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.


Online Study Opportunities in June

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 Thanks!

Resiliency and Hope
5-week Online Study of Biblical Stories for Our Time
Thursdays (8:00 am to 9:00 am)

From Elijah the Prophet to Ruth and Naomi to Peter and Mary Magdalene, our Biblical faith is filled with stories of people who overcame hardships of all kinds. We start a second 5-week “Resiliency and Hope” Bible study to explore these stories and the lessons they offer in our time.

Want to go to Yale Divinity School?
Join an online course on the Gospel of Luke this summer!
Tuesday Noon (12:00 to 1:15 pm)

The Gospel of Luke contains some of the most beloved stories of the Christian faith. Using pre-recorded conversations with former Dean of Yale Divinity School Harry Attridge and Prof. of Christian Scripture, the late David Bartlett, we’ll explore how Luke tells the story of Jesus Christ. Participants will view the recording ahead of time and then join in a lively discussion with other United members and friends on Tuesdays at noon.


Lenten Academy Becomes Summer Academy

Our Lenten Study Academy came to an abrupt halt when we cancelled all on-site church gatherings in mid-March due to the coronavirus. But we’ve transformed it into a “Summer Academy!” Both Larry Rasmussen and Emily Syal are re-starting their “Earth-Honoring Faith” classes, beginning anew, on Zoom. The 5-week classes start the week of June 17, through the week of July 17. Class size limited to 12 people. Register by Sunday, June 14 at

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
(Larry Rasmussen—Wednesdays at 5:15 pm)

Drawing on her spiritual tradition of the Potawatomi people and her scientific background as a botanist, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and important lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
(Emily Syal—Fridays at 12:00 Noon)

A collection of 11 speeches on climate change by climate activist Greta Thunberg, including “Our House Is on Fire.” Her book is a rallying cry to wake up and protect the planet, no matter how powerless we may feel.


Once We Can Safely Meet Again
Opportunities Include:

  • Study Groups, such as The Wednesday Women’s Study Group (Ann Barker,, Men’s Bible Study (Talitha Arnold,
  • 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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