, and reflection on Canada’s history of Indian Residential Schools. With levels for children, youth, and adults, we hope to run at least one level every year.
  • Similar to the money track, we’ll offer a different program each year about grieving, end-of-life, and/or death and dying. Programs will be intended to help people become comfortable talking about these areas of life; deepen connections; and align end-of-life choices with UU values.
  • Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education is a lifespan program, offering two levels for children, two for youth, and three for adults. We plan to provide one or more level every year.

Money Track

The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life

Oct. 23; Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11, 2019; Jan. 8, 15, 22; Feb 5, 12, 19, 2020

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Living room

Facilitators: Janet Toews and Joan Carolyn

Build awareness of your own “money story” and explore your attitudes and experiences with money. We’ll explore the ways in which money connects us with other (including issues of classism and economic justice as well as money issues in congregational life), then delve into ways to align faith and values with your financial ways of being. May your experience with this program create pathways for a spiritually and ethically healthy relationship with money, in all the ways it touches our lives.

This program is part of our annual Money Track, aiming to free families, individuals, and our congregation to speak openly about a subject that is often full of assumptions and tensions, and will allow the creation of spiritually healthy approaches to money, generosity, economic justice, investment, and stewardship.

Click here to register by October 15th, 2019 - Registration is now CLOSED

Grief and Death Track

Watch for information about our innovative new series: Inquiring Minds - Dialogue on Death, running from October 26 through November 3, 2019. Nine days with multiple ways to engage with the topic, including two services, workshops, movies, speakers, at least one multigenerational event, an interfaith panel, and more.

Truth, Healing, and Reconcilition


Our Whole Lives


Facilitators for Adult Faith Development programs

Adult Faith Development Facilitator Training

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Living room

Facilitator: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

For people serving the congregation by co-facilitating adult faith development programs.

Build community together; learn what support you’ll receive, what’s expected of you, and where to find things; learn some helpful tips.  Access your curriculum and get grounded in this sacred work.

Click here to register by September 24, 2019 - Registration is now CLOSED

This program is part of the support provided to people who serve in our Faith Development ministries.

Faith Development Staff

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Adult Programming Committee

Formed in 2010, the Adult Programming Committee encourages the development of members’ UU faith and promotes adult learning. Our goal is to enhance individuals’ physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being within our shared UU principles.

The Adult Programming Committee is comprised of volunteers, generally meeting at noon the first Sunday of the month. Current APC members are:

  • Anne Belanger (Co-Chair)
  • Sonya Watson (Co-Chair)
  • Shannon Breckman
  • Lynn Campbell
  • Heather Emberley
  • Kathleen Hays
  • Ivor Lockhart

We welcome new Committee members with an interest in adult learning. This is a creative ministry, where you will deepen relationships, grow, and have fun!

Also, if you have an idea for a future program, we’d love to hear from you. Please send a quick email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll be in touch. Suggestions from participant program evaluations are also periodically reviewed.

Program facilitators are church members or friends who donate their time on a volunteer basis. We seek volunteer facilitators with knowledge of the subject matter, facilitation skills, and attitudes congruent with UU principles.