Unitarian Universalist congregations are often notable for the breadth and the quality of adult programming they provide. But if these classes and practice groups can be faulted for any shortcoming it is probably this: lack of depth and little opportunity for learners to fully assimilate and build upon the insights and experiences they’ve received. Quest, the First Unitarian Society of Madison’s two-year spiritual deepening curriculum, addresses this problem by providing a balanced curriculum of retreats, tutorials in spiritual practice, classes and small “integration groups.”
I participated in the early development of Quest and served as a mentor, spiritual practice guide and presenter for the first group of participants. Many graduates of the program subsequently moved on to assume leadership positions at First Unitarian Society, or to facilitate classes in spiritual development for other adults in our congregation. Quest provided them with inspiration, a strong motivation to serve and greater confidence in their abilities. Since then, the curriculum has been significantly refined and become, I believe, one of the best of its kind that Unitarian Universalism has to offer.
The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Schuler
Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Madison
Quest was instrumental in providing me with a structure and a multitude of opportunities to explore the questions that had become so pressing in my life. I found increasing clarity as my spiritual practice solidified and continue to grow in self acceptance, joy and compassion through the ongoing experience of meditation, journalling and centering prayer - all tools I learned and practiced in Quest. It was one of the best gifts I have ever given myself and it just keeps on giving.
Jacqueline Groves, Quest 1 Participant and member of the Quest steering committee