Adult Learning

Adult Learning

We should never stop learning. Our Adult Learning Ministry is designed to provide us opportunities to expand our knowledge and find new wonder in our lives.

The Learning Ministry team solicits, organizes and schedules learning/educational opportunities for adults ages 18 and up. The ministry strives to encourage personal and spiritual growth through the exploration of a wide variety of topics, including those on social, economic, religious, political, environmental, artistic, historical, and social justice issues and/or interests.

The Adult Learning program occurs every Sunday during a post-worship period called Second Hour (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) in various locations on the Northwest campus. This schedule allows for 20-25 minutes of socializing after the worship service before the sessions begin.

Chalice showing history of Unitarians and Universalist is Atlanta

Unitarian Universalist
History in Atlanta

Programs are conducted by Northwest members and friends, guest speakers or our minister. Suggestions for topics and speakers are welcome!

Second Hour programs are frequently held in conjunction with our Social Justice program called Share the Plate. Each month Northwest designates a charity to receive 50% of the undesignated Sunday plate collection as well as any specifically designated donations. Members of the recipient organizations, such as Greenlaw – Giving Georgia’s Environment Its Day in Court, Planned Parenthood, PFLAG and Habitat for Humanity are invited to provide a Second Hour program open to the congregation.

Learning sessions are not only a lively exchange of ideas but a time to mingle and socialize, as well.

The real reward of our Second Hour programs, however, is summarized by this anonymous quote:

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will still each have one apple.

But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

Search for Truth and Meaning

Our 4th Unitarian Universalist principle, “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” implores us to continually seek and exchange ideas.

If you wish to join us on this search for truth and meeting, come to a Second Hour session. If you have a topic you would like to share in a Second Hour, please contact our Adult Learning team at

The search needs many voices.