Interested in taking an adult Coming of Age (aCOA) class and/or going on a Pilgrimage to Boston next church year? (September 2021 through July 2022, culminating with the pilgrimage in August of 2022, which would last one week.)

The aCOA class will use both an online class from the UU Leadership Institute and meetings of those enrolled to discuss readings and share thoughts from personal spiritual journeys. (The class will not be a pre-requisite for the Pilgrimage, however, depending on numbers, preference may be given to those who take the aCOA class.)
Possible readings –
~“A Short Essay on Universalism” by Rev. Hosea Ballou
~“Unitarian Christianity” by Rev. Ellery Channing
~“Nature” and “The Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
~Selections from the Dial edited by Margaret Fuller
~Aesthetic Papers by Elizabeth Peabody
~Walden by Henry David Thoreau
~And selections from Judith Sargent Murray, Louisa May Alcott, and others.

The Pilgrimage will focus on early Universalism, Unitarianism, and Transcendentalism and center around Boston and the surrounding areas. There will be periodic meetings throughout the year in preparation for the Pilgrimage.
Possible places to visit –
~Emerson’s house
~Gloucester, MA
~Old Manse
~Orchard House (Alcott’s house)
~Mount Auburn and Sleepy Hollow cemeteries
~UUA headquarters
~Walden pond
~Wayside House (Hawthorne’s house)
~And many, many churches

The estimated cost of the trip, covering flights, lodging, transportation around Boston, and entry into all sites is $2,800-$3,300 per person. Scholarships will be available.

This is an experience we hope to offer every few years. (In rotation with the Youth Pilgrimage, GA, etc.)