At BUF, we believe that there is always room for exploring, questioning and learning. Our lifelong learning programs for adults include our Sunday Forums, and have included study groups on the Bhagavad-Gita, the Bible, and theology as well as many other opportunities to challenge perceptions and expand knowledge bases. Opportunities for spiritual growth in Chalice Circles are a part of our Small Group Ministry.

Sunday Forums

Our Sunday Forums begin at 9:15 a.m. and end in time for the Sunday Worship Service. Due to other adult programming, Forums are currently suspended and will resume in March 2020. Here is a link to the schedule of topics by date, archives of past forums, and more information regarding our Sunday Forum program.

Additional Programs

Annual Camp Kirby Retreat

Each Fall, in September, BUF organizes a weekend retreat at Camp Kirby on Samish Island, where attendees can engage in social interaction and activities, learning, and spiritual enhancement for all.  For more information, contact Genia, our Director of Lifelong Learning. To register, click here for detailed information and a link to online registration. September 16th is the deadline to register!

Annual Women’s Retreat

Each Spring, in April, BUF women have the opportunity to attend a weekend retreat on Whidbey Island, where they engage in social interaction, learning and self-exploration, and spiritual enhancement. For more information, contact Kathy, our Administrator.

Building Your Own Theology

Sundays 4:00-6:00, January 12 & 19; February 2, 9 & 23; March 1 & 8

 “If we are living, breathing, hurting, laughing, crying, questing human beings, it is impossible not to be theologians”*

Building Your Own Theology is a seven-week course that invites participants to explore their fundamental religious beliefs and develop their personal credo through writing-based reflection and theological conversation.

The course is offered by Loretta Willems, who has taught courses in liberal theology at other UU churches as well as Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Illinois. Loretta studied theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where she received the Ph.D. in Theology & the Arts and M.A. in Philosophical Theology.

The course is based on readings from Richard Gilbert’s Building Your Own Theology (2000). If you wish to take the course please contact Genia Allen-Schmid, Director of Life Long Learning, at and pay $16 by December 20. Genia will take care of ordering the books for everyone December 21 so they arrive before the first class.