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Classes and Small Groups

I've been a teacher in one form or another my whole professional life.  I started with 7th and 8th grade boys at Collegiate School right after finishing a master's degree in teaching at the University of Wisconsin in 1973.  They were excellent teachers of classroom management!  During my technical career, I found myself teaching colleagues and subordinates informally in both technical and managerial skills.  I realized during that time that I really missed the process of teaching and learning that only goes on in more formal environments, and that was part of my own call to ministry.

I started teaching UU Adult Education (often with my wife Deedee) while we were members of the Unitarian Society in Ridgewood, NJ.  Here's  some of what we did there.

During that period and later, during my internship year (2005-2006) at Arlington Street Church and the Church of the Larger Fellowship, I honed an introduction to the Bible for UUs -- who are often allergic to the very idea of the Bible -- and delivered it both in classrooms and online.  Here is the introductory summary, "Galloping Through Genesis."

When I came to Second Parish in 2006, I started offering a series of classes, and continued to teach introductory UU classes.

One of our members had the idea of growing our teaching mission by offering classes at Linden Ponds, a retirement community in Hingham.  That proved to be an opportunity for regular religious education for members of Second Parish as well as a much broader interfaith at Linden Ponds.  The classes were co-sponsored by Second Parish, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Linden Ponds, and their Pastoral Ministries program.  Here's more about what we did there.

Small Group Ministry is one of my passions as a minister.  Deedee and I helped to launch such a ministry -- we called it "Connections"  -- while we were members of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, and re-launced small group ministry at Arlington Street Church during my ministerial internship there.  I introduced the program at Second Parish, but the congregation proved too small to be able to sustain the program over time.  I look forward to introducing some of the work I've developed over the years to a new congregation.