Dan and Sharon Wiseman are Coordinators of Adult Faith Development.

 The areas of Adult Faith Development are:

The Mission of the Adult Faith Development Program at Countryside Church is to help you find opportunities for learning, make our community and the world a little better, have some fun, share your talents, and create something. Tell us what you need or are willing do and we will work with you to make it happen. We have faith in you!

The Adult Faith Development Program includes:

  • Ongoing groups
  • One day workshops, lectures, and discussions
  • Multi-Week Classes
  • Annual Journeys Weekend Retreat
Adult Faith Development Classes/Groups/Workshops



Agnosticism, Humanism, Atheism
Second Tuesday of each month, 7pm
Alan Greenland
Andrew Cranberg
Book Circle
Sunday evenings every 6-8 weeks
The Book Circle discusses books that explore nature and the environment, science, psychology, philosophy, sociology, culture, religion and politics within a spiritual and ethical context. Discussions are informal and open, and are centered on topical nonfiction books about issues that impact our lives and our society. Books are chosen through consensus and new suggestions are always welcome. The Book Circle meets on Sunday evenings every 6-8 weeks depending on the length of the next book and member availability.

Gail Wisniewski
Book Group
Last Monday of the month at 7 pm
This group discusses primarily fiction. Books are chosen by the group from suggestions made by participants, and participants take turn facilitating the monthly discussions. For 2012, the group has decided to “read around the world,” each month discussing a book that is set in a different country. The Last Mondays Book Discussion is held on the last Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Stokes Room.

Laurie Lantz
Coming Alive at CCUU
Next session to be announced
Nine-session program. The Coming Alive Program is to help participants find increased possibilities for growth, grounded involvement in their faith and principles, and tap into strengths as leaders and participants. The nine modules of the program provide opportunities for spiritual reflection and discussion, understanding congregational structure and possibilities, and spiritually grounded leadership development.

Dan Wiseman
Mike Gilley
Rev. Hilary Krivchenia
Common Ground Spring Lecture
April 22, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
The World’s Religions: Two Revolutionary Turnings
The Axial Age in Religion—the millennium before the birth of Jesus Christ—saw the laying of the foundations of most of the great world religions we know today. Jim Kenney, Executive Director, Common Ground, will explore that period and offer the remarkable hypotheses that our own time is a Second Axial Age bringing an evolutionary change in religion and spirituality that may well equal the first.
Mr. Kenny is Executive Director, Interreligious Engagement Project; Project Coordinator, the Peace Council; and author of Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change
$10 suggested donation at the door, but all will be admitted

Dan Wiseman
Exploring our Motivations
Dates to be announced
In this class participants examine why we do what we do—“What gets you out of bed in the morning?” Areas of exploration are philosophy, money, spirituality, human nature, truth, death and the afterlife, justice and the meaning of life.

Rem Stokes
Faith Like a River
Thursday, Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 8, 22, 7-9 pm
This class explores the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history—the people, ideas and movements that shape our faith heritage. Participants are invited to place themselves into our history and consider its legacies. What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present? What lessons does history offer about living in the future?

Rev. Hilary Krevchenia
DRE Colleen Vahey
A Journey of Mind and Spirit
Feb. 29, Mar. 14, 28, Apr. 11, 25, May 9, 7-8:30 pm
This workshop is a gather of women on spiritual journeys who want to travel in a safe, supportive environment with other travelers. All participants are women seeking understanding of the divine, sacred, meaningful or holy in their lives. While paths may differ, the sharing with, listening to and learning from one another will benefit each woman and enrich her journey.

Cathleen Chay
Journey Inward
Third Wednesday of each month, 7:30 – 9 pm
Feed your mind, body and spirit through exploration and education. Learn about such diverse subjects as hypnosis, meditation, dowsing, tarot, color therapy, crystal healing drum circles, spiritual movies and much more. Find out more on Facebook—search for Journey Inward. Visit www.Journey-Inward.com for more information.

Erv Toth
Rose Schultz
Kundalini Yoga
Tuesdays, 7-8 pm
Kundalini yoga is a physical and meditative discipline that combines a dynamic blend of postures, breath, music and the chanting of mantras. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Bring a yoga mat and blanket to class.

Jessica Iry
Living Scripture: The Sufi Mystics
Thursdays, April 5, 19, 7-8:30 pm
These sessions will allow time for reading, study and discussion of Sufi mystics such as Kabir, Rumi and Hafiz.
Rev. Hilary Krivchenia
Movies with Meaning
2nd Friday of the month at 7 pm

Movies with Meaning will NOT meet in April. Join us again the 2nd Friday in May.
We primarily show documentary films with discussion afterward. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (invite your friends and neighbors!) and FREE (voluntary donation to help cover cost of film licenses). Public performance licensing, when required, is obtained for all films we show.

Alan Greenland
Open Forum
Sundays, 9 am
This group meets weekly to discuss the issues of the day while respectfully welcoming different perspectives.
Vid Axel
Preparing for the Journey
Thursdays, April 12, 26, May 10, 24, 7-8:30 pm
This workshop is to help you prepare for the end of life (at any time) while empowering you to reflect upon and get the most out of life in the present. The workshop will allow for discussion and conversation, reflection and meditation, and will give you the resources to think ahead to memorial service planning, writing an ethical will, doing a life and faith review, as well as leaning about living wills, durable powers of attorney and the last will and testament. Participants from any stage of life are welcome.
Rev. Hilary Krivchenia
Guest speaker: David Cohen, Attorney
Saturdays, 9:30- 11 am (begins Feb. 4)
Qi (energy) Gong (transformation) is a class that combines slow, gentle body movements and guided meditation. Discover your natural ability to heal yourself and others through movement to remove blockages in your body and guided meditation to open your heart to unconditional love, kindness and forgiveness
Emmett Sylvester
Sacred Heartbeat Drum Circle
Fourth Saturday of each month, 7 – 9 pm
Drummers meet for freestyle drumming along with some lightly facilitated drumming and healing drumming. Bring your drums, rattles, didgeridoo and other instruments to join in on the jam. Doors open at 6:30 pm for those who need set up time and for new drummer who may need help from drummers. Some hand percussion and drums are available on a first come, first serve basis. Dancing and chanting is encouraged. This is an adult drum circle but teenagers are welcome.
Erv Toth
Meeting dates to be announced
Ubuntu is a group newly formed to further education and the understanding of issues surrounding immigration. “UbuntU” (oo-boon-too) is an African term used as a mutual greeting—I am because of you. You are because of me. A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, desires to live in relationship, and understands that all are diminished when others suffer, are humiliated, tortured, oppressed or excluded.
Melanie Schikore
UbuntU Book Discussion
March 11 & 18, 12 pm
Join us for reading and discussion of The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands by Margaret Regan. Books will be available for purchase in the church office after February 15.
Melanie Schikore
Maria Gregorio
UU 102: Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
Sunday, February 5, 12-2 pm
This workshop is especially designed for Countryside visitors and friends. Participants will learn UU history, about the perennial and current challenges to UUism, and about the current state of UUism. Rev. Hilary Krevchenia
DRE Colleen Vahey
UUA Common Read
March 4, 6:30 pm
Mark your calendar and join the Book Circle and Last Mondays Book Group to discuss Acts of Faith, Eboo Patel’s remarkable account of his coming of age and coming to understand what led him toward religious pluralism rather than hatred.
20-30 Somethings
Sundays, 12:15-1:30 pm
The group is a place for diverse people in their 20s and 30s to come together for fellowship, fun and growth. Childcare is available. Dan Huntsha