Adult Education & Faith Formation

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
-Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

Christian discipleship is a life-long answer to the poet Mary Oliver’s question: “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” Discipleship is also a life-long journey that is shaped by the call “to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.”

At United, we offer many ways to take that journey – through Sunday morning forums, retreats, study series, service and education trips, and study groups. We invite you to join in these opportunities to learn more about the Christian faith, God’s call in your life, and the community and world around us.

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Online Study Opportunities in September

Stuck at home? No place to go? Tired of Netflix? Want to feed your soul (instead of your body)? Then join in a summer online Study Course for United members and friends. Because the courses will be on Zoom, you must register in advance by writing to Lin Raymond, Office Administrator, at unitedchurchsf@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Resiliency and Hope – Biblical Stories for Our Time
Thursdays 8:00 to 9:00 AM (MDT)

Want a midweek injection of hope and insight? Join in the “Hope and Resilience” Study zoom group on Thursday mornings, 8:00 to 9:00. All welcome! Register at unitedchurchsf@gmail.com

Explore the Acts of the Apostles with Yale Divinity School!
Tuesday Noon – 12:00 to 1:15 PM (MDT)
Starts in August 25

Take a journey of faith (through storms at sea, court trials, earthquakes, and everyday life) with “The Acts of the Apostles,” one of the most entertaining and relevant books in the Bible. Through recorded conversations with Yale Divinity School Dean Emeritus Harry Attridge and the late Prof. David Bartlett and a lively discussion, we’ll journey with Peter, Saul (aka Paul), the wealthy Lydia, an Ethiopian Eunuch, and Eutychus, who fell asleep during a sermon :-). All welcome! Let Talitha know you’re interested.

Women’s Study Group
Starts Fall with Hillerman’s “The Tale Teller”

Best-selling author Anne Hillerman’s latest mystery, “The Tale Teller” is the September selection for the Women’s Study Group that meets via Zoom at 10:00 am, Thursday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 16. All women welcome. Contact Ann Barker (670-3383) for info.

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Church Grounds Are Open (Reflection Trail, Peace Garden, etc.)

Stay healthy—mentally spiritually, physically—by staying outdoors and getting exercise. Thanks to United’s Landscape Task Force, we have a wonderful Reflection Trail, a Hozhoni (Blessing) Garden, and plenty of room to run around, while keeping the 6- foot social distance. You and your children are welcome to come any time!

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Once We Can Safely Meet Again
Opportunities Include:

  • Study Groups, such as The Wednesday Women’s Study Group (Ann Barker, abarker2@comcast.net), Men’s Bible Study (Talitha Arnold, unitedchurch.talitha@gmail.com).
  • United Artists – Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. (Shirley Clark, clarkoceanspirit@gmail.com).
  • Study Series offered seasonally and throughout the year.
  • Immersion Trips – to learn about our neighbors across the US/Mexico border or in Navajoland.

Any of the above sound interesting? Then check out the various study series offered in a variety of formats – weekly sessions, 3-day studies, one-time offerings. Some are led by the pastor, others by lay members, still others feature guest speakers. Join in!

 

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