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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Over the past several months, United has offered a variety of Adult Faith Formation opportunities (via Zoom). They’ve ranged from “An Intro to the Enneagram” to “Race Matters” to “Braiding Sweetgrass” to “Acts of the Apostles” to “Me and White Supremacy.” As we head deeper into the fall and winter—with needing to stay online for classes and presentations—we want to hear from you!

What would help you deepen your faith? What do you need to better “Love God, Neighbor, Creation?” What would you enjoy learning? What would challenge you?

Let us know! Please contact Adult Faith Formation Chair Marcom Herren (marcomherren@yahoo.com) or Talitha Arnold (unitedchurch.talitha@gmail.com). Thank you!

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Jesus Was an Asylum-seeking, Immigrant Refugee (and so were his parents)
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 8, 15 – 7:00 pm (via Zoom)

A 3-part Zoom course to explore Biblical understandings of care for the stranger and “resident alien” and link the Nativity stories to the modern day experiences of immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. All welcome. Please pre-register at unitedchurchsf@gmail.com.

Journey to Bethlehem
Thursdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17 (8:00 – 9:00 am via Zoom)

What better time than now to explore the stories leading to Christmas? What can people like Joseph, Mary, the shepherds and wise ones teach us for our time? All welcome! Please pre-register. (unitedchurchsf@gmail.com)

Women’s Study Group
First & Third Wednesdays of Each Month

All women interested in stimulating discussion, comfortable sharing, and good humor invited to join in the twice-monthly book study on Zoom. (Ann Barker: abarker2@comcast.net)

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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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