The NAUA Academy provides courses to Members of the NAUA and others interested in Unitarianism, Unitarian Universalism and Liberal Religion. Single-session and multiple-session courses deal with the history and development of Unitarianism and Liberal Religion, as well as with issues of concern in contemporary society from a liberal religious perspective. Participation in courses is virtual, using Zoom. Sessions consist of a presentation followed by small group discussions.
To provide high quality learning and networking opportunities designed to develop and enhance our critical thinking skills and to translate our values of Freedom, Reason and Tolerance into actions in the world.
A world where people of liberal religious faith have multiple and diverse opportunities to learn, work, and build community.
The Goal of the Academy is to support the preservation and growth of classical Unitarianism and Liberal Religion internationally.
- Providing educational courses for individuals, lay leaders and ministers to support congregations seeking to maintain a classical Unitarianism and Liberal Religious perspective/orientation within their congregations.
- Provide educational courses and support to congregations that seek to re-orient themselves toward a more classical Unitarian/Liberal Religious interpretation of our religion.
- Foster the creation of interactive networks for communication and sharing of ideas and opportunities to work together and provide for mutual support.
- Provide on-line and face-based programs and resources to promote classical Unitarianism and Liberal Religion as a means to introduce potential members to our religion (i.e., evangelism) as well as to support Unitarians who are “unchurched” or live in areas in which there is no appropriate Unitarian Church (e.g. the Greater Fellowship model).
Given the wide geographic spread of NAUA members, most of the programming of the Academy will be hosted online using videoconferencing. During the online sessions participants will have ample opportunity to interact direct which each other and guest teachers. This leads to building networks and nurtures the development and implementation of ideas that enhance liberal religious communities and our personal lives. We also expect that these classes will foster exchanges (both in person and online) between NAUA individual and member organizations.
The video recordings of the NAUA Academy courses and the monthly NAUA worship services are first uploaded to the NAUA Academy Youtube channel. If you go to that site and click on the “Subscribe” link, you will be notified as soon as any new videos are posted.
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