OUUC’s adult education program offers a wide range of classes to help members and others in their spiritual development and in a broad variety of life skills, as well as to increase knowledge in specific areas, or just to have fun. The Adult Education Committee reviews ideas for classes, finds and assists instructors, and publishes seasonal catalogs of the class offerings.

Registration is open to all members and friends of OUUC and members of the larger community. 

If online registration is a problem for you, contact Sara Lewis at 360-786-6383 x. 102

To reduce the chance of class cancelations because too few people have signed up, please register at least a week before your class begins.

The fee for a single class of up to two hours is $10. For classes longer than two hours or with multiple sessions, the fee is $15. A fee of $25 covers as many classes as you wish to take. Exceptions to the fees are noted in the class descriptions. The fee will be waived, upon request, if it creates a hardship for you. On-site child care can also be requested when registering.

For attendees from the broader community: Per calendar month there is no charge for a single two hour class or a film session and any included discussion, but attendees can make an optional donation in any amount they wish. Classes and workshops of over two hours, or additional sessions in the same calendar month, require the same fees as for OUUC members-friends. Please feel free to invite your friends from the broader community to use the OUUC website to register for classes, but kindly remind them about any fees.

Unless otherwise noted, all class leaders are members of the OUUC community who generously contribute their expertise, time and hard work to develop their course material, completely gratis. Please make every effort to attend all sessions of each class for which you have signed up, or let the class leader know ahead of time if you can’t attend. Newcomers to OUUC can find classes relevant to this faith tradition marked with a chalice logo:

The Adult Education Committee welcomes offers to lead future classes from members of the broader community as well as from the OUUC congregation. Please direct proposals or inquiries to the Adult Education Committee, c/o the OUUC Office (dre@ouuc.org / 360-786-6383), or contact a committee member. A member of the committee will contact you and guide you through the process of setting up your class. Current members are: Margo Curl, Joanne Dufour, Mary Moore, Kathy O’Connor, Larry O’Connor, Anne Radford, Julie Rosmond, John Snyder, Pat Sonnenstuhl, Bob Sundstrom, Gary Worthington (Chair), and Sara Lewis (Staff).

Because this process takes time, please meet the deadlines below for submitting completed proposals for new classes:

For inclusion in the winter-spring 2020 program (January–June): Oct. 31, 2019.

For inclusion in the fall 2020 program (September–December): June 30, 2020.



Full catalog as a PDF: CATALOG for online – WINTER-SPRING 2020 (1)

ARE YOU AFRAID OF YOUR INSTANT POT? DON’T BE! – Tuesday (1 session): January 21. 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sally Alhadeff and Anne Radford

*BOOK GROUP – Thursdays (6 sessions): January 23, February 27, March 26, April 23, May 28, and June 27. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Nancy Brickell

CHOOSING LOVE – Tuesdays (four sessions): February 4, 11, 18, and 25. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Woody Moore

CLASS CONVERSATIONS – Wednesdays (3 sessions): March 4, 11, and 18. 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Carol McKinley

AN EAR TO NATURE, MOSTLY BIRDS – Tuesdays (2 sessions): Classroom session at OUUC, April 14, 10:00 a.m. – noon. Field trip, April 21, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Bob Sundstrom

END OF LIFE DECISION-MAKING – Saturdays (2 sessions): March 7 and 28. 10:00 a.m. – noon. Ann Yeo, RN, MSN, Certified Holistic Nurse; and the Rev. Mary Gear

EXPLORING THE WIDE WORLD OF JOURNALING – Friday (1 session): March 20. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Amy Bertrand

EVERYDAY SPIRITUAL PRACTICE – Mondays (3 sessions, every other week): April 20, May 4, and May 18. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Rev. Mary Gear

* MEMBERSHIP CLASSES – Sundays (3 sessions): February 9, 16, and 23. 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. OR Saturday (1 session combining all classes): May 9. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. OUUC staff and leaders.

MOVEMENT ACTION PLAN: HOW TO DESIGN A SUSTAINABLE GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT – Fridays (2 sessions): January 31 and February 7. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Kristen Howard

NO MEAT? SO WHAT DO WE EAT (PLANT-BASED MEAL PLANNING) – Saturday (1 session): January 25. 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Ann Yeo, RN, MSN, Certified Holistic Nurse

NUCLEAR WEAPONS NOWADAYS: WHAT YOU CAN KNOW AND DO – Mondays (4 sessions): February 24, March 2, 9, and 16. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Joanne Dufour, Glen Anderson, Mark Fleming, and James Manista

OWNING YOUR RELIGIOUS PAST – Tuesdays (4 sessions): February 4, 11, 18, and 25. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Sara Lewis

SPACE EXPLORATION, PRESENT AND FUTURE SPACE EXPLORATION, PRESENT AND FUTURE – Tuesdays (2 sessions): May 19 and 26. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Gary Worthington and Brad Gupta

SPEAKING IN PUBLIC – Saturdays (4 sessions): March 7, 14, 21, and 28. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Janet Spencer and Chuck Ricketts

STORIES FOR THE AGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE – Mondays (3 sessions; class meets every other week): January 27, February 10 and 24. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Margo Warner Curl

TAKE A HIKE, SPRING 2020 – Wednesday (1 session): May 27. 9:00 a.m. leave OUUC for Staircase Rapids, Olympic National Park (approximately 6 hours total). John Snyder

TELL ME WHO YOU ARE – Tuesday (1 session): January 28. 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Sandra Worthington

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN – Monday (1 session): March 9. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Linda Terry

TRAVEL THAT CHANGES HEARTS AND TRANSFORMS LIVES Tuesdays (5 sessions): 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. March 3 – Bicycling the Northwest; March 10 – India’s Himalayan Foothills; March 17 – Transylvania and Eastern Europe; March 24 – Syrian Refugees in Jordan; March 31 – Volunteering in Malaysia, Romania, and Peru. Various presenters; Emily Ray and Rick Brand-Kreutz, facilitators.

UNDERSTANDING GROUP DYNAMICS: Why Do Groups Bring Out the Best and Worst in People? – Tuesdays (6 sessions): April 7, 14, 21, and 28; and May 5 and 12. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bruce Lerro

UUA COMMON READ: AN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES – Wednesdays (3 sessions): January 29, February 5 and 12. 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

The Rev. Carol McKinley


*VOICE CLASS – Saturdays. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Troy Arnold Fisher