Faith Development

Faith Development at UUCA

One of the key tenets of Unitarian Universalism is that all of us are responsible for our own spiritual development. Our congregation’s mission statement includes the phrase, “we nurture individual search for meaning.” As a direct response to that mission, we provide faith development opportunities for members of our congregation of all ages.
Our work is grounded and guided by our Seven Principles and Six Sources.
We believe faith development is a lifelong process that is nurtured in community.
We support all ages in that process by:

  • Developing Unitarian Universalist identity
  • Offering opportunities for spiritual growth and religious education
  • Creating congregational experiences that include and value all ages
  • Equipping families to continue faith development at home and in family life
  • Encouraging all to practice UU faith values in daily life and in the wider world

Children and Youth

Family

Adults

The Wednesday Thing

UUCA Groups

In addition to the 4 main areas of Faith Development, some UUCA Groups gather for spiritual deepening. Visit the UUCA Groups page for more information.

Faith Development Blog

Find out what's happening in RE and other areas of Faith Development

Faith Development Explained

We look to the ideas of theologian John Westerhoff summarizing his theory of “how faith happens”[1]. He explains that faith is initially “caught,” like a cold, as children imitate their parents and the adults in church. Children learn: This is what we do. As children...

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Create and Connect Circle March 27

The Last Opportunity is Sunday, March 27, 12:30-1:30pm in Sandburg Hall     Join Ginger Huebner for a Create & Connect experience for an opportunity to use art to connect, share and reflect on the March Soul Matters theme, Renewal. This process guides participants...

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Questions? Contact our Faith Development Team

Rev. Claudia Jiménez

Rev. Claudia Jiménez

Minister of Faith Development

FaithDev@uuasheville.org

(828) 254-6001, ext. 202

Kim Collins

Kim Collins

Lifespan Religious Education Coordinator

 LREC@uuasheville.org

(828) 254-6001, ext. 210

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Religious Education Coordinator

 LREasst@uuasheville.org

(828) 254-6001, ext. 205

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A Message from Rev. Dr. Cathy Harrington,
Interim Lead Minister

Greetings Members and Friends of UUCA,

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I am excited and honored to have been chosen to serve as your interim minister during this time of transition and look forward to our time together.  As I have gotten older and wiser, my main goal in life has been to cultivate joy in my personal life and in my ministry.  I tell you this because though we have a lot of hard work to do, we are first going to take time to get to know each other and have fun together.  I want to learn about your accomplishments, challenges, joys, and concerns as well as your hopes and dreams for the future. And we will be carefully navigating the complex challenge of returning to church as the pandemic restrictions are gradually lifted.

As an accredited interim minister (AIM), I have completed multiple trainings and enjoyed years of successful service to multiple UU congregations. I love doing this specialized type of ministry and have claimed as my motto “Love them and leave them.” Saying goodbye is the hardest part of this work but having the privilege to walk this transitional journey with Unitarian Universalist congregations has been the most significant and rewarding ministry of my career.

Rev. Cathy Harrington