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
I had the privilege of serving as a mentor for a number of participants in Quest 1. It was inspiring to see their appreciation of the course and of the changes it made in their lives. And now I am serving as an Integration Group Facilitator in Quest 2. I feel even more strongly a sense of privilege – and great joy – to share more deeply the life-changing effects of the course. I can see how it is changing participants’ perspectives and their experience of the world and their lives, and it has changed me in these ways as well.
Rev. Jerry Mosser, Quest 2 Integration Group Leader
Affiliated Community Minister (Retired)
First Unitarian Society of Madison