Murray UU Church
Adult Religious Education

505 North Main St, Attleboro, MA 02703
 Phone: 508-222-0505
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Murray Unitarian Universalist Church
Adult Religious Education Opportunities


Great World Religions: Islam

The RE Committee is presenting a six part lecture/discussion on Islam. The program consists of DVD lectures by Dr. John Esposito, professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, followed by questions and discussion. Each session will include two 30-minute DVD lectures by Professor Esposito followed by 30-45 minutes follow up questions and discussion.

DATES:   October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9, 16.  

Please note these dates are all Wednesdays. 

TIME:      7pm -- 9pm                   

PLACE:  Harmony Hall

ATTENDANCE:  Open to all members and friends of the Murray Church community. You are encouraged to bring a notebook and pen. Some handouts will be given.

QUESTIONS:  If you have any questions, please contact

Len Yutkins at or call 508-226-3109.


Session 1

            Topic:  Islam Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

            Topic:  The Five Pillars of Islam

Session 2 

            Topic: Muhammad - Prophet and Statesman

            Topic: God's Word - the Quranic Worldview

Session 3 

            Topic: The Muslim Community - Faith and Politics

            Topic:  Paths to God - Islamic Law and Mysticism

Session 4

            Topic:  Islamic Revivalism - Renewal and Reform

            Topic:  The Contemporary Resurgence of Islam

Session 5 

            Topic:  Islam at the Crossroads

            Topic:  Women and Change in Islam

Session 6 

            Topic:  Islam in the West

            Topic:  The Future of Islam



2. Oct. 22: Leadership Development Workshops Begin


All are welcome to attend three Leadership Development Workshops beginning Saturday, October 22nd from 8:30 am -- noon, in the John Murray Room. Additional Saturday workshops will be held on January 14th and March 18th. Rev. Gretchen will continue to use materials from the UUA's "Harvest the Power" leadership curriculum, so all who attended last year's workshops are invited to continue with this year's new curriculum. Newcomers are welcome, especially any interested high school youth who are interested in leadership training. Childcare available if we have 3 children or more.


Please contact LaChelle Barton, our office administrator, 

at 508-222-0505 or

to let her know if you would like to attend, or need childcare.

 3. Small Group Ministry Starting Up in October


Are you looking for some spiritual deepening? Rev. Gretchen and our Minister Emerita Rev. Sandra will be leading monthly small group listening circles based on the Soul Matters curriculum, beginning in October. Each month, participants will receive and reflect on some readings and provocative questions around a particular theme, and come to group prepared to share their reflections. We will use Parker Palmer's circle of trust model to create a safe listening circle environment where people are free to share what is true for them without fear of interruption or correction. Both daytime and evening groups will be offered. Folks of all ages, from high school up, are welcome to join a group. Group sizes must be limited to 8 to 10 people, so all who wish to share can have a chance to be heard.  


Please let our office administrator LaChelle Barton know if you are interested in joining a group, and please specify whether you prefer a day time or evening class. LaChelle can be reached at or 508-222-0505.


Please refer to the Murray Notes newsletter for other Adult Religious Education opportunities.