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.




Adult Faith Formation at United
What Do You Want to Explore?

The Adult Education (aka “Faith Formation”) Ministry Team is regrouping with the leadership of Marcom Herren and April Herren. We welcome your ideas and interests! With additional classrooms, we have new opportunities for diverse programs, even on Sunday mornings! Let us know what would feed your spirit and help you grow in your faith! (Marcom,; April,; Talitha Arnold,


Adult Forums – 9:45 Sunday Mornings
Childcare Provided

January 26
Climate Change and Water

United member Kim Bannerman is an environmental attorney who was in the Office of General Counsel at the Interstate Stream Commission for several years and now at the Federal Bureau of Reclamation. She covers water supply and “produced” water issues (repeated on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 5:15 pm).

A Look at United’s Budget

Did you know that a church budget is a theological statement? Join members of the Stewardship and Finance Team for a look at United’s 2020 Operating Budget. What are our priorities? What are the challenges?

Congregational Mid-Winter Budget Meeting
February 2 – 9:30 am
(In lieu of Adult Forums)

Join in the Congregational Budget Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 9:30. Copies of  proposed 2020 Budget are available in the Community Room—and join in a special Adult Forum on Jan. 26 with Stewardship/Finance Team members for persons interested in discussing the budget or the process. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Sunday 9:45 Forums Start Again Feb. 9

(These are a few of the offerings—check Sunday bulletins and weekly emails for more info!)

Feb. 9
Interfaith Shelter Volunteers

As we begin our week with the Interfaith Shelter, join the coordinators (Jennifer Kilbourn, Marc Black, Avril Ekstrand, Betsy Bueschel) for an update on the shelter’s work and how you can help!

Feb. 16
Climate Change: A Desert Faith for a Desert Time

Whether it’s the high desert of Santa Fe, the Chihuahuan or Sonoran of New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico, or the Biblical deserts of our faith (Sinai, Negev, Judean)—what can the desert teach us about how to live in a time of global warming? What can the desert teach us about our faith? Join Talitha Arnold for this exploration of the lessons the desert holds for all of us.

Feb. 23
Climate Change: Indigenous Women and Mother Earth

What are the connections between our treatment of the Earth and of Indigenous women in this country? How can we change our relationship and understanding of both? Mary Hasbah Roessel, a United member who is also Navajo and a psychiatrist, offers new insights and understanding.


Women’s Study Group
Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and 19 – 10:00 AM

All women invited to join in stimulating discussion, good humor, and comfortable sharing twice a month. We finish Susan Orlean’s The Library Book and begin Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees. (Ann Barker;


Men of Faith and Doubt Bible Study
Tuesday Morning (8:00 am) and Tuesday Evening (5:15 pm)

The Biblical stories of men are a chance to learn about the past and engage important themes of men’s lives now. It’s also a chance to get a jump on the scripture for the upcoming Sunday! Interested? Please contact Talitha at or 988-3295.


SPECIAL EVENT: Seeing the Sacred Story: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Christ from Michelangelo to Tiepolo
Docent-led Tours of Special Exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Art
Wed., Feb. 12 (10:30) or Sat., Mar. 7 (10:30)

“The birth, death, and resurrection of Christ: from Michelangelo to Tiepolo” exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art focuses on the three major stages of Christ’s journey. The exhibit explores the different ways artists envisioned these moments. United is organizing two docent-led tour opportunities: Wed., Feb. 12, and Sat., Mar. 7, both at 10:30 AM. Cost is $8.00. Sign up or call the church office (Talitha Arnold, 988-3295).


Tuesday Noons, Wednesday Evenings and Thursday Noons!
March 3 through April 2

Lent is a great time for midweek study opportunities! Here are two “earth-honoring” book studies. Look for additional information of other offerings in upcoming bulletins! Sign up sheets and books for purchase in the Community Room.

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
(Larry Rasmussen—Tues. at 12:00 Noon; Weds. at 5:15)

Drawing on her spiritual tradition of the Potowatamee people and her scientific background as a botanist, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass–offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. We need those lessons if this planet and all creatures (including us human ones) are to survive.

 No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
(Emily Syal—Weds. at 5:15; Thurs. at 12:00 Noon)

A collection of 11 speeches on global warming and climate change by climate activist Greta Thunberg, including her “Our House is in on Fire.” Thunberg has spoken to the United Nations, the Economic Union, and at countless demonstrations and protests. Her book is a rallying cry to wake up and protect the planet, no matter how powerless we may feel.


Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants
Thursday, March 5 – 12:00 Noon

Book signing with author César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández.


Other Opportunities

  • Study Groups, such as The Wednesday Women’s Study Group (Ann Barker,
  • United Artists – Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. (Shirley Clark,
  • 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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