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Current "Religion, Cultures and Philosophy" Groups.     Members: to find more details/dates/news or to contact a Group Leader, go to our Member's Page

                                                                                                          Interest Groups are open to York U3A members only.

An Introduction to the Biblical Roots of the Christian Faith

This group is for all who want to discover the Biblical Hebraic origins of the Christian Faith.


Having explored (and tasted) all the Biblical Feasts we shall now examine the prophetic meanings of the Sacrifices and Offerings, The Temple and The Tabernacle and much, much more.


Venue:The Fell Room, 2-4pm on the 3rd Monday every month



Discovering Eastern Europe & Russia: Culture,History,People

This group freely explores all aspects of life and culture in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. It is brought to life by its enthusiastic group members, many of whom have travelled, worked or lived in these areas. Where they wish to, members are encouraged to discuss with the group their experiences or interests, thus giving a wide range of topics which have included: lifestyles, history, music, ballet, literature, art, architecture, espionage, language, religion and politics in many states.


Russian language may also be practised by members who wish to further their understanding or wish to test another language. Previous knowledge is not necessary.


Venue: Fell Room, 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 10:00 until noon,        Starting 21st September 2017



Exploring the Bible

This is a non-devotional, non-evangelical, open-minded group which looks at books, themes, stories and personalities of the Old and New Testament. People of any faith, or none, are welcome to join.


In January 2016, we started reading Mark’s Gospel. Our programme for the next year will start at Mark Chapter 10, and after concluding Mark we will spend some time comparing accounts of the Resurrection, before embarking on John's Gospel.


Venue: We will meet in the Fell Room on the first Monday morning of the month and in the Garden Room, in the Friends’ Meeting House in Friargate, on the other Monday mornings, from 10.00 to 11.45 starting on 18th September.

Exploring Other Cultures

If you are interested in exploring other cultures and finding out about different people, their history, customs, beliefs and religions, then come along and meet other like-minded people. We meet monthly to share personal knowledge and experience with each other. We also visit other places and attend various events and, when necessary, seek guest speakers throughout the year. You do not need to have any special knowledge or experience yourself but it is essential to have an interest in learning more about people from other cultures.


Venue: 3rd Tuesday afternoon of the month in the Fell Room 1.30 to 3.00



This group continues on from the Spirituality group which started in 2016. It offers an alternative take on the major spiritual teachings from all over the world. The meetings offer a personal perspective on the numerous systems and religions that are available nowadays.


The format will be a discussion group - where I will make a short presentation of the topic and then open it up for discussion.


I like answering questions, so if you have a burning question about life and its meaning, please come to our group.


Venue:Woolman Room 4th Monday in the month, 10am-12pm



End of Life Issues

(Starting January 2018)


Positive discussions about the choices we would like to have at the end of our lives and the preparation needed to ensure that these are respected. Sessions will include: Advance Decisions, Power of Attorney, the experiences of those who have taken control of the end of their life and other topics.


These are constructive discussions held in an atmosphere of mutual support and understanding.


Guest speakers will be invited to most of the sessions.


Venue:  Fell Room, 4th Wednesday each month, January to June. 10-12 am.


Enquiries from September 2017.



Philosophical Investigations

The title describes what we do – we explore philosophy. We are a discussion group which examines a variety of the philosophical issues, schools, and personalities which shape the way in which we think about the world. In this regard, we frequently link the particular philosophical views we are discussing with issues surrounding us in the modern world.


You may enjoy the group if


•you are interested in 'the big questions'

•you are curious about what some of the established philosophers have thought

•you enjoy discussing these subjects and don't mind having your ideas challenged - and  

•can listen sympathetically to views which may differ greatly from your own.


This course has been running very successfully for a dozen years under the leadership of Iain Robertson, and the new leader hopes we can continue to maintain York U3A's tradition in this area of interest.


Group members may occasionally be invited to present a subject in which they are particularly interested, but this will remain an entirely voluntary matter; no-one will be put under any pressure to speak.


We welcome both established and new members to come and join us.



Venue: Fell Room; weekly every Thursday 2pm – 4pm, starting 12th September.