The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence believes that the spiritual life is not a destination but a journey.  We provide adult religious education classes and forums to help members and friends along the path they have chosen for that journey.  Some offerings specifically address religious questions.  Others explore ethical and political questions of contemporary relevance.  Still others present subjects of general interest.  All are intended to stimulate reflection, discussion, and fellowship. Sessions are offered following the Sunday service and during weeknights. 

Summer Adult Education

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Sign up for Book Groups here: Racial Justice Summer Book Groups.books

Waking Up White by Debbie Irving 

We each have a unique story of our experience learning about race. Even though many of us grew up unaware of whiteness as a racial identity,  the pervasive impact that race has had on our personal and collective histories has intensified, often to the point of being the proverbial elephant in the room.  Waking Up White is a short, engaging memoir of a white woman’s journey toward racial awareness.  At the end of each chapter are questions that invite and challenge us to explore, deepen and make meaning of our own racial journey.  What personal commitments and actions might this exploration lead us to? Our book group will offer opportunities for participants to share stories and insights as we individually and collectively reflect about our racial identity . . . and reflect on any next steps we may feel called to take. Although the book is written from the perspective of a white woman, participants of all genders and racial identities are welcome; diverse perspectives will enrich everyone’s learning. 

We are offering 2 options for meetings over Zoom:

  • Wednesdays, July 15 and 29, 6:30-8:30 pm.  Facilitators: Chris Mohn & Corky Klimczak.
  • Mondays, July 27 and August 3, 6:30-8:30 pm. Facilitators: Sheri Hall-Smith & Andrea Reber.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

In White Fragility, white author and educator Robin Diangelo invites us to understand how white fragility operates to make racial conversations and any movement towards racial equity difficult, how that hurts us individually and collectively, and what we can do about it.  The book also invites us to engage in deep personal reflection and collective change.  

We'll meet via Zoom on Thursday July 16, 23, and 30, 7-8:30 pm.  Facilitator: Jane Simonds. 

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

This is an engaging and moving family story about hope and dreams across the generations, beginning with the coming-of-age/Sweet Sixteen ceremony for Melody. Jacqueline Woodson goes back in time to tell the story of Melody's parents and grandparents, showing how they arrived at this moment, and revealing their ambitions and successes along with the costs and the tolls they've paid. A beautifully written exploration of identity, ambition, gentrification, education, race, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood.

We are offering 2 options for meetings over Zoom (you only need to attend 1):

  • Wed August 12 OR Tues August 18, 7-9 pm. Facilitators: Nancy Sardeson & Rev. Janet Bush.

Please watch the monthly Pioneer and the weekly Sunday Times for announcements of upcoming adult education opportunities.  For more information, please contact Jessica Harwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .