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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Adult Education Offerings – March

Seeing the Bible (Online Renesan Course)
Thursdays – 3:15 pm
(Feb. 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4)

Talitha Arnold offers a 4-part Renesan online course on how historic painters (Michelangelo, Giotto, Duccio, etc.) each portrayed the same Biblical story or characters. Their “sermons in paint” reflected their own interpretations of scripture, when few people could actually the Bible. In March, Robert Glick offers “Flaubert’s Sentimental Education” and George Duncan teaches “Data Rights and Wrongs.” In April, Robert co-leads a “Santa Fe Opera Immersion Week” and April 15, Jacquelyn Helin offers a recital/lecture on the music of Franz Schubert. Look for more info in future newsletters and bulletins and at https://renesan.org/

Explore Passover and Easter with Yale Divinity School!
Tuesdays 12:00 Noon (March 9-30)

Rev. Dr. Andrew Mcgowan

Dr. Joel S. Baden

Passover and Easer are intimately linked in the Christian tradition. This Lent, join a 4-week study series with Jewish Scholar and Episcopal priest (who also teach at Yale Divinity School) to explore the connections and differences, followed by a lively discussion! Enrich and deepen your understandings of both celebrations of new life. All welcome!

“Monday Morning Ministries: Faith at Work”
Covid-19 Nurse Cheryl Haskin
Tuesday, March 9, 7:00pm (MST)

In our new online series “Monday Morning Ministries” we hear from United member Cheryl Haskin who is a nurse in the Covid-19 unit at Christus St. Vincent Hospital and is also a first-semester student in the M.Div. Chaplaincy program at Iliff Theological School. it promises to be an enlivening and enlightening conversation. Sign up by Monday, March 8: unitedchurchsf@gmail.com

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Ongoing Adult Education

Resiliency and Hope: Angels Along the Way
Thursdays (8:00 – 9:00 am) via Zoom

Each Thursday in Lent is a chance to explore the scripture stories for the upcoming Sunday–all of which focus on different aspects of our “Angels in the Wilderness” worship series. All welcome to join in to deepen your faith and share the journey. 

Women’s Study Group
Wednesday, March 3,17, 10:00am

All women are invited to join in lively Zoom discussions of Bettye Kearse’s The other Madisons, the history of African American family President James Madison “fathered” with women whom he enslaved. Wednesday, Mar. 3 author Kearse joins the group.  (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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