Adult Formation

Adult Formation offers opportunities for adults to grow their faith and reflect on their spiritual journey. There is no one way to grow in faith as an adult. We offer Practice Groups that meet weekly, bi monthly or monthly. We offer classes Fall/Winter and Spring on a range of topics. We offer opportunities to join Small Groups at Fall and Winter Sign Up Sundays. Small Groups are caring circles that offer service to the church and wider community and reflect on our monthly themes.


What Does it Mean to be White?  by Robin DiAngelo
Book Discussion: Copies of the chapter being discussed will be available if you do not purchase the book.  Pick up your copy at the front desk.

Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
July 2017: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Facilitated by Rev. Sue Sinnamon



Dismantling White Privilege (formerly Transforming White Privilege)
(For people who have completed the Living the Pledge Workshop)

Saturday October 14th, 2017: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday November 4th 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Rev. Sherman Logan and Rev. Sue Sinnamon

You must attend both sessions.
This program focuses on structural and institutional racism and how to transform our institutions and programs.


Darkening the Doorways by Mark Morrison Reed
Book Discussion: Black trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism.

Sundays in Fall 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Women’s Spirituality Retreat
October 20 – 22, 2017
Richmond Hill, Richmond, VA

Facilitated by Rev. Sue Sinnamon and others
Register by contacting

A weekend to explore the ways your spirit shows up in your life. We will use silence, art, guided meditations, journaling and movement to experience the many faces of your spirit. Our goal is to have the time and space to explore our journeys and build community to travel with us on our many paths. The retreat begins Friday at 4:00 p.m. and ends Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tuition includes lodging at Richmond Hill and all meals from Friday Dinner through Sunday Lunch.

Registration limited to 18. Registration deadline September 15. Deposit of $100 due at registration. Tuition assistance available.


Reflections on Our Themes for Each Month
4th Wednesdays 6:45 – 8:15 p.m.
Begins August 30, 2017 continues through May 2018

A class led by our ministers that introduces the theme for the upcoming month. This is for group leaders who want to experience the work of the themes and for individuals who seek deeper understanding of our monthly themes.


Leadership (for Small Groups, committees, classes and life)
Friday, September 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This is a refresher for those who lead groups and for those who want to consider leading a small group.

We will include the topics and practices for:
– Covenants
– Openings and Closings
– The use of silence
– Is it History or a Journey?
– Roles of the Facilitator/convener
– Role Playing/modeling group processes

Registration Required. Contact Sue Sinnamon at


Small Group Signups
September 17, 2017, between the services (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

Explore the multitude of small groups at First UU RVA. Groups vary from study groups to UU Quuilters  to meditation/reflection groups. There are many ways to build community at First UU.

New this fall –
Building our Own Lives:
a small group for people experiencing major transitions such as divorce, death of a partner , death of a parent, empty nests…these are times to reflect on how we build a new life when who we thought we were and the life we lived as partner/child/parent/spouse changes.

Family Groups – A time for parents and children to  gather to form community and share how they practice their faith in their family life.